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Job Title:Contract Specialist, GS-1102-09

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1648-NE-DG-DHA

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$52,295.00 to $67,978.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to Tuesday, April 30, 2013




This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.




1 vacancy in the following location:
New London, CT, USView Map


Open to all United States Citizens.  For more information on Direct Hire Authority:


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures as a GS-1102-5/7/9 for status applicants under announcement 13-1648-NE-DG-M.  APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, New London, CT.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a Secret clearance.
  • This position requires travel.


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This position will support the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center in procuring research and development (R&D) related supplies, services, equipment, and materials and serving as a Contracting Officer.


Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.  Typical work assignments include:

- Administer a variety of fixed-price service, supply, or construction contracts.
- Conduct conferences with contractors to clarify issues on contractual requirements.
- Monitor contractor performance Negotiate extensions of delivery schedules, price adjustments, labor hours, and modifications to the contract.
- Prepare determinations and findings of fact.
-Recommend using cure or show-cause notices when the contractor is not in compliance.



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Applicants must meet the following basic education requirement: Applicants must have a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; OR at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT, THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION IS REQUIRED: There are no additional requirements for applicants applying at the GS-5 level. Applicants for the GS-7 grade level must possess at least one full year of experience(equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal Service) comparing prices, discounts, handling charges and similar items on recurring types of procurements and making recommendations or decisions; drafting simple contract provisions and supporting documentation, assisting in the preparation of solicitation documents, or developing procurement memoranda to procure easily identifiable, readily available items. OR, completed a bachelors degree and obtained Superior Academic Achievement through one of the following methods: 1. A grade-point average (GPA) of B (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed undergraduate courses, or courses completed in the last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or, 2. A grade-point average (GPA) of B+ (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for the required courses in your major field of study, or required courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or, 3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision at the time of application; or, 4. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society, other than freshman honor societies. Honor societies that have been approved are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies: Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991). To verify your claim for this provision, you must provide a college transcript(s) showing that you maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all 4 years of undergraduate courses, or, on all undergraduate courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum, including all transferred courses. NOTE: GPAs are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society. OR, completed 1 full year of graduate education (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours)in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. Applicants for the GS-9 grade level must possess at least one full year of experience (equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal Service) serving as a contract specialist responsible for all aspects of contracting transactions from initiation to recommendation of award for off-the-shelf items or services; reviewing requisitions and determining the appropriate method of procurement; developing procurement plans reviewing previous history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data packages; recommending actions when the contractor is not in compliance with contract provisions; and conducting contract reviews to evaluate contractor performance. OR, or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education, or a masters or equivalent graduate degree in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.


NOTE:  The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.    



If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position.  Official transcripts will be required if selected.  

Information on Defense Aquisition University equivalent providers may be found at


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


This position will be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA). All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration. The "Rule of Three", Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy. For more information on Direct Hire Authority:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits."


Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.


If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.


Recruitment incentives may be authorized.


Selections made from this Direct-Hire vacancy announcement will be processed as new appointments to the Federal service.  Current federal employees would, therefore, be given a new appointment to the Federal service and may be required to serve a new probationary period.


Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration.


Moving expenses will not be paid.


All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.


More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.


The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.


USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 410-636-7212.  Decisions on granting

reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Opportunities for People with Disabilities



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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 EST on the closing date of the announcement. There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application: *Resume YOUR RESUME MUST INDICATE CLEARLY AND SPECIFICALLY YOUR QUALIFICATIONS AND INCLUDE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF YOUR ABILITY TO EXECUTE THE MAJOR DUTIES OUTLINED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. *Responses to on-line core questions *Responses to basic qualification questions *Supporting documents if requested If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, excluding Federal holidays.


Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85. We require documentation to support CTAP or ICTAP eligibility at the time of application. All documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must indicate the vacancy announcement number on the documents. A fax coversheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The documents may also be mailed to the following address: (Jobs) U.S. Coast Guard, Ofc of Civ Pers, CG-1211NE, 2401, Hawkins Point Road, Bldg 1, Mail Stop 4, Baltimore, MD 21226.




USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
2401 Hawkins Pt. Rd.
Bldg 1, Mail Stop 4
Attn: Office of Civilian Personnel
Baltimore, MD
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements. All basically qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 to 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. To check your application status for this job, please go to My USAJOBS, input your User ID and password, and select "Track your online job Applications".

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