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Job Title:  Contract Specialist GS14
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  SO-AGO-2013-0041

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$96,690.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 to Friday, September 13, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Silver Spring, MD, US  View Map
FEW vacancies - Norfolk, VA, US  View Map
FEW vacancies - Seattle, WA, US  View Map
All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals


Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice; under this recruitment procedure, each location identified in this Public Notice will accept applications and make selections for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be an actual vacancy at the time you submit your application. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.  

The directions for applying to this announcement can be found in the “How to Apply” section of this Public Notice.  Please do not apply to this posting through USAJobs.   You must apply by sending your application to the designated email address.

This position is located in the NOAA Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO), a corporate staff office of the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  AGO acquires products and services and awards the financial assistance necessary to meet the mission and goals of NOAA.  Through the award of contracts and grants, AGO administers nearly half the NOAA outlay each year. AGO plans, designs and coordinates acquisition and grants standards, practices, and procedures for all NOAA offices and their subordinate entities.  It provides program direction and guidance to the NOAA headquarters and field procurement and grants organizations.  AGO awards and administers all NOAA acquisition and financial assistance transactions and it provides acquisition and financial assistance services to DOC operating units and services other Federal agencies on a reimbursable basis.

  • A one year probationary period may be required, unless previously satisfied.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
  • This position is not in the bargaining unit 

Norfolk, VA $96,690 - $125,695

Seattle, WA $103,169 - $134,118

Silver Spring, MD 105,211 - $136,771

NOTES: Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (


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The individual selected for this position will serve as the Contracting Officer on agency-wide strategic sourcing.  The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Acting as a principal representative of the NOAA Acquisitions and Grants Office to customers within NOAA and DoC;
  • Making presentations, conducting training and consulting with program managers and end users
  • Conducting negotiations and meetings with contractors on sensitive and/or controversial issues as an authoritative contractual representative;
  • Advising senior level management on the status of procurement actions, including problems encounters and proposed solutions to program difficulties.


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Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards.  This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

This position has an individual occupational / educational requirement. Transcripts must be submitted.  Candidates MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.


  1. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by 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.
  2. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.
  3. Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

 Mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency is:

  • CON - 112 - Mission Performance Assessment
  • CON - 120 - Mission Focused Contracting
  • CON - 214 - Business Decision for Contracting
  • CON - 215 - Intermediate Contracting for Mission Support
  • CON - 216 - Legal Considerations for Contracting
  • CON - 217 - Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques
  • CON - 218 - Advanced Contracting for Mission Support
  • CON - 353 - Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support
  • And 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points every two years. For guidance on meeting this requirement visit the following website.  Click on "Acquisition Career Management Program: Training, Certification and Contracting Officer Warrant Program, Appendix E.

For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: Click Here. 

To qualify at the GS 14 Level (supervisor):

In addition to the basic requirements listed above: you must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13).   

Specialized experience is defined as: evaluating or implementing contracting programs; OR contracting experience performing the full range of pre-award / post-award activities utilizing a variety of types of methods to procure supplies, services, or construction activities associated with an organization.


Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.   Veteran’s Preference does not apply to direct hire recruitment procedures.  Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointment to the civil service.  Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service.

You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete or is missing the required supporting documentation.

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CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.  Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at:

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CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

 1.  A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).

2.  A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;

3.  A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

4.  Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1.  A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;

2.  A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action” documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;

3.  A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

4.  Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

NOAA participates in e-Verify.  E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.


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Please do not apply through USAJobs.  Applications received through USAJobs will not considered.  You must apply by sending your application to the designated email listed below.  If you fail to submit all required documents to the appropriate email, you will not be considered for the position.

Submit your resume, including required documents to:

Include the announcement number and grade (GS14) you are applying for in the subject line.   You must submit a separate application for each location to be considered for each location.

For instructions on submitting your application in an alternate format, please contact Carol L. Martin Human Resources Specialist at 816-426-3044.  

This Direct Hire Public Notice will be used to build a list / inventory of applicants that may be referred as vacancies become available.  If you fail to complete the application process fully, your application will be incomplete and you may not receive consideration for any vacancies that may be filled from this Public Notice until all of the required information has been submitted.


  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the begining dates (mm/dd/yy) and ending dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information).
  • Education.  This position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website.  You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration. 

NOTES:  You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.  You will be required to submit official documents prior to appointment.  The agency will verify the information provided.


Send inquires to email
Phone: 000-000-0000
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Oceans Client Services Div
601 East 12th
Suite 1737
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


Applicants will only be contacted if management would like to schedule an interview.  Interviews may be arranged at the discretion of AGO for those subject to further consideration based upon qualifications. 

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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