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Job Title:  Contract Officer Representative (COR), GS-1101-11 (Open to Status and VEOA Candidates) ARC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NHTSA.NVS-2013-0058

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 to Thursday, September 12, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
  • Current or former Federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement NHTSA.NVS-2013-0059, which is open to all U.S. citizens.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership. Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. Work for NHTSA.

You will serve as a Contract Officer Representative (COR). As the COR, you will be expected to provide the Office of Vehicle Safety Research technical and administrative assistance through the acquisition life cycle- from budget and acquisition planning through purchase requisition/process support, contract award, administration tracking and closeout. For certain activities, you will be considered the program office's primary point of contact with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Acquisition Management (OAM) to ensure contract and financial objectives and obligations are met. You will also provide various administrative assistance to the Associate Administrator, Office Directors, Division Chiefs, and Team Leaders.
NHTSA is looking for an experienced Contracting Officer Representative to help relieve the administrative burden placed on our engineering staff serving as Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (COTR’s) to allow them more critical focus on the products and services needed to support complex vehicle safety research requirements to help save lives and reduce injuries caused by traffic crashes. Knowledge of laws, regulation and terminology associated with simplified acquisitions, contracts, assistance agreements (grants and cooperative agreements), interagency agreements is critical to function successfully in the position. Knowledge of and understanding of the Federal acquisition process including techniques for contract procurement, and contract administration is also must.


  • Must be status eligible and meet specialized experience or education
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.
  • Announcement also advertised open to US Citizens: NHTSA.NVS-2013-0059


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As a Contract Officer Representative (COR), you will:

  • Assist the program technical staff in the Office of Vehicle Safety Research with procedural and administrative guidance through the acquisition life cycle. 
  • Assist the program technical staff with market research early in the planning process to ensure appropriate budget and acquisition of services and goods.
  • Assist the program technical staff in the development of statements of work and Independent Government Cost Estimates.
  • Assist, when requested, with completion of appropriate paperwork and submission to the Office of Acquisition Management. 
  • Support the agency’s annual budget execution planning and advises on preferred contracting methods to achieve program objectives.
  • Utilizing an agency tracking program, tracks and reports acquisition statuses for the Office of Vehicle Safety Research.
  • Enters project milestones and deliverables into tracking program and monitors acquisitions throughout the procurement phase.
  • As requested, works with the Vehicle Safety Research Contract Coordinator to ensure proper accounting of allocated funds.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 11 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • Experience utilizing the Federal acquisition process including techniques for contract procurement, and contract administration.
  • Experience working with laws, regulations and terminology associated with simplified acquisitions, contracts, assistance agreements (grants and cooperative agreements) and interagency agreements.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of Education and Experience.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  


  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.
NHTSA is a Local 3313 bargaining unit agency.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:  
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements, if  you are qualifying based on education.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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