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Job Title:  Contract Officer Representative (COR), GS-1101-11 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) ARC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NHTSA.NVS-2013-0059

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 Friday, September 13, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen.
A separate job announcement is being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration.  Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: NHTSA.NVS-2013-0058.


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 a U.S. Citizen 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 as Merit Promotion: NHTSA.NVS-2013-0058


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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.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.


If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over nonveterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience, or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.
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.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • 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 (falling in the gold category).

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.


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