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Job Title:Contract Specialist, GS-1102-12/13

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:LV-OAR-DE-2013-0045

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 06, 2013 to Thursday, September 19, 2013




Full-time - Permanent




few vacancies in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map


Any U.S. citizen may apply.


Earth Day is every day at EPA! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA. See more about us here:

This position is located in the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), Office of Atmospheric Programs (OAP), Clean Air Markets Division (CAMD), Immediate Office in Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website:


  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply Tab)
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.


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100% of your work time will be spent on contracts (procurement activities). At the full performance level, you will: Have contract officer authority and obligate the Agency in actions involving major expenditures of staff, funds and material; coordinate and execute all administrative and placement activities of the Office of Atmospheric Programs (OAP) contracts; be responsible for pre-award and post-award functions involving highly specialized procurement of significant importance to OAP; monitor terms of assigned contracts; develop, negotiate, and administer sole source and competitive fixed price, cost reimbursement, and/or indefinite quantity contracts; assist in the development of contractual/financial reports which are used by management to make procurement decisions and develop procurement strategies. At the higher grade level, your assignments will be more complex and you should need less guidance from your supervisor.


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You need a degree as described below to qualify for this position. In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of experience related to this position as described below: GS-12: Experience that demonstrates the knowledge of contracts management and contracts administration; and experience identifying appropriate contract mechanisms, preparing pre-award procurement documents, and post-award contract monitoring assistance. GS-13: Experience that demonstrates a mastery of contracts management and contracts administration; and experience managing contracts, preparing pre-award procurement documents, applying quality assurance systems, and evaluating contractor performance. Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: --Mastery of the principles, theories, practices and contracting methods to serve as an authority in extending existing contracting approaches and applying new developments to investigate critical problems in the contracting area; --Ability to conduct negotiations and to meet and deal with high level business industry, scientific, and/or governmental officials. --Ability to gather, analyze, interpret and evaluate a variety of information.

GS-12 and below: You must have a bachelor’s degree 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. Specialized experience may include activities such as: Providing advice on contracting/procurement policies and procedures; performing cost and price analyses using previous price history, commercial price lists, market prices, or technical catalogs to assure reasonable prices; conducting market research to identify potential suppliers and assure adequate competition; evaluating responsiveness of bids and responsibility of the bidders; negotiating the amount, terms, and conditions of contracts; tracking expenditures and monitoring performance; and monitoring compliance with contract requirements. GS-13 and above levels: You must have (1) 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) completed all mandatory training prescribed by the agency for progression to GS-12 (or equivalent) or higher level contracting positions; and (3) at least 4 years experience in contracting or related positions, at least one year of which must have been specialized experience as described above.  Specialized experience may include activities such as: utilizing a variety of contract types and contracting methods to procure items and/or services; writing and publicizing documents announcing the government’s contracting opportunities to industry, and conducting discussions and conferences; determining a supplier’s responsibility and capability; negotiating the contract amount, terms and conditions; awarding contracts; monitoring and evaluating suppliers’ performance, financial management, and compliance, and taking corrective action as necessary; negotiating terms and costs of contract changes; and performing work related to the termination of contracts.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter. This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.


We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit Benefits.  To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.


This position is in the bargaining unit. Are you a Displaced Federal Employee?  If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information EPA 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. For additional information  This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.  The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361. If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA.  Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position. To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement. All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USA Jobs document portfolio feature. If you cannot apply on-line, contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance at least three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. Reasonable accommodations will be provided on a case-by-case basis. For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to .


Documents to be submitted on-line:
--Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section.  In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.  
--Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire
--College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.
--Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.
--Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
Additional information can be found on our web site:


Connie Conboy
Phone: 702-798-2445
Fax: 702-798-2416
TDD: 702-798-2421
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
4220 S. Maryland Parkway
Bldg. A, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV
Fax: 702-798-2416


You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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