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Job Title:Contract Specialist, GS-1102-12 (Direct Hire - Term Appt)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:NOC-DEU-2013-0018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$73,848.00 to $96,001.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 26, 2013 to Wednesday, October 02, 2013




Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a Term NTE 2 years




1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver (Lakewood), CO, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens - No Previous Federal Service is required.


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serves as a Contract Specialist for the Infrastructure Section. The incumbent serves as a Contract Specialist and Warranted Contracting Officer with responsibility for performing the complex high dollar and unique procurement contracts in a cradle-to-grave, above the simplified purchase threshold contracting office.  Requirements typically involve standard to specialized/more complex items, extensive technical services, and unique contracts.  The employee is responsible for implementing any innovative contract methods adopted and/or approved for use.

The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. This position is located in the National Operations Center, in Denver, Colorado, at the Denver Federal Center. The Denver Federal Center is located at W. 6th Ave and Kipling. Information about Denver and the Denver Metropolitan Area can be found at Denver


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required.


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The incumbent of this position will:

  • Review procurement requests submitted by the requiring activities and confer with the initiator to ensure that all requirements will clearly fulfill the needs of the activity;
  • Prepare requests for proposals or invitation for bids from field procurement requests; 
  • Evaluate bids and proposals and manage the technical evaluation committee in the fair analysis of all proposals and documentation;
  • Negotiate both terms and conditions, and contract pricing arrangements, and resolve all technical questions with all offers prior to contract award;
  • Maintain liaison with the Office of the Regional Solicitor, conferring as necessary with legal staff on varied of problems that arise in contract preparation and administration;
  • Coordinate through and work directly with the Small Business Administration on the set-aside program, awarding and administration of contracts under the minority (8a) program, or the Historically
    Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZONE) Program;
  • Coordinate preparation of technical specifications with the resource and engineering staffs at the District/State Offices and/or National Centers to ensure that contracts are technically sufficient.
  • Maintain liaison with the Office of the Regional Solicitor, conferring as necessary with legal staff on varied problems that arise in contract preparation and administration;
  • Assist in training activities for field personnel in various phases of contract procurement; 
  • Conduct or direct the necessary research and investigation to supply factual background or support for the government's position in matters of contractor disputes, protests, and terminations.


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This position has an educational requirement; therefore, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Basic Education Requirements for GS-12
A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;
At least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitativemethods, or organization and management.
Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education.

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. 

Examples of specialized experience is work equivalent to the GS-11 and which include having maintained a Contracting Officer's warrant commensurate with a FAC-C or DAWIA Level II certification or above; negotiating and entering into contracts from the open market and from established sources for the acquisition of complex supplies and services, construction, architectural and engineering services, information technology equipment and services through purchase orders, formal advertising, and negotiated procedures. Also, demonstrated experience in reviewing and administering contracts, and planning and conducting contract price/cost analyses of a variety of preaward and/or postaward procurement actions to determine cost effectiveness and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.  You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position. 

  1. Skill in cradle-to-grave procurement process, pre-award, administration and closeout. 
  2. Ability to apply the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and other related acquisition regulations. 
  3. Ability to execute various solicitation methods and contract actions.  
  4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a variety of target groups within and outside of the organization. 
  5. Ability to effectively and efficiently work with automated acquisition and financial systems.

To preview questions please click here.


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS


SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

May require completion of 1 year probrationary period.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.This position requires procurement duties.

Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

Occasional travel may be required.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. Citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered.  Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 2 years with the possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.


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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.
If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.  If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.  Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.  If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact Jackie Albert, HR Specialist, 303-236-2212 or

If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
  • Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.


Jackie Albert
Phone: 303-236-2212
Fax: 303-236-6685
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
BLM National Operations Center, HR-240
P.O. Box 25047
Denver Federal Center, Building 40
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-236-6685


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. 
You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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