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Job Title:  Contract Specialist (DEU-HH)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-LC-DE-13-43

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 16, 2013 to Monday, December 30, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Yuma, AZ View Map
Boulder City, NV View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-LC-13-73 for status applicants. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a mid-career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Contract Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. 

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? Responsibilities include managing and performing work involving the evaluation of contract price proposals, and/or advertising, negotiating, administering, and/or terminating contracts for the procurement of supplies, services, construction, research and development using formal procedures outlined under Parts 12, 13, 14, and 15 of the Federal Acquisitions Regulations. 

LOCATION: The duty location for this position will be one of the following locations: Boulder City, NV or Yuma, AZ.  This position will report to the Lower Colorado Region, Regional Office, Office of the Regional Director, Acquisition and Assistance Management Office. 

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship or National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • You must apply online to be considered for this position;
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements; and
  • Position requires filing a financial disclosure report.


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-Contacts contract requestor to obtain clarification as needed to eliminate ambiguities or to resolve questions of applicability of specifications, acceptance of substitute items/materials, etc. Prepares and assembles solicitation document that assures adequate competition.
-Processes and evaluates bids received ensuring that each bid meets the requirements established by the formal solicitation document (e.g. required quantities, delivery schedules, mandatory contract terms and provisions, and others). Prepares required determination and findings. Makes recommendations for awards or makes awards for actions within warrant level.
-Solicits competitive bids either orally or in writing, negotiates terms and conditions with vendors and makes final award.
-Reviews and evaluates contractors prices, proposals and bids by comparison of other price quotations submitted, comparison of prior quotations and contract prices with current quotations for the same or similar end items, comparison of prices set forth in published price lists issued on a competitive basis, or published market prices of commodities, and/or comparison of proposed prices with estimates of cost independently developed by the Government.


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A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major in any field; OR
B. 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. 

Exception: If you are a current Federal employee and have been in a GS-1102 position continuously since January 1, 2000, and have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, you will be considered to have met the basic requirement. 


In order to qualify for the GS-09 grade level, your resume must reflect:
-One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in Federal service; OR
-Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education; OR
-A Master’s or equivalent graduate degree; OR LL.B. or J.D.

To qualify on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. 

Specialized Experience for the GS-09: experience applying the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to simplified acquisitions procedures (SAP) and detailed knowledge of the full range of simplified procedures in order to select the appropriate method commensurate with the type and value of item(s) being procured.

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must meet all qualification requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.

KSA #1:Knowledge of basic procurement procedures and techniques, sources of supply, characteristics of assigned commodities or services, contract types, clauses and provisions, and business and industry practice to identify potential suppliers and solicit bids through formal advertising.

KSA #2: Skill in oral and written communications to include interfacing with contractors, suppliers, and customers.

KSA #3: Knowledge of contract administration principles and practices, procurement monitoring and management control techniques, and contractual requirements, terms, conditions, and pricing provisions to administer firm fixed-price, time and materials, indefinite delivery, or other contracts of similar complexity.

Your answers to the assessment questions will be verified against information provided in your online resume. Be sure that your resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
To preview questions please click here.


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Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: 

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. 

Probationary Period:
Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period.

Financial Disclosure:
  If selected for this position, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of entrance on duty.

Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final selection, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Background Investigation/Security Clearance: If selected, you will be subject to a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in this position. A background investigation will be required for all new hires AND current employees who are not currently covered by a satisfactorily adjudicated Federal background investigation commensurate with the sensitivity designation of this position.  

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.


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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume that includes dates of employment, specifically years, months, and hours worked per week for each period of experience; an on-line assessment questionnaire; and the following supporting documents, as appropriate: 

Transcript(s): You must submit a copy of your college transcript(s) (unofficial). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 (DD-214), member 4 copy, and you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.
-For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
-For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form. For information on veteran's eligibility visit:
CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:
The following link provides general resume formatting instructions:


Holly Hill
Phone: 702-293-8016
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 61470
Attn: LC-5420
Boulder City, NV
Fax: 571-258-4052


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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