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Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-PJN-1041345-CON

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$97,657.00 to $126,949.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 03, 2014 to Monday, February 17, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




3 vacancies in the following location:
Williston, VT View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at

Everyday our Senior Procurement Analysts fill an integral role in the award and execution of mission critical contracts for USCIS.  USCIS’ Senior Procurement Analysts are technical experts utilized to review contract actions and perform audit functions to ensure USCIS’ contracts are complying with regulations and policies and procedures.  Senior Procurement Analysts provide technical advice and training to the acquisition workforce, develop policies, procedures and process improvements.

This position of SENIOR PROCUREMENT ANALYST starts at a salary of $97,657.00(GS-14 step 1), to $126,949.00(GS-14 step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Contracting, Williston, VT within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

ABOUT THE AREA:  We are located in the Burlington Metropolitan Area in Northwest Vermont, minutes from Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains.  The area offers a high quality of life, low crime rates, and an abundance of outdoor activities and is ranked number 2 on Kiplinger’s Magazine list of 10 Great Places to Live for small to midsize cities.  For more information, visit and Kiplinger’s Ranking

This announcement is issued under the Direct Hire Authority to recruit for positions for which the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Contracting has a critical hiring need.

USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may occasionally be required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
  • Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
  • You must pass a drug screening
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service


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As a Senior Procurement Analyst, you will be responsible for the analytical and administrative functions in planning, executing, reviewing, and evaluating procurement programs, policies and procedures for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Specifically, you will:

  • Review contract actions to ensure they comply with regulations, policies and procedures
  • Perform internal audit functions and respond to external audits in order to identify corrective actions based on findings and trends of the audits
  • Develop and refine DHS and USCIS contract policies, procedures, templates and samples to improve processes
  • Provide training and support to the acquisition workforce on policy changes or topics of interest
  • Administer various procurement systems, the Contracting Office’s website as well as data management of the office’s systems and reports
  • Monitor and provide guidance on the acquisition workforce training and development needs to ensure competencies and certifications are obtained and maintained


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Basic Education Requirement:

  • A 4-year course of study leading to 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.


  • Completion of mandatory training for Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level 3 or equivalent.

GS-14: You qualify at the GS-14 level if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal government, with the skills needed to perform successfully the duties of the position.  These include:

·         Experience using the acquisition life-cycle with particular emphasis on program management and technical disciplines 
·         Applying best-value acquisition techniques such as cost and price analysis, market research and technical information to process procurements
·         Organizing and leading special study teams and task forces with team members 
·         Applying appropriate negotiation techniques, such as face-to-face negotiations, to negotiate prices, terms and conditions
·         Preparing various documents, such as quotes, proposals and requests for proposals, based on procurement requirements 


Exception to Educational Requirement: If you occupy a position in the GS-1102, at the GS-14 grade level, since January 1, 2000, you meet the qualification requirements for that position. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met.

Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Monday, February 17, 2014). 

Residency Requirement:  There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.


Under the provisions of the Direct Hire Authority, veterans' preference and category rating do not apply. However, you are encouraged to submit proof of veterans' preference.

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements regarding experience, education and training.

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Technical procurement Experience
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Analysis


    NOTE: Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment  

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.   To preview the job questionnaire, click here  View Assessment Questions.  

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website.   In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo a background investigation and be found eligible for a Security Clearance as a condition of placement into this position.   This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.  To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit



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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Monday, February 17, 2014.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478)757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX cover sheet found here.

If you do not have access to a computer or fax, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions.  Applications will not be accepted by mail.

To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents:

If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please do not FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:

  • Use the official FAX coversheet found here.
  • Make sure that you include the 9-character vacancy identification number: "1041345”
  • Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • Print your SSN and Name neatly using the exact name as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
  • The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.


  • Your resumé

  • Are you qualifying based on education? You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.  Those with foreign education, click this link .  
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?   Submit:

    ·          a copy of your agency notice,

    ·          a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

    ·          a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location


Phone: (802)660-1147
Agency Information:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process (learn more). Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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