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Job Title:Contracting Officer Specialist

Agency:Office of the Inspector General, USPS

Job Announcement Number:2014-30-1053493-PC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 21, 2014 to Friday, March 07, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to provide reports to Postal Service Executives, the Board of Governors, and Congress to help the Postal Service maximize revenues (over $65 billion a year), minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

For further information, please refer to our website at:

The USPS OIG is seeking a highly qualified applicant to fill our Contracting Officer Specialist position in the Office of General Counsel, Contracting team located in Arlington, VA. The successful candidate will serve as a Contracting Officer Specialist and expert technical authority for the agency in the areas of contracting and procurement.  The successful candidate will also be responsible for providing excellent customer service in contracting and procurement by resolving significant and complex contracting issues, creating innovative solutions for customer needs, and working well with customers from all OIG components.


Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 07, 2014 will be considered.


The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.


This position is being advertised at the Specialist Band level, equivalent to a GS-14. The salary range for this position is $106,263 - $138,136. The salary figures include locality pay.


Relocation expenses will not  be paid.   


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and physical examination
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to complete a 12-month probationary period
  • May be required to take a writing assessment


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Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

  • Plans, negotiates, leads, and/or administers complex procurements of goods, systems or services with specialized, state-of-the-art, critical or scarce requirements.  The procurements are characterized by a lack of any previous pricing data, usually require the use of labor hour or fixed price contracts, multi-year contracts and extensive use of subcontractors, funding that must be committed, obligated and expended within the same fiscal year, involve frequent changes in terms, and conditions , and similar difficulties.
  • Develops innovative contractual arrangements to meet complex requirements, such as incentives, performance based quality assurance planning, or tasking instruction contracts.
  • Audits or reviews major acquisitions of similar complexity.  Presents findings and recommends corrective actions and policy or procedure improvements.
  • Reviews, advises on, develops, and recommends operating unit-wide or agency-wide procurement processes, systems, procedures, and/or policies.
  • Researches and advises on best contracting practices across the Government, using resources such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation, benchmarking, other agencies' policies, blogs, discussion boards and GAO findings.




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You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below. 

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, with at least 24 semester hours in subject related to purchasing, such as accounting, business, finance, commercial (business) law, economics, quantitative analysis, marketing, contracting or purchasing, organization, or management


  • Two years of specialized experience to include federal government contracting, accounting, finance, and negotiating skills


You must have the experience, knowledge and skills as listed in EACH of the evaluation factors. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all of the evaluation factor requirements as listed below will result in a score of zero (0); an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration. 






Please address in detail your major accomplishments relevant to the position requirements in your resume. 

  •  Knowledge of, and experience with, the Federal Acquisition Regulations, Postal Service Supplying Principles and Practices, and/or other federal acquisition policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Experience working with multiple contract types and arrangements, such as Labor Hour, time and material, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity, Basic Ordering Agreements, multiple award contracts, incentive contracts, performance based contracting.
  • Extensive experience in cost and price analysis and developing Business Clearances or Pre-negotiation Memorandums.
  • Superior customer service skills, including the ability to work with a team and develop and maintain effective working relationships with others from within and outside the agency with differing backgrounds and points of view.
  • Ability to develop creative solutions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.



  • Experience using PRISM
  • Current or past certification as a Contracting Officer at a federal department, agency, or establishment


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Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:


Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.  For more information about these programs visit


Retirement and Thrift Savings.  For more information about these programs see and


Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.


Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.


For further information, please refer to our website at:
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).  


This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please call 703-248-2210. The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.


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When you are ready to begin the application process, click the Apply Online button to create a USAJOBS account or login to your existing account. Follow the prompts to create or select your USAJOBS resume and other supporting documents or to upload required or applicable documents.  


  • Complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 


NOTE: To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must complete this Fax Cover Page using the following Vacancy ID 1053493 and fax to 1-478-757-3144.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire, and 
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


You are strongly urged to read and print the entire vacancy announcement.


You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Friday, March 07, 2014;


1. RESUME.  Required: When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT:  You will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire.  It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.

2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire.  (Required:  You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process) 


  • Certificates or Licenses, if applicable.  Upload and save as "Other" document.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation.  If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 ( and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at, and can download a copy of their VA letter from (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each veterans document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document")
  • SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document.)
  • TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor's Degree issued.  Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent.
  • Sample Business Clearance Memorandum or Pre-/Post-Negotiation Memorandum, that you have authored.


NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here:  Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:



Vacancy Inquiries
Phone: (703)248-2210
TDD: (202)855-1234
Agency Information:
Office of General Counsel
1735 North Lynn Street
Arlington, VA



The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: fail to respond to all of the questions in the self-assessment questionnaire; fail to address a factor in the narrative section; receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor; fail to attach all required documentation; if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position; or if you fail to qualify on the interview and/or writing assessment. Only the top-rated candidates will be referred to a review panel or the selecting official for further consideration. If your application is referred to the review panel, the review panel will compare your self-assessment questionnaire responses to your resume and supporting documentation. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. If your questionnaire responses are not adequately substantiated, the review panel will amend your rating to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview and/or a writing assessment. Your rating may be further adjusted or rated as ineligible by the review panel or the selecting official based on your interview or writing assessment performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision. NOTE: If you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor or on the interview, you will be considered NOT QUALIFIED for the position and rated ineligible


Once the Occupational Questionnaire has been received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. After a review of your application package has been completed, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the Selecting Official. 

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