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Job Title:  Contract Specialist - DE
Agency:  Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Job Announcement Number:  PD-2014-0003

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
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 to Friday, March 28, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1 year
1 vacancy - District of Columbia, DC   View Map
All U.S. Citizens, including veterans eligible under the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW), and Nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)


About the Agency

This position is temporary not-to-exceed one year; however, it may be terminated at any time, may be extended for an additional year, or may become permanent without further competition. Selectee will be required to sign Conditions of Temporary Employment upon entering the position.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has a distinguished and important mission in protecting America’s pensions.  At PBGC, you will use your skills in accounting, auditing, business, finance, law, actuarial science, or information technology and more, to protect the retirement income of nearly 44 million hardworking Americans.  Our work is challenging, compelling, and important.  Whatever your background or expertise, you will find your future at PBGC exceptionally rewarding because the work you perform will have a daily impact on the lives of relatives, friends and neighbors.  It will be like no other career choice you have explored.

We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals.  You will be both challenged and supported, so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider PBGC and start making a difference today!

If you are interested in a challenging career with great benefits, training, and strong growth potential, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Contract Specialist today!


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
  • Applicants selected for employment will be required to complete an OF-306


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As a Contract Specialist in the Procurement Department, you will:

-Serve as a technical authority on all aspects of negotiated procurement including pre-procurement requirments analysis and determination, negotiation technques, business evaluations, post award administration and contract termination.

-Plays a major role in interfacing with contracting representatives and officials.

-Handles some of the most complex procurement actions involving first of a kind matters.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


Paragraph A.  Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency (certified as Level II on FAC-C or DAWAIA Contracting Certification or equivalent), including at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position (described below), and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.


Paragraph B.  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.

For the GS-14; you may start at $106,263.00, if you possess the following by the closing date of the announcement:

One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service which demonstrates experience planning, coordinating and administering long-term contracts for systems and programs on which accountability and management control are required (include specialized equipment or systems; in depth use of price and cost analysis including negotiation; subcontracting; negotiating in sole source situations; and contracts with numerous special terms and conditions).  Examples of specialized experience include, procurement of cost type contracts to include labor hour contracts.

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver.

Waiver: The senior procurement executive of the PBGC, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in PBGC on the basis of a waiver, the PBGC may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within PBGC without additional waiver action. 



Category Rating is being used for this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your resume and cover letter to determine the quality and extent to which your background (experience, education, training, etc.) relates to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):
1) Skill in acquisition planning to develop and implement a plan to procure multi year programs and systems.

2)  Ability to communicate verbally to all levels of management.

3) Skill in contracting methods and contract type to handle acquisitions and procurement.

Based on that evaluation, we will place you in one of the following categories- 1) Gold; 2) Silver; 3) Bronze.
If, after your application has been rated by the Subject Matter Expert, you are found to meet none of the KSAS listed above, you will be placed in the Bronze category.
The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Gold) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.
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To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Schedule A appointing authority for persons with disabilities;  the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities.

PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC’s Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 326-4000 ext. 3637 or TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4000 ext 3637.


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In order to be considered, submit all of the required information (including your supplemental documentation) before midnight EST on the closing date.  

If you are not able to apply online or require reasonable accommodations, contact Michelle Jules on (202) 326-4110 ext. 3806 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.   

For TTY/TDD users, call the Federal Relay Service toll free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4111.

Please complete all the steps in the online application process at
USAJOBS (  You may make updates to your information at any time prior to midnight EST on the closing date of this

*  Register with USAJOBS, which will store your information and resume. You will only need to complete this step once.
*  Locate and review the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS. Click the Apply Online link and then select a resume to submit with your application.
*  Click on Apply for this Position Now. You will be redirected to our online system.
*  Complete or review the online core questions, which determine the types of positions you are eligible for.
*  Specify which series and grade(s) you wish to be considered for.  
*  Complete the online vacancy questions, then click "Finish". You will continue to the Vacancy Documents page.
*  Submit each of the documents that apply to you by upload, USAJOBS, or fax according to the instructions provided.   
*  Click "Next," and you will see an overview of your responses. To finish, click "Finish."


RESUME: You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience and KSAs so that we can determine your qualifications for this position.  Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.

COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.  

TRANSCRIPT(S): This position has a positive education requirement.  You must submit transcripts to verify that you meet the education requirement for this position.  In addition to providing the appropriate transcript(s) to support the positive education requirement, you must also provide any additional transcripts to support education noted for the individual grade levels specified in this announcement, if applicable.  Information on the specific education requirement can be found under the Qualifications and Evaluations tab in the vacancy announcement. Your transcripts should include course titles, school name/location, date completed, grades, and number of credits earned.  Applicants who obtained their qualifying education outside of the U.S. and its territories must provide proof that their degrees have been validated as equivalent to a degree conferred by a college or university in the U.S. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application; however, you must bring official transcripts with you on your first day if you are hired.  IN ADDITION, ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATION FOR LEVEL II.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: If claiming veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), 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. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives. For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15 , Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded. If you fail to provide documentation required by the SF-15 you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met.  

Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW) : If you are currently serving on active duty you MUST submit a statement  of service from your unit (on unit letterhead) identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave. If you provide a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.

Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at:Veterans Guide.

ICTAP AND/OR CTAP CANDIDATES: To receive selection priority, surplus and displaced employees must apply to and be found well-qualified for the position. A well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP employee is one who satisfies all medical, physical, education, and/or experience factors for the vacant position; is rated at Silver or better against the Rating Schedule for the position; has a current performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or its equivalent; and can satisfactorily perform all of the duties of the position within a reasonable orientation period, e.g., 30 days. CTAP and ICTAP candidates must submit documents showing eligibility for selection priority (e.g., RIF separation notice, Certificate of Expected Separation, or other proof of eligibility for priority selection); an SF-50 showing the current (or former) position, grade level, promotion potential, and duty location; and the most current performance appraisal including the performance rating.


Michelle Jules
Phone: 202-326-4110 X3806
Fax: 202-326-4086
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Human Resources Dept.
1200 K Street, NW
Suite 120
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-326-4086


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