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Job Title:  Contract Specialist
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  DAL-OAQ-1089579-DH-TRV

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to Thursday, May 08, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Government-wide Direct-Hire Authority for the occupation and is open to All U.S. 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.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the Federal government. Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 47 foreign countries around the world. ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

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

Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Acquisition Management, Washington, D.C.

This is a bargaining unit position.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occassional travel may be required.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation and drug screen
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service


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As a Contract Specialist you will perform the following duties:

  • Solicitation, administration, close-out and termination of purchase orders and contracts;
  • Acquiring a wide variety of commodities including but not limited to furniture, telecommunication equipment, ammunition and surveillance equipment;
  • Purchasing and/or managing a variety of service contracts including IT support services, financial management services, detention management services and guard services;
  • Serving as a business advisor to a wide range of customers, advising customers of he pertinent program data required to successfully procure professional services and/or equipment.

You will be assigned to support a designated contracting section within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Acquisition Management (OAQ). We are seeking competent, experienced and mission focused Contract Specialists for dynamic acquisition assignments in the following areas:

  • Information Technologies Software and Services
  • Information Technology Hardware
  • Mission Support (Commercial supplies and services)
  • Simplified Acquisitions/Contractor Payment
  • Professional Support Services
  • Detainee Compliance and Removal Activities
  • Transportation Services
  • Detention Management Support (Large contracts for detention facilities, health services, furniture and/or support services)


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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following basic requirements to qualify for the position at the GS-13 level:

(A) You must complete all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, 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, and must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

  • You must have a Level II Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level II or a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II certification. NOTE: You MUST submit a copy of this certification with your application. Failure to do so may result in you not being considered for this position.

(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 management.

(C) 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 if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.

(D) Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, 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 D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade level within that agency without additional waiver action.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to meeting the basic requirements for the position you must also meet the following minimum qualifications:

You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:

  • Performing a range of contract specializations such as negotiation, cost and price analysis, and administration;
  • Demonstrated experience in contract principles, techniques, and a knowledge of a variety of contract types;
  • Experience in soliciting, awarding and administering contracts with multiple instances.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Substitution of Education for Experience:

There is no substitution of education for experience at this grade level.

Requirements by Closing Date:  Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Probationary Period:  This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment).  Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire. The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job:

  • Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and related acquisition regulatory or statutory guidance;
  • Skill in planning, developing and implementing contracts and multi-year contracts;
  • Ability to utilize Cost or Price analysis techniques to evaluate and/or negotiate contractor proposals. 

Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire between 70 and 100. Those applicants who score the highest will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview.

These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Government-wide Direct-Hire Authority. The "Rule of Three", Category Rating and Veterans Preference does not apply to this vacancy. For more information on Direct-Hire Authority please see: Although the Government-wide Direct Hiring Authority permits hiring without regard to Veterans Preference, applicants eligible for Veterans Preference are still encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214 or other substantiating documents) to their application.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible: If you have never been a Federal employee, you are not eligible to apply under CTAP/ICTAP. This program offers displaced Federal employees priority for jobs within the agency from which they have separated or are separating. For more information, please see:

To be considered under ICTAP/CTAP 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".


Promotion Potential: This position is at the full performance level.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the required documentation outlined under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section below.

    The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 08, 2014.

PLEASE NOTE: If your materials are not received by the closing date, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Also, if you do not provide a valid email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1089579. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to the closing date for further instructions.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response 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.


  1. Resume showing relevant experience, education and training.  PLEASE NOTE:  Work experience should include: job title, duties, employer's name, employer's telephone number, employer's address, starting and ending dates (MM/YY), hours worked per week, and indicate whether or not we may contact your current supervisor.
  2. Your responses to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Transcripts: submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required. This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Those with foreign education, click this link.
  4. DAWIA or FAC-C Level II Certification Certificate


  1. Are you a veteran?  If so, submit the Member copy 4 of your DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or Certificate of Service.  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation (e.g. VA Letter) listed on the back of this form.
  2. Are you a displaced federal employee claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Plan (ICTAP)? Click  for eligibility requirements.   If so, submit:
    • a copy of your agency notice
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting your current position, grade level, and duty location


Toi R. Vann
Phone: (214)905-5787
Agency Information:
ICE Dallas Service Center
7701 N Stemmons Freeway
6th Floor
Dallas, TX


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on your USAJOBS account throughout the process. We expect to make a selection within 60 days of the closing date of this announcement. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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