Job Overview


Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan," - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

Location: This position is within the Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Technology Acquisition Center in Austin, Texas.

Area of Consideration: To be eligible under Merit Promotion, you must have an eligibility listed below.

Competitive Merit Promotion:

  • Transfer or Reinstatement eligibles: current Federal or former employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service that hold, or have held a career or career-conditional position at a lower grade level as the position being announced. An SF-50 must show appointment in the competitive service.
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles.

Non-Competitive Merit Promotion:

  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibles
  • Disabled veterans receiving 30% or more disability compensation from the VA
  • Individuals with severe disabilities (eligible for Schedule A appointments)
  • Individuals eligible under other non-competitive appointment authorities such as: Military spouses under E.O. 13473; Certain former overseas employees; Present and former Peace Corps, Vista or Action volunteers; Former White House staff; Present and former Foreign Service officers and employees; Certain National Guard technicians.
  • Current and former Federal employees who meet the established criteria outlined in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement
  • Transfer or reinstatement eligibles that hold, or have previously held a career or career-conditional position at the same or higher grade level with the same or higher promotion potential as the position being announced.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e. intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities) and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


Major Duties:

As a Supervisory Contract Specialist in the IT Operations/System Acquisition Division, the job incumbent will be responsible for:  

• Assisting the Senior Manager in planning, managing, and overseeing acquisitions in support of VA and the Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) activities.

• Formulating and recommending policies pertaining to acquisition planning, procurement, and contract administration.

• Evaluating effectiveness and economy of the Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) procurement activities, and providing the necessary research in the broad aspects of procurement management.

• Representing the Senior Manager on intergovernmental matters.

• Conducting a program of quality control to assure that the TAC procurement program is carried out in accordance with accepted procurement criteria established within the Federal Government.

• Analyzing markets, preparing market forecasts, developing market sources, and maintaining favorable relations with vendors. 

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Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No