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Job Title:  Contract Specialist
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Customs and Border Protection
Hiring Organization:  Office of Administration
Job Announcement Number:  IHC-1159009-KNM-DH

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, July 18, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Tucson, AZ View Map
San Diego, CA View Map
Washington DC, DC View Map
Indianapolis, IN View Map
Euless, TX View Map
United States Citizens. This Public Notice will be used to fill vacancies through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. For information on OPM's Direct Hire Authority, please visit


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.


Discover a challenging and rewarding career with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders.  At CBP, we:


  • Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws
  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border


For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at:


Who May Apply:


Organizational Location:  This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Administration, located in Washington, DC, Euless, TX, Indinanapolis, IN, San Diego, CA, or Tucson, AZ. There are two vacancies that can be filled in any of the five listed locations. Location will be determined upon selection.


Note: One or more selections may be made using this vacancy announcement.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration
  • Residency Requirement


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  • Soliciting, negotiating, administering, closing out and terminating purchase orders and contracts;
  • Developing, implementing, and reviewing contracting plans for pre-award, post award, price/cost analysis and a wide variety of procurement activities.
  • Providing technical advice, guidance and legal interpretation in all areas of contracting; and
  • Serving as a lead negotiator, planning negotiation strategy, coordinating strategy with negotiation teams, and leading negotiations.


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You qualify for the GS-14 level if you possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 level or equivalent performing duties such as:

  • Planning and carrying out a range of contract specializations such as negotiation, cost, price analysis, and administration;
  • Ensuring compliance with contracting, procurement and/or acquisition statues, regulations, policies and procedures and for assessing their efficiency and effectiveness.

Basic Requirements:

A. Completion of 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 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.


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.

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 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 under Paragraph D.

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


The qualifications listed above must be met by Friday, August 01, 2014 and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.


Direct Hire Authority has been granted by the Office of Personnel Management for this position due to a severe shortage of candidates.  This authority permits hiring without regard to certain competitive requirements.  Your application will be reviewed to confirm you possess the experience described in the qualifications section.


Human Resources will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  


The Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAs) necessary for succesful performance in this position are:

  • Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and related Government acquisition regulatory and statutory guidance.
  • Ability to develop contractual terms and conditions, and to serve as a contractual authority and advisor.
  • Knowledge of contract types, methods, and techniques including cost and incentive contracting, award fee, cost sharing arrangements, processing of unsolicited proposals, multiple awards, special provisions relating to proprietary rights and rights in data.


If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.


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DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)); Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, life and long-term care insurance, 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 development opportunities.  For more information, go to and select 'Benefits'.


Background Investigation:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency’s core values of vigilance, service to country and integrity.  During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (i.e., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy) and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances.  A polygraph examination may be required.   


Upon selection, candidates will be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a Single Scope background investigation for placement into this position.  For more information, please see


Probationary Period:  All employees new to the Federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his / her initial permanent Federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment.  Current and former Federal employees may also be required to serve or complete a probationary period.


CBP uses E-Verify to validate all newly hired applicants' ability to work legally in the United States.  To learn more about E-Verify, please see:


Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:


   1.  Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad such as vacations); or

   2.  Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or

   3.  Have been a dependent of a United States Federal or military employee serving overseas.


Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete stateside coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination. Examples include: the stateside addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas; the company headquarters where the applicant's personnel file is located; professor(s) in charge of the applicant's "Study Abroad" program or; church records for the applicant's overseas church missions. Applicants must provide this information with their application for employment.


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To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register or sign into Application Manager.  Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation.  Please see the "Required Documents" section for additional information.  All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, August 01, 2014


You are not required to submit official documentation as part of your application package. However, if selected, you must provide the required official documentation prior to appointment.  


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


If any part of your application is not received, it will be evaluated solely on the information available.


  • Resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English.  It should contain each position, title, grade (if Federal), your duties, accomplishments, the dates you held each position, and your work schedule and salary so we may best assess your qualifications.
  • Your responses to the View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Are you qualifying based on education?  Please submit a copy of your college transcripts if basing any part of your qualifications on education or if there is a positive education requirement.  Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials.  For a list of accrediting agencies, please see  If selected, official transcripts are required. 
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Please submit a separation notice; SF-50; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at
  • Veterans Documentation (if applicable): DD214 showing the dates you served, your discharge type, and the campaign badges or expeditionary medals you earned, Standard Form 15 click this link for a copy of the SF-15:  If you are currently serving on active duty, a statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals you earned, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.


For more information about veterans preference, please see:


It is your responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate.  Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.  If a document is not in a legible format, you will not be able to view it in Application Manager and you must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of the announcement.


Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or e-mail.  The address below is for inquiries only.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Hiring Center listed at the end of this job announcement at least two days prior to the closing date for further instructions.  You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.


Indianapolis Hiring Center
Phone: (317)715-3000
Agency Information:
CBP Indianapolis Hiring Center
6650 Telecom Drive
Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN


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/or interviews.  We will notify you by e-mail after each of these steps has been completed.  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 application. 

For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.


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