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Job Title:  Contract Specialist GS-1102-13 (Direct Hire)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  SO-AGO-2014-0045

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$72,391.00 to $94,108.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 to Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Career-Career Conditional Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Boulder, CO View Map
Silver Spring, MD View Map
Kansas City, MO View Map
Norfolk, VA View Map
Seattle, WA View Map
All qualified United States Citizens or Nationals
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice; under this recruitment procedure, each location identified in this Public Notice will accept applications and make selections for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be an actual vacancy at the time you submit your application. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

• A one year probationary period will be required under the Direct Hire Authority unless you are a current Department of Commerce Employee and are in the same line of work and with no more than a 30 day break in service.
• Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this Public Notice.
• CTAP/ICTAP applicants must identify themselves by placing "CTAP/ICTAP" in the subject line of the email when they apply.

This position is located in the NOAA Acquisition and Grants Office (AGO), a corporate staff office of the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). AGO acquires products and services and awards the financial assistance necessary to meet the mission and goals of NOAA. Through the award of contracts and grants, AGO administers more than half the NOAA outlay each year. AGO plans, designs and coordinates acquisition and grants standards, practices, and procedures for all NOAA offices and their subordinate entities. It provides program direction and guidance to the NOAA headquarters and field procurement and grants organizations. AGO awards and administers all NOAA acquisition and financial assistance transactions and it provides acquisition and financial assistance services to DOC operating units and services other Federal agencies on a reimbursable basis.

Salary ranges will vary based on the location. The Salary listed is BASE salary only and does NOT include locality. Please visit: OPM Salary Charts for specific salary information related to a specific location.

The directions for applying to this announcement can be found in the “How to Apply” section of this Public Notice.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • If selected, required to complete OGE Form 450 financial disclosure.
  • This position is not in the bargaining unit.


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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Plan, negotiate, lead, and/or administer complex procurements of goods, systems or services.
  • Develop and/or review complex contractual pricing arrangements and incentives.
  • Audit or review major acquisitions of similar complexity, present findings, recommend corrective actions and policy or procedure improvements.
  • Review, advise on, develop and recommend operating unit-wide or agency-wide procurement processes and systems.


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Qualification requirements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

This position has a an individual occupational/educational requirement. Transcripts must be submitted.

Applicants must meet the education, training and experience requirements listed in paragraphs A, B, and C below to qualify for this Public Notice.

A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the Department of Commerce for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions 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, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. For further information concerning required mandatory training visit:


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. In addition to the mandatory training prescribe by Department of Commerce that is sufficient to obtain a Level-III Certificate, applicants must also have:

80 hours of Continuous Learning Points every two years. For guidance on meeting this requirement visit the following website: on Appendix E – Guidance on Meeting Continuous Learning Points.

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 at grades 13 and above are 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. This exception does not apply if there was a break in service after January 1, 2001.

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. The senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the 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 within that agency without additional waiver action. Waivers will only be granted in rare and unusual circumstances such as when there are no qualified candidates readily available.

To qualify at the GS 13 Level:

In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service (GS-12). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies / knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

Specialized experience at this grade is defined as:

  • Experience in performing the full range of pre-award and/or post-award activities utilizing various types of contracts such as fixed price, various cost types, requirements, performance based and multiple award schedules. AND
  • Experience procuring a variety of complex or specialized products and/or services. AND
  • Experience conducting reviews of contracts or contracting actions. AND
  • Experience making recommendations or plan improvements to an organization's procurement program.


Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Veteran’s Preference does not apply to direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as a new appointment to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service and require a new probationary period. Please do not provide written responses to the KSA's listed below.

  1. Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and related acquisition regulatory and statutory guidance.
  2. Knowledge of the marketplace and sources for the acquisition in order to advise on appropriate acquisition strategy and roles.
  3. Ability to define requirements, advise on evaluation criteria, and identify performance metrics (where appropriate).
  4. Skill in selecting the most appropriate pricing arrangement, performing solicitation and negotiation activities and creating the award document.
  5. Skill in conducting post-award orientation, enforcing contractor compliance, modifying, terminating and performing contract close-out.

To preview questions please click here.


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CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents along with required documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents along with required documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level,and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on CTAP/ICTAP:

NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.


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Please do not apply through USAJobs. Applications received through USAJobs will not be considered. You must apply by sending your application to the designated email address listed below. If you fail to submit all required documents to the appropriate email, you will not be considered for the position.

Submit your resume, including required documents to the email listed below:

Boulder, Co applicants -
Kansas City, MO applicants -
Norfolk, Va applicants -
Silver Springs, MD applicants -
Seattle, WA applicants -

Include the announcement number and grade (GS-13) and location you are applying for in the subject line of the email. You must submit a separate application for each location you wish to be considered for. Your application MUST be received during the open period of the announcement.

This Direct Hire Public Notice will be used to build a list / inventory of applicants that may be referred as vacancies become available. If you fail to complete the application process fully, your application will be considered incomplete and you may not receive consideration for any vacancies that may be filled from this Public Notice until all of the required information has been submitted.


You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete or is missing the required supporting documentation.

Resume and dated cover letter. Your resume must demonstrate that you meet both the Basic AND Specialized Experience requirements. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your education and work experience including the beginning date (mm/dd/yy) and ending date (mm/dd/yy) of each employment period along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Also include day and evening numbers, with the best time to reach you.
College transcripts. This position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an official or unofficial transcript. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.
Mandatory training: Submit a copy of either your FAC-C Level III certificate -or- a DAWIA level III certificate AND proof of completion of mandatory training classes. Submit either each course certificate or a list of completed courses detailing official course title, course number, training provider, training hours completed, and the date completed.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information). CTAP/ICTAP applicants must identify themselves by placing "CTAP/ICTAP" in the subject line of the email when they apply.

NOTE: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. You will be required to submit official documents prior to appointment. The agency will verify the information provided.


WFMO Staffing
Phone: 816-426-2039
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Kansas Ciity Staffing Division
601 East 12th Street
Room 1713
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


Applicants will ONLY be contacted if management would like to schedule an interview. Interviews may be arranged at the discretion of the Acquisition and Grants Office for those subject to further consideration based upon their qualifications. The mailboxes are not monitored to address other questions or inquiries.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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