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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Western Area Power Administration

Job Announcement Number:WAPA-14-DE-293

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,923.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 to Monday, July 28, 2014




This is a full-time position - This is a permanent position




1 vacancy - Billings, MT View Map
1 vacancy - Fort Peck, MT View Map


All U.S. Citizens
This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy # WAPA-14-MP-293. 


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About the Agency

Where would I be working?
Western Area Power Administration
Upper Great Plains Region
B1500 Procurement
Duty Station: Either Ft. Peck, MT (preferred) or Billings, MT
1 vacancy exists that may be filled at Ft. Peck, MT (preferred) or Billings, MT

Find out more about living conditions at this duty station.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel of 2 or more days per month may be required.


  • Yes
  • Travel/relocation costs may be paid at the discretion of the agency, according to FTR policy and/or budget.


  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • Travel/relocation costs may be paid at the discretion of the agency.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements


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At the full performance level the incumbent will serve as a Contracting Officer. Accomplishes procurement and administration of contracts for supplies, equipment, services, construction, and/or architect-engineering services.  Items range from common use to technical and specialized items. In accomplishing the responsibilities of the position, incumbent performs the following:  assists program offices in the development of requirements; develops action plans; prepares and issues solicitation documents; evaluates bids/proposals; prepares all required documentation to support award; administers contracts and monitors contract performance.  Exercises Contracting Officer's authority as delegated by the Head of the Contracting Activity.


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You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. You may review the qualification requirements here:
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
To qualify for this position, you must be certified at Level I in either Federal Acquisition Contracting-Certification (FAC-C) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).
GS-9: Fundamental experience in performing a basic range of contracting responsibilities for simplified procurements (cradle to grave): acquisition planning, market research, requirements development, solicitation, best value analysis, award, administration and close-out functions.  Level 1 certification required.
GS-11: Experience in the full range of contracting activities to include solicitation, evaluation, negotiation, award, administration and close-out of contracts.  This experience may have been gained through such activities as developing solicitation documentation, formal advertising, and contract administration, utilizing sealed bid or negotiation techniques, on competitive or sole source, award fee or incentive or cost type contracts.  Level 1 required. Level II required within 18 months.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do NOT provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.
1.Ability to operate in various procurement and financial-related electronic systems to properly prepare and administer procurement actions.
2.Ability to analyze requirements and determine appropriate contract type and acquisition methodology.
3.Ability to prepare and issue solicitation documents
4.Knowledge of contract types, including use of standard and modified provisions to suit unique procurement situations. 
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 

Basic Requirement is a  4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in any field;  OR At least 24 semester hours in an accredited college or university in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
This position specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You must upload transcript of grades.
This position is designated for inclusion in the Acquisition Career Development Program.
(For GS9) This is a Department of Energy Acquisition Position in the Contracting Career Field. You must be certified at Level I in either Federal Acquisition Contracting-Certification (FAC-C) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).
(For GS 11) This is a Department of Energy Acquisition Position in the Contracting Career Field. It is a contracting Level II position. If selected, you must possess Level I as above and meet Level II Federal Acquisition Contracting- Certification (FAC-C) requirements within 18 months of date of hire.

You must be certified at Level I in either Federal Acquisition Contracting-Certification (FAC-C) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and upload your certification.


Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online résumé/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and above.
If your résumé is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.
To preview questions please click here.


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Some positions may require completion of a probationary period.
If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position may require overnight travel of 2 days per month.
If selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probation period.
If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition.  However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish the application. Our application system displays a deadline timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.
Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed résumé. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded résumés and require that you have a completed résumé within your USAJOBS profile using the Résumé Builder (click the link for more information).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the Apply Now button.
  4. You must respond to all application assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to): transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and other supporting documents.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process--YOU ARE NOT DONE YET! You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
Your USAJOBS status page may show a complete application even if you have not fully completed the final step of the application process.
If your résumé does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Résumé Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
If you cannot apply online because of a disability, please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
 If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this position: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Individuals who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service must upload a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, which indicates your nature of discharge.   If you are applying as a disabled veteran, in addition to the DD-214, you must upload a copy of your letter from either the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs that officially documents your disability, if any.  Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.


Ruby Dunbar
Phone: 406-255-2826
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-269-9877
Agency Information:
Western Area Power Administration
2900 4th Ave. North
Billings, MT
Fax: 000-000-0000


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