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Job Title:  Contract Specialist - DEU
Agency:  Federal Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  OED-ACQ-2014-0010

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 7, 2014 to Friday, August 22, 2014
Competitive Service - Full-Time, Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All Qualified Candidates
Not Applicable


About the Agency

The Financial Management Office is responsible for all pre-award and post-award functions involving both general and highly specialized acquisitions of significant importance to the agency.
Please note: If you would like to be considered under the Merit Promotion process please apply to vacancy announcement number OED-ACQ-2014-0010


  • U.S. citizenship.
  • This position is not included in the bargaining unit.
  • Education requirement
  • Relocation costs will not be paid.


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If selected for this position, you will serve as a contract specialist engaged in procurement of technical and specialized equipment and services; alteration and repair of facilities and equipment in place. You will perform pre-award and post award functions for assigned contracts and;

  • Provide guidance to technical personnel involved in the development of the performance work statement/statement of objectives or other requirements, information and documentation;
  • Formulate the contracting approach to be taken that will best satisfy the requirement, which include approvals and evaluating each contract on a purchase, lease, and lease-to-purchase basis;
  • Ensure that bid schedules for formally advertised procurements are properly structured, prepare the solicitations, determine sources to be solicited, conduct pre-bid conferences, process protests, determine the responsiveness of bids and determine the responsibility of the apparent awardee based on an analysis of financial and technical information gained during the pre-award survey, and recommend the award of the contract;
  • Plan the course of action for negotiated procurements using Integrated Project Teams consisting of technical, legal, and other stakeholders provide guidance in development of the acquisition package;
  • Conduct pre-proposal conferences, receive and evaluate proposals in conjunction with other technical personnel, determine the competitive range, enter into negotiations as needed, prepare award documents and make presentation to contract board of awards or source selection authority when appropriate; and respond to inquiries, including formal protests and congressional inquiries;
  • Monitor contractor performance in relation to the completion schedule required by the contract, ensure timely submission of technical progress reports, take appropriate action to expedite delivery or performance when required by mission changes, monitor contractor use of Government-furnished property inventories, and issue change orders occasioned by changes in mission requirements, defective specifications, changed site conditions, or changes in Government-furnished property;
  • Construct contract modifications, review contract payments, determine liquidated or actual damages for nonperformance, issue show cause or cure-notices, recommend termination of contracts for default or convenience and negotiate settlements, and prepare replies to other involved agencies, appeal boards, or congressional inquiries.
  • Assists the Chief Acquisition Officer in reviewing organization requests for purchase card holders, determining each cardholder's delegation of procurement authority, monitoring card use and recommending appropriate action if abuses are found, ensuring card cancellations when a cardholder leaves the agency, maintaining purchase card policies and recommending changes to the CAO, and working with the agency coordinator to notify cardholders of relevant regulatory and policy changes. Documents, monitors, and recommends improvements to the purchase card program’s internal controls in coordination with the AOPC.


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In order to meet the basic requirement, applicants must possess: 
A.  4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; OR
B.  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.
Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met this requirement for positions they occupied on January 1, 2000. Please submit your SF-50 as supporting documentation.  
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT, applicants must possess the following:
At the GS-12 level;

  • 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. 
Examples of specialized experience at the GS-11 level include; experience using contracting principles and procedures sufficient to procure and/or administer contracts for a variety of specialized equipment, services, and/or construction; experience negotiating sole source contracts and modifications; and experience using a variety of fixed-price and cost contracts, special provisions and incentives, and unique regulatory requirements pertinent to diverse procurements. Federal Acquistion Institute Level I Contracting Certification (or equivalent) Contracting Level II desired.
At the GS-13 level;
  • 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. 
Examples of specialized experience at the GS-12 level include; comprehensive knowledge of contracting principles and laws, statues, regulations (particularly the Federal Acquisition Regulation or FAR) and policies affecting federal contracting. experience performing pre and post award contracting functions including price/cost analysis, negotiations, administration, and termination for supplies, services, materials and equipment. Federal Acquisiton Institute Level II Contracting Certification (or equivalent), Contracting Level III desired.

To be considered qualified for this position applicants must provide transcripts (unofficial or official) that verifies they meet the basic education requirement for this position. 

All applications must be received on-line via


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Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1:  To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account.  Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2:  After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions.  The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through  USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions.  Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted.  If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.  Some of the items listed may not apply to you.
  • Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position 
  • Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
  • Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
  • Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
  • Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)
  • SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference) 
  •  Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of Work experience include:
    __ Job title
    __ Series/grade (if Federal employment)
    __ Duties and accomplishments
    __ Employer's name and address
    __ Supervisor's name and contact information
    __ Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
    __ Number of hours worked per week
    __ Salary
    __ Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
  • Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
  • Certificates/licenses (current).  
  • Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
  • A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)
  • Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.


Keyonna Washington
Phone: 202-326-2853
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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