Job Overview


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


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.