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Job Title:  Procurement Technician
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  SAOE1-RSR-14-VO1199030-BU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$39,179.00 to $56,135.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 to Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Northampton, MA View Map
White River Junction, VT View Map
ALL STATUS (current/former federal employees, eligible veterans, special hiring authorities)
Public Trust - Background Investigation


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#:  Procurement Technician 4285-A

Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Available

Telework: Available after 12 months

This recruitment is for one position with the Service Area Office (SAO) East Network Contracting Office(NCO) 1, located in White River Junction, VT or Northampton, MA. Duty locations are dependent upon space availability and supervisory approval. Vacancy can be filled at any of the duty locations listed. Indicate which duty location(s) you are interested in on your application.


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 to 5 nights per month


  • No


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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Serves as a Purchase Card Program Coordinator (PCPC) and Dispute Officer, and provides management with reports and analyses of the ongoing operation and outcome of the program. Analyzes and evaluates on a quantitative and qualitative basis the effectiveness of the purchase card program or operations in meeting established goals and objectives. Analyzes program performance data to identify problem areas and impact and prevent fraud and abuse. Coordinates and monitors disputed procurements, billing errors, disputed payments, credits, etc. that are not resolved with the vendor. Audits the development of the program on a daily basis. Provides administrative support for the Purchase Card Program. Performs monthly reviews of undeliverable and partial orders greater than thirty (30) days to ensure the proper action is taken. Serves as Education Liaison for the Purchase Card Program. Conducts formal training for program participants and management officials on various aspects of the program. Develops procedures and systems to establish, operate, and assess the effectiveness of the Purchase Card Program. Makes recommendations to management regarding possible action for non-compliant card holders and approving officials. Identifies areas of concern and non-compliance and makes recommendations to management officials and the Purchase Card Program Manager (PCPM) regarding corrective actions and measures that should be taken.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees or who have held a GS grade anytime in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-06) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to interpreting policy decisions for the Purchase Card Program and/or other operation requirements and developing guidance for implementation of the same. Experienced in preparing and conducting audits and making recommendations to management regarding action for non-compliant cardholders and approving officials. Experience assessing training needs of groups and individuals, and presenting and evaluating effectiveness of training plans, materials, and classes. Experience generating reports in order to provide data for a variety of needs. Skilled in applying analytical and evaluative techniques to the identification, consideration and resolution of issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-07 level.

Additional information on the qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

Competency 1 - Knowledge of financial and acquisition credit card regulations, principles, policies and procedures.

Competency 2 - Ability to effectively work individually or as a team member to perform independent duties involving auditing, training and developing new procedures when needed.

Competency 3 - Skilled in communication techniques to conduct regular audits, training and resultant actions stemming from violations of regulations and policy.

Competency 4 - Experience working with different levels of staff and management on a one-on-one basis or in a small group to resolve program issues.

Competency 5 - Knowledge of a variety of computer software programs, conduct data gathering and data analysis in support of program operations and produce a variety of documents.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work may require some physical effort such as standing, walking, bending, or sitting. There are no special physical demands. 

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. 


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)  provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Placement Policy:  The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé. (Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information).

  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire.

  3. Additional Required Documents (See Required Documents section below).

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onTuesday, September 23, 2014 .

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following links:  After applying, return to Application Manager or My USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire.

  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire ( In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form, please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section.)

  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

  To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID .

  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.



The following documents are required:

  1. Your Résumé (Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information). 

  2. If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (SF-50 must be in PDF format, text format will not be accepted). Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
  3. If you are a former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) as a Federal employee showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (SF-50 must be in PDF format, text format will not be accepted). Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
  4. To receive consideration as a Veteran you must provide legible copies of your DD-214, member 4 copy or another copy that shows all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or a statement of service signed by the commander or you will be deemed INELIGIBLE.  Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.

  5. Performance Appraisal - This document is optional for all applicants.

  6. Military Spouses must submit: Marriage Certificate. Copy of the sponsor's permanent change of station orders showing you as an authorized dependent or when the veteran is unemployed and is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable. Statement that spouse preference is requested for this vacancy and has not previously been used to obtain a position in the commuting area. 


Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything!


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Pittsburgh, PA


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of ineligible due to missing forms. Request for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

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