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    Summary

    This position is the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK), National Enterprises, National and International Outreach, Library of Congress.

    The position description number for this position is 368973.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

    Basic Requirements:
    A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years 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.
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    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. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be 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 under Paragraph D.
    D. 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. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, 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.

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    Responsibilities

    The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) program supports mission activity to serve federal libraries and information centers as their purchasing, training and resource-sharing consortium. Additionally, FEDLINK helps federal library customers by providing the expertise of Library of Congress librarians, contracting officers, financial managers, and customer service representatives — getting the best products and services at the best available prices.

    Serves as the Supervisory Contract Specialist of FEDLINK, reporting to the FEDLINK Executive Director. FEDLINK is an organization of federal agencies working together to achieve optimum use of the resources and facilities of federal libraries and information centers by promoting common services, coordinating and sharing available resources, and providing continuing professional education for federal library and information staff. FEDLINK serves as a forum for discussion of the policies, programs, procedures and technologies that affect federal libraries and the information services they provide to their agencies, to the Congress, the federal courts and the American people.

    Manage day-to-day operations of the award and administration of purchase orders and contracts. Serve as a Contracting Officer and be responsible for the solicitation, award and administration of major contracts, and for the work of subordinate Contract Specialists and Contract Liaisons. Serve as an expert and consultant on procurement matters; assist in the development of acquisition planning, internal controls and operating procedures.

    Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-14 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision relative to the staff supervised. Plan work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjust short-term priorities, and prepare schedules for completion of work; assign work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees; observes workers’ performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques.

    Directs FEDLINK’S contracting operations, establishes performance measures, monitors and evaluates performance to ensure that the procurement system continually meets these standards. Approves all major procurements prior to issuance and ensures adequate controls are in place for all procurements not subject to direct review and approval. Awards and administers contracts for major, long-term, and complex procurement actions involving multiple contractors and subcontractors.

    Directs procurements that include a wide array of complex professional and technical services where there is a lack of precedent and experience. Plans, develops, and establishes the contractual strategy for the overall acquisition program. Determines the types of contracts to be used, and prepares justifications. Has complete authority for all contractual actions and phases of the program including planning, solicitation, negotiation, award, and contract administration including claims, terminations, and closeouts.

    Reviews and approves all acquisition plans and contract actions covering the procurement of commercial information services, publications in any format, and library support services. Serves as a lead negotiator and principal expert on complex and unique contract types/terms and conditions.

    Serves as an authority on developing and interpreting procurement guidelines, policies, regulations and/or legislation. Has authority to develop and/or modify program parameters to meet the unique needs of FEDLINK contract operations by appropriate staffing, establishment of operational policies, initiation and implementation of special projects to enhance operations and address issues.

    Provides authoritative technical leadership of FEDLINK contract operations and oversees the development and recommendations of contracting policies in all functional areas of procurement, to include acquisition planning; evaluation, negotiation, and source selection; and contract administration.

    Chairs or serves on various intra-Library committees and task forces dealing with new technologies, policy developments, surveys, and projects designed to enhance the adequacy and efficiency of services.

    Advises NIO senior leadership on contracting matters. Serves as Acting FEDLINK Executive Director as necessary. Presents and advocates to the management on acquisition regulatory and policy trends to secure senior leadership direction.

    Represents, leads, and/or participates in conferences attended by top level representatives of industry and government to establish/redefine acquisition policies within FEDLINK, further the coordination and accomplishment of the acquisition program and to resolve complex problems affecting current and planned acquisition programs. Meets with leaders in the industry as a FEDLINK representative to promote better government/industry relations.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

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