Contract Specialist GS-1102-13/14


Vacancy ID: 788531   Announcement Number: MG2012-01531-JMS-788531DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 331375800

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Choose one answer that best describes your experience as related to the minimum qualification requirements for this GS-1102-13, Contract Specialist position.

A. I have at least one (1) year of specialized experience in the federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or private sector that is equivalent to at least a GS-12 level that has given me experience in all contractual actions and phases of a program, including planning, requirements definition, acquisition strategy, pre-solicitation conferences, source selection plan, evaluation plan, negotiations, competitive range determination, and ultimate selection coordinating with assigned organizations.
B. My experience is less than that described above.

2. Choose one answer that best describes your experience as related to the minimum qualification requirements for this GS-1102-14, Contract Specialist position.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. My experience includes writing and implementing policy on operational acquisition activities such as FAR, financial management, budgeting, and procurement professionalism.
B. My experience is less than that described above.

3. Choose one answer below that best describes your educational requirements for this GS-1102-13, Contract Specialist position.

A. I have completed all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency to progress to a GS-13 or higher level contracting position which includes at least four (4) years experience in contracting or related positions. At least one (1) year of that experience was specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level AND 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.
B. I qualify for an exception to the basic requirement since I am a Federal employee occupying a GS-1102 position (as a GS-13, GS-14, or GS-15) since January 1, 2000.
C. My education is less than that described above.

4. Choose one answer below that best describes your educational requirements for this GS-1102-14, Contract Specialist position.

A. I have completed all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency to progress to a GS-14 or higher level contracting position which includes at least four (4) years experience in contracting or related positions. At least one (1) year of that experience was specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level AND 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.
B. I qualify for an exception to the basic requirement since I am a Federal employee occupying a GS-1102 position (as a GS-13, GS-14, or GS-15) since January 1, 2000.
C. My education is less than that described above.

5. Which one of the following answers best reflects the highest level of skill you have demonstrated on a routine basis as a part of your job in providing customer service?

A. I have experience answering customer inquiries on complex matters, doing any necessary research, and interacting persuasively with groups and individuals at all organizational/agency levels to resolve any customer concerns.
B. I have experience with fielding and responding to customer inquiries on complex matters, which have been assigned to me and were overseen by my supervisor.
C. I have experience interacting with groups and individuals on non-sensitive but complex issues, exercising judgment and discretion in releasing information to external contacts.
D. I have experience answering routine questions from internal and external contacts, relying on readily-available factual data.
E. I have experience referring customer inquiries to fellow coworkers.
F. None of the above.

6. A customer directs a question to you, but you are not sure of the correct answer. What do you do?

A. Refer the customer to a staff member that you think may know the answer.
B. Tell the customer that you are unable to respond to their question, as you do not know the correct answer and do not want to advise them incorrectly.
C. Research the question at hand by consulting existing policies, procedures, applicable regulations, and/or the expertise of fellow staff members, and then respond to the customer.
D. Tell the customer to access relevant resources (existing policies, procedures, and applicable regulations), so that he/she can determine the answer himself/herself.
E. Find a staff member that knows the correct answer, and ask him/her to respond to the customer directly. Afterwards, confirm with the customer that they received the information they needed.
F. None of the above.

7.

You received a requisition and determined that the supporting documentation is inadequate. What do you do?

A. Because it is the customer’s responsibility to submit a complete requisition with adequate documentation, reject the requisition and notify the customer that you cannot process the requisition until adequate supporting documentation is resubmitted.
B. Reject the requisition and provide the customer with links to helpful resources to guide them through rewriting the supporting documentation.
C. Contact the customer, explain in detail why the documentation is inadequate and how it can be improved, and offer to assist in developing adequate documentation.
D. None of the above.

8. From the options below, please choose the answer that describes your experience managing and resolving conflicts and disagreements and minimizing negative impact.

A. I have experience dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
B. I have experience interacting and working with multiple levels of co-workers, supervisors and high level management.
C. I have experience identifying and responding to critical events with diplomacy and action.
D. I have experience staying with a position or plan of action until the desired objective was achieved or it was no longer reasonably attainable.
E. I have experience persuading others to accept findings, recommendations, changes or alternative viewpoints.
F. I have experience guiding individuals (subordinates, peers, superiors) or groups toward task accomplishment.
G. I have experience maintaining effectiveness in varying environments and with varying tasks, responsibilities, or people.
H. I have experience negotiating with others to reach agreement, settlement, consensus, compliance or a solution.
I. None of the above.

9. Throughout your career, how many experiences do you have building consensus among conflicting interests in order to achieve an organizational goal?

A. 0 experiences
B. 1 to 3 experiences
C. 4 to 10 experiences
D. 11 or more experiences

10. Select the one statement below that best describes your highest level of experience managing multiple assignments, conflicting priorities, and multi-tasking, while maintaining good customer service and meeting various deadlines.

A. I have experience in working under pressure where fluctuating deadlines and priorities often occur. Throughout these experiences I have been able to maintain a customer service focus, meet deadlines, solve program issues, and keep stakeholders informed concurrently.
B. I have experience in working under pressure to complete accurate, timely, and technically-sound data while providing good customer service and meeting deadlines.
C. I have experience managing time and resources where numerous shifts in priorities occur to develop a product or meet program objectives.
D. I have experience in accomplishing tasks while maintaining good customer service.
E. I have experience maintaining an acceptable level of performance when working under pressure and/or opposition.
F. None of the above.

11. Indicate the extent to which you have planned and organized your own work.

A. I have completed my own work according to specific instructions given to me by my supervisor(s).
B. I have prioritized and planned my own work, taking into account priorities and assignments.
C. I have organized my own work, mainly involving recurring assignments.
D. None of the above.

12. From the following choices, please select the statement(s) where you have at least 10 separate writing experiences.
 

A. Overseeing the writing and editing of Justifications for Other than Full and Open Competition (JOFOCs).
B. Writing and editing materials concerning procurement actions including statements of work, technical and cost evaluations, cost analysis, blanket purchase agreements and contracts.
C. Preparing reports pertaining to procurement operations in response to inquiries from oversight agencies (e.g. Department head, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Federal Procurement Policy).
D. Writing and editing internal memoranda relating to procurement operations, policy, or procedure.
E. Writing and editing correspondence that presents procurement data.
F. None of the above.

13. Throughout your career, how many substantive internal operating procedures, directly related to Federal Acquisition Regulations, have you written?

A. 0
B. 1 to 3
C. 4 to 10
D. 11 or more procedures

14. Have you effectively led or overseen the settlement of at least 10 contractor disputes, dealing with invoicing or scope of work?

A. Yes
B. No

15. I have experience in the application of the laws and regulations governing the use and promotion of small and disadvantaged businesses.

A. True
B. False

16. I have experience in the use of negotiation techniques and the ability to meet and deal with representatives of the private sector and/or Government experts or managers sufficient to procure high dollar value and complex services, equipment, and systems.

A. True
B. False

17. Choose the one statement that best describes your experience in advising customers who do not have extensive procurement experience on their requirements packages. This includes providing feedback on delineation of tasks and deliverables in the statement of work, effectiveness of the evaluation criteria and quality review of independent government cost estimates, etc.

A. Submitting an acceptable requirements package is the customer's responsibility.
B. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
C. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee
D. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
E. None of the above.

18. Please select the answer that applies to you.

A. I have a Contract Officer warrant in my current position.
B. I do not have a Contract Officer warrant in my current position, but I have had a federal agency warrant in the past three years.
C. I have never had a Contract Officer warrant, or I had a warrant more than three years ago.

19. Choose the one statement that best describes your experience serving either as the awarding Contract Officer or the servicing Contract Specialist for product procurements.

 

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

20. Choose the one statement that best describes your experience serving either as the awarding Contract Officer or the servicing Contract Specialist for service procurements involving detailed statements of work, delivery schedules and technical evaluation criteria.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
E. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

21. Choose the one statement that best describes your experience serving either as the awarding Contract Officer or the servicing Contract Specialist for procurements requiring Justification for Other than Full and Open Competition.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
E. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

22. Choose the one statement that best describes your experience in advising senior agency executives on options for highly visible or highly sensitive procurements.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
E. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

23. Choose the one statement that best describes your experience serving either as the awarding Contract Officer or the servicing Contract Specialist advising on contract administration of a labor hours contract or task order.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

24. What is/was the highest procurement warrant you have held within the past three years?

A. Unlimited
B. Unlimited in only some categories
C. Limited, but above the simplified acquisition procedures threshold (SAP)
D. SAP Only
E. None of the above

25. What is the highest level of Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Certification or Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Program Manager Certification you have held in the past three years?

A. FAC-C Level I
B. FAC-C Level II
C. FAC-C Level III
D. DAWIA Level I
E. DAWIA Level II
F. DAWIA Level III
G. DHS AP Level I
H. DHS AP Level II
I. DHS AP Level III
J. I have not been certified in the past three years.

26. How many source selection panels have you led or overseen over the past five years?

A. 0
B. 1 to 3
C. 4 to 10
D. 11 or more selection panels

27. Throughout your career, how many training sessions or formal information briefings, directly related to procurement regulations, have you delivered?

A. 0
B. 1 to 3
C. 4 to 10
D. 11 or more sessions or briefings