Contract Specialist


Vacancy ID: 830198   Announcement Number: FRTIB-13-MP-025-830198   USAJOBS Control Number: 336386000

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. It is important to note that all of your responses are subject to review and verification based on the documents and references you submit.  If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you will be rate ineligible or your score will be lowered.

A. I have read the above statement.

2. From the descriptions below, please choose the best answer that demonstrates that you meet the basic requirements for the 1102 Contract Specialist Series.

A. I have a bachelor's degree that includes or is 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 have been employed as a Contract Specialist since at least January 1, 2000, with no break in service.
C. I do not possess the above requirements.

3. From the description below please choose the best answer that demonstrates your experience required for this Contract Specialist GS-1102-13 position.

A. I have at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience includes specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that includes procuring supplies and services; advising technical personnel on the development of statements of work; formulating contracting approach; securing supplies and services through use of both formally advertised and negotiated procurements; administering contracts; planning and conducting detailed contract price/cost analyses; and reviewing procurement actions to determine cost effectiveness and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
B. I do not meet the experience describe above.

4. From the description below please choose the best answer that demonstrates your experience required for this Contract Specialist GS-1102-14 position.

A. I have at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience includes specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service that includes planning, negotiating, leading, and administering complex procurements of goods, systems or services, using a wide variety of cost and fixed-price contracts, multi-year contracts and extensive use of subcontractors; developing complex contractual pricing arrangements and incentives; auditing or reviewing major acquisitions, presenting findings, recommending corrective actions and policy or procedure improvements; and advising and developing agency-wide procurement processes and systems, procedures and policies.
B. I do not meet the experience described above.

5. From the description below please choose the best answer that demonstrates your training required for this GS-1102-13 position.

A. I have completed all mandatory Level I and Level II training prescribed by the agency for progression to GS-13 level contracting positions.
B. I do not meet the mandatory training described above.

6. From the description below please choose the best answer that demonstrates your training required for this GS-1102-14 position.

A. I have completed all mandatory Level I, Level II and Level III training prescribed by the agency for progression to GS-14 level contracting positions.
B. I do not meet the mandatory training described above.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

7. Assist agency staff in refining the scope of procurement needs to ensure maximum clarity and conciseness.

8. Plan and coordinate the acquisition process.

9. Formulate the contracting approach to be taken that will best satisfy the requirement and ensure a legally sufficient contract.

10. Develop and document the overall strategy for managing the acquisition in coordination with the customer/partner.

11. Collect and analyze relevant market research information from Government and non-government sources to facilitate development of the acquisition plan.

12. Use the appropriate sourcing approach and define solicitation terms and conditions based on the business strategy.

13. Prepare and draft sole source justifications.

14. Evaluate the qualifications of vendors/suppliers.

15. Address questions and clarify issues from bidders on matters represented in SOW.

16. Determine responsiveness and responsibility of low bidders in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.

17. Determine responsibility in the areas of capability to perform and fiscal soundness with responsive contractors.

18. Conduct pre-award survey on contractors past performance to ascertain the capability to perform a contract.

19. Experience with non-FAR Acquisition Policies.

20. Work with Integrated Product Teams.

NARRATIVE: For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date). Briefly describe the specific experience in your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

21. Serve as a primary point of contact concerning contractual matters.

22. Plan, direct, coordinate, and manage the various contracting functions, including administering, modifying, closing out and terminating contracts.

23. Monitor and manage the contract, contractor performance, quality and compliance with contract terms and conditions.

24. Take appropriate actions and apply remedies to protect the rights of the Government.

25. Resolve problems of delivery, production, quality, inspection, and other pertinent matters.

26. Assure contractor compliance with applicable laws.

27. Draft show cause letters and cure notices as a prelude to terminations.

28. Close out contract upon completion of contract, resolution of all conflicts, and final disposition of payment.

29. Use technology throughout the entire contract life-cycle.

30. Procure and Administer Performance-based contracts.

NARRATIVE: For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date). Briefly describe the specific experience in your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

31. Use financial analysis to evaluate cost and price proposals.

32. Select the appropriate contracting financing terms and /or conditions for a given contract.

33. Track expenditures to ensure compliance with contract terms.

34. Analyse and renegotiate cost/price of contract as appropriate.

35. Understand cost accounting and reporting systems.

36. Understand and monitor the overall financial performance of the contract and draw accurate conclusions from financial information.

NARRATIVE: For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date). Briefly describe the specific experience in your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

37. Employ established processes and techniques (e.g., tradeoffs, lowest price technically acceptable) to make well informed source selection decisions.

38. Guide customers/partners through the review, negotiation and evaluation of bids and proposals process.

39. Make award decisions that meet the mission needs of the organization.

40. Work with customers/partners and vendors to craft mutually agreeable contract terms, conditions and price.

41. Document source selection decisions and draft contracts that include the agreed upon terms, conditions, special provisions and negotiated price.

42. Facilitate the process of seeking and obtaining bids and proposals in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

43. Facilitate exchange of information among interested parties early on, and throughout the process to improve the understanding of Government requirements.

44. Develop and ensure distribution of proper notices and requests regarding solicitation (e.g., pre-solicitation notice, request for proposal, request for information).

45. Employ various methods and tools, such as requests for information and pre-proposal conferences, to facilitate the most effective and efficient solicitation process.

46. Draft and develop contract performance plans.

NARRATIVE: For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date). Briefly describe the specific experience in your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

47. As previously explained, your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.  Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period.

Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy.  Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes. I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.
B. No. I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.