This assessment section includes questions to determine if you are in the area of consideration for this vacancy. Please choose A (Yes) or B (No) for each of the following items to identify which of the following descriptions applies to you. Failure to respond to these questions may result in an ineligible rating.A- Yes
1. CURRENT EMPLOYEE: Are you currently a permanent federal employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? (A copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, that has Items 24 and 34 completed is required at the time of application.)
2. TRANSFER: Are you currently a permanent federal employee employed at an agency other than VA? (A copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, that has Items 24 and 34 completed is required at the time of application)
3. If you are a current Federal employee, please choose the statement that best describes your federal employment background compared to the target grade level of the position.A. PROMOTION: I have not held the target grade of the vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade of the vacancy, on a permanent basis.
4. REINSTATEMENT: Are you a former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility? To be eligible for reinstatement, (1) you must have served in a career appointment, or (2) You must have served on a career-conditional appointment which ended during the past three years. Note: the three-year limit does not apply to applicants with Veterans preference. This three-year limit is extended for those who have had other federal service since the career-conditional appointment ended, by the length of that other employment. A copy of the most recent, or last Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, issued during that federal employment is required at the time of application. Please make sure that the document has Items 24 and 34 completed.A. Yes
5. If you are a former Federal employee who answered yes to question 4, please choose the statement that best describes the highest grade you held in these appointments.A. REINSTATEMENT - COMPETITIVE: I have not held the target grade of the vacancy, or a grade higher than the target grade, on a permanent basis.
6. 30% DISABLED VETERAN: Are you eligible for appointment as a 30% or more compensable disabled Veteran? To be eligible, you must have retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more, OR have a rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs showing a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. (Please include in your Application for 10-Point Preference, SF-15, and the documents required by the SF-15.)A. Yes
7. VETERAN'S RECRUITMENT ACT: Are you eligible for a Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA) appointment? To be eligible, you must have been separated under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge). Also, you must be: (1) a disabled Veteran; or (2) a Veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized (you must have received the campaign badge or medal); or (3) A Veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which you received an Armed Forces Service Medal; or (4) a recently separated Veteran (separated within the past three years). VRA eligibles may be appointed to any position for which qualified up to GS-11 or equivalent; the promotion potential of the position is not a factor. (Please include in your application copies of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214, or other proof of your service.)A. Yes
8. VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Are you eligible for a Veterans Employment Opportunity Act appointment? To be eligible, you are a Preference Veteran Preference, or you are Veteran separated after substantially completing at least 3 years of continuous active duty service performed under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge). (Please include in your application copies of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214, or other proof of your service.)A. Yes
1. Please choose the response that best describes your level of education, training and experience as it relates to the work of the Contract Specialist at the GS-14 level.A. I have completed at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience was specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the GS-13 level (but may also have been obtained in the private sector) and it provided me with the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics to perform successfully the work of the position, including: (1) mastery of Federal procurement regulations and contracting policies, procedures and techniques sufficient to prepare sound solicitation documents, and to award, administer and close out contracts; (2) skill in planning, developing and implementing contracting strategy for multi-year acquisition programs or systems involving successive program stages; (3) skill in directing activities of other contracting staff by providing guidance and training; (4) demonstrated ability to establish goals and objectives, plan work to be accomplished by subordinates, and establish work schedules, priorities and procedures; (5) competency communicating orally and in writing to present complex information, provide guidance, and to negotiate or resolve complex or sensitive problems, AND I have 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. (Note: You must include copies of your transcripts.)
The following section will used to determine your level of Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) necessary for contract professionals.
2. Please select the response below that best reflects your level of contract certification. (You will need to include a copy of your FAC-C Level III certification, or FAC-C Level II plus training certificates showing qualifications towards Level III certification with your application.)A. I hold a current FAC-C Level III certification, or industry equivalent, including 80 hours of training within the last two years.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had the education, training, or experience in performing this task.
3. Analyze, interpret and apply Federal procurement regulations or their equivalent.
4. Conceptualize and/or develop a contracting program.
5. Recommend and implement departmental contracting guides or procedures based on evaluating audit reports, studies, regulations or other relevant material.
6. Direct the administration of contracts from inception to final close-out.
7. Use best-value acquisition techniques to process procurements (e.g. cost and price analysis, market and technical information).
8. Evaluate supplier contract performance on previous contracts.
9. Issue modifications pertaining to specification changes or contract terms and conditions.
10. Monitor the progress and performance of contractors (e.g. timely submission of deliverables, timely processing of invoices, or timely submission of reports).
11. Evaluate bids or proposals for compliance with specifications.
12. Review market specifications and use research to develop acquisition plans.
13. Procure commodities and services using competitive procedures, different types of contract, or other acquisition techniques.
14. Prepare various documents based on procurement requirements (e.g. notices on FedBizOps, RFP's, RFQ's).
15. Review technical evaluations and proposals to analyze cost/price and negotiate for contract actions.
16. Direct the activities of other acquisition specialists by establishing work schedules and priorities.
17. Develop a budget and allocate resources for a program.
18. Plan work to be accomplished by subordinates based on consideration of the difficulty and requirements involved and the capabilities of the staff.
19. Evaluate performance of employees and approve or recommend improvements of work projects.
20. Identify training needs of the staff and take a proactive role in their professional development.
21. Meet with interested parties to defend procurement actions, needs or quality of services.
22. Make presentations of source selection decisions or other procurement decisions to upper management.
23. Provide technical advice or information to industry, government agencies, internal customers or other contract specialists.
24. Represent a department or organization at negotiations, conferences or other contracting meetings.
25. I certify 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. (Note: Failure to certify will render you ineligible for consideration.)A. Yes