SUPERVISORY CONTRACT SPECIALIST (ASSOCIATE CHIEF)


Vacancy ID: 835314   Announcement Number: CIS-835314-CON   USAJOBS Control Number: 336853100

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Your responses to the on-line questionnaire must be supported by your resume. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

FAILURE TO SELECT A RESPONSE TO THIS QUESTION WILL DEFAULT IN A NEGATIVE RESPONSE, WHICH WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FOR THIS POSITION.

1. There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position(s); (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity; OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas. Do you meet these requirements?

A. Yes
B. No
C. The residency requirement does not apply to me because I am currently a U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services employee.
D. No, however I do fall under the EXCEPTION of state-side coverage.  I understand that I must submit complete state-side coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination at a later time if deemed necessary.

2. Select the statement that best describes your Federal employment status.

A. I am a Federal employee with competitive status or a reinstatement eligible. (Proof is required: a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action or equivalent, as stated in the announcement.)
B. I am a current or former Federal employee eligible for a status appointment under an Interchange Agreement. (Proof is required: a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, a separation notice or other appropriate documentation, as stated in the announcement.)
C. I’m eligible for noncompetitive consideration since I’ve held, or currently hold, a permanent competitive service position in the federal government with equal or higher promotion potential as this position. (Proof is required: a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action or equivalent, as stated in the announcement.)
D. I’m applying under a Program that affords me noncompetitive eligibility. (Proof is required, as stated in the announcement.)
E. I am eligible for a VEOA appointment (i.e., a veteran who is a preference eligible or who has been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.) (Proof is required: a copy of your DD-214 and VA letter, if applicable, as stated in the announcement.)
F. I am applying as an individual with a disability. (Proof is required from a licensed medical professional, a vocational rehabilitation specialist, or from a U.S. territory agency that provides disability benefits, as stated in the announcement.)
G. None of the above.

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

3. Which of the following statements best describes how you meet the basic educational requirements for this occupation?

A. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field that included or was supplemented by 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; AND I have completed mandatory training Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) issued by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) or equivalent to Level 3.
B. I do not possess the requirements described above.

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

4. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level developing, implementing and reviewing complex contracting plans for pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis and a wide variety of procurement activities and providing technical advice, guidance and legal interpretations in all areas of contracting.
B. My experience does not meet the experience described above.

You must provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

For each item, select the ONE response that most accurately describes your current level of experience and capability using the scale below.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

5. Provide supervision necessary to accomplish the mission of the contracting office.

6. Provide technical guidance to staff.

7. Establish guidelines and performance expectations for staff members.

8. Conduct work performance critiques.

9. Resolve informal employee complaints and grievances.

10. Responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity within the branch.

11. Provide expert technical leadership in the area of competition in the acquisition process.

12. Responsible for providing expert technical advice on the functional areas of procurement.

13. Advise management and contracting officers on matters pertaining to contracting actions.

14. Advise program activities in formulating programs to reflect optimum utilization of resources.

15. Oversee the in-depth compliance review and evaluation of complex, contracts.

16. Review contracts and solicitations for appropriate contract type and other contract provisions.

17. Analyze automated contracting systems to provide advice on procurement issues.

18. Interpret policy in day-to-day contact and through formal correspondence.

19. Review contract documents for compliance with regulations and departmental guides or procedures.

20. Provide clear communication both orally and written at high levels within agency.

21. Provide briefings to senior leaders on contract related topics.

22. Responsible for interpreting and providing guidance to staff members on regulations or departmental policies.

23.

There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-13 grade level?

A. Yes, I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-13 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-13 grade level.
C. Not Applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-14 grade level OR I am eligible under a Program that affords me noncompetitive consideration.
D. Not applicable. I am applying as an individual with a disability under a special hiring authority.
E. Not Applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I am a VEOA applicant and not a current Federal employee.

Applicants who have permanently held a position with promotion potential equivalent to GS-14 or higher in the competitive service can be referred for selection without competition under our agency merit promotion procedures.  Details and temporary promotions do not count.  Your responses to the following questions will be used to determine whether or not you can be categorized as a non-competitive eligible.  If you are referred non-competitively based on your responses and that information is later found to be incorrect, you may lose further consideration under this announcement.

24.

Have you ever held (or do you currently hold) a competitive service position on a permanent basis in the federal government with promotion potential equivalent to GS-14 or higher that does not require further competition?

A. Yes
B. No

25. If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "pass," "satisfactory," or better?

A. Yes
B. No
C. I am a Federal employee but have not received a performance rating.
D. Not applicable. I am not a Federal employee.

26.

As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational 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.

Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning, 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

Failure to agree to this statement 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 I may be removed from consideration.
B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.