Contract Specialist

Vacancy ID: 842374   Announcement Number: VA-EA-842374-MP   USAJOBS Control Number: 338154700

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

This section will be used to identify the level of education achieved, to meet the minimum education requirement(s) for Contract Specialist, GS-1102; or appropriate exception.  Transcripts are required to verify your educational claims, or proof of federal service if claiming an exception.  Unofficial transcripts may be submitted, however, official transcripts may be required at a later date.

1. For each question, choose the response that best describes your education. Mark only one response for each question. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume or application and information obtained from references.

A. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.
B. I have completed 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. I occupied and continue to occupy a GS-1102, position within the Federal Government at the GS-12 level since January 1, 2000.
D. I do not have experience or training as reflected in the statements above.

Respond to each of the following questions. For each question, choose the response that best represents your eligibility, employment and skills. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your uploaded resume, documents and information provided by your references.

2. Please choose the response that best describes your level of experience as it relates to the work of a Contract Specialist, GS-12.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level, or equivalent pay band in other pay systems in the Federal government. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. Specialized experience may have been demonstrated by performing duties such as: negotiating contracts of significant monetary value; planning and coordinating procurement assignments for supplies and services; developing and maintaining systems to evaluate and monitor contractual performance; analyzing information (such as business trends, market conditions, etc.) to negotiate prices; and incorporating changed contract requirements.
B. My experience is not reflected in the above statement.

The following section will used to determine your level of Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) necessary for contract professionals.

3. Please select the response below that best reflects your level of contract certification. (A copy of your certification is required at the time of application.

A. I hold a FAC-C Level II certification, or industry equivalent, including 80 hours of training within the last two years.
B. I hold a FAC-C Level I Certification, and I meet the eligibility requirements for FAC-C Level II certification, or industry equivalent contract management certification (i.e., all required courses, experience level, and 80 hours of training within the last two years).
C. I do not have or I am not eligible for a FAC-C Level II Certification or industry equivalent contract management certification.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Questionnaire. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I do not have 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 I have normally been the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

4. Develops contractual vehicles including use of pricing arrangement, subcontracting policy, set-aside policies or similar considerations.

5. Prepares and maintains acquisition plans, appropriate milestones charts and related schedules.

6. Prepares and/or oversees the preparation of solicitation documents.

7. Performs a detailed analysis of cost elements in contractor's proposals and makes competitive range determinations.

8. Advises program officials of the acquisition strategies and procurement objectives to be used in the procurement process.

9. Assists in the preparation of statements of work that adequately reflect the organizations requirements.

10. Selects appropriate method of procurement i.e. simplified acquisition procedures, sealed-bidding, negotiations.

11. Prepares the solicitation document using standard contract writing systems for issuance, insuring regulatory and legal sufficiency, and promoting maximum competition.

12. Resolves protests, mistakes in bids, late bid situations and coordinate with the Small Business Administration for Certificate of Competencies (COC's).

13. Identifies performance deficiencies, cost overruns, and funding requirements, and initiates appropriate remedial actions to avoid or minimize delays.

14. Conducts research of data, including regulations, legal cases, and policy before making independent decisions that my bind the organization.

15. Analyzes elements such as contractor's business volume, economic conditions, business trends, market conditions, and inflation rates.

16. Administers payment provisions of the contract for partial payments, progress payments and final payments assuring compliance with applicable labor laws.

17. Ensures that the Office of General/Regional Counsel is involved in required contract reviews, terminations, show cause orders, and modifications.

18. Closes out contract upon completion of the contract, resolution of all conflicts, and final disposition of payment and obtains adequate release of claims documents to protect the agency.

19. Analyzes pricing data submitted to determine reasonableness of price and services offered.

20. Identifies appropriate negotiation team members; formulate pre-negotiation objectives.

21. Serves as management representatives in the contact with contracting officials.

22. Conducts post-award conferences with Contractor and Government personnel to provide information and to clarify standard and special contractual provisions of the contract.

23. Advises or coaches negotiation teams.

24. Conducts post-award conferences to assure compliance with applicable laws and contractual provisions.

25. Leads negotiations with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms.

26. Explains contracting programs, policies, and procedures to groups or individuals at meetings, conferences, or in-house visitations.

27. Participates in conferences with industry associates and others for the purpose of expanding competition.

28. Creates and negotiates a wide variety of complex memoranda of agreements/understandings with federal agencies.

29. Develops action plans to ensure that customer requirements are met as pertaining to statements of work, task orders and delivery orders.

30. Prepares contract documents and awards and administers set-aside contracts with various socio economic groups.

31. Prepares documentation and facts pertaining to the subject for further actions by supervisor, legal counsel, or other higher level personnel.

32. I certify that my responses to this questionnaire and the resume and documents provided in my application are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. NOTE: Failure to certify will render you ineligible for consideration.

A. Yes

B. No