Contract Specialist


Vacancy ID: 864629   Announcement Number: VA-MA-864629-MP   USAJOBS Control Number: 341560500

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Your responses to this questionnaire, in conjunction with the other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated in determining your eligibility and qualifications for this position. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume, transcripts, or other application materials and information provided by your references.

1. This position is located in Frederick, MD. Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid for this position. If you reside outside of the local area and are selected, you will need to relocate at your own expense. Do you agree to this condition? Failure to respond to this item will result in an ineligible rating.

A. I agree to this condition.
B. I do not agree to this condition and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.

This section will be used to determine if you possess the experience and/or education needed to meet the basic qualification requirements of this position. Failure to respond to this question will result in an ineligible rating.

2. From the descriptions below, select the response which best describes how you meet the basic qualification requirements for this position. NOTE: Your transcripts or SF-50's must fully support the response you select.

A. I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, in any field, from an accredited institution of higher education. I have included copies of my transcripts with my application package to support this response.
B. I have completed at least 24 semester hours (or equivalent) in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods or organization and management. I have included copies of my transcripts with my application package to support this response.
C. I have been employed in a GS-1102 position since January 1, 2000 at any grade GS-05 through GS-12. I have included a copy of my SF-50(s) with my application package to support this response.
D. My background does not match any of the above descriptions and I do not meet the basic entry requirements for this position.

3. From the descriptions below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that most clearly and accurately describes how you meet the additional qualification requirements for this position at the GS-9 grade level. NOTE: Your resume and/or transcripts must fully support the response you select.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience procuring supplies or services, equivalent to at least the GS-07 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: procuring supplies or services through formal advertising; evaluating proposals; and monitoring contractor progress.
B. I have at least 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree with coursework in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management; or LL.B, or J.D.
C. I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. NOTE: To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. (Only graduate education in excess of the first full year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours that exceed 18 semester hours (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study), then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study). Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.
D. I do not meet the criteria described in statements A, B, or C above and I do not qualify for this grade level.

4. From the descriptions below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that most clearly and accurately describes how you meet the additional qualification requirements for this position at the GS-11 grade level. NOTE: Your resume and/or transcripts must fully support the response you select.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience procuring supplies or services, equivalent to at least the GS-09 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: initiating contracts for supplies, services, or equipment; developing procurement plans; and monitoring contract administration until final delivery.
B. I have at least 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education coursework in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management; or PhD or equivalent doctoral degree.
C. I have an equivalent combination of such education and experience. NOTE: To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. (Only graduate education in excess of the second full year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours that exceed 36 semester hours (or your school's definition of two year of graduate study), then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study). Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.
D. I do not meet the criteria described in statements A, B, or C above and I do not qualify for this grade level.

5. From the descriptions below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that most clearly and accurately describes how you meet the additional qualification requirements for this position at the GS-12 grade level. NOTE: Your resume must fully support the response you select.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience procuring supplies or services, 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: receiving and evaluating proposals for responsiveness to specifications; conducting negotiations for procurements; monitoring contractor performance in relation to the completion schedule; and issuing change orders after negotiating settlements for changes or terminating contracts.
B. My experience is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify for this grade level.

6. A Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C) or industry equivalent contract management certification is highly desired and expected to significantly enhance performance in this position. From the choices below, please select the statement that best applies to you.

A. I currently hold a FAC-C Level II or industry equivalent contract management certification or I have completed all the requirements for FAC-C Level II certification (i.e., all required courses, experience level, and 80 hours of training within the last 2 years). Note: If you select this answer, you must provide a copy of your FAC-C or equivalent contract management certification, a copy of your contracting warrant, and/or contracting training certificate(s), as applicable.

B. I currently hold a FAC-C Level I or industry equivalent contract management certification or I have completed all the requirements for FAC-C Level I certification (i.e., all required courses, experience level, and 80 hours of training within the last 2 years). Note: If you select this answer, you must provide a copy of your FAC-C or equivalent contract management certification, a copy of your contracting warrant, and/or contracting training certificate(s), as applicable.

C. I do not have a FAC-C or industry equivalent contract management certification but I am willing to take all the required training to obtain and maintain the appropriate FAC-C level required for this position.

For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following each task that best describes your experience and/or training. Your resume must support your answers or your overall score may be lowered or considered ineligible.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work 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 have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

7. Determine the most appropriate acquisition strategy and contracting method type for procurement.

8. Write and publicize a request for proposal.

9. Review, comment, correct, update, and award contract actions for supplies or services.

10. Provide guidance to others concerning procurement of supplies or services.

11. Interpret and apply contracting laws and regulations to requirement issues.

12. Resolve problems such as delivery and acceptance disputes.

13. Evaluate proposals to ensure that awards are within applicable laws and regulations.

14. Evaluate and approve/disapprove special payments on fixed-price contracts.

15. Evaluate contract price proposals to determine best value.

16. Serve as a primary cost/price negotiator for contract actions.

17. Negotiate costs/prices and terms and conditions with contractors.

18. Analyze and evaluate contractor price/cost proposals for new procurements.

19. Negotiate terms and conditions of a contract.

20. Recommend revisions to the statement of work or specifications.

21. Create schedules for contract milestones.

22. Develop a procurement plan for contracts.

23. Perform purchases that have a relatively small dollar value (under $ 150,000) using well-established acquisition procedures such as the Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP).

24. Negotiate changes to existing contract(s), purchase order(s), task order(s) and/or modification(s).

25. Ensure that the contract claims have been satisfied.

26. Cancel a contract due to non-performance by the contractor.

As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume and documents 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 probationary period, or other disciplinary action, including termination. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: understand this warning; have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and verified that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

27. Failure to agree or respond to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position. Select the most appropriate response below.

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 response 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.