Contract Specialist

Washington D.C.
Jun 16, 2017
Jun 26, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is part of the Office of Procurement Operations, Office of Personnel Management. If selected, you will be responsible for compiling procurement data information, purchasing supplies and services using either formal contracting or simplified acquisition procedures, and the successful completion of ancillary procurement support activities across the full life-cycle.

Although this position is announced as "location negotiable," the selected applicant is expected to be able to report to one of these U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) locations on an ad hoc basis: Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; Boyers, PA.

This position is also being announcement under the Agency's Merit Promotion Plan to federal employees and non-competitive appointment eligible. If you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion or Non-Competitive procedures, you MUST apply under the Merit Promotion announcement 17-270-PAH-MP.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Basic Requirements for GS-1102-13 and Above:

    A 4-year course of study, from an accredited college or university, 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. (The exception is if you have been continuously employed in a GS-1102-12 or GS-1102-13 position in the competitive Federal Service since January 1, 2000).
    For the GS-13: You must have at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions which includes at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as 1) assisting and advising program offices in planning their procurements, 2) reviewing requirements, 3) determining appropriate contract strategies, types and methods, 4) preparing procurement plans, 5) preparing and issuing solicitation documents, 6) conducting source selection activities, 7) preparing contract award documentation and agency reports in response to protests and contract claims, 8) performing contract administration activities including evaluating contractor performance, and 9) knowledge of procurement of Information Technology (IT) hardware and services.
    Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by OPM (as defined in the Education section) for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions. If you have a FAC-C Level II/III or a DAWIA Level II/III certification in Contracting, your training is fully qualifying for OPM's Mandatory Training requirement. You may request the senior procurement executive of OPM consider granting a waiver for the training requirement if you can demonstrate extensive training pertaining to federal procurement.Acceptance of course equivalencies extend only to those courses recognized by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI). Information on FAI equivalent courses and training providers offering equivalent courses can be found on the FAI website at

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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