Contract Specialist

Washington D.C.
Apr 19, 2019
Apr 19, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure statement.
  • You must be suitable for federal employment.
  • You may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
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  • Applicants MUST provide a copy of their official or unofficial transcripts in order to verify education requirements.

    Applicants MUST submit a copy of FAC-C or DAWIA Level II Contracting certificate.

    Applicants must also meet the following selective placement factor

    Selective Placement Factor 1: Applicants must hold Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C), Level II -or- Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA), Level II Certifications. If so, a copy of the certification MUST be submitted with your application package or you will be marked as ineligible.

    Selective Placement Factor 2:  Candidate must have demonstrated experience with highly complex Information Technology (IT) contracts utilizing IT vehicles such as NASA SEWP, GSA Schedule 70, WITs 3 contract, 8(a) Stars II, Alliant GWAC or other IT related contracts.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirements and selective placement factors above, applicants must also meet the following:

    Specialized Experience:

    Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower level/band, equivalent to the PT-I/GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is described as performing acquisition planning, contract negotiation and preparation, administration, and termination of low dollar to highly complex contracts.  Experience in these areas must include the following: pre-award and post-award contracting activities associated with a procuring a variety of products and services in a full range of contract types such as performance based, fixed price, labor hour, time and materials, blanket purchase agreements, purchase, task, and delivery orders, and Interagency Agreements etc.

    NOTE: The specialized experience requirement must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration.

    This position has basic education requirements:

    Contracting 1102 Series:

    Basic Requirements for GS-5 through GS-12:

    A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;


    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 - Applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements above.

    Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grade 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

    NOTE: Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include this information with your application package. Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at and

    This is a bargaining unit position.

    Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

    Selectee may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit

    Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

    If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s  policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

    The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.  Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one-year or two-year probationary period.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    If you meet the qualification requirements stated above, you will be further rated based on your responses to the vacancy questions. Please make sure that your responses to the vacancy questions are supported in your resume. Please follow all instructions carefully.  If you provide incomplete answers, fail to provide a narrative response to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation, or if your response to a vacancy question is "see resume”, your rating may be affected or you may be determined ineligible.

    All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

    • Knowledge of federal contracting principles, laws, regulations, policies and guidelines related to all aspects of acquisition management to plan, procure and administer contracts in support of GAO mission requirements.
    • Knowledge of contract laws, regulations and procedures applicable to the acquisition and contract administration of supplies and services.
    • Skill in the execution of contract management requirements to include required contractual documentation and the use of Financial Management System (FMS).
    • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing technical concepts and issues to a non-technical audience to present factual information, analyses and recommendations.
    • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others.

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    Drug test required No

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