Contract Specialist

Washington D.C.
May 10, 2019
May 10, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be suitable for federal employment.
  • You may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (
  • Must submit active FAC-C or DAWIA Level III Contracting certificate
  • Must submit a copy of current or previously held signature authority
  • Current federal employees who currently occupy a GS-13 1102 position must submit their transcripts in order to qualify for promotion to a higher band or grade.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    Selective Placement Factors: Applicants must hold an active FAC-C or DAWIA Level III certification and held a Contracting Warrant.  If so, you are required provide a copy of your contracting certification and current or previously held contracting warrant with your application package or you will be marked as ineligible.

    Selective Placement Factors: Do you currently have or have you previously held signature authority on acquisitions? If so, you are required provide a copy of your contracting warrant with your application package or you will be marked as ineligible.

    Basic Requirements:

    Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 equivalent or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.


    Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade.

    Applicants must have a 4-year course of study 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.

    In addition to meeting the basic requirements and selective placement factor 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-II/GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position is described as coordinating activities sufficient to lead work on a variety of highly complex  procurements actions; performing the full range of pre-award and/or post award activities utilizing various types of contracts such as fixed price, various cost types, requirements, performance based and multiple award schedules); conducting reviews of contracts or contracting actions; and making recommendations or improvements to an organization's procurement program.

    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.

    Education: Basic education requirements must be met for the 1102 series. Therefore, you are required to submit college transcripts or a course list in order to qualify for this position.

    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):

    • Mastery of contracting principles, laws, regulations, and procedures applicable to all aspects of acquisition management to plan, procure, and administer contracts in support of GAO mission requirement requirements.
    • Extensive knowledge of contractual documents, supporting documentation and the Financial Management System (FMS) database contract management requirements to provide oversight during the life of a contract.
    • Extensive knowledge of contractual and financial documents necessary to extract required financial information for preparation of financial reports, request for funds, monitor pending and in-process fund requests and to properly coordinate the resolution of funding problems during or after the contract period.
    • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing technical concepts and issues to a non-technical audience to present factual information, analyses, and recommendations; or to compose agency guidelines. By way of definition, oral communication may include methods used by employees with disabilities such as sign language interpretation, text-to-speech or TTY technology, and amplification devices.
    • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others throughout GAO and the general public.

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    Drug test required No

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