Policy Analyst

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 18, 2019
Jul 26, 2019
Full Time


This position is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA. The incumbent will be responsible for serving as Policy Analyst directly reporting to the Director, CMO. The incumbent is responsible for formulating, recommending, and implementing acquisition and non-procurement strategy and procedures in support of DARPA technical offices which develop, demonstrate and transition advanced technologies and concepts for effective, survivable, and affordable military systems.
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As a Policy Analyst at the GS-1101-15 some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Formulates and advises on acquisition strategies and conducts acquisition planning activities required to accomplish DARPA programs.
  • Provides guidance on the use of all approved procedures, techniques, and acquisition and non-procurement instruments to conduct all phases of the acquisition process from complete acquisition planning to final award and post award administration.
  • Assists the CMO staff in establishing acquisition strategies with scientific or engineering personnel, auditors, and legal advisors for select acquisition instruments.
  • Assists in developing pre-negotiation positions and language for contractual or agreement provisions to deal with any special circumstances.
  • Responsible for high level policy coordination, within DARPA, and between DARPA and such external agencies as the Department of Defense (DOD), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Federal agencies, industry, non-profit institutions and universities conducting research.
  • Formulates policies by conducting analysis and evaluation of acquisition matters, and the initiation, development and recommendation of contracting policies, procedures, guidance, and controls for DARPA's CMO.
  • Researches, analyzes, develops or coordinates position statements on proposed legislation, acquisition policy, or procedural changes proposed by higher authority, special panels, commissions and boards that affect the Agency.
  • Develops guidance material for Agency contracting personnel.
  • Provides policy advice on the acquisition workforce. Establishes policies and procedures for coordination, review, and execution of procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and Other Transactions.
  • Oversees programs to standardize operating procedures, clauses, interpretations and implementations DARPA-wide and takes appropriate actions in implementing all findings and recommendations stemming from audits, inspections, and external reviews.
  • Manages the CMO warrant system and procedures, and Defense Acquisition University's contracting certification requirements.
  • Collects, manages, processes and reports CMO statistics and data.
  • The incumbent serves as CMO's lead trainer on such complex acquisition and non-acquisition topics.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Occasional Travel
  • Work Schedule: Full-time
  • 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
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is SITUATIONAL telework eligible only


This position is being filled under an Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA).

You may qualify at the GS-15 , if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service as listed below:
  • Experience conducting all phases of the acquisition process from complete acquisition planning to final award and post award administration. Experience formulating, recommending, and implementing acquisition and non-procurement strategy.

    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.
Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the basic requirements and specialized experience reflected above, candidates must also meet the Selective Placement Factor required for this position:
Must possess expertise providing advice and assistance for acquisition personnel in developing both acquisition and non-procurement strategies, including 10 U.S.C 2371 and 10 U.S.C.2371b Other Transactions, and negotiating complex terms and conditions with an emphasis on intellectual property.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Additional information

ACQUISITION POSITION: This position requires Acquisition Workforce Level III Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position. This position is a Critical Acquisition Position (CAP).

This position DOES NOT meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified below, required for this position.

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Your application (resume and supporting documentation) will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required as listed on the announcement under qualification requirements.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Transcripts
  • This position has a degree or education requirement so you are required to submit a copy of your transcript
  • 3. Veteran's Documents
  • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
  • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service. Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable). Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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