Contract Specialist

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Beltsville, Maryland
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in Administrative Services Division (ASD) which provides property and space management; physical security; information management; fleet management; procurement; and printing support services to Agency employees.

This is a Direct Hire announcement granted by The Office of Personnel Management for Contracting Positions due to a critical hiring need and severe shortage of candidates. This authority permits hiring without regard to certain competitive requirements.
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  • Provide oversight by analyzing, evaluating, reporting, advising, and promoting improvements to existing procurement/contracting methods, standards, guidelines, procedures and practices.
  • Initiates, develops, and recommends contracting policies and procedures for the guidance and control of subordinate contracting activities.
  • Prepares necessary documents such as requests for quotation, sealed bids, request for proposal, interagency agreement, or cooperative agreement.
  • Plans negotiation strategy, conducts negotiations, administers contracts and undertakes corrective actions.
  • Provides direction and advice to FSIS program offices in procurement planning.
  • Presents expert advice and council to Agency management officials regarding procurement matters.
  • Serves as the advisor on committees and boards with high-level FSIS personnel or on Ad Hoc Committees charged with implementing agency/program goals.
  • Closes out contracts and undertakes terminations when necessary. Conducts reviews to determine that all terms have been met and that all patent and fiscal audit reports have been resolved.
  • Conducts pre-solicitation conferences with prospective contractors.
  • Advises program officials of the procurement objectives to be used, and assists in the preparation of performance work statements, statements of work, and statements of objectives.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Direct Deposit ? Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at
  • CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E.
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a NACI security clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience, certification and education as defined below.

Basic qualifications for this series and grade include 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 GS-12 level of the position that demonstrates the applicant:

Possesses knowledge of Government contracting laws, regulations, policies and procedures to include techniques of contracting utilizing simplified acquisition procedures (up to $7 million), utilizing GSA schedules, and Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs). Experience purchasing supplies and services using best value tradeoff and lowest priced technically acceptable evaluation criteria.

The successful candidate must have an understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), particularly FAR parts 8, 15, 16, and 19. Experience administering contracts to ensure timely, performance based deliverables are obtained. The successful applicant must also possess excellent leadership skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and be skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals and groups interested in or affected by division-related program objectives.

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


In order to qualify for this position the following training and education is required:

A) Completion of FAC-C Level III certification. (or equivalent)


B) 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.

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupied 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, unless granted a waiver.

Waivers: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the educational requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This position is covered by a Direct Hire Authority. This authority permits hiring without regard to certain competitive requirements.

Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Applicants are not rated or ranked numerically. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide complete information about their job-related experience and education. Your resume must document that you meet the Qualification Requirements detailed above.Applicants who meet the qualifications and requirements, and have selected the geographic location of the vacant position, will be referred to the selecting official in last name order.Veteran's preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position. Applicants are still strongly encouraged to provide documentation related to veteran's preference.

Since applicants are not rated or ranked, we recommend that applicants demonstrate possession of the following skills and competencies within the body of their resume for review by Selecting Official; no separate statements addressing them are required.
  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer Service
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Interpersonal/Skills
  • Oral and Written Communication

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.
  • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
  • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions.If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
  • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

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