Deputy Assistant Director Pricing and Contracting

Falls Church, Virginia
Jan 14, 2021
Jan 22, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


About the Position: You will serve as the Deputy Assistant Director for Pricing and Contracting in the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (OASD(HA)), Office of the Under Secretary for Defense for Personnel and Readiness (OUSD(P&R)). This position reports to the Assistant Director, Management/Component Acquisition Executive (AD-M/CAE).
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  • Serve as the principal advisor on acquisition and contracting matters of strategic and operational importance of the Military Health System (MHS).
  • Responsible for providing acquisition and procurement services across the DHA including all the MTFs of the MHS, the DHA healthcare market offices, DHA HQ offices, and all other organizations under the authority, direction, and control of the DHA.
  • Responsible for creating and overseeing a professional, agile, and motivated DHA defense acquisition workforce that consistently makes smart business decisions, acts in an ethical manner, and delivers timely and affordable capabilities.
  • Provide oversight to acquisition and contracting initiatives including the Agency?s Government Purchase Card and the Contracting Officer?s Representative programs.
  • Establish and implement policies and ensure contracting practices comply with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Review specific cost proposal instructions to offerors in the pre-solicitation phase and provide guidance to contracting officers in responding to cost-related issues/questions during the solicitation phase.
  • Serve as Source Selection Authority or Fee Determining Official and conducts business clearance and approval of negotiation positions, as appropriate.
  • Ensure proposals are comprehensively evaluated in both competitive and noncompetitive acquisitions, including price and cost analysis.
  • Manage post-award contract administration actions for the Agency. This includes contract modifications, negotiations of changes, and exercise of options. Investigate and resolve contractor delays and past performance assessments.
  • Provide ongoing pricing and contract support to the TRICARE major acquisition programs, ensure pricing and contracting compliance and adequacy in the areas of policy interpretation and administration.
  • Provide direction and support to the TRICARE Health Plan (THP) staff, including the overseas TRICARE Area Offices (TAO), relating to the procurement of health care through the contracting process and execution.
  • Ensure acquisition planning concepts are integrated within the THP by providing technical expertise on acquisition planning and contract management related manners.
  • Provide executive direction in determining and defining long-?range operating and management goals and objectives for program operations.
  • Evaluate and control the plans, operations, and activities of the contracting organization to ensure the effective and efficient administration of the program.
  • Monitor multi-regional managed care support and claims processing service contracts, as well as other medical and dental support contracts, to ensure that contractors are fulfilling their obligations.
  • Exercise direct oversight responsibility to establish policies, strategies, performance standards, goals, procedures, processes and metrics for the contracting organization.
  • Translate mission strategies and goals into contracts, and provide leadership of the highest order to subordinates in the attainment of objectives.
  • Determine the need for, recommend approval of, and negotiate contracting services and assisted acquisition support from other DoD or Federal contracting activities to ensure Agency contracting workload is supported in an efficient, effective manner.
  • Develop robust partnership between clinical and medical support operations, TRICARE managed care operations, and medical researcher community to improve quality, safety, and usability of contracted products/services in MHS health care delivery.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Secret security clearance or access for the duration of employment. A background investigation and credit check are required.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.
  • This position is identified as a Defense Acquisition Workforce (DAW) position and requires the incumbent to be Level III certified at time of assignment in the DAW career field of Contracting.
  • This position is designated a Critical Acquisition Position (CAP) with further designation as a Key Leadership Position (KLP).
  • As a Key Leadership Position (KLP), the incumbent will be required to sign a Tenure Agreement which requires the incumbent to remain in this position for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Incumbent must be a member of the Acquisition Corps or be eligible for membership in the Acquisition Corps at time of assignment.
  • Incumbent must meet the corresponding career field education requirement and have the experience commensurate with Level III certification. Failure to acquire or maintain Level III certification may result in an adverse action to include removal.
  • A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.
  • New employees to the Department of Defense will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • You will be required to sign the Reassignment Rights and Obligations Agreement as a condition of appointment into the SES in accordance with DoD Directive 1403.03.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the requirements described below. Be sure to carefully read this announcement to see if additional information is required and how it should be submitted.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: Applicants will be assessed against qualifications which fall into two areas: Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs). Failure to provide a separate narrative statement which describes fully and concisely how your experience meets the competencies described in the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) will eliminate you from consideration.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: You will be assessed against the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). They are designed to assess executive experience and potential - not technical expertise. They measure whether you have the broad executive skills needed in a variety of senior executive positions. Failure to meet a qualification requirement will disqualify an applicant. (Each must be addressed separately in your Supplemental Narrative Statement. The ECQs must not exceed 10 pages.) You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated ineligible. When responding to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs. Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per ECQ, and address each ECQ separately. More information on these core qualifications are available at:

The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed as an SES: they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Refer to the OPM Guide to SES Qualifications for specific information and guidance on the ECQ requirements, the Challenge-Context-Action-Result (C-C-A-R) model, and examples of good qualifications statements at the website:

(Note: Current career Senior Executive Service (SES); former career Senior Executive Service (SES) who are reinstatement-eligible; and graduates of OPM-certified Candidate Development Programs are not required to address the ECQs, but must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications.)

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: (Each must be addressed separately in your Supplemental Narrative Statement. You are required to respond to all of the technical qualifications. If you fail to do so you will be rated as ineligible. Each MTQ must not exceed 2 pages.)
  • Comprehensive knowledge, including specific subject matter expertise and mastery, in all phases of the procurement process and the ability to analyze cost elements of multi­ billion dollar acquisitions for research and development, pre-production, production, and sustainment of information technology (IT) and acquisition of services (e.g., IT services, administrative and professional services, and medical services).
  • Specialized knowledge of performance measurement, contract terminations, delivery and acceptance, contract closeout processes, contract changes, repricing actions and final contract pricing, ability to obtain and review data from auditors and technical specialists, recommend cost and profit negotiation objectives, and conduct or participate in negotiations.
  • Broad knowledge of program control processes including familiarity with the full spectrum of system acquisition life cycle activities, data rights and intellectual property such as proprietary data, patents, acquisition of technical data and Government data rights clauses.
  • DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement: In addition, DoD requires an Enterprise Perspective. This individual must have the ability to apply a broad point of view and an awareness and understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities is required. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within the application package (Resume, Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications).

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    • This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of top government leaders. SES members possess a diverse portfolio of experiences including strong skills to lead across organizations. As an executive, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.
    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • You will serve a two-year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
    • This position is not covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.
    • Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.
    • This position requires you to file an Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) upon entry, and annually thereafter in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
    • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members with 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions 5 United States Code 3326.
    • This position may require travel from normal duty station to CONUS and OCONUS and may include remote or isolated sites. You must be able to travel on military and commercial aircraft for extended periods of time.
    • Supervisors in the executive branch have a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. You will be required to review the 14 General Principles of Ethical Conduct at 5 CFR 2635.101.
    • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit for more information.
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
    • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
    • A recruitment incentive may be authorized to eligible new hires.
    • A relocation incentive is generally a single payment intended to offset some of the relocation costs experienced by the selectee. A relocation incentive may be authorized.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB), your ECQs must be certified by the OPM QRB before your appointment can occur.

    If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

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

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    You are required to provide documentation that supports the eligibility and qualification claims made in your resume and assessment questionnaire. You must submit the applicable documents listed here with your application package. Applicants who do not provide supporting documentation that fully support their claims will not be referred to the hiring manager. Cover letter is optional.

    1. Resume - In addition to your written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications, the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a complete resume to describe your qualifications, not to exceed five pages. Your resume must show relevant experience, job title, duties and accomplishments. Your resume must show complete information for each job entry to support minimum qualifications. The following information should be provided in your resume, but it is acceptable to provide elsewhere in your application package: employer's name, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week, and pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09) for relevant federal experience.

    2. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory technical qualification. Statement should not exceed two pages per MTQ.

    3. Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual ECQ. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligibles, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4.

    4. Copy of the Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50): Current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50 showing their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification.

    Are you claiming membership in any professional organizations, or possession of a license, certificate or credentials? Check the Conditions of Employment section above to see if any are required. If you claim membership, license, certification, or credentials, you must submit a copy of said document in your application package.

    Is there a basic education requirement for this position? Are you using education as a substitute for some or all of the experience requirement? Check the Education section above to see what is allowed and what is required. Any claims you make in your resume or assessment questionnaire regarding education or degrees must be supported by unofficial transcripts or a list of courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned issued from your school. You may submit a copy of your degree(s) if specific coursework does not have to be verified. Claims for approved "grandfather" clauses must be fully supported with documentation.

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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