Information Technology Sourcing Specialist

District of Columbia, D.C
Jun 15, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Information Systems and Technology Services (ISTS), Budget, Acquisition, and Contracts Group (BACG). BACG oversees the ISTS, budget, finance, contract management, and procurement functions. This position serves as a subject matter expert and assist with the acquisition activities within ISTS in support of GAO's IT requirements.

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  • Serves as an acquisition subject matter expert for GAO's IT Acquisition Program. Develops and executes IT sourcing strategies and plans within a highly complex, constantly evolving IT sourcing environment. Manages and administers IT procurements for various products, supplies, and services. Receives, reviews, and approves the specifications and requirements of GAO requests for IT procurements of hardware, software, supplies and services.
  • Writes sole-source and brand name justifications and researches and recommends innovative cost-effective approaches within applicable acquisition laws and
    regulations using a wide range of sourcing and contracting vehicles. Sourcing approaches are characterized as cost and fixed-price contracts, including labor support for major IT hardware and software, or multi-year contracts and may involve extensive use of subcontractors, frequent changes in terms, conditions or funding arrangements, and similar difficulties. Sourcing options include distinguishing the operational cost advantage of open market, GSA Schedule, GWACs such as NASA SEWP, other government contracts, FEDSIM, and determining extent or span of competitiveness necessary to:
    • meet regulatory requirements,
    • achieve desired cost and/or cost savings, and
    • meet deployment timelines. In developing and making recommendations, the incumbent considers technical needs and melds those with sourcing initiatives that meet user requirements and funding limitations and maximize
      cost savings.
  • Serves as a team lead, providing team members with direction and guidance that aids in the successful accomplishment of assignments or projects.
  • Performs a full range of IT contract administration services, including the review of IT contractor performance, negotiating contract modifications, and investigating disagreements and/or problems in the life of a contract.
  • Lead project teams to prepare and implement major procurement policy revisions and coordinates project activities including developing milestone progress schedule and managing project resources.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • 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
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.


Applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band or level equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal Service, or comparable private/public sector experience which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience managing and administering IT Procurements for various products, supplies and services; planning appropriate strategies to procure complex requirements; conducting negotiations in the pre-award and post award phases of contracting; and serving as a team lead, providing team members with direction and guidance that aids in the successful accomplishment of assignments or projects.

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

This is a non-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.

GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request accommodation, please email

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume.

All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
  • Expert knowledge of the IT acquisition process in developing statements of work, performance work statements, statement of objectives, and statement of requirements in support of technical proposal evaluations, vendor negotiation, task order preparations, invoice and deliverables certifications and contractor compliance requirements.
  • Expert knowledge of Federal contracting and procurement laws, regulations, sourcing and acquisition standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines such as the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), General Services Administration (GSA) guidelines, Clinger-Cohen Act, e-Gov Act of 2002, OMB Circulars, NIST guidance, and Americans with Disabilities Act to provide advice and guidance to GAO management and to manage complex IT procurement actions.
  • Ability to exercise expert judgment and knowledge when representing GAO the government and business community as part of ongoing efforts to craft new approaches for cost effectiveness, and to expertly present recommendations to GAO leadership on working through regulatory mandates in acquisition and sourcing to achieve desired results.
  • Knowledge of related disciplines and functions involved in the IT labor services acquisition process and their interrelationships with contracting to coordinate contractual actions involved in a sophisticated and technologically advanced labor services acquisition program.
  • Knowledge of pertinent business practices and market conditions to evaluate bid responsiveness, contractor
    responsibility and contractor performance.
  • Skill in project management assuring the timely processing within the procurement program.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, technical concepts and issues to a non-technical audience to present factual information, analysis, and recommendations for 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.

Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans' preference please visit

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

- Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

- If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification must be an official statement of service from the armed forces command.

- Current or former federal employees may submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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.