Supervisory Contract Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jul 20, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Full Time


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), is pleased to offer a reimbursable detail opportunity to all DHS employees. DHS OIG is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual (GS-14 or GS-15) to serve as a Supervisory Contract Specialist in the Office of Management (OM), Acquisitions Division.

This is a remote detail assignment with possible periodic travel to the DHS OIG Headquarters location in downtown Washington, DC, as necessary.
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The Supervisory Contract Specialist will supervise GS-1102s, grades 14 and below, to ensure DHS OIG procurement actions are compliant with statute, executive orders, and federal acquisitions regulations and associated policy. The individual will improve processes for managing and implementing acquisitions and review sensitive and complex contracts. In addition, the individual is responsible for fostering professional development to satisfy certification requirements, and mentoring of the workforce.
  • Directly supervise contracting operations to include GS-14 staff who are responsible for the entire contracting process from pre-planning through contract delivery.
  • Serve as a Contracting Officer and manage complex, sensitive, and critical OIG procurement programs.
  • Serve as the acting Division Director, as needed.
  • Review Acquisition directives and regulations, determine impact on OIG operations, and issue implementing guidance.
  • Review procurement initiatives and policy changes and recommend adjustments needed for compliance or to enhance the final product.
  • Ensure operational practices reflect a sound business decision and meet established quality standards.
  • Represent OIG on DHS committees and sub committees and other federal agency work groups, as needed.
  • Assign tasks to subordinate staff and ensure requirements are completed and consistent with Director's vision, goals and objectives.
  • Execute the OIG contracting mission and conduct liaison and coordination meetings with program office representatives.
  • Review controversial and complex contract actions to ensure compliance is met.
  • Oversee policy and compliance support for contracting operations.
  • Assess qualifications for contracting officer warrants and make recommendations to Director.
  • Supervise the completion of tasks and data calls assigned by senior management.
  • Serve as the Contracting Activity Competition Advocate and monitor competition goals.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:

Currently a first level supervisor as a GS-1102. Perform the full range of administrative and technical duties including time and attendance, employee discipline, performance management, and recruitment functions. Determine award approval, disposition of protests, resolve labor violations, and ensure compliance with contracting regulatory requirements. Exercise authority and assign resources within an organization. Final technical review and decision over work products. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Superb verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal and social skills.

Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • 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 documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .

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