Program Analyst (Acquisition)

Washington, D.C
Jul 30, 2021
Aug 07, 2021
Full Time


This position resides in the Department of Program Services (DPS), Case Management Systems Office (CMSO), Business Support Division (BSD) which functions as a resource center and clearinghouse for all IT acquisitions that are developed by CMSO project and program staff. BSD staff provide analytical, consulting and document review services to CMSO divisions in the preparation of solicitations for the acquisition of IT hardware, software, and services in an agile, cloud-based environment.
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The incumbent provides acquisition consultation to IT program managers, technical and financial specialists and others on IT acquisition strategy and contract management. These activities involve market research on technology, production, and review of specialized documents in support of acquisitions, and evaluation of cost and pricing strategies. The incumbent reviews proposed solicitations for appropriate content, selection of source, acquisition method, and clarity in the stating of goal and purpose. The incumbent also works with relevant players to resolve acquisition-related problems impeding the accomplishment of IT project and program goals and objectives.

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Providing advice and support to IT program offices in developing contract specifications, Statements of Work (SOW), and evaluation and performance criteria for IT hardware, software, and services acquisitions.
  • Serving as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for IT hardware, software services contracts, and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) during the post award period and maintaining appropriate certification levels.
  • Ensuring satisfactory performance of effort and timely delivery of services, as set forth in the contracts and overseeing schedules for contracts and task orders, monitoring costs and performance, and contract oversight.
  • Serving as a subject matter expert for IT program offices on contract vehicles and assisting in the determination of whether a program requires contract support.
  • Conducting IT market research of potential contract sources, suggesting potential methods of procurement, preparing procurement request packages, and participating in post-award orientation conferences.
  • Supporting IT program offices in performing pre-award functions, which includes developing acquisition documentation in support of the office's requirements for the acquisition of IT hardware, software, and services, including justifications for other than full and open competition and source selection documentation.
  • Participating in acquisition planning and having a leadership role in describing the IT program office needs, coordinating with the contracting officer and subject matter experts to ensure all supporting documentation that must be prepared for an acquisition is complete and accurate, assembling the required package and coordinating supporting documentation for inclusion with the acquisition request, and transmitting the acquisition request package to the contracting office.
  • Coordinating with other Administrative Office departments and offices, and judiciary technical advisory and working groups to conduct requirement studies and cost/benefit analysis to develop functional and technical requirements for judiciary enterprise scale hardware and software actuations (e.g., software site licenses).
  • Serving as an IT acquisition consultant in working groups comprised of Administrative Office and judiciary acquisition, technical and management staff.
  • Leading ad hoc teams to plan and develop acquisition strategies and on special projects or studies of considerable scope and depth critical to the development of recommendations and procedures for IT acquisitions, providing IT technical expertise to resolve management, technical, and compelling contingency issues.
  • Operating as the technical liaison between the IT program office and the procurement office for all Agile methodologies, processes, deliverables, and contract requirements.
  • Providing a sound understanding of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) principles for surveillance and acceptance of the technical quality of work performed on behalf of CMSO divisions.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non-competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete an FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience must demonstrate ALL areas defined below:

    (1) Providing acquisition consultation to IT program managers, technical and financial specialists, and others on IT acquisition strategy and contract management;

    (2) Consulting with IT program offices in developing contract requirements and acquisition strategies for cloud compute offerings (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) and managing cloud computing services agreements.


    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    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 and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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