Information Technology Sourcing Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 16, 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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As a Information Technology Sourcing Specialist, PT-1101-III your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • 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 meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.
1. You must be a U.S. citizen
2. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure statement.
3. You must be suitable for federal employment.
4. Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. ( ).
5. Completion of a probationary period may be required.


You may qualify at the BAND-III level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

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

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit:

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.

A review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be further evaluated based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying. Your responses must provide sufficient information to determine possession of experience and must be evidenced in your resume. Incomplete responses (e.g. see resume, or like), errors or omissions will affect your eligibility.

All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be further evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service- connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • College Transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

    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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