Bethesda, Maryland
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 25, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Headquarters Office of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of Financial Management, Planning & Evaluation, Division of Procurement Services, in Bethesda, MD. The division is responsible for the solicitation, negotiation, evaluation, and award of contracts. Requirements include commercial item procurements up to $5 million, and open market and Federal Supply Schedule negotiated procurements covering a broad range of procurement methodologies.

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This is a position of extreme responsibility. It requires the ability to both perform without oversight and to provide oversight for the contracting work of others. This position requires independent chair of critical meetings, identification and resolution of contracting issues, and guidance to contract specialist. Work is produced autonomously, and must be legally acceptable and of high quality. This individual must write complex award memoranda and proposal evaluations that are often unique and without prerequisite examples.

The individual will function as a contracting officer in the Division Of Procurement Services at the Headquarters Office of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). They will be responsible for senior contract specialist functions including preparation of solicitations, negotiation, and award of complex contracts and agreements. In addition, they shall review complex, high dollar contracts. As a contracting officer, they shall oversee the work of other contract specialists for award and administration of contracts. They will be responsible for training specialists, providing sample revisions, and incorporating FAR revisions into the program for headquarters personnel. They will meet with CPSC managers and project officers to identify acquisition processes and will provide guidance on optimal procurement approaches and contract types to solve agency requirements. This position requires expert Procurement knowledge, experience and the ability to perform analysis and solution of contracting matters, and the ability to handle a diverse workload with quick turn-around time.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Must meet education requirements.
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (see Other Information for details)

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see for more information.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment. False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form . We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

Upon appointment, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

Depending on your status, this position may require serving a 1-year probationary period.

MANDATORY CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT: To be considered for this position applicants must currently possess Level I Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) certification from a civil agency or Level 1 Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification from any Department of Defense activity.


All applicants must have at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 52 weeks of specialized experience (listed below) at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

Applicants must meet the qualifications for this position within thirty (30) days of the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

1) Expert knowledge of Federal Acquisitions Regulations; 2) Extensive Pre award and Post award experience in awarding and administering complex, high dollar contracts; and 3) Experience as a contracting officer performing review and oversight of contract specialist.

Evidence of the above specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.


Mandatory Education Requirement. All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify:

Mandatory education requirement: a) must possess a bachelor's degree any field of study. OR b) at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following business related fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods or organization and management.

Exception to the mandatory education requirement: Federal employees who occupied GS-1102 positions on January 1, 2000 at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including the GS- 12 level.

You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. Official transcripts will be required upon appointment.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

All education claimed by applicants will be verified.

Additional information

CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with CPSC. To request a legally required exception from this requirement please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your responses to the questionnaire, resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed. Your resume must support your responses to the self-assessment questions or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview.

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 90.

Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, salary, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level/pay band.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section. Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

A complete application includes: 1. Resume; 2. Vacancy question responses; and 3. Submission of any required documents. ICTAP eligibles must submit proof of eligibility. You must annotate your questionnaire to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

Other documents identified in this announcement.

All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or
2. Upload your file(s); or
3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.

Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Official documents are not required at the time of application, copies are sufficient. If selected, official documentation must be submitted prior to appointment.

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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