Fort Meade, Maryland
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time


This position is placed in the Department of Defense, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, Chief Strategy Office.
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The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and implementing DCSA acquisition reform. Incumbent advises the Director, CSO through the Senior Advisor for Operations and Technology, on acquisition reform activities, identifying problems, coordinating solutions, and ensuring acquisition reform initiatives comply with DCSA acquisition reform objectives, applicable laws and procedures. Incumbent creates, reviews and DCSA implements DCSA acquisition reform policy proposals, documents and procedures. The CSO develops program plans, objectives, and milestones for strategic transfer and transformation and reform of the Security, Suitability, and Credentialing (SSC) Enterprise. The CSO develops and implements options related to contracts management and incorporates operations analysis including data and best practices for acquisition reform. The Acquisition Specialist will perform the following duties:
  • Serves as advisor and consultant to the CSO Director through the Senior Advisor, Operations and Technology and senior staff on acquisition reform and contract management matters, with the objective of maintaining and improving economy and efficiency for the varied programs and activities related to the transition and acquisition reform. Advises on or develops proposals for organizational matters of major importance, including acquisition strategies and policy, process and procedure proposals that will most effectively align reform activities and requirements.
  • Reviews, analyzes, consolidates, and revises budget estimates, justification statements, and budget execution plans submitted by organizational segments. Advises senior leaders on the necessity for and type of budgetary action to be implemented to meet program needs. As Contracting Officer Representative, when applicable, monitors and reports on the rate of expenditures of funds and trends toward over-or under-obligation of funds. Provides input in source selection and assessing contractor performance during all acquisition phases including operations. Works closely with program Contracting Officers Representatives (COR) and prime contractors to ensure program objectives are achieved within cost, schedule, and technical performance requirements.
  • Serves as staff assistant for the CSO's acquisition reform and assigned acquisition functions. Keeps organization senior manager informed of significant actions and issues. Exercises seasoned judgment to determine what information and actions should be conveyed to higher authority and when to exercise personal authority.
  • Provides authoritative acquisition management advice, interpretations, and recommendations in situations when guidelines and procedures do not exist and where there are differences of opinion and approaches among the participants within the programs. Recommendations are accepted as authoritative and are used by senior level leaders to finalize integrated acquisition plans and programs. Advises program officials of the procurement and acquisition reform objectives to be used, and assists in the preparation of statements of work. Prepares determinations and findings and solicitation documents. Performs detailed analyses of all elements of cost in contractor proposals, and makes competitive range determinations.
  • Responsible for the oversight, management, and accomplishment of CSO acquisition planning programs to support transition and transformation. Develops and evaluates sound acquisition strategies to manage cost, schedule, and performance of major contracts to develop, deliver, and sustain the transformation of the SSC mission. Responsible for all phases of procurement, from pre-award to post-award activities, including contract close out. Oversees compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and DoD-specific requirements. Determines areas in which contract consolidation or renegotiation would be beneficial, and presents recommendations to the Director through the Senior Advisor, Change Management. Responsible for the plan to transfer and align contracts and acquisition activities. Responsible for overseeing all CSO contract and acquisition management models.
  • Incumbent ensures proper planning and implementation of CSO acquisition planning activities.
  • Makes decisions affecting the content and character of operations directed decisions on organizational improvement.
  • Serves as the COR for assigned CSO direct support contracts. Provides oversight of contractors supporting the acquisition planning activities, determining priorities and required deliverables to perform work satisfactorily.
  • Ensures effective implementation and operation of policies, regulations, and guidelines concerning reform, management and planning of acquisition activities.
  • Provides integrated and comprehensive acquisition reform and management advice and assistance, both individually and in briefings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service. For more information
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
  • COVID19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see, additional information.
  • The incumbent must obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
  • This position may require CONUS and OCONUS travel. Work may occasionally require temporary duty (TDY) travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
  • This acquisition position requires Level II certification in Program Management be obtained within two years of employment.


The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 10/27/2021

Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position.

You must have specialized experience sufficient to demonstrate that you have acquired all the competencies necessary to perform at a level equivalent in difficulty, responsibility, and complexity to the next lower grade (GG/GS-13) in the Federal service and are prepared to take on greater responsibility.

Generally, this would include one year or more of such specialized experience. Specialized experience for this position includes utilizing expertise with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and DoD-specific acquisition policies and procedures to further organizational objectives; acquisition program management experience; developing and planning acquisition strategy for complex programs, to include Contracting Officer Representative (COR) functions; strong verbal and written communication skills; and establishing and maintaining stakeholder engagement.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

Business and Trade Processes - Conduct wide-ranging business studies and analyses of data and processes relating to the implementation of any Agency EBS Increment.
Communication - Ability to communicate
Leadership - Leading others to set and achieve goals, take decisive action, and inspire others to perform well.
Management and Organizational Principles - Applying management principles and methods in order to plan and carry out difficult and complex assignments and develop new methods, approaches, and procedures.
Project Management - Responsible for selecting, procuring, and implementing defined projects that support supply chain management modernization through business process and technology solution development.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional information

DCSA, as a newly designated Defense Agency is undergoing a multi-year transformation that includes a significant expansion of predecessor agencies' authorities and responsibilities. Mission accretion and associated growth in personnel and resources requires deliberate coordination and planning across operations and support activities to achieve effective outcomes while simultaneously establishing and integrating new activities, initiatives and projects. The new organization will be comprised of nearly 13,000 government and contractor personnel operation throughout the United States and overseas supporting stakeholders across the federal government.

In accordance with DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.

COVID19 - All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following:

Other Notes:

Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.

If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.

If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.

Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc.).

Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:
  • If area of consideration is limited to the local commuting area, you must reside OR be currently employed within a reasonable distance of the advertised position's location(s). Please ensure your resume reflects your current home address and/or employer's address as this will be used to determine the area of consideration eligibility requirement when an SF50 is not applicable
  • Narrative responses in the assessment questionnaire do not replace content in your resume or vise a versa. Experience must be described in both places for qualification determinations.

Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e., Month/Year to present).
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. SF-50:
  • If applicable, all current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc. Failure to provide latest SF50 will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.
If selected, additional documentation may be required 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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