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Grade: 14

To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Under merit promotion procedures, Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. Time is credited based on calendar time served in a grade, regardless of the number of days or hours worked. If you currently hold or have previously held a position at the same (or equivalent) or higher grade/level in the Federal government as of this announcement, you will meet the TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS.
1 Please select the response that best describes your time in grade. Answer to this question is required
  • I have served one year at the next lower grade of the position for which I am applying.
  • I currently occupy a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
  • I have previously occupied a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
  • I have less than one year in grade at the next lower level of the position for which I am applying.
In addition to the basic requirement you must meet at least one year of specialized experience at the grade 13 level that demonstrates an in-depth and extensive knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)), Department of Treasury Acquisition Regulation (DTAR), Department of Treasury Acquisition Procedures (DTAP), Statutes, Executive Orders, OMB Directives, Internal Revenue Service Acquisition Procedures (IRSAP), IRS Procurement Policies and Procedures, and familiarity with the practices of business and industry sufficient to develop policies and provide guidance to subordinate activities. At this level you must demonstrate a mastery of procurement principles and technical or program requirements to plan, make decision/recommendations that significantly affect the content, interpretation, or development of complex, long-rang, or interrelated agency policies and programs concerning the management of procurement issues. Your experience must demonstrate expert knowledge and experience in negotiation techniques, cost/price analysis, legal and regulatory interpretations, unique terms and conditions, subcontracting requirements and complex technical specifications. Your experience must also demonstrate skills in oral communications in presenting sensitive recommendations to senior level managers and executives, written communications sufficient to develop and implement internal management documents and correspondence pertaining to acquisition policies and procedures, and in serving as a representative on cross-functional task forces, committees or to the private sector. At this level you must demonstrate expert technical guidance and consultation on the procurement function including responsibility for formulating guidelines, implementing new developments, and providing policy interpretation to subordinate contracting activities.
2 Which of the following is true about your experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of full-time specialized experience as described above.
  • I have less than one year of full-time specialized experience as described above.
3 Which of the following best describes your experience in planning, evaluating, and overseeing development and management of new procurement initiatives, e.g., setting specific goals, analyzing current processes, conflict resolution, change management, consensus building, managing stakeholders? and customers? expectations, identifying problem areas, determining root causes, developing action plans, assessing resource allocation, developing milestone plans with timelines, and implementing new or revised procedures to improve operational efficiency? Answer to this question is required
  • I have planned, evaluated and overseen the development and management of new procurement initiatives using time management techniques, brainstorming, power point presentations, and management analytical tools.
  • I have planned evaluated and overseen the development and management of new procurement initiatives using time management techniques and structured project management tools, brainstorming, delegation, PERT Charts, Gantt Charts, flow charts, and other analytical tools.
  • I have planned evaluated and overseen the development and management of new procurement initiatives using time management techniques, brainstorming, delegation, collaboration, influencing, power point presentations, structured project management tools, PERT Charts, Gantt Charts, flow charts, analytical tools, management analysis tools, lessons learned, goal setting, analytical and comparison techniques, problem-solving, resource allocation, oral and written communication skills, leadership skills, and management of stakeholder/customer expectations.
  • I have planned evaluated and overseen the development and management of new procurement initiatives using time management techniques, brainstorming, delegation, collaboration, power point presentations, PERT Charts, Gantt Charts, flow charts, analytical tools, management analysis tools, lessons learned, goal setting, problem-solving, oral and written communication skills, leadership skills, and management of stakeholder/customer expectations.
  • None of the above
4 Which of the following best describes my knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience regarding the federal acquisition process including procurement regulations ,Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), laws, Westlaw or other online legal databases, court procedures, executive orders, OMB Directives, OFPP Guidance, GAO opinions, Board of Contract Appeal Decisions, U.S. Court of Federal Claims opinions, GSA policies and procedures, IRS policies & procedures, Department of Treasury Acquisition Regulation (DTAR), Department of Treasury Acquisition Procedures (DTAP), IRS Procurement Policies & Procedures, and IRS Acquisition Procedures (IRSAP)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed all of the required courses to become FAC-C certified in procurement. I have experience in operational contracting while applying procurement rules, regulations and guidance in best practices to active requirements. I regularly review GAO Reports & Decisions, NCMA magazine, Westlaw or other online legal websites, Government Executive magazine, CIO magazine, Federal Procurement Weekly, the virtual acquisition office, Government Computer News, the federal page of national newspapers, and other current publications to keep abreast. My experience includes regular use of the FAR online website, GSA websites, OMB and OFPP websites, the DTAR, Department of Treasury Acquisition Procedures (DTAP), IRS Procurement Policies & Procedures, IRS policies & procedures, and the IRS Acquisition Procedures (IRSAP).
  • I have not completed all the required courses to become FAC-C certified in procurement. I have experience in operational contracting applying procurement rules, regulations and guidance in best practices to active requirements. I have reviewed GAO Reports & Decisions, NCMA magazine, the federal page of national newspapers, and other current publications.
  • I have completed all of the required courses to become FAC-C certified in procurement. I have experience in operational contracting applying procurement rules, regulations and guidance in best practices to active requirements. I review GAO Reports & Decisions, NCMA magazine, Westlaw or other online legal websites, Government Executive magazine, Federal Computer Weekly, Government Computer News, the federal page of national newspapers, and other current publications. My experience includes use of the FAR online website, GSA websites, OMB and OFPP websites.
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

Thank you for your interest in applying for this position.
Your responses to the following questions supplement the information provided in your resume.
1 Are you a current IRS employee? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    1.1

    If you are not a current IRS employee, are you a Treasury CTAP eligible within the commuting area?

    • Yes
    • No
If you are a Treasury employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility please refer back to the CTAP Documentation link in the vacancy announcement.
2 Are you eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reassignment Preference Program (RPP) or other IRS Preference Program? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Please select the priority program for which you are eligible for consideration.
    • IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)
    • IRS Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
    • Treasury Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) within the commuting area
    • Other IRS Preference Program
  • No
3 Please provide your current pay plan, series, and grade. For example: GS-303-03, IR-512-01, etc. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
4 What is your current position title? Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
If you are eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reassignment Preference Program (RPP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility please refer back to the CTAP/RPP Documentation link in the vacancy announcement.
In addition to the online application and resume, your current Annual Performance Appraisal and monetary awards are considered in the merit promotion process. This information may be verified during the hiring process.
You may obtain a list of your most recent awards at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/indexawd.htm.
5 How many monetary (or time off in lieu of monetary) awards, such as performance awards, special act awards, and quality step increases have you received in the three years preceding the closing date of this announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • 1
    5.1 Please list the name of the award and the date(MMDDYYYY) of the award. (For example: Performance Award, 02/02/2006). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • 2
    5.1 Please list the names of the awards and the date(MMDDYYYY) of each award. (For example: Performance Award, 02/02/2006). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • 3 or more
    5.1 Please list the names of the awards and the date(MMDDYYYY) of each award. (For example: Performance Award, 02/02/2006). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • None
You are encouraged to submit a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. If you do not have a current performance appraisal, please consider submitting a recent self assessment, manager prepared narrative, or contact your immediate manager for another option appropriate to your current situation and position.
6 Did you receive a fully successful, equivalent, or higher rating on your most recent performance appraisal? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
  • I do not have a recent performance appraisal. You have indicated that you do not have a current performance appraisal. You should be advised that your annual performance appraisal and relevant awards are considered in the selection process. In the event you do not have a current appraisal, there are a number of options available to you. You should contact you immediate manager to determine which option is most appropriate to your current situation and position.
7 Please indicate the option that best describes your most recent performance appraisal. Answer to this question is required
  • Annual Rating/Annual Performance Appraisal
  • Revalidated Annual Rating/Annual Performance Appraisal
  • Departure Rating/Annual Performance Appraisal
  • Merit Promotion Appraisal
  • Not Ratable/No Performance Appraisal You have indicated that you do not have a current performance appraisal . You should be advised that your annual performance appraisal and relevant awards are considered in the selection process. In the event you do not have a current appraisal, there are a number of options available to you. You should contact you immediate manager to determine which option is most appropriate to your current situation and position.
8 Please enter the date of your most recent performance appraisal in the format MM/DD/YYYY. Answer to this question is required
9 Please select the rating that you achieved on your most recent performance appraisal. Answer to this question is required
  • Outstanding
  • Exceeds Fully Successful
  • Fully Successful
  • Minimally Successful
  • Unacceptable
  • Not Ratable
You must meet the basic requirements for this position as outlined in the vacancy announcement.
To be minimally qualified for Contract Specialist positions, you must meet the basic requirement.
A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4 years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work 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. AND
B. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupied on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver.
10 Candidates applying for the Contract Specialist position must meet one of the basic requirements in order to be considered. Please tell us which is true about your education and/or experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have the experience, training, and education as described in paragraphs A and B above.
  • I was employed by the Federal government in an GS-1102 position on January 1, 2000.
  • I have two or more of the above choices.
  • I have none of the above choices.
11 What is your highest level of experience assessing customers acquisition needs using procurement judgment compliant with rules and regulations to develop recommendations and solutions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am often consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  • None of the above
12 Which of the following best describes your experience providing consultation, guidance and recommendations on acquisitions that conform to procurement agency procedures and Federal regulations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have researched and understand Federal and agency-specific regulations regarding procurements and am able to provide this information to customers.
  • I am knowledgeable about Federal procurement and agency-specific regulations and have experience providing consultation and recommendations to customers on how to proceed with their acquisition and do this as a routine part of my job.
  • Using my knowledge of Federal procurement and agency-specific regulations, I have provided consultation and recommendations to multiple cross-functional customers on the acquisition life-cycle process. I have performed these activities as a primary responsibility of my job.
  • None of the above
13 Which of the following best describes your experience in developing solicitations, evaluating contractor proposals, and recommending award decisions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • In addition to performing all of the above identified duties, I have supervised performance of these tasks and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am often consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing these tasks.
  • None of the above
14 Which of the following decision-making experiences have you performed? Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently developed guidance that implemented OMB/OFPP directives and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) revisions into standard agency policies and procedures.
  • I have identified OMB/OFPP directives and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) revisions that would require changes to agency regulations, policies and/or procedures.
  • I have drafted standard agency policies, guidance, and procedures to incorporate Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) revisions.
  • None of the above
15 Which of the following statements best describes your experience in verbally communicating and providing guidance in the federal procurement arena? Answer to this question is required
  • I have verbal communication experience presenting to upper management, the policies and regulations that required detailed explanation and interpretation.
  • I have verbal communication experience presenting to outside organizations, upper management, and employees the policies and regulations that need detailed explanation and interpretation.
  • I have verbal communication experience providing guidance on basic procurement policies and regulations to employees.
  • None of the above
16 Which of the following best describes your experience identifying and resolving problems related to procurement activities, e.g., repetitive and systemic problems, analysis of problem impact, determining cause, developing alternative solutions, and making recommendations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have analyzed procurement-related activities and have identified problems and their root causes with supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have analyzed procurement-related activities, identified problems, identified root causes, and developed alternative solutions to resolve the problems on an independent basis; without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have analyzed procurement-related problems, identified problems and their root causes, and developed alternative solutions to resolve problems independently. I have also supervised performance of these tasks; I have trained others in performance of this task, and have often been consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  • None of the above
17 Which of the following best describes your experience interpreting and applying a broad spectrum of acquisition regulations; i.e., the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), agency-specific regulations, laws, and policies? Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed on the job working in a federal procurement agency.
  • I have completed the formal education or training. I have performed these tasks working in a federal procurement agency, with supervision from a manager or senior employee.
  • I have completed formal education and training. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job working in a federal procurement agency, on an independent basis; without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have completed formal education and training. I have performed these tasks as a regular part of a job working in a federal procurement agency, on an independent basis without review by a supervisor or senior employee. In addition, I have trained other federal employees in the performance of this work and am often consulted by others as an expert.
  • None of the above
18 Which of the following statements best describe how you identify rules, principles or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; and how you analyze information to make correct inferences, draw accurate conclusions, and develop policies regarding acquisitions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have been responsible for analysis, evaluation, development, publication and implementation of Federal procurement or contracting policies, procedures, and guidance for a federal agency or subordinate bureau, etc.
  • I have experience developing procurement or contracting policies, procedures and providing guidance to agency employees.
  • I have experience interpreting procurement or contracting procedures and providing guidance to agency employees.
  • I have experience analyzing, evaluating, reviewing, developing and implementing Federal procurement or contracting policies, procedures, and guidance for an agency.
  • None of the above
19 Which of the following statements best describes how you have researched, produced, published, and circulated documents including white papers, newsletters, policies & procedures, responses to audits, approval documents, training courses, executive correspondence, responses to congressional inquiries, Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIAs), media requests, etc.? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in researching, producing, publishing and circulating four (4) or less of the above identified documents with supervision.
  • I have experience in researching, producing, publishing and circulating at least five (5) of the above identified documents with little or no supervision.
  • I have extensive experience in researching, producing, publishing and circulating at least eight (8) of the above identified documents with minimal supervision.
  • I have extensive experience in independently researching, producing, publishing and circulating all of the above identified documents and prepared all of the above documentation for executive level approval, when applicable.
  • None of the above
20 Which of the following best describes your experience advising and guiding procurement personnel in the preparation of documents; such as Pre/Post Negotiation Memoranda, Memoranda to File, Justifications, Determinations, Solicitations, Evaluation Process, Best Value, GSA Buys, Source Selection Decision Documentation, Award Decisions and Supporting documentation, Modifications, Freedom of Information Act responses (FOIA), Unsolicited proposals, Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS), Federal Procurement Data System ? Next Generation (FPDS-NG) Reporting, Terminations, Ratifications, Debarments and Suspensions, etc.? Answer to this question is required
  • I have had experience and training performing some of the above tasks.
  • I have had training and experience performing, advising, and guiding these tasks with supervision.
  • I have had training and experience performing, advising, and guiding all these tasks, as a regular part of a job, independently.
  • I have had training and experience performing, advising, and guiding all of these tasks. I have trained others in these tasks and have been frequently consulted for guidance or direction on these tasks.
  • None of the above
21 Which of the following statements best describes your demonstrated expertise in the Federal procurement contracting process, possessing Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C), use of various innovative acquisition strategies from cradle-to-grave, and ability to advise Contract Specialists, Contracting Officers, Program/Project Managers, Procurement Managers, and others on the most effective acquisition strategy and/or procurement solution for the particular project? Answer to this question is required
  • I have had formal education/training in the Federal contract process but have not had an opportunity to apply those skills working in a federal procurement agency.
  • I have had formal education/training in the Federal contract process and have earned FAC-C certification but have not had an opportunity to use innovative contracting principles working in a federal procurement agency.
  • I have had the formal education/training, earned FAC-C certification and served as a warranted Contracting Officer working in a federal procurement agency. I have advised contracting personnel and program officials on acquisition strategies and used different innovative acquisition approaches in the procurement processes.
  • I have had the formal education/training, earned FAC-C certification, and served with an unlimited Contracting Officer warrant working in a federal procurement agency. I have advised contracting personnel and program officials on acquisition strategies and have used different and innovative contracting approaches in the Federal Procurement Process.
  • None of the above
22 Which of the following statements best describes your expertise resolving procurement problems including resolution of certified claims, claims for equitable adjustment, protests; debarments/suspensions, terminations for default, convenience and/or cause; contract changes; performance issues; internal audits across organizations, and participation on intra-agency and inter-agency workgroups and committees tasked to implement and/or improve Federal procurement policies and guidance, manpower issues, and management of various procurement programs? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience resolving procurement-related issues including certified claims, claims for equitable adjustments, terminations, and protests with supervision.
  • I have experience resolving the following procurement problems: certified claims, claims for equitable adjustment, protests; debarments/suspensions, terminations for default, convenience and/or cause; contract changes, and performance issues. I have performed internal audits across organizations, participated on intra-agency and inter-agency workgroups and committees tasked to implement and/or improve Federal procurement policies and guidance, manpower issues, and management of various Procurement programs.
  • I have experience in resolving procurement-related issues including certified claims, claims for equitable adjustments, terminations, and protest resolution independently.
  • I have experience independently resolving all of the following procurement problems/situations: certified claims, claims for equitable adjustment, protest resolution; debarments/suspensions, terminations for default, convenience and/or cause; contract changes; and performance issues. In addition, I have extensive experience providing agency guidance, conducting internal audits across the organization, participating on intra-agency and inter-agency workgroups and committees to implement and/or improve Federal procurement policies and guidance, addressing acquisition-related manpower issues, and management of various Procurement programs.
  • None of the above
23 Which of the following best describes your highest level of workload management? Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed multiple tasks with multiple deadlines.
  • I have completed multiple tasks with multiple and changing deadlines.
  • I have completed multiple tasks with multiple and changing deadlines and managed emerging issues.
  • I have completed multiple tasks with multiple and changing deadlines, managed emerging issues and served on special projects.
  • None of the above
24 Which of the following describes your knowledge of the mission, function and organization of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a bureau of the Department of Treasury, how its? social, political and technological systems work and operate within them, and the role of the Office of Procurement in IRS? Answer to this question is required
  • I have reviewed the IRS and Treasury public websites and the IRS mission statement and I understand where it fits within the Department of Treasury. I have read articles in federal publications about the IRS and the accomplishments of the Procurement organization. It is my understanding that the main mission of the IRS is to collect taxes and the procurement organization supports the mission of tax collection.
  • I have reviewed the IRS and Treasury public websites and the IRS mission statement and understand where it fits within the Department of Treasury. I understand that the mission of the IRS is to provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all. I understand that the mission of Procurement is to deliver quality acquisition services for effective tax administration.
  • I have a working knowledge of the IRS and Treasury organizations. I have participated on cross functional teams/committees within Treasury and understand the culture. I understand that the mission of the IRS is to provide America’s taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all. I understand that the mission of Procurement is to deliver quality acquisition services for effective tax administration.
  • I have reviewed the IRS and Treasury public websites and the IRS mission statement and understand where it fits within the Department of Treasury. It is my understanding that the main mission of the IRS is to collect taxes and the procurement organization supports the mission of tax collection.
  • None of the above
25 To qualify for this position and receive full credit for your relevant experience you must list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the questions. Do you understand that failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified determination?
  • Yes
  • No