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1 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Do you have a performance appraisal rating on your job performance? If yes, you must submit the performance appraisal per the instructions on how to apply for this position. If no, please explain why. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    2.1 If no, please explain why. Maximum length of 250 characters.
3 Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    3.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
Basic Requirements:

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 of 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 occupy 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 under Paragraph D.

D. Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.
4

To be qualified for this position at the GS-14 level, you must have completed 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 of experience in contracting or related positions, with at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

solicitation, analysis, evaluation and negotiation of fixed price contracts, including development of specifications, cost analysis and evaluation of proposals, development of pre-negotiation positions, and recommendation of award AND
development of contracting policies, procedures, and quality controls.

Select the answer that best describes your experiences it directly relates to the specialized experience statement. Carefully review your application and ensure that your response is supported by your resume.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed 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, with at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level as described above
  • I do not meet the specialized experience as stated.
5

For the GS-14: You must be certified at Level III in either Federal Acquisition Contracting-Certification (FAC-C) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA). Do you hold certification for the Level III? (Submit a copy of your certificate for verification)

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6

Choose all of the following Federal procurement contracts with which you have knowledge and experience.

Answer to this question is required
  • Fixed price contracts
  • Time and Materials contracts
  • Labor Hour contracts
  • Supply contracts
  • Service contracts
  • IT contracts
  • Telecommunications Administration contracts
  • None of the above
7

Choose the level in which you have applied Federal Contracting Law, regulations, policies and precedents and related principles, policies and procedures in order to plan, lead, review and audit procurement functions.

Answer to this question is required
  • I am consulted by others for my expertise in Federal Procurement law, regulations, policies and precedents and related principles, policies and procedures.
  • I have applied Federal Contracting Law, regulations, policies and precedents and related principles, policies and procedures planned, lead, reviewed and audited the most complex procurement functions independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • None of the above
8

Choose the following choice(s) that best describes your experience as it relates to your experience with interpreting and applying procurement policies, guidelines and regulations.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided specific guidance to my supervisor or management officials concerning contract policies and procedures.
  • I have reviewed requisitions, requirements documents, acquisition plans, technical evaluation reports, etc. to ensure compliance with procurement regulations, policies and procedures.
  • I have developed and planned procurement strategies.
  • I have performed as a team member on a team designed to improve a particular process.
  • I have been a Contracting Officer for at least 5 years.
  • I have been a Contracting Officer for less than 5 years.
  • None of the above
9

I have experience completing projects under a great deal of pressure to meet extremely short deadlines.

Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False
10

From the following list, please indicate those to whom you have provided contracting and procurement advice.

Answer to this question is required
  • Senior staff members (Division Director or Higher)
  • Senior staff members in Program offices (Program Manager or Higher)
  • Contractors
  • None of the above
11

Select the choice(s) with which you have experience related to Federal procurement regulations and contracts.

Answer to this question is required
  • Simplified acquisitions in a Federal governmental setting
  • Large contracts in a Federal governmental setting
  • Routine modifications (such as option renewals, COR changes) in a federal governmental setting
  • Issuing BPA calls or task or delivery orders against existing vehicles
  • I have experience awarding and/or administering simplified acquisitions.
  • I have awarded and administered a variety of negotiated and fixed price contracts.
  • I assure technical evaluations are conducted based upon the solicitation, regulations, and case law on best value basis.
  • I assure technical evaluations are conducted based upon the solicitation, regulations, and case law on a lowest priced technically acceptable basis.
  • I am or have been responsible for all phases of contract administration including modification, renegotiation of cost or specifications, claims, settlement of disputes, determination of compliance and final close out.
  • I have used judgment in interpreting Federal acquisition regulations, guidelines, adapting procurement procedures, and recommending approaches or solutions for specific acquisitions situations.
  • None of the above
12

Which of the following have you had experience working with simultaneously as a contract specialist?

Answer to this question is required
  • Preparing acquisition plans
  • Preparing determination of findings
  • Preparing requests for proposals
  • Preparing negotiation reports
  • Preparing contract documents
  • Preparing contract modifications
  • Preparing amendments
  • Preparing purchase order modifications
  • Preparing task orders, delivery orders, or BPA calls
  • Resolving contract performance problems
  • Preparing closeouts
  • None of the above
13

Choose the level in which you have applied Federal contracting laws, regulations, policies and precedents and related principles, policies and procedures, to plan, review and/or audit procurement functions.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have normally been consulted by others for expertise and assistance or have trained others in this task.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
14

Have you been responsible for assisting in the administration and planning of procurement programs?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
15

Please identify from the choices listed below, which areas you have experience in as it relates to developing and evaluating contract management policies and procedures.

Answer to this question is required
  • Developed contract administration policies
  • Developed contract administration procedures
  • Evaluated effectiveness of contract administration policies
  • Evaluated effectiveness of contract administration procedures
  • None of the above
16

Have you served as a senior contracting specialist for all policy, compliance, analysis and reporting for an organization?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
17

Select the choices which best reflect your experience in being able to handle a variety of work assignments and long-term projects simultaneously.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked on a variety of similar work assignments in order to make adjustments to my workload based on the interpretation of established procedures or at the direction of management.
  • I have planned multiple and dissimilar long-term projects/acquisitions/administrative actions over the simplified acquisition threshold and adjusted project plans as necessary while meeting the overall objectives of the projects/acquisitions.
  • I have planned short term simplified acquisitions/administrative actions and adjusted project plans as necessary while meeting the overall objectives of the projects/acquisitions.
  • I have identified problems in order to take appropriate mitigation steps.
  • None of the above
18

Have you provided training (formal or informal) to other employees regarding Federal Acquisition Regulations?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
19

Do you have experience composing written reports and proposals in order to explain and defend procurement recommendations to internal and external management officials, procurement oversight officials, and/or vendor representatives?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
20

I have experience gathering, presenting, explaining, and defending information or rational related to price/cost/administrative issues, new policy proposals, solutions to controversial management issues, or negotiating simplified acquisitions or contracts.

Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False
21

Do you have experience in writing technical documents such as solicitations, performance work statements, technical evaluation plans, negotiation-related documents, award recommendations, procedures, and regulatory and special reports?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
22

Choose the statement(s) that describe the communication/briefing skills you have used to convey information on acquisition programs.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed written materials on acquisition issues for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  • I have written clear, logical, concise, and persuasive materials on acquisition issues for various audiences.
  • I have drafted reports, memoranda, and correspondence on acquisition issues for signature by higher-level officials.
  • I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations on acquisition issues.
  • I have edited acquisition reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for the intended audience.
  • I have briefed managers/executives on technical acquisition information both within the Agency and outside the Agency.
  • I have provided briefings and defended controversial acquisition issues to a variety of audiences.
  • None of the above
23

Select the choice(s) that best describe your communication experience(s).

Answer to this question is required
  • I have communicated orally with Senior Executives and high ranking officials in a variety of ways on a consistent basis to create and maintain a positive and effective working relationship.
  • I have explained the procurement process and channels of communication to a high level official in either an existing or potential customer organization.
  • I have independently provided advice to a senior staff member, corporate officer or other high ranking official regarding procurement processes or strategies.
  • I have prepared and presented briefings, case discussions, or information sessions to customers, peers or management.
  • I have negotiated successfully with others to reach agreement, settlement, consensus, compliance or resolution to a difficult problem.
  • None of the above.