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Vacancy Details

Grade: 11

Specialized experience is experience that includes performing the acquisition and procurement of information resources and services; knowledge of contract negotiation techniques in order to negotiate or administer contracts; preform basic analysis of contracts; writing reports on information resources and costs; providing advice and information on technical or contract difficulties and recommending potential solutions.
1 Select the one statement that best describes the education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform the work of this IT Acquisitions Specialist at the GS-09 grade level or equivalent pay band in the Federal Service. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service which includes modifications, invoices, final inspection and acceptance of work, contract Close-out activities and contractor proposals.
  • I have successfully completed a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position.
  • I have the specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and I have at least two years of graduate education as described in B, but less than the required three years. I have computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100% (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then, divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)
  • My experience and/or education is not reflected in any of the above statements.

Grade: 12

Specialized experience is defined as experience performing the acquisition and procurement of information resources and services; carrying out pre-award and post-award procurement actions; writing reports on information resources and costs; providing advice and information on technical or contract difficulties and recommending potential solutions.
1 Do you have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service monitoring and evaluating contractor performance in accordance with the contract specifications and informing contractors of compliance failures? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: All Grades

1 Have you held a political appointment within the previous five-year period? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 How did you hear about USPTO Job possibilities? Answer to this question is required
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Friend
  • Job Fair
  • USPTO Information Session
  • Monster
  • Newspaper
  • OnlineBlog/Bulletin Board
  • Professional Society/Organization
  • University Career Fair
  • University Career Placement Office
  • USAJobs
  • USPTO Employee
  • USPTO Web Page
  • Virtual Job Fair
  • State Bar Association
  • University Alumni
  • @USPTOJobs Twitter
  • USPTO Jobs web pages
  • Other
3 Please indicate the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience with the acquisition of IT services or products: Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided input and assisted with contract negotiation strategies for planned acquisition of services or products.
  • I have assisted with the development or developed solicitation documentation in the acquisition of services or products.
  • I have monitored activities for the acquisition of services or products across the system development life cycle for IT projects and resolved or referred issues and/or problems to management.
  • None of the above.
4 Please select the statement that best describes your experience performing IT acquisition-related operations and processes: Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted research and formulated data.
  • I have analyzed information related to IT acquisitions and provided recommendations to management.
  • I have conducted briefings and generated reports to keep all parties apprised of IT acquisitions statuses.
  • None of the above.
5 Please select the statement that best describes your experience with acquisitions: Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided managers with data to make informed decisions utilizing assessment tools to measure program effectiveness.
  • I have provided analysis of program evaluations with or without oversight of management.
  • I have assisted with the improvement of processes through the use of measurements, accountability, analysis and discussion of process alternatives in order to arrive at best practices.
  • I have analyzed programs and made recommendations to managers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs.
  • I have evaluated the effectiveness and efficiency of programs.
  • None of the above.
6 Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience communicating orally to relay information, make recommendations, advise, and brief executive level staff on administrative and operational matters: Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have this type of experience.
  • I have briefed senior level officials internal and/or external to an organization, and assisted with the development of recommendations that facilitated informed decisions.
  • I have synthesized multiple data sources into a single integrated source containing recommendations and alternatives for officials internal and/or external for consideration in decision making process.
  • I have communicated sensitive or confidential information to officials internal and/or external to an agency and recommended course of actions to achieve desired outcomes
7 Select the response that best describes your written communication skills: Answer to this question is required
  • I clearly communicate, explain, and defend, in writing, complex or sensitive information about acquisition activities to management, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • I write documents for internal staff addressing sometimes complex issues relating to organizational acquisition activities.
  • I respond appropriately to questions and requests for information, explaining moderately complex ideas.
  • I respond to requests for basic information.
  • None of the above.
8 Do you have experience identifying and reporting problem areas under a contract to appropriate stakeholders? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 Please indicate the statement(s) that describes your experience in contract administration and oversight: Answer to this question is required
  • I have evaluated contract progress and performance.
  • I have developed and utilized tracking tools to ensure contractor deliverables met the technical requirement.
  • I have recommended improvements to contract performance and tracked outcomes in authoritative systems of record.
  • I have completed contract close outs.
  • None of the above.
10 Do you have experience using Momentum or other similar financial management software and tracking the progress of requisition documents entered through an approval process? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
11 Please indicate your highest level of experience managing or assisting with the management of IT contracts: Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience managing or assisting with the management of IT contracts.
  • I have experience managing or assisting with the management of contracts, but not in the IT field.
  • I have experience managing or assisting with the management of IT contracts.
  • I have provided oversight or assisted with oversight of procurement/acquisitions departments that managed IT contracts.