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* 1.Reminder: In addition to this questionnaire, you must also submit all information/documents applicable to you as described in the vacancy announcement under "Required Documents." Please read the vacancy announcement carefully. Also please follow the online instructions carefully for submitting documents and check your account to confirm the documents are received in the online hiring system prior to the closing date. If all the required information is not submitted, you will be found ineligible for this position.
  1. OK


* 2.How did you learn about this position?
  1. Agency Internet Site recruitment.
  2. Private Employment Web Site.
  3. Other Internet Site.
  4. Poster.
  5. Newspaper.
  6. Magazine.
  7. TV/Radio.
  8. Student association.
  9. Private Employment Office.
  10. State Employment Office.
  11. Federal, state, or local Job Information Center.
  12. Agency Human Resources Department (bulletin board or other announcement).
  13. Agency or other Federal government on campus.
  14. Religious organization.
  15. School or college counselor or other official.
  16. Job Fair.
  17. Friend or relative working for this agency.
  18. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
  19. Professional organization or publication.
  20. Other.


* 3.I am providing, for this vacancy, a copy of my annual performance appraisal that has been signed and dated within the last 18 months and shows my final rating. I understand that I can either upload or fax this document through the system at the end of this process.
  1. Yes
  2. No

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please clearly explain below why you are unable to provide a performance appraisal (i.e., your current employer does not provide them, you have not received one, etc.) Failure to provide a performance appraisal or an explanation why one is not being provided will result in a determination of an incomplete application and ineligibility for consideration for this vacancy.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


Specialized experience is defined as experience serving as a Senior-level Contract Specialist. This includes performing all aspects of contracting transactions from initiation to awarding contracts, to the administration and closing of contracts. This experience can also include leading or participating in projects that focus on policy development, operation/program improvements, and/or training other contract specialists.

* 4.Will you have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level (as described above) within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this experience can be found in your resume

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Have you 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?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Have you successfully completed the training requirements needed to obtain a FAC-C level III certification?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 6.Have you completed 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? (Y/N)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Have you held a GS-1102-14 position without a break in service since January 1, 2000?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Select the answer that best describes your experience establishing effective working relationships within an organization.
  1. I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors
  2. I have led efforts to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  3. I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  4. I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks


* 9.Select the answer that best describes your experience representing, negotiating, defending, explaining, advocating and expressing facts and ideas in order to influence, develop, and maintain internal and external networks.
  1. I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  2. I have written clear, logical, concise, and persuasive materials for various audiences.
  3. I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  4. I have provided briefings and defended controversial issues to a variety of audiences
  5. None of the above.


* 10.Choose all of the following Federal procurement contracts with which you have knowledge and experience, including but not limited to:
  1. Fixed price contracts
  2. Cost reimbursement contracts
  3. Time and Materials contracts
  4. Labor Hour contracts
  5. Supply contracts
  6. Service contracts
  7. Study and/or Evaluation contracts
  8. None of the above


* 11.I have experience in applying Federal procurement practices from the following guidelines:
  1. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  2. Comptroller General Decisons
  3. Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Initiatives
  4. OMB-300
  5. OMB Circular 123
  6. None of the above


* 12.From the following list, please select the acquisition plans that you have had experience reviewing:
  1. Market Research documentation
  2. Appropriate contract type
  3. Pricing provisions
  4. Selection of source
  5. Method of acquisition
  6. Clarity of contract terms
  7. File documentation
  8. Propriety of cited funds
  9. None of the above


13.Select the answer that best describes your experience of Federal contracting laws, regulations, principals, policies, and procedures:
  1. I have prepared and presented findings and recommendations regarding Federal contracting laws to management
  2. I have defended recommendations regarding contracting laws, regulations and policies to management
  3. I have explained policies and procedures to agency staff
  4. I have obtained compliance with policies from agency staff
  5. None of the above


* 14.From the following list, please indicate those to whom you have provided contracting and procurement advice. Select all that apply
  1. Senior staff members
  2. Program offices
  3. Contractors
  4. Department officials
  5. Other agencies and their field offices
  6. Other
  7. None of the above


* 15.Have you verbally provided guidance, assistance, or training to internal and external agencies or organizations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Please select all of the contracting actions that you have performed as a regular part of your job:
  1. Perform advanced acquisition planning and strategy in accordance with FAR Part 7
  2. Assemble, write, and issue solicitations
  3. Respond to offerors' questions
  4. Evaluate proposals
  5. Conduct cost and price analysis
  6. Conduct past performance evaluation of offerors
  7. Perform source selection
  8. Negotiation, discussion, clarification
  9. Award contracts
  10. Resolve protests
  11. Debrief unsuccesful offerors
  12. Conduct post-award contract orientation for contractor and Contracting Officer Representative (COR)
  13. Prepare recommendations on subcontract consent for work
  14. Administer contracts in accordance with FAR Part 42
  15. Provide Government Furnished Property in accordance with FAR Part 45
  16. Exercise an option (term or quality) in accordance with FAR Part 17
  17. Terminate for Convenience or Default In accordance with FAR Part 49
  18. Resolve claims
  19. Close out contracts
  20. Handle Confidential Business Information
  21. Manage Conflict of Interest restrictions and determinations
  22. Conduct oral presentations
  23. I do not have or do not meet any of the choices above


* 17.Select the answer(s) that best describe(s) your experience communicating on procurement matters.
  1. I have led briefings, meetings, or conferences to explain and defend procurement recommendations or issues to internal and external management officials, procurement oversight officials, and/or vendor representatives
  2. I have provided technical authoritative advice on procurement recommendations or matters to internal and external management officials, procurement oversight officials, and/or vendor representatives.
  3. I have trained others at both beginning and advanced levels in the contracting specialist field.
  4. None of the above.


* 18.Choose the statement(s) that best describe your experience with preparing written documents.
  1. I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on procurement issues in a technical advisory capacity
  2. I have prepared written responses to public inquiries, and prepared Congressional and executive-level correspondence on procurement issues.
  3. I have gathered and researched data and information to prepare responses to non-routine correspondence.
  4. I have written and developed procurement-related policies.
  5. I have written training materials and operating procedures to help develop others.
  6. I have not performed any of the above tasks.






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