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In order to qualify, you must meet the basic education requirements outlined in A, B, AND C below. A. Four years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least one 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. 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. The training curriculum for GS-1102s is the FAC-C or DAWIA Level I required courses and the FAC-C or DAWIA Level II required courses. It is preferred, but not required, that the FAC-C or DAWIA Level III course has also been completed and the applicant holds a valid, current FAC-C or DAWIA Level III credential. ***FAC-C courses are listed below, DAWIA equivalents are also acceptable. LEVEL I MANDATORY COURSES: CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements CON 110 Mission Support Planning CON 111 Mission Strategy Execution CON 112 Mission Performance Assessment CON 120 Mission Focused Contracting 1 Elective, minimum of 16 hours per course. LEVEL II MANDATORY COURSES: CON 214 Effective Business Practices (online) CON 215 Services Case (classroom) CON 216 Legal & Cost Analysis (online) CON 217 Pricing & Negotiation (online) CON 218 Supplies Case (classroom) 2 Electives minimum of 16 hours per course. LEVEL III Mandatory COURSE: Con 353 Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support Training 2 Electives, minimum of 16 hours per course.

* 1.Do you meet the basic education as described above in A, B, AND C?
  1. Yes
  2. No

        BRANCHED: * 1.Have you been in a GS-1102 position, at or above the GS-13 level, since January 1, 2000 without a break in service?
    1. Yes
    2. No


For the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes serving as a warranted Contracting Officer providing advice, guidance, and training to others throughout all aspects of contracting transactions from initiation through closeout of the contract.

* 2.Do you have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 as described above?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Make sure experience is clearly documented in your resume. Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience/education so it may be found to ensure you receive proper credit.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 3.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. IT contracts
  8. None of the above


* 4.Please identify from the choices listed below, which area(s) you have experience in as it relates to developing and evaluating contract management policies and procedures:
  1. Developed contract administration or purchasing policies
  2. Developed contract administration or purchasing procedures
  3. Evaluated effectiveness of contract administration or purchasing policies
  4. Evaluated effectiveness of contract administration or purchasing procedures
  5. None of the above


* 5.Choose the following choice(s) that best describes your experience as it relates to your knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply procurement policies, guidelines and regulations:
  1. I have initiated and developed branch/division policies and procedures
  2. I have provided specific guidance to my supervisor or management officials concerning contract policies and procedures.
  3. I have reviewed requisitions, requirements documents, acquisition plans, technical evaluation reports, etc. to ensure compliance with procurement regulations, policies and procedures.
  4. I have developed and planned procurement strategies.
  5. I have performed as a team member on a team designed to improve a particular process.
  6. I have led a team designed to improve a particular process.
  7. I have been a Contracting Officer for at least 5 years
  8. I have been a Contracting Officer for less than 5 years
  9. None of the above


* 6.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 the most complex procurement functions.
  1. I have normally been consulted by others for expertise and assistance or have trained others in this task.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 7.Have you been responsible for assisting in the administration and planning of procurement programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Which of the following do you have experience leading a procurement team in: (Select all that apply)
  1. Identifying, distributing and balancing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established work flow, skill level and/or occupational specialization.
  2. Making adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks.
  3. Ensuring that each employee has an integral role in developing the final team product.
  4. None of the above


* 9.I have led an activity in a team environment that involved rearranging workload priorities with short turnaround times?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.I have experience completing projects under a great deal of pressure to meet extremely short deadlines while dealing with demands for action that might be improper or unfeasible?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Carefully read the following questions and select those that best describe your experience. I have regularly:
  1. Met and interacted with high-level management officials within and outside of the organization or agency to justify or promote major acquisition issues and to seek support or approval of the same.
  2. Prepared oral presentations for managers or groups to explain highly technical or complex programs, projects or situations and to request their buy in to the same.
  3. Prepared and conducted major training sessions or substantial portions of such sessions on government acquisition laws, regulations, and policies.
  4. Prepared oral presentations for managers, peers, and customers to exchange information regarding status of project, deadlines or other general issues.
  5. Prepared written policies, new program requirements or acquisition justifications that may be controversial or require buy in from the customer.
  6. Prepared written material to explain highly technical or complex programs, projects or situations to facilitate understanding and exchange of information.
  7. None of the above


* 12.Have you provided training (formal or informal) to other employees regarding Federal Acquisition Regulations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.From the following list, please indicate those to whom you have provided contracting and procurement advice. Select all that apply.
  1. Senior staff members (Division Director or Higher)
  2. Senior staff members in Program offices (Program Manager or Higher)
  3. Contractors
  4. Staff members in other agencies Program offices
  5. None of the above


* 14.Select the choice(s) that best describe your communication experience(s):
  1. 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.
  2. I have explained the procurement process and channels of communication to a high level official in either an existing or potential customer organization.
  3. I have independently provided advice to a senior staff member, corporate officer or other high ranking official regarding procurement processes or strategies.
  4. I have prepared and presented briefings, case discussions, or information sessions to customers, peers or management.
  5. I have negotiated successfully with others to reach agreement, settlement, consensus, compliance or resolution to a difficult problem.
  6. None of the above


* 15.Choose the statement(s) that describe the communication/briefing skills you have used to convey information on acquisition programs. Select all that apply.
  1. I have developed written materials on acquisition issues for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  2. I have written clear, logical, concise, and persuasive materials on acquisition issues for various audiences.
  3. I have drafted reports, memoranda, and correspondence on acquisition issues for signature by my Manager or a higher level official.
  4. I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations on acquisition issues.
  5. I have edited acquisition reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for the intended audience.
  6. I have briefed managers/executives on technical acquisition information both within the Agency and outside the Agency.
  7. I have provided briefings and defended controversial acquisition issues to a variety of audiences.
  8. None of the above


* 16.I understand I MUST submit a copy of my transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours with this application?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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