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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
FDA: Contract Specialist- Rockville, MD
Job Title:CONTRACT SPECIALIST
Department:Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-DH-14-1156372KT
$52,146.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location: Rockville, MD View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the agency Americans trust with their lives. As a global leader in public health, DHHS is the nation’s premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency. Whether we are protecting the America. Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world.This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens. All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply.Applications received as a result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the direct-hire authority.This position is located in the Office of Operations, Office of Finance, Budget, and Acquisitions, Office of Acquisitions & Grants Services, Rockville, Maryland.
Additional selections may be made from this announcement.This vacancy has been extended until December 31,2014.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Background investigation is required.
You may be required to serve a one (1) year probationary period.
Be sure to read the "How To Apply" Section for all required documents
In order to qualify for the GS 9/11/12 based on experience, applicants must meet both the Basic Requirement and Specialized Experience as stated below:
Basic Requirement for the GS 9/11/12
A.4 year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major in any field. OR
B.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. OR
C.Exception: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS 1102 positions at the grades GS 9 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at the GS 12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through the GS 12.However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.
A. 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.OR
B. One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 7 level of experience in the Federal Service which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skill and ability to perform successfully in this position. Specialized experience includes performing administrative functions as it relates to contracting and acquisitions. Experience identifying and establishing milestones for acquisitions, monitor program compliance, reviews draft memorandum of need, identifies areas of in scope of work requiring revision. Experience preparing announcements, determining contents and preparing solicitation documents such as Invitation for Bids, Request for Proposals or Request for Quotations. Experience assisting with debriefs of unsuccessful offerors as well as responding or preparing oral and written inquiries from program personnel, contractors, prospective offerors, and others regarding all aspects of the contract
A. 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. OR
B. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level of responsibility in Federal service that has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform in this position. Specialized experience includes performing administrative functions as it relates to contracting and acquisitions. Experience establishing procurement plans, identifying and establishing milestones for acquisitions, and monitoring program compliance. Experience preparing announcements, determining contents and preparing solicitation documents. Experience receiving and evaluating proposals in conjunction with price/cost analysts or other technical personnel and performing desk analysis of proposed costs. Experience responding to inquiries including formal protests. Experience ensuring contractor compliance with provisions and performance, timely submission of technical progress reports making period visits, detecting and correcting labor standards violations.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level of responsibility in Federal service that has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform in this position.Specialized experience includes providing leadership and direction to a staff in the area of contracting and acquisitions.
Specialized experience includes performing administrative functions as it relates to contracting and acquisitions. Experience establishing procurement plans, identifying and establishing milestones for acquisitions, and monitoring program compliance. Experience preparing synopsis, determining contents and preparing solicitation documents. Experience preparing competitive range determinations; establish negotiation position for technical aspects and all cost issues. Experience ensuring contractor compliance with provisions and performance, timely submission of technical progress reports making period visits, detecting and correcting labor standards violations.
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 One (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the work at the next lower grade level of GS 12 which includes providing leadership and direction to a staff in the area of contracting and acquisitions. Experience analyzing and evaluating contract matters, initiating, developing and recommending contracting policies, procedures, guidance and control of contracting activities and experience providing various support services including workforce planning and training, as well as acquisition-related IT systems. AND 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.
GS 13 Exception: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 as a waiver.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:http://www.ed.gov.
Conditions of Employment:
1.Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigationwill be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
2.E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
3.Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.
6. One-year probationary period may be required.
7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: NO
Are you eligible for noncompetitive appointment? This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers. This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade of this position.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.
Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Center HelpDesk (888) 478-4340, TTY/TDD (800) 877-8339; or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Atlanta Customer HelpDesk (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD (866) 539-4484; or email HRCS@CDC.GOV. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
A complete Assessment Questionnaire
Other supporting documents:
- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
- College Transcripts, if applicable
Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
FDA Helpdesk Phone: (888)478-4340 Fax: (478)757-3144 Email: QUICKQUESTIONS@PSC.GOV
Agency Information: HHS OHR Enterprise 200 Independence Ave Suite 801 Washington, DC 20201 Fax: (478)757-3144
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.
You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).