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Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9 - Select the response that most closely matches your qualification at the GS-9 grade level
  1. I have at least two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or L.L.B. or J.D.
  2. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level
  3. All of the above
  4. None of the above


* 2.GS-5 - GS-12 - Select the response that describes your education or experience as it pertains to the mandatory occupational requirement for GS-1102 position
  1. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field
  2. I have completed 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.
  3. I am currently in the 1102 series at the GS-5 through GS-12 grade level and I occupied this position on/or before January 1, 2000
  4. All of the above
  5. None of the above


* 3.Have you served as a Contracting Officer with signature authority for the Federal government?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I have work experience purchasing and/or administering the following:
  1. Information Technology commodities and services
  2. Commercial-like services
  3. Research and development services or commodities
  4. Federal Supply Schedules program to buy service and commodity
  5. Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts
  6. Services and commodities using IDIQ contracts
  7. Invitations for Bids (Sealed Bidding)
  8. Request for Proposals (Competitive Negotiation)
  9. Acquisitions containing performance-based work statements
  10. Acquisitions involving noncompetitive requirement or the selection of a single source under SBA's 8(a) program
  11. None of the above


* 5.I have experience preparing
  1. Procurement Plans
  2. Determination of findings
  3. Requests for proposals
  4. Bids or quotations
  5. Contract documents
  6. Negotiation reports
  7. Pre-Negotiation memorandums
  8. Post-Negotiation memorandums
  9. Determinations & Fundings
  10. Sole-Source Justifications
  11. Modifications
  12. Task Delivery Orders
  13. None of the above


* 6.Select the responses you have experience performing as a regular part of your contract administration duties.
  1. Provide management oversight and guidance to others for completion of contract administration
  2. Review statements of work
  3. Modify contracts to provide for price adjustments, changes in specifications, changes in completion dates
  4. Resolve scheduling problems with contractor and negotiate completion schedule changes
  5. Review and recommend actions to accelerate contract completion
  6. Review progress payment requests to assure payments are in compliance with contract requirements
  7. Monitor contractor's performance to ensure compliance with contract requirements
  8. Review and determine contractor's compliance with wage scales, overtime payments, etc.
  9. Prepare contractual correspondence concerning contract changes and compliance issues
  10. Review and evaluate claims
  11. Participate in settling contract disputes
  12. Coordinate proposed actions through necessary legal, financial, and programmatic reviews
  13. Develop pricing positions for negotiations
  14. Complete contract closeout
  15. None of the above


* 7.Choose the answer(s) that best describe your work experience with special projects and short deadlines
  1. I have experience rearranging workload priorities to accommodate special project and short turnaround assignments while maintaining a timely and high level of performance on other assigned actions.
  2. I have experience dealing with assignments that are "out-of-the-ordinary" oftentimes with program personnel that have no prior experience with contracts.
  3. I have experience completing projects under a great deal of pressure and extremely short deadlines while dealing with demands for action that may be improper or unfeasible
  4. I have experience in awarding emergency and/or letter contracts.
  5. None of the above


* 8.Select the type of contracts which you have administered.
  1. Firm Fixed-Price
  2. Fixed-Price with Economic Price Adjustment
  3. Fixed-Price Incentive
  4. Fixed-Price with re-determination
  5. Cost and Cost Sharing
  6. Cost-Plus-Incentive-Fee
  7. Cost-Plus-Award-Fee
  8. Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee
  9. Time and Material (Labor-Hour)
  10. Letter Contract
  11. Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity or Requirements Contracts
  12. Performance-based Acquisitions
  13. Construction
  14. Architect/Engineering contracts
  15. Commercial Items (FAR Part 12)
  16. Sealed Bidding
  17. Competitive Negotiation
  18. None of the above


* 9.From the following list, select the tasks you have experience performing as a regular part of your contract administration duties.
  1. I provide management oversight and guidance to others for completion of contract administration.
  2. I review statements of work prepared by others for contractual and regulatory compliance.
  3. I modify contracts to provide for price adjustments, changes in specifications, changes in completion dates.
  4. I resolve scheduling problems with contractor and negotiate completion schedule changes.
  5. I review and recommend actions to accelerate contract completion, i.e. authorizing overtime requests and allowability of costs.
  6. I review progress payment requests to assure payments are in compliance with contract requirements, proper rates are being applied, and proper accounting is made.
  7. I monitor contractor’s performance to ensure compliance with contract requirements.
  8. I review and determine contractor’s compliance with wage scales, overtime payments, nondiscrimination practices, regulatory and statutory provisions.
  9. I prepare contractual correspondence concerning contract changes and contract compliance issues.
  10. I modify contracts to provide for Variation in Estimated Quantity adjustments.
  11. None of the above.


* 10.I have work experience using simplified acquisition procedures.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.I have knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Select the one response that best describes your education, training and/or experience with using Procurement Desktop (PD) Ideas.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without a review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.I have provided customers with acquisition/contracting support and information needed to accomplish their mission
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.This position is responsible for communicating a variety of issues on an interpersonal level. Indicate which of the following types of communication duties you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Negotiate changes to guidance and procedures.
  2. Resolve issues with contractor or other contacts in face-to-face meetings or via telephone calls.
  3. Mediate or facilitate problem resolution.
  4. Persuade contracting officer's representatives to produce timely and appropriate actions.
  5. Research regulations and prepare recommendations on issues.
  6. Interview individuals to obtain data or to clarify position.
  7. Facilitate coordination of efforts between organizational entities.
  8. Brief managers on contract issues or similar topics.
  9. Defend recommendations on controversial issues.
  10. Serve as a Chair of a committee or panel.
  11. None of the above.


* 15.Please select the one response that match your experience in preparing written material regarding acquisition issues.
  1. I have written acquisition documents or materials for review and approval by a senior agency or bureau official.
  2. I have developed material for communicating information on acquisition policies and procedures to a broad base of constituents for approval by a senior agency or bureau official.
  3. I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings on acquisition issues to subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization.
  4. I have reviewed acquisition reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of materials and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
You are applying under the Delegated Examining announcement. If you want to be considered under the concurrent Merit Promotion announcement, you must submit a separate application under that announcement. For more information, see "Who May Apply" section of the vacancy announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 1.I understand that by completing and submitting this application, I am certifying that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information provided is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question may be grounds for not hiring me, or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I also understand that failure to respond to this question will disqualify me from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.I understand that information I give may be investigated for purposes of determining eligibility. I consent to the release of information about my ability for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations to authorized representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for financial institutions, medical institutions and other sources, a separate release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your answers to the questions. Your answers will be reviewed. If your answers are not supported by information in your resume, this may prevent you from being found qualified, in which case your application will NOT be referred to the selecting official.

Your complete and detailed on-line resume MUST include, at a minimum, the following information for each work experience, including military service (prepare a separate entry for each job): 1) Job Title (including series and grade if Federal job); 2) Hours per week; 3) Salary; 4) Starting and ending dates (month and year); 5) Employer's name and address; 6) Supervisor's name and phone number and whether we may contact your current supervisor; 7) Duties and accomplishments. Also include: 1) High School name, city, state, zip code if known, and date of diploma or GED; 2) College or university names, city, state, and zip code if known, majors and type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3) list of job related training courses, skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, membership in professional or honor societies, etc. Please make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly to see if there is any additional supporting documentation required.

You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

I will provide a copy of my college transcripts or equivalent document by the closing date of this announcement to validate my successful completion of the education requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.

* 3.Have you ever permanently held the full performance GS grade level, or higher, as listed in this job vacancy? Do not include dates of temporary promotion(s).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Please list the dates that you permanently held the grade. (Example: From 10/01/2001 to 9/30/2003)
Maximum length of 250 characters.






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