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Grade: 14
In order to qualify for this position you must be prepared to meet the conditions specified in items (A) and (B); or item (C); or item (D). Please read the information for each of these items, then answer the questions which follow:(A) Completion of all mandatory training** prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher-grade level, including at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions. **(See vacancy announcement). (B) Completion of 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, economic, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, organization and management. OR(C) On January 1, 2000, you must have occupied a position in the GS-1102 Contract Specialist Series at the GS-14 or 15 grade level. You will be considered to have met the basic requirements under (A) and (B) for other positions, but only at the same grade level provided you meet the one-year of specialized experience required for the position. (0R) (D) Waiver: For advancement to higher grades, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency may waive any or all of requirements under (A) and (B) and must certify that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to higher graded positions based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance and qualifying experience.

* 1.GS-14 After reading the requirements above, select the choice which best describes your experience and/or education.
  1. I have never worked for the federal government; however, to the best of my knowledge I posses the required amount and level of experience under item (A) and I also meet the educational requirements stated in item (B). Note: Will require validation by the agency.
  2. (For Promotion) I have carefully read the requirements stated above and meet the requirements as stated under items (A) AND (B) for advancement to GS-14. I also have 1 year of specialized experience as a GS-13 as described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. (For Lateral Reassignment) I have carefully read the requirements as stated above under item (C). On January 1, 2000 I held a position in the GS-1102 Contract Specialist series and am currently occupying a GS-1102 position at the GS-14 grade level. I also have 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  4. (Waiver) I have carefully read the requirements stated above and have been granted a waiver by the agency's senior procurement executive as described under item (D) for advancement to GS-14.
  5. I do not meet or exceed the education and/or experience requirements described in items (A) and (B) or in items (C) or (D).


* 2.Have you met the following training requirements listed below? CON 101, Fundamentals of Contracting; CON 104, Fundamentals of Contract Pricing; CON 202, Intermediate Contracting; CON 204, Intermediate Contract Pricing; CON 210 Government Contract Law
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.GS-14 You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13) in the federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the next lower level as described in the vacancy announcement under the specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not meet the above statement.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported in my online resume. I further understand that my resume must provide detailed descriptions and/or examples of my knowledge, skill, and abilities as required in the vacancy announcement and that my failure to do so, may result in my being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.This position requires a security clearance. Are you able to obtain or maintain a security clearance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Do you have dual citizenship with the United States and another country?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the country(ies), other than the United States, with which you possess citizenship.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Do you have experience coordinating pre-and post-award procurement documents, providing advice and guidance on purchase cards, and serving as a Contracting Officer’s Representative?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Do you have experience supervising a procurement team during which time you successfully established individual performance plans and evaluated staff output relative to organizational goals and objectives?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Do you have experience managing contractors performance including monitoring quality of performance, oversight of contractor activities, and the cost-effectiveness of the contracts and the approval/rejection of invoices?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Do you have the ability to conduct discussions with potential contractors, and to negotiate with contractor representatives for the purpose of settling contractual matters?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Do you have experience in conducting competitive negotiated acquisitions using FAR Part 15 in a contract specialist or contracting officer role?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 9.Have you had a role in recommending and implementing change in an organization related to procurement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Do you have experience in reviewing or planning for multi-year, multi-million dollar procurement actions as well as contracts for a wide range of services and support programs, projects, and initiatives?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 11.Do you have experience in the preparation of solicitation packages for an organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Do you have experience in selecting, evaluating, awarding and administering professional services contracts?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Do you have experience in negotiating, awarding, administering contracts, grants and/or cooperative agreement and analyzing cost proposals for contracts, grants and/or cooperative agreements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Do you have knowledge of Federal Statutes, regulations, standards and practices relating to the various aspects of acquisition and Federal financial assistance?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 15.Please indicate which of the following types of written products you have produced as a regular part of a job by checking the appropriate boxes.
  1. Issue papers or summary reports on controversial issues which includes analysis and recommendations.
  2. Policy regulations, statements and guidance.
  3. Recommendations for solutions to policy problems.
  4. Impact on Congressional actions.
  5. Correspondence which conveys complex issues and includes persuasive arguments for obtaining support of a position.
  6. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or arguments for obtaining support of a position.
  7. None of the above.


* 16.Have you developed, implemented, and managed customer service standards and performance standards that resulted in positive customer relations and the accomplishment of all service expectations and organizational goals?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Do you have experience serving as a coordinator and initial reviewer for the unsolicited contracts and grants proposals submitted to an organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.This position requires an in-depth knowledge/experience of the entire procurement process. Select the choices below for which you have at least one year knowledge/experience at the next lower grade level.
  1. Application of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR and Department of Energy Acquisition Regulations (DEAR) and applicable procedures for selecting and awarding procurement ranging from simplified acquisition to complex/high dollar value contracting.
  2. In-depth knowledge and application of the requirements set forth under FAR Part 19, "Small Business Programs".
  3. Preparation/issuance of federal Invitation of Bids (IFBs) or Request for Proposals (RFPs) for supplies and services.
  4. Application and in-depth knowledge of the various contract types.
  5. Preparation of contract and file documentation to support a competitive and sole source award decision, including negotiation and contract award documentation.
  6. Participation in a Source Evaluation Board (SEB) for the federal government for the selection of a contractor(s).
  7. Experience working with Program/Project Offices in developing and acquisition strategy for future procurement requirements.
  8. Experience in performing/conducting and analysis to document/justify whether an IFB or and RFP should or should not be set aside for small business.
  9. Experience in conducting a market analysis to determine the technical capability of the small business community to provide supplies or services required by the Federal Government.


* 19.How did you find out about this job?
  1. EIA Website
  2. DOE Website
  3. DOE Federal Employee
  4. Electronic Job Boards, such as Monster, Careerbuilder, Craigslist, etc. OR Internet Search Engine, Such as Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.
  5. USAJOBS.GOV
  6. Newspaper/Magazine
  7. Job Fair
  8. University/College
  9. Professional Association/Society
  10. Professional Conference
  11. Other