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Grade: 14
* 1.[5827] In addition to the Basic Qualifications Requirements, you must meet additional requirements for positions in the GS-1102 series at the GS-13 level or higher. Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with these requirements.
  1. I have a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree that included or was supplemented by 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 PLUS 4-YEARS EXPERIENCE in contracting or contract related work.
  2. I have held a GS-1102-14 or higher graded position continuously since January 1, 2000, which makes me eligible for reassignment or transfer to this position.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[343] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-14 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 3.[52144] Do you have at least one year of experience, equal or equivalent to, leading, planning and coordinating negotiation strategies with contractors in order to develop contract prices, terms and awards? This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[22408] Do you have one year of experience, equal or equivalent to, experience as a team lead in planning, directing, and administering strategies for acquisition project assignments that require the application of procurement and contracting principles, program requirements and techniques? This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[52145] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to, experience executing pre-award or post-award procurement actions and modifying standard contract procedures and terms to satisfy contract requirements (e.g. analyzing contracting issues and identify alternative courses of action or modifying standard contract procedures and terms)? This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[2877] Select the statement that best describes your experience interpreting Federal laws regulations, and policies impacting Federal assistance.
  1. I have no or limited experience in interpreting laws and regulations that impacting Federal assistance.
  2. I have experience interpreting laws and regulations impacting Federal assistance, usually under the close supervision of a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have regularly and independently interpreted laws and regulations impacting Federal assistance and consider it among my greatest professional strengths.
  4. I am considered an expert in the interpretation of Federal assistance law and regulation and am routinely sought out by colleagues to provide advice and assistance in this area.


* 7.[7704] Select the statement(s) that describe your contract negotiation experience.
  1. I have conducted negotiations or chaired a negotiation team for a Federal agency or large corporation.
  2. I have participated in pre-negotiation conferences.
  3. I have developed negotiation positions.
  4. I have determined type of contract and contractual provisions that would provide the best vehicle for obtaining required services or supplies.
  5. I have served as chief exponent for my organization`s position when dealing with top industry representatives and finalized contractual arrangements.
  6. I have had direct management responsibility for the contract process.
  7. None of the above.


* 8.[6553] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 15 competitive negotiated procurements.
  1. I have performed cost/price analysis on offeror proposals.
  2. I have conducted discussions with offerors in the competitive range.
  3. I have prepared a complete Request for Proposal(i.e., sections A-M) for such a procurement.
  4. I have personally conducted several FAR Part 15 competitive negotiated procurements from inception of the requirement through award.
  5. I have had direct managerial responsibility for multiple awards of FAR Part 15 competitive negotiated procurements from inception of the requirement through award under current FAR Part 15 procedures.
  6. I have frequently participated as a member of source selection board or team making an award decision or award recommendation to a source selection official for FAR Part 15 competitive negotiated procurements (more than 5 times).
  7. None of the above.


* 9.[5909] Select the statement that best describes your use of automated acquisition software tools.
  1. I have used automated contract and procurement tools on a daily basis to complete my work assignments. I need little to no guidance or supervision.
  2. I have generated solicitations and contracts using a web based automated contract and procurement system.
  3. I have used and or been trained to use a contract and procurement software package, but need guidance and supervision.
  4. None of the above


* 10.[13757] Select the contracting certification that you currently hold.
  1. Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C), Level III.
  2. Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA), Level III.
  3. Executive Agency Certification, Level III.
  4. Certified Professional Contracts (CPCM) or Level III equivalent.
  5. Eligible for Level III certification but haven't formally applied.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.[3021] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in conducting cost and price analysis of contractor proposals.
  1. I analyze proposed costs and prices.
  2. I evaluate technical and audit reports.
  3. I conduct "Should-Cost" analysis.
  4. I evaluate economic factors.
  5. I evaluate methods of allocating costs.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.[6552] Select the statement that best describes your experience in managing a Government purchase card program.
  1. I have experience serving as an Agency Program Coordinator for the Government purchase card program.
  2. I have assisted an Agency Program Coordinator in managing a Government purchase card program.
  3. I have been a purchase cardholder.
  4. I have been the responsible manager for the Agency Program Coordinator at a Federal agency organization.
  5. None of the above.


* 13.[1744] Do you have experience serving as a systems administrator for an organization-wide automated acquisition system?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.[3051] Select the statement(s) that describe the program management activities you have performed as a regular, recurring part of your job.
  1. Served as a spokesperson for the organization on program or project issues to a variety of stakeholder groups and federal, state and local agencies.
  2. Served as a spokesperson for the organization on program or project issues to the media.
  3. Developed and issued guidance or policy statements on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues for the organization.
  4. Served and/or facilitated on panels, committees or task forces on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues.
  5. Provided guidance to other agency representatives or private industry on technical, programmatic, or professional issues that affect the scope of programs or projects
  6. Facilitated workshops or partnering sessions between organizational entities
  7. Mediated or facilitated problem resolution between organizational entities or technical groups in a formal group setting
  8. Built and fostered relationships with external customers, partners, stakeholders that affect the scope of programs or projects
  9. Presented, advocated, or negotiated specific mission goals and needs with other organizational entities
  10. Presented briefings and formal presentations to senior management of external entities on policy, program, organizational, or project issues
  11. Prepared written reports on organizational program/project status
  12. Facilitated solutions on controversial issues affecting the scope of programs or projects with the public
  13. Organized and conducted public meetings
  14. None of the above


* 15.[5894] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience communicating information on acquisition and/or procurement programs or issues.
  1. Drafted reports, memoranda, and correspondence for signature by higher-level officials.
  2. Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  3. Edited reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for the intended audience.
  4. Briefed managers/executives or others on technical information or controversial issues both within the Agency and outside.
  5. Trained customers, junior specialists/analysts, program personnel, or coworkers on various acquisition topics or issues.
  6. I have written clear, logical, concise, and persuasive material for various audiences.
  7. None of the above.


* 16.[9181] Select the statement that best describes your experience providing advice, guidance and mentoring concerning acquisitions, grants and cooperative agreements, including Federal assistance instruments, to other contracting personnel.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 17.[1135] Select the statement that best describes your experience giving formal presentations about program issues.
  1. I have limited experience giving presentations on program issues.
  2. I have experience giving presentations on routine program issues to officials in my organization.
  3. I have experience giving presentations on routine program issues with complex elements to officials in my organization.
  4. I have experience giving presentations on routine, operational program issues of a practical or procedural nature to officials in my immediate organization, or to my peers external to my organization.
  5. I have experience giving presentations on complex issues and programs of a controversial or sensitive nature to a wide range of individuals outside of the Agency.
  6. None of the above


* 18.[1730] Choose the response that best describes your highest level of experience developing, leading, directing, and motivating a diverse staff, taking into account individual goals, values, and sensitivities.
  1. Provided broad guidance to people to prioritize work and then accomplish it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  2. Led, supervised, and managed professional and administrative staff in the design and delivery of programs and projects.
  3. Led a large, complex, multi-layered workforce of widely varying occupations and knowledge levels.
  4. Led a management evaluation or assistance team to provide assistance on organizational programs.
  5. As a senior staff member, served as acting supervisor on occasion, and assisted the supervisor in developing and leading others.
  6. Led, directed, and motivated team members to accomplish specific projects.
  7. No experience in developing, leading, directing, and motivating a diverse staff.


* 19.[27229] Select the duty(ies) you have performed on a regular and recurring basis while supervising or leading a staff for at least one year.
  1. Assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty and time constraints of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  2. Gave advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  3. Interviewed candidates for positions and recommended and/or selected individuals for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  4. Worked with employees to identify and pursue their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  5. Addressed employee conduct issues by taking appropriate human resources actions such as oral and written admonishments or suspensions.
  6. Coached, counseled, and/or disciplined employees on performance and conduct issues.
  7. Followed necessary steps when an employee's performance did not improve.
  8. Managed and actively participated in performance planning and evaluations/reviews.
  9. Developed and overseen formal performance improvement plans.
  10. Recognized and rewarded employees for their contributions.
  11. None of the above.


* 20.[52118] Select the statement that best describes your experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities, including: assigning work; training or instructing employees; reporting problems and offering solutions to your supervisor; meeting deadlines; monitoring work in progress, and making day-to-day adjustments to resolve unexpected conditions.
  1. I have no experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities, but have participated as an individual contributor in multiple, technical project teams.
  2. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating some, but not all of the project work activities listed, with guidance from my supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating all of the project work activities listed, with some guidance from my supervisor.
  4. I have demonstrated experience coordinating work activities as a team leader over a small group (2-3) of employees assigned to a project.
  5. I have demonstrated experience coordinating work activities as a team leader over a moderate group (4-6) of employees assigned to a project.
  6. I have demonstrated experience coordinating work activities as a team leader over a large group (7 or more) of employees assigned to a project.
  7. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating work activities of a large group (7 or more) of geographically dispersed employees assigned to a project.
  8. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format).
Maximum length of 20 characters.


4.[35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
  1. I have not held a government position.
  2. 04
  3. 05
  4. 06
  5. 07
  6. 08
  7. 09
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  9. 11
  10. 12
  11. 13
  12. 14
  13. 15


* 5.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 6.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 7.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.