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Grade: 12
* 1.[30208] In order to qualify for GS-5 through GS-12 Contract Specialist positions, you must meet the basic qualification requirements. Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with these requirements.
  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 have held a Contract Specialist position, GS-1102-5 through GS-1102-12, continuously since January 1, 2000.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[341] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-12 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 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.[704] Select the procurement document(s) you have experience reviewing.
  1. Procurement requests
  2. Specifications
  3. Statements of work
  4. Sole source justifications
  5. Brand name justifications
  6. Evaluation criteria
  7. Solicitations
  8. Award recommendations
  9. Purchase orders
  10. Delivery/task orders
  11. None of the above


* 4.[2987] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience in simplified acquisitions.
  1. I have been a warranted contracting officer with authority to award and administer simplified acquisitions up to $100,000.
  2. I have been a warranted contracting officer with authority to award and administer simplified acquisitions up to $25,000.
  3. I have worked directly for a contracting officer as a purchasing agent but did not hold a warrant.
  4. I have assisted in the development of policy relating to simplified acquisitions.
  5. I have provided training to Federal employees in simplified acquisitions.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.[1570] Select the response that best describes your experience developing or planning negotiation strategies, conducting negotiations, and preparing necessary documentation to support award recommendations.
  1. I have not performed this task and I have not had education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had training or education above high school in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job at some point in my career.
  4. I currently perform this task on the job, and it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months.
  5. I currently perform this task on the job, it has been a regular and recurring duty for at least 12 consecutive months, and I have provided advice or input to others.


* 6.[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.


* 7.[3667] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience communicating with individuals involved in the acquisition process.
  1. I have experience communicating in writing with contractors regarding a wide range of pre- and post-award issues.
  2. I have experience communicating in writing with contractors and program personnel on serious performance problems.
  3. I have experience communicating with program personnel on issues related to the need for expedited or increased action from the project officer or other program personnel.
  4. I have experience writing contracts and related file documents.
  5. I have experience briefing the results of my analyses of acquisition issues to management.
  6. I have experience representing various opinions on an acquisition topic to management or to co-workers and recommending a course of action.
  7. None of the above.


* 8.[5748] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your work experiences setting priorities and responding to tight deadlines.
  1. I have experience complying with the deadlines established in a work plan, but the deadlines are generally known long in advance.
  2. I have experience providing program information to upper level management on short notice to enable them to prepare responses to congressional, legislative, or other inquiries.
  3. I have experience preparing final reports, budgets, or speeches with extremely short time frames.
  4. I have experience preparing detailed workplans, establishing priorities with limited budgets and limited time, and managing competing priorities.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.[3737] Select the response that best describes your experience prioritizing work assignments and complying with assignment deadlines.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in prioritizing work assignments and complying with assignment deadlines.
  2. I have had education or training in prioritizing work assignments and complying with assignment deadlines, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have experience prioritizing work assignments and complying with assignment deadlines with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience prioritizing work assignments and complying with assignment deadlines 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 experience prioritizing work assignments and complying with assignment deadlines 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 prioritizing work assignments and complying with assignment deadlines. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 10.[694] Select the phase(s) of the simplified acquisition cycle in which you have experience.
  1. Solicitation
  2. Evaluation
  3. Award
  4. Modifications
  5. Renegotiation of price or specifications
  6. Settlement of disputes
  7. Final closeout
  8. None of the above


* 11.[699] Select the response(s) that describe your experience preparing written material regarding acquisition issues.
  1. I have written acquisition documents such as acquisition plans and source selection decisions for review and approval by a senior agency official.
  2. I have developed approval material for communicating information on acquisition policies and procedures to a broad base of constituents for a senior agency official.
  3. I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings on complex or controversial acquisition issues to subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization.
  4. I have reviewed acquisition materials for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of materials and appropriateness for intended audiences
  5. None of the above


* 12.[1550] Select the response that best describes your experience interpreting and applying Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  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.


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.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[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


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.

* 4.[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


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


* 6.[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.