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Grade: 12
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Contract Specialist, GS-05 through GS-12, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have completed a four 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 one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  3. EXCEPTION: On January 1, 2000 I held a position in the federal service in the GS-1102 Contract Specialist series and my position was at one of the following grade levels: GS-05, GS-07, GS-09, GS-11, or GS-12. I have continuously held this occupational series since January 1, 2000.
  4. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-12: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Contract Specialist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. EXCEPTION: On January 1, 2000 I held a position in the federal service in the GS-1102 Contract Specialist series and my position was at one of the following grade levels: GS-05, GS-07, GS-09, GS-11, or GS-12. I have continuously held this occupational series since January 1, 2000.
  3. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


3.Select the response that describes your experience with issuing written Request for Quotation (RFQ).
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.


* 4.I have worked as a member of a team or work group.
  1. Yes
  2. No


5.Mediate agreements on matters involving differing perspectives or positions and successfully persuading others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, and/or alternative viewpoints.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.


* 6.Do you have experience communicating with a variety of individuals which involves explanation of procurement procedures, regulations and processes?
  1. Yes
  2. No


7.Select the response that best describes your experience in preparing oral and written communication.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.


8.Select the response that describes your experience modifying existing contracts to incorporate contract reform provisions related to performance-based measurements and related accountability measures.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.


9.Which of the following most accurately describes the largest contract you have negotiated and awarded?
  1. Less than $1million
  2. Between $1 and 3 million
  3. Between $3 and 5 million
  4. Between $5 million and $25 million
  5. Over $25 million
  6. None of the above


10.Please select all of the areas in which you negotiate and award contracts:
  1. Construction contracts
  2. Architect and Engineering Services
  3. SBA 8(a) contracts
  4. Professional services contracts
  5. Technical and/or management services contracts
  6. Firm Fixed-Price contracts
  7. Fixed-Price with Incentive Fee
  8. Fixed-Price with Economic Price Adjustments
  9. Cost Reimbursement contracts
  10. Cost Share contracts
  11. Cost Plus Fixed Fee
  12. Cost Plus Incentive Fee
  13. Cost Plus Award Fee
  14. Time and material contracts
  15. Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quality (IDIQ) contracts
  16. Multiple award IDIQ contracts
  17. Labor hour contracts
  18. Simplified Acquisitions
  19. Commercial items
  20. Commercial services
  21. Government-Wide-Agency-Contracts (GWAC)
  22. Federal Supply Schedules
  23. Information technology services
  24. Research & Development Services
  25. Contracts based on unsolicited proposals
  26. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 11.Do you have experience in applying Federal acquisition regulations, policies and procedures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Provide technical expertise and assistance to program staff in identifying appropriate contract mechanisms, preparing pre-award procurement documents, and post award contract monitoring assistance for the purpose of Contract Management.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.Select the responses that describe your experience with the types of contracts that you have administered following award:
  1. Firm-Fixed-Price contracts as defined at Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.2, or equivalent.
  2. Cost-Type Term Form contracts as defined at FAR 16.306, or equivalent
  3. Cost-Type Completion Form contracts as defined at FAR 16.306, or equivalent
  4. Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) as defined at FAR 16.5, or equivalent
  5. Multiple-Award IDIQ as defined at FAR 16.504, or equivalent
  6. None of the above.


14.Select the responses that describe your experience with contracting actions that you have performed as a regular part of your job:
  1. Advanced acquisition planning and strategy in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 7, or equivalent
  2. Assemble, write, and issue solicitations
  3. Respond to offerors' questions
  4. Evaluate proposals
  5. Conduct cost and price analysis
  6. Conduct past performance evaluation of offerors
  7. Perform source selection
  8. Negotiate (Discussions - Clarifications)
  9. Award Contracts
  10. Resolve Protests
  11. Debrief unsuccessful offerors
  12. Conduct post-award contract orientation for contractor and Contracting Officer Representative (COR)
  13. Prepare recommendations on subcontract consent for work
  14. Administer contracts in accordance with FAR Part 42, or equivalent
  15. Provide Government Furnished Property in accordance with FAR Part 45, or equivalent
  16. Exercise an option (term or quality) in accordance with FAR Part 17, or equivalent
  17. Novate contracts
  18. Terminate for Convenience or Default In accordance with FAR Part 49, or equivalent
  19. Resolve claims
  20. Close out contracts
  21. Develop procurement policy
  22. Handle Confidential Business Information
  23. Manage Conflict of Interest restrictions and determinations
  24. Prepare management plans for Advisory and Assistance Services
  25. Conduct oral presentations
  26. I do not meet any of the choices above.


15.Have you prepared detailed cost estimates for use in obtaining bid evaluations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


16.What is the highest level of Contracting Officer authority you have held in the Federal Government?
  1. I never held a warrant
  2. I held a limited warrant with contracting authority of $1 million or less
  3. I held a limited warrant with contracting authority between $1 million and $5 million.
  4. I held a warrant with authority exceeding $5 million, but not unlimited
  5. I held an unlimited warrant


17.Please select all of the types of contract specialists' actions you have reviewed and approved as a Contracting Officer (or higher level).
  1. Contract awards
  2. Invoice reviews
  3. Contract modifications
  4. Terminations for convenience or default by contractor
  5. Contract closeout
  6. Post-Award contractor conflict of interest
  7. Equitable cost adjustments or claims
  8. I do not meet any of the choices above


18.Have you ever negotiated a procurement action using simplified acquisition procedures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13: To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Contract Specialist, GS-13, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have completed all mandatory training, have 4 years experience in contracting or related positions with at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 level AND I have completed a four year course of study LEADING TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE that included at least 24 semester hours 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.
  2. EXCEPTION: On January 1, 2000 I held a position in the federal service in the GS-1102 Contract Specialist series at the GS-13 grade level. I have continuously held this occupational series since January 1, 2000.
  3. I do not meet any of the above.


2.Please provide the date that you received the EPA Contracting Professional Certificate.


* 3.Do you have experience communicating with a variety of individuals which involves explanation of procurement procedures, regulations and processes?
  1. Yes
  2. No


4.Select the response that best describes your experience in preparing oral and written communication.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.


5.I have worked as a member of a team or work group.
  1. Yes
  2. No


6.Select the response that describes your experience modifying existing contracts to incorporate contract reform provisions related to performance-based measurements and related accountability measures.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.


7.Which of the following most accurately describes the largest contract you have negotiated and awarded?
  1. Less than $1million
  2. Between $1 and 3 million
  3. Between $3 and 5 million
  4. Between $5 million and $25 million
  5. Over $25 million
  6. None of the above


8.Please select all of the areas in which you negotiate and award contracts:
  1. Construction contracts
  2. Architect and Engineering Services
  3. SBA 8(a) contracts
  4. Professional services contracts
  5. Technical and/or management services contracts
  6. Firm Fixed-Price contracts
  7. Fixed-Price with Incentive Fee
  8. Fixed-Price with Economic Price Adjustments
  9. Cost Reimbursement contracts
  10. Cost Share contracts
  11. Cost Plus Fixed Fee
  12. Cost Plus Incentive Fee
  13. Cost Plus Award Fee
  14. Time and material contracts
  15. Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quality (IDIQ) contracts
  16. Multiple award IDIQ contracts
  17. Labor hour contracts
  18. Simplified Acquisitions
  19. Commercial items
  20. Commercial services
  21. Government-Wide-Agency-Contracts (GWAC)
  22. Federal Supply Schedules
  23. Information technology services
  24. Research & Development Services
  25. Contracts based on unsolicited proposals
  26. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 9.Do you have experience in applying Federal acquisition regulations, policies and procedures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


10.Provide technical expertise and assistance to program staff in identifying appropriate contract mechanisms, preparing pre-award procurement documents, and post award contract monitoring assistance for the purpose of Contract Management.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.


11.Select the responses that describe your experience with the types of contracts that you have administered following award:
  1. Firm-Fixed-Price contracts as defined at Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 16.2, or equivalent.
  2. Cost-Type Term Form contracts as defined at FAR 16.306, or equivalent
  3. Cost-Type Completion Form contracts as defined at FAR 16.306, or equivalent
  4. Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) as defined at FAR 16.5, or equivalent
  5. Multiple-Award IDIQ as defined at FAR 16.504, or equivalent
  6. None of the above.


12.Select the responses that describe your experience with contracting actions that you have performed as a regular part of your job:
  1. Advanced acquisition planning and strategy in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 7, or equivalent
  2. Assemble, write, and issue solicitations
  3. Respond to offerors' questions
  4. Evaluate proposals
  5. Conduct cost and price analysis
  6. Conduct past performance evaluation of offerors
  7. Perform source selection
  8. Negotiate (Discussions - Clarifications)
  9. Award Contracts
  10. Resolve Protests
  11. Debrief unsuccessful offerors
  12. Conduct post-award contract orientation for contractor and Contracting Officer Representative (COR)
  13. Prepare recommendations on subcontract consent for work
  14. Administer contracts in accordance with FAR Part 42, or equivalent
  15. Provide Government Furnished Property in accordance with FAR Part 45, or equivalent
  16. Exercise an option (term or quality) in accordance with FAR Part 17, or equivalent
  17. Novate contracts
  18. Terminate for Convenience or Default In accordance with FAR Part 49, or equivalent
  19. Resolve claims
  20. Close out contracts
  21. Develop procurement policy
  22. Handle Confidential Business Information
  23. Manage Conflict of Interest restrictions and determinations
  24. Prepare management plans for Advisory and Assistance Services
  25. Conduct oral presentations
  26. I do not meet any of the choices above.


13.Have you prepared detailed cost estimates for use in obtaining bid evaluations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


14.What is the highest level of Contracting Officer authority you have held in the Federal Government?
  1. I never held a warrant
  2. I held a limited warrant with contracting authority of $1 million or less
  3. I held a limited warrant with contracting authority between $1 million and $5 million.
  4. I held a warrant with authority exceeding $5 million, but not unlimited
  5. I held an unlimited warrant


15.Please select all of the types of contract specialists' actions you have reviewed and approved as a Contracting Officer (or higher level).
  1. Contract awards
  2. Invoice reviews
  3. Contract modifications
  4. Terminations for convenience or default by contractor
  5. Contract closeout
  6. Post-Award contractor conflict of interest
  7. Equitable cost adjustments or claims
  8. I do not meet any of the choices above


16.Select the response that describes your experience with issuing written Request for Quotation (RFQ).
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.


17.Have you ever negotiated a procurement action using simplified acquisition procedures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


18.Mediate agreements on matters involving differing perspectives or positions and successfully persuading others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, and/or alternative viewpoints.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task 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 review by 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.


Grade: All Grades
1.Are you aware that all applicants, including current EPA employees, must submit transcripts as part of your application package as outlined in the vacancy announcement? Failure to submit transcripts will be considered an incomplete application and it will be rated ineligible.
  1. Yes
  2. No


2.Where did you learn about this EPA Position?
  1. Job Fair/Career Conference
  2. Referral from a Professional Organization
  3. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  4. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  5. Referral from a current EPA employee
  6. Referral from a friend or family member
  7. EPA Internet Site
  8. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  9. Referral from a State or Local government
  10. Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  11. Twitter
  12. Facebook
  13. USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  14. Other (w/Branch)


3.For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


4.Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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