Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Purchasing Agent
Open Period:
06/29/2015 - 07/13/2015 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 1105 09
USD $51,027 - USD $66,332
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Salem, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Phyllis Barney


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

For more information about the area visit the following webside: Salem Chamber of Commerce

For more information about the Salem District Office, visit the following website:  Salem District Office
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


Negotiates and awards purchases that involve complexities not normally applicable to simplified purchasing. Holds discussions with contractors, negotiates terms and conditions for Government best value acquisitions. Determines methods of solicitation, sources of supply, and methods of purchase. Determines if contractors are responsible. Develops terms and conditions of service, supply and construction contracts, and develops the standards of performance with the assistance of the subject matter specialist.

In July 2014, the Eugene and Salem Districts of the BLM initiated a two-year consolidation process that will – by October 2016 – result in a single District with one District Manager and one District Leadership Team. The Districts have begun an implementation plan that will guide the consolidation process over the next couple of years. Although the districts will remain separate entities during the transition, leadership will be looking for opportunities to engage employees, streamline work processes, and reduce overhead cost prior to becoming a new district. Our offices in Salem, Eugene, and Tillamook will remain and moves to a different duty station are not anticipated. Positions that have a district role may realize increased geographic responsibility as consolidation progresses.

Qualifications and Evaluations

One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-08 in the federal service.

Graduate education may be credited in those instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position. Two years of graduate education leading to a Master’s Degree, or a Master’s Degree qualifies for GS-09.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required;
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections;
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land;
  • Direct Deposit Required;
  • Education Requirements:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.   In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    1) Knowledge of procurement policies and regulations.

    2) Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of the Interior (DOI) warrant.

    3) Ability to negotiate with competitors and award to the source who offers the best value. 

    4) Knowledge of markets, sources of supply, and prices. 
    Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. For GS-09, experience equivalent to a GS-08 in the federal service. Examples: Administering small purchases that require extensive monitoring and oversight to resolve protests or modifications; negotiating, awarding and administering purchases with clauses for default termination, liability or that involve labor hour or time & materials.

    You must meet all qualifications by the closing date of the announcement.

    Conditions of Employment

    As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to have or obtain a Contracting Officer Certificate of Appointment (COA), Level 1. Selectee who does not possess this certification must complete a formal training plan, to be outlined in the incumbent's Individual Development Plan (IDP), that includes the minimum education, training, and experience requirements required for this certification in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) program and the Department of the Interior (DOI) supplemental requirements:

    Education - Bachelor’s degree with a major in any field -or- a minimum of 24 semester hours in any combination of the following disciplines: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

    Training - Completion of the following core classes*:

    CON100: Shaping Smart Business Arrangements

    CON110: Mission Support Planning

    CON111: Mission Strategy Execution

    CON112: Mission Performance Assessment

    CON120: Mission Focused Contracting

    One elective Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) designation from the National Contract Management Association may be substituted for CON 110 and CON 112.

    * CON100 is only required for those newly entering the acquisition workforce or those new to the government. Employees who begin Level I certification training after October 1, 2006 must take CON 100. The class is waived for employees who had already taken any other mandatory class (or a predecessor or equivalent) as of that date.

    The following DOI supplemental requirements must be met by every Contracting Officer (CO): 1. A minimum of 16 hours of training in the use of GSA schedules; 2. Completion of CON 237, Simplified Acquisition Procedures (or equivalent training of at least 16 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs).

    Work Experience - At least 1 year of contracting experience. Work experience must consist of hands-on experience conducting simplified acquisitions above the micro-purchase threshold of commercial and non-commercial items using the procedures in FAR Part 13. Experience must include progressively more complex assignments, including solicitation and evaluation of competitive open market quotations, as well as evaluation and award under multiple-award federal supply schedules. Experience gained as either GS-1102 or 1105 may be considered to meet this requirement. Experience performing micro-purchases or as a Contracting Officer's Representative will generally not be sufficient to qualify for certification. Development at this level lays the foundation for career progression and is designed to prepare employees for positions of increasing responsibility. At this level, individuals should be exposed to the functions of acquisition and the roles of its various specializations. Employee work assignments should typically enable them to learn about federal and agency source programs, basics of market research and acquisition planning, small business preference programs, awards and administration of simplified acquisitions and/or commercial item acquisition procedures, ordering under established vehicles, and related determinations, approvals and other file documentation. As employees progress, work may involve additional complexity, including acquisitions under FAR Parts 14 and 15, and more complex pricing arrangements and negotiations.

    Benefits and Other Info

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement OR Merit-2015-0310 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    This position requires procurement duties.  Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

    Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 503-375-5666 or email pbarney@blm.gov.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

    For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

    For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. 

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS:  instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.

    Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.