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Grade: 14

To qualify, applicants must meet the training, experience, and educational requirements listed in (A) and (B) below. Applicants may also qualify for this position if they meet the exception requirements described in (C) or the Waiver requirements listed in (D) below.
Qualification Requirements:
(A) Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the GS-13 level in Federal service, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. AND
(B) 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, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
(C) Exception: Federal employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000 and meet the specialized experience requirements. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.
(D) Waiver: The senior procurement executive of the selecting agency may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B and certify that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience.
Specialized experience is experience overseeing an organization's acquisition policy activities related to the contracting function; ensuring that federal and agency acquisition regulations and statutory requirements are implemented across the entire spectrum of procurements; and overseeing the development, implementation, and communication of acquisition policies that directly affect the terms and conditions in contracts throughout the organization.
GSA Mandatory Training - Applicants may qualify for positions in the 1102 series at the GS-13 level and above by meeting option A or B below:

  1. Course Requirements -
    • CON 100: Shaping Smart Business Arrangements or FCN 101: Contracting Basics
    • CON 121: Contract Planning
    • CON 124: Contract Execution
    • CON 127: Contract Management
    • FAC 023: Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules
    • FAC 031: Small Business Programs
    • CLC 057: Performance-Based Payment & Value of Cash Flow
    • CLC 058: Introduction to Contract Pricing
    • CON 170: Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis
    • CON 090: FAR Fundamentals OR FCN 190: FAR Fundamentals
    • CON 200: Business Decisions for Contracting
    • CON 216: Legal Considerations in Contracting
    • CLC 056: Analyzing Contract Costs
    • CON 270: Intermediate Cost and Price Analysis
    • CLC 051:┬áManaging Government Property in the Possession of Contractors
    • HBS 428: Negotiating
    • CON 280: Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts
    • CON 290: Contract Administration & Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment

  2. A current/maintained FAC-C (or DAWIA) Level II or higher contracting certification. In order to be qualifying, the applicant must have maintained their certification by completing the required 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) of skills currency every two years, beginning with the date of their certification.
1 Please select from the choices below, the option that you are utilizing to meet the GSA Mandatory Training requirements described above. Your response will be verified with the training certificates/documentation submitted (see "Required Documents" section of the vacancy announcement for details on how to submit required documentation). Answer to this question is required
  • Option A - I have completed all of the Course Requirements and understand that I must attach documentation of this training (e.g., training certificates).
  • Option B - I possess a current FAC-C, or DAWIA Level II or higher contracting certification and understand that I must attach documentation of this certification. If it has been two years or more since the date of certification, I will also submit documentation of CLPs earned to maintain my certification.
  • None of the above.
2 Please select one of the choices below that accurately describes the basis on which you qualify: Answer to this question is required
  • I meet all of the experience, educational and training requirements for this position. I have four years of contracting experience including one year of the specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service as defined above; and I have completed all of the GSA mandatory training; and I have successfully completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, including or supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in the academic fields described above.
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service as defined above and I meet the exception requirement.
  • I have been granted a waiver from GSA.
  • I will require a waiver, because I do not meet all of the requirements for the position.
  • None of the above.
3 Your response to this question provides information on what basis, if any, you may require consideration for a waiver. Please select the choice(s) below that describe the basis for your request for a waiver: Answer to this question is required
  • I do not meet the specialized experience requirements.
  • I do not meet the education requirements.
  • I do not meet the mandatory training requirements.
  • None of the above.
4 I understand that if I do not submit all of the required documentation necessary to confirm that I have met all of the training and education requirements for this position, my application will be marked as incomplete and I will not be considered for this position. This documentation includes certificates to confirm completion of all of the Course Requirements as described above OR a current FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or higher contracting certification. If it has been two years or more since the date of certification, I will also submit documentation of continuous learning points (CLPs) earned to maintain the certification. I will also submit transcripts showing completion of a 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, including or supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in the academic fields described above. I understand that I may not currently possess all of the documentation stated above if I am applying as a waiver eligible. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Select the one choice that describes your highest level of acquisition experience: Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed acquisition policy, regulatory, and procedural guidance at the agency/corporate or comparable level.
  • I have held a manager or supervisory position and provided technical guidance and direction to acquisition professionals.
  • I have served as a lead or senior contract specialist providing technical guidance and direction to others on acquisition regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • I have served as the principal contract specialist for the acquisition of supplies and or services.
  • I have served as a contract specialist significantly contributing to the acquisition of supplies and or services.
  • None of the above
6 I have served as the senior, lead, or principal contract specialist for the acquisition of the following types of supplies or services; or have experience substantially contributing to the acquisition of the following types of supplies or services as a contract specialist: Answer to this question is required
  • Highly technical Information Technology systems, products, and/or services
  • Highly technical Telecommunication systems, products, and/or services
  • Professional Architect-Engineer Services
  • Other Professional services (e.g. consulting services, acquisition services, etc.)
  • Financial services and/or products
  • General products and/or services
  • Travel products and/or services
  • Transportation products and/or services
  • Automotive products and/or services
  • Training products and/or services
  • Construction management services
  • Construction services
  • Furniture systems and related furnishings design and installation services
  • Facility Management or Building Operation services (e.g. mechanical equipment maintenance and operation, asbestos abatement, management and inspection services, custodial, building mechanical components or operating systems)
  • Leasing or realty services
  • None of the above
7 I have experience evaluating energy conservation opportunities and best practices for the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Maximizing energy savings
  • Meeting national energy goals
  • Accelerating deployment of underutilized and renewable technologies
  • Identifying and understanding processes to get to net zero energy
  • Identifying potential issues/problems related to an energy program
  • None of the above
8 Do you have interpersonal communication skills in writing, presenting and conversing with customers? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 From the answer choices below, please select the one that best reflects your ability to communicate technical information verbally: Answer to this question is required
  • I either have not presented or have only presented non-technical information to persons on the job.
  • I have made verbal presentations of technical information to persons on the job and am proficient at this job function.
  • I have verbally communicated technical information and delivered presentations to a variety of persons and groups inside and outside of my organization.
  • I have been acknowledged for my ability to verbally communicate technical information, deliver presentations, and conduct demonstrations to potential customers, senior management, oversight organizations, and commercial vendors inside and outside of my organization. My verbal communication skills are considered to be of superior quality.
10 Select the choice(s) which represents the type of written communication you have prepared as a regular part of your job. Answer to this question is required
  • Briefing papers
  • Congressional correspondence
  • Studies and reports
  • Policy and procedural guidance
  • Communication with senior level officials or executives inside and outside of your employing organization.
  • Speeches
  • Testimonies
  • Correspondence to external entities
  • Research documents
  • Articles featured in management relation publications or journals
  • None of the above
11 Select the response that best describes your level of proficiency in oral and written communications that effectively convey information to technical and non-technical team members with varying skill sets. Answer to this question is required
  • I have extensive experience providing technical guidance and direction to others on performing this task as one of the major duties of a position or positions I have held.
  • I have extensive experience performing this task frequently as one of the regular duties of a position or positions I have held. I perform this task independently, with minimal supervision and technical guidance; only in unique or unusual circumstances do I request guidance and direction.
  • I have extensive experience performing this task frequently as one of the regular duties of a position or positions I have held. I perform this task with technical guidance and assistance from a senior specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience performing this task, but it was not a regular part of my duties so my exposure is limited.
  • None of the above.
12 Choose the response that best describes your experience developing written reports, which require the research and analysis of data acquired from a variety of sources. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task
  • I have performed similar or directly related tasks and my experience or training has equipped me to perform these functions successfully.
  • I have independently developed written reports, which require the research and analysis of data acquired from a variety of sources. Only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have assisted a senior staff member in developing written reports, which require the research and analysis of data acquired from a variety of sources
  • I am highly skilled at developing written reports, which require the research and analysis of data acquired from a variety of sources. I have performed this task routinely and have conducted training in this area.
13 Please select the response which best reflects your level of experience applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or work processes concerning the efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement of administrative or internal management support functions: Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed similar or directly related tasks and my experience or training have equipped me to analyze and evaluate data and information concerning the efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement of program operations.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my program management experience and have routinely applied analytical and evaluative techniques to assess program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • I have assisted a senior staff member to apply analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement of program operations.
  • I am highly skilled at applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement of program operations and I have conducted training in this task.
  • None of the above
14 Select which of the following contract administration duties you have performed on a regular and frequent basis: Answer to this question is required
  • Conduct post-award conferences.
  • Perform cost or price analysis on proposals that involved contract changes, indirect rate agreements, and settlements.
  • Negotiate bi-lateral modifications to include such things as: terms and costs of changes, forward pricing proposals, provisioning orders, unpriced orders, final overhead rates, and settlements.
  • Prepare and process unilateral modifications to include such things as: administrative changes, change orders, changes authorized by other than change clauses, or issue termination notices.
  • Recommend acceptance or rejection of waivers and/or deviations.
  • Review and approve progress/partial payments.
  • Review payrolls as necessary to ensure prevailing wage rates are being paid.
  • Determine contractor compliance with Cost Accounting Standards and Disclosure Statements, if applicable.
  • Issue cure or show cause notices to correct severe performance deficiencies.
  • Analyze claims and negotiate final settlements.
  • Prepare findings of fact and issue decisions under the Disputes clause.
  • Close out contracts, assuring delivery of the contract end items and inclusion of final reports and clearances.
  • None of the above
15 I have experience performing the following activities as they relate to the development of professional services policy, guidelines, procedures, technical analyses, or regulations: Answer to this question is required
  • Defining the problem statement
  • Identifying potential impacts or issues
  • Planning a course of action
  • Using either policy or analytical methods to evaluate/assess issues
  • Presenting options and/or recommending approach to a decision making body, advisory board, or a collaborative stakeholders group
  • Tracking and reporting on project progress
  • Implementing project results
  • Following up and reporting on implementation results
  • Refining policies, programs and/or strategies based on evaluation of issues
  • None of the above
16 Select from the following, the choice which best reflects your highest level of experience managing acquisition projects or program initiatives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have been assigned to carry out components of projects but have not been assigned formal leadership, supervisory, or management responsibilities
  • I have been a project or team leader with responsibility for carrying out one or more projects or initiatives. These projects required me to plan and direct the work, maintain the schedule, report progress, and assure the quality of the work performed.
  • I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more long term (one year or longer) projects or program initiatives. I have been responsible for negotiating the project scope, establishing multi-year budgets, and tracking and reporting on expenditures, costs, and progress through key milestones. I have directed staff including those from disciplines other than the immediate organization e.g., functional staff, professionals from other disciplines & organizations etc.
  • I have been responsible for managing and directing multiple projects and/ or initiatives that are/were in progress concurrently. I have managed these through a staff of subordinate project managers and team leaders. I have approved the scope of these projects, authorized funding, assigned resources, and monitored progress of the teams. I have been responsible for negotiating adjustments in the project timetables, budgets, scope, and coverage.
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

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1 Are you currently, or have you been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Please provide the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: 1. Position Title 2. Type of Appointment (i.e., Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non Career SES) 3. Agency 4. Dates held (beginning and ending dates) Maximum length of 1000 characters.
  • No
2 Are you a current General Services Administration associate? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 GSA's Associate Performance Plan and Appraisal System states that to be promoted within GSA, an employee's most recent rating of record must be at the Level 3 or higher. Which of the following best describes the rating you received on your most recent performance appraisal (rating of record)?
    • Level 2 or below
    • Level 3 or higher
    • I have not received a performance appraisal (rating of record) from GSA under the five-tier rating system
    • This position would not be a promotion as my current position is at the same or higher grade.
    2.2 Please list the date received, level of rating, and the name of the supervisor who issued the rating. If you have not received a rating, please provide the reason you have not received one. Your response will be limited to 1,000 characters which is approximately one-quarter typewritten page. Maximum length of 1000 characters.
  • No
    2.1 Do you have a current annual performance rating that is equal to pass or successful?
    • Yes
    • No
    2.2 Give the date of your last official appraisal, the name, title & phone number of the supervisor who evaluated your performance. Maximum length of 250 characters.
3 If you are eligible based on being a current or former Land Management employee, select the Land Management agency for which you are/were employed: Answer to this question is required
  • Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • National Park Service
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • None of the above
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  • Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
  • No, I do not certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith and/or understand the information provided above.