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Grade: 12

1 You must meet the basic education/experience requirements for contract specialist positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your experience/education background.
  • I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with a major in any field.
  • 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.
  • On January 1, 2000 I held a position in the federal service in the GS-1102 series & my position was at one of the following grade levels: GS-5, GS-7, GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12. I have continually held this occupational series since January 1, 2000.
  • I do not meet or exceed the requirements set forth above.
2 If you selected response #2 above (24 semester hours in specified coursework), please identify all college classes in the fields of accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. Identify specifically the number of semester or quarter hours earned for each course. Please limit your response to 4000 characters, which is approximately one typewritten page in length. Maximum length of 4000 characters.
Specialized experience is defined as experience performing contracting assignments procuring supplies and/or services using a wide range of contracting methods, contract vehicles and types. Procurement of these supplies and/or services at this level include:
  • Planning and carrying out pre- and post-award acquisition actions;
  • Preparing solicitation documentation incorporating necessary specialized provisions, and drafting the final contract;
  • Evaluating vendor offers for both technical and price/cost factors as well as evaluating bidders capacity to perform/comply with contract clauses and specifications;
  • Planning and conducting negotiations on price, technical requirements, terms, and conditions of the contract;
  • Responding to and resolving acquisition questions/issues that require research to provide recommendations/responses;
  • Analyzing contracting issues and identifying alternative courses of action.
3 Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service as defined above?
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: All Grades

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Please Note: Effective January 1, 2010, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES (Political) employees in the Executive Branch. So, if you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
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
4 As a regular requirement of a position I have held, I have experience applying, performing, determining, and/or analyzing the following: Answer to this question is required
  • Price/cost analysis
  • Industry pricing trends and marketing practices
  • Developing negotiation objectives
  • Conducting negotiations
  • Use of a variety of source selection procedures, such as Tradeoff's and LPTA's
  • Performance based contracts
  • Past performance
  • Sole source requirements
  • Use of options
  • Interagency agreements
  • None of the above
5 I have experience performing the following evaluation and source selection procedures for acquisitions in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations: Answer to this question is required
  • Participated in the identification or approval of the evaluation team members
  • Approved or substantially contributed to the source selection strategy or acquisition plan
  • Ensured consistency among the solicitation requirements, notices to offerors, proposal preparation instructions, evaluation factors and sub-factors, solicitation provisions or contract clauses, and data requirements
  • Ensured proposals were evaluated based solely on the factors and sub-factors contained in the solicitation
  • Participated as a lead or member of a source evaluation board
  • Conducted Preproposal Conferences and/or Industry Days.
  • None of the above.
6 Select the choices that describe your experience making decisions related to contract costs and/or prices. These activities must have been carried out on a regular and frequent basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Evaluate offers in order to determine whether the lowest price is reasonable.
  • Prepare source selection decision documents
  • Perform cost analysis
  • Perform price analysis
  • Determine appropriateness of price adjustments
  • Determine appropriate amount of performance incentives/disincentives.
  • Assess liquidated or actual damages for contractor nonperformance.
  • Approve or deny progress or final payments.
  • Refer any indications of fraud, other civil or legal matters to appropriate officials.
  • Assess and recover any debts owed from contractors.
  • Enforce Government and contractor compliance with special contract terms and conditions.
  • None of the above.
7 Review the entire statement, and select the choice that accurately describes your experience evaluating technical submissions or offers for responsiveness to and conformance with the solicitation. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience in evaluating technical submissions or offers for responsiveness to and conformance with the solicitation.
  • I have some exposure to evaluating technical submissions or offers for responsiveness to and conformance with the solicitation by following directly related examples or with detailed guidance and instructions from a higher level specialist or supervisor. Typically, my work was reviewed in progress with the completed assignment reviewed for compliance with the guidance and instructions I received. This is/was a regular and frequent task in one or more positions that I held.
  • I have performed this task on a regular and recurring basis for professional service contracts. My completed work was reviewed for compliance with instructions and adherence to FAR regulations and/or agency policies and procedures.
  • I have performed this task on a regular and recurring basis for service (other than professional) contracts. My completed work was reviewed for compliance with instructions and adherence to FAR regulations and/or agency policies and procedures
  • I have performed this task on a regular and recurring basis for the acquisition of products. My completed work was reviewed for compliance with instructions and adherence to FAR regulations and/or agency policies and procedures.
  • I have performed this task on a regular and frequent basis for the acquisition of telecommunication and information technology equipment, services, or commodities or similar types of specialized equipment, services, or commodities. My completed work was reviewed for compliance with instructions and adherence to FAR regulations and/or agency policies and procedures.
8 I have experience performing the following post-award functions. These activities must have been carried out on a regular and frequent basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Determine allowable costs
  • Initiate and complete contract closeout procedures
  • Dispute resolution procedures
  • Administer incentive contracts
  • Review and approve invoices
  • Issue change orders
  • Issue delivery orders
  • Monitor and assess performance
  • Negotiate unique and complex term conditions
  • Problem resolution
  • Progress payments
  • Socioeconomic considerations
  • Software licensing
  • Subcontracting issues
  • Execute unilateral and bilateral modifications
  • Termination for convenience
  • Termination for default or cause
  • None of the above
9 I have performed the following contract administration duties 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
  • Review invoices
  • Assess contractor performance and provide a past performance evaluation
  • None of the above
10 Select the statement(s) that describe your contract negotiation experience: Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted negotiations or chaired a negotiation team for a government agency or corporation.
  • I have developed negotiation goals and objectives.
  • I have participated in pre-negotiation conferences.
  • I have determined the terms and conditions that would provide the best vehicle for purchasing supplies or services.
  • None of the above.
11 I have personally authored or I have materially contributed to the writing of the following procurement documents under the guidance and direction of more experienced contracting specialists or acquisition professionals: Answer to this question is required
  • Determination and finding documents
  • Acquisition plans
  • Price analysis
  • Contract documents
  • Justification and approval documents
  • Procurement alternative analyses
  • Best value decision documents (i.e., award memorandums and technical evaluations)
  • Solicitations
  • Statement of work
  • Negotiation documents
  • Congressional responses
  • Responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
  • Responses to inquiries about solicitations prior to contract awards
  • Communicate policies and procedures to customers and contractors
  • Develop organizational/office processes and procedures
  • None of the above
12 Select the statement(s) that describe your experience with communications: Answer to this question is required
  • I participated in the development of presentations/briefings for executives or politicians on acquisition issues
  • I was the lead presenter in customer, vendor or peer presentations/briefings on acquisition issues
  • I participated in presentations/briefings to customers, vendors or peers on acquisition issues
  • I created presentations/briefings to customers, vendors or peers on acquisition issues
  • I helped prepare presentations/briefings for customers, vendors or peers on acquisition
  • I don't have any experience as described above.
13 Indicate the type of contracting warrant you currently possess or have possessed in the past. Answer to this question is required
  • DOD Level I Warrant
  • DOD Level II Warrant
  • DOD Level III Warrant
  • Federal (Civilian) Agency Warrant
  • Federal (Civilian) Agency Basic Level Warrant
  • Federal (Civilian) Simplified Level Warrant
  • Federal (Civilian) Agency Intermediate Level Warrant
  • Federal (Civilian) Agency Senior Level Warrant
  • None of the above
14 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001), my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 CFR, Part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding 'No' to this item will result in my not being considered for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • 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.