Transportation Security Administration Contract Specialist in Arlington, Virginia
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This Contract Specialist position is located within Contracting and Procurement (C&P;), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If you are selected for this position, serve as a Senior Contract Specialist for highly complex acquisitions program activities. You will provide oversight and team leadership for broad contracting program activities affecting key Contracting and Procurement strategic program objectives. Typical assignments include, but are not limited to:
- Providing overall strategic planning for major acquisitions and ensuring that the program/project meets business needs for timeliness, functionality, and overall program efficiency and effectiveness.
- Providing recommendations to senior leadership on short term and long range acquisition program activities, including problems encountered from compliance reviews and proposing solutions.
- Planning and carrying out broad contracting functions characterized by large funding levels extending over a long period of time for highly critical and visible programs having agency-wide impact.
- Directing the full range of contract administration actions required for the acquisition program, including issuing contract modifications, negotiating contract changes, exercising contract options, investigating and resolving contractor delays, conducting contractor performance appraisals, subcontractor surveillance, disposition of claims, and similar matters.
- Serving as principal contract adviser to program offices and representing TSA or DHS program's contractual authority at conferences and meetings.
- Serving as subject matter expert and principal point of contact on interpreting complex policies and developing new approaches in solving difficult contracting issues.
- Exercising leadership by providing guidance to less-experienced specialists, professionals, managers, or administrative support staff, leading large project/program teams.
- Defining and developing internal policies and procedures and recommending solutions to complex contracting issues.
- Serving as the principal technical expert and point of contact for Contracting Officers on implementing broad contracting and acquisition policies, directives, and procedures.
- Providing expert guidance and policy interpretations regarding contract administration issues.
- Reviewing internal processes and acquisition program activities to ensure transparency and accountability and leading teams that conduct ongoing assessments and evaluations of contract administration program activities to ensure compliance with broad contracting and acquisition policies, procedures, and requirements.
- Providing expert consultative advice, guidance and instruction, both within TSA and as part of Homeland Security or inter-agency task forces or groups on highly complex contracting issues which often cross multiple projects/programs or functional areas. Interpreting broad policies and objectives and developing new policies, procedures and approaches consistent with TSA operating requirements and strategic objectives.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must possess United States Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
- You must complete a favorable Background Information Investigation (BI).
- You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
- You must comply with education and training requirements for this position.
- Disclosure of your financial information is required.
- See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Other Information" Section
You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement unless you meet the exception or waiver requirement listed above.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
Conditions of Employment:
- You must comply with education and training requirements for this position.
- You must obtain and maintain Secret security clearance.
- You must obtain and maintain contracting warrant.
- Selective Service registration is required.
You must meet all requirements listed below (A, B, C AND D), unless you are covered by an exception or an individual training waiver is necessary:
*A. EXPERIENCE: A minimum of four years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to the I Pay Band or GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position (see section D for specifics). *
*B. EDUCATION: 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. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the education and experience requirements listed above, you must complete all Level I, II, and III training prescribed by the Department for progression to Pay Band J. DHS training requirements are further defined in DHS, CPO Policy on Professional (GS-1102) Career Information and the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Program. This information may be found at: http://www.fai.gov/drupal/certification/contracting-fac-c. Please provide training transcripts that verify CLP credit hours.
The Department may obtain an Individual Training Waiver for an individual who does not meet the DHS Training Requirements so that applicants who do meet the above education and specialized experience requirements, but do not meet the above listed DHS Training Requirements, are encouraged to apply. The Assistant Administrator for the TSA Office of Contracting and Procurement must obtain the waiver from the DHS Chief Procurement Officer prior to the extension of an employment offer.
D. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of the position. For the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have completed all mandatory training listed above prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to SV-J or GS-14 equivalent contracting positions, including at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience equivalent to at least the SV-I Band or GS-13 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent in the private sector. Such experience is defined as:
- Applying contracting laws, regulations, principles, and procedures to plan and carry out contracting and procurement activities
- Performing contract management activities such as requirement definition, source selection, contract execution, and contract management in pre and post award phases on large scale contracting actions
- *Applying project management principles and techniques to lead teams in complex acquisition program activities. *
Exceptions to Qualification Requirements (Applicable to Internal or Status Applicants only): As of January 1, 2000, all GS-1102 employees who had continuously encumbered GS-1102 positions are considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades GS-5 through GS-12 or equivalent will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12 or SV-H. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.
*SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Must possess a Level III FAC-C Certification or a Contracting Officers Warrant. *
NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov.
To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.
DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here.
Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.
More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.
TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here.
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Veterans and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Desirable (Quality Ranking) Factors as determined by the job analysis.
Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined by the job analysis.
Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs as determined by the job analysis.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status, Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service (a veteran who was honorably discharged from the armed forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active duty service), or education or a combination of education and experience:
**SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for Status consideration.
If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 (or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration.**
NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) does not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position and will not be accepted.
DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge.
SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later.
Transcripts - If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.
Certification - You must submit a copy of your FAC-C Level III certification or a Contracting Officers Warrant. Additionally, you must provide training transcripts that verify continuous learning points (CLP) credit hours. **If you do not submit required documentation described in this job opportunity announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, click here .
Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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How to Apply
Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.
Your application must include:
- Self Assessment Questionnaire for this position
- Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)
Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the TSA HRAccess Help Desk before the closing of this announcement for alternative options on how to apply. The Help Desk is available by phone at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 8:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 11:00AM - 4:00PM ET Sunday. If outside these hours, please email your question or concern to Helpdesk@mailserver-hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov or fax 1-877-872-7993.
When contacting the Help Desk please provide your contact information, the Job Announcement Number of the position you are interested in, and your questions or concerns.
Agency contact information
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DHS/Transportation Security Administration Shared Service Center 2650 Park Tower Drive Merrifield, Virginia 22180 United States
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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510886700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 09/14/2018 to 09/20/2018
Pay scale & grade: SV J
Salary: $96,552 to $149,651 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time