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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Contract Specialist in Greenwood Village, Colorado


Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: Contract Specialist/ PD#11005-A

Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Available

Telework: Eligible

Virtual Position: No This recruitment is for three positions with the VHA Regional Procurement Office (RPO) West, Network Contracting Office (NCO) 19, located at 6162 South Willow Dr., Suite #300, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Must reside within a 50-mile radius of Duty Location.


Contract Specialist/PD#11005-A The purpose of this position is to serve in a developmental capacity to the full performance level of GS-1102-11 as a Contract Specialist for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with responsibility for performing professional work involving the procurement of supplies and services using procedures outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulations, VA Acquisition Regulations, Public Laws, and agency policy. Aids with performing market research, reviewing specifications and statements of work, and approving acquisition milestone plans. Ensures that specifications and statements of work are prepared in a manner which adequately describes the Government's requirements without restricting competition. Advises technical personnel as to inadequate, ambiguous or vague specifications to avoid Government liability. Performs a complete review of recommended sole source requirements and conducts necessary market analyses to test the noncompetitive assumptions of requisitions. Prepares required findings and sufficiently documents determinations in this regard. Responsible for recommending the appropriate method of procurement i.e. simplified acquisition procedures, and sealed bidding negotiations. Coordinates with the appropriate agency, Regional Procurement Office (RPO), Network Contracting Office (NCO), or Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Liaison on matters relevant to all aspects of socioeconomic. Determines the selected offeror(s) represents the best value (price and other factors considered) and meets regulatory requirements to be considered a responsible contractor. Resolves protests, mistakes in bids, late bid situations and coordinates with the SBA for Certificate of Competencies (COC's). If warranted, serves as the Source Selection Authority (SSA) and establishes Technical Evaluation Boards (TEB) to determine acceptability and ranking of technical proposals Identifies appropriate negotiation team members; formulates pre-negotiation objectives; and facilitates the negotiation as the team leader and chief negotiator. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

Must reside within a 50-mile radius of Duty Location.

You must be a US Citizen to apply for this job.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Selective Service Registration is required for all males born after 12/31/1959.

Position requires filing a Financial Disclosure Report. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting. Work is primarily sedentary and performed in an office setting with periodic visits to the field offices.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, November 3, 2020. Basic Requirements for GS-5 through GS-12: A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field. OR 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. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Specialized Experience GS-7:

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Basic knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations, Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulations, contract law, and procedures applicable to acquisition and contract administration. Basic knowledge of various types of contracts, including firm-fixed price, firm-fixed price with economic price adjustments, and cost reimbursement; and contract methods to include simplified acquisitions, sealed bidding, negotiations, cost sharing, multiple awards, commercial items and special provisions. Basic knowledge of negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications and settlements. Basic knowledge of contract administration principles and practices sufficient to monitor contractor performance and compliance with all terms and conditions of the contract. Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner. OR 1 full academic year of graduate education or law school, or superior academic achievement. Exceptions: Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position. Additional information on the qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following websites: and Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Additional Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.