This is not a virtual position. The selectee is expected to report to the duty station listed.
As a Contract Price/Cost Analyst, you will analyze and evaluate price and cost data contained in a variety of contract proposals.
Location of position:
GSA, Federal Acquisition Service, Information Technology Category, Office of IT (Non MAS) Acquisition Operations, 1800 F St. NW, Washington, DC
We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.
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To fill this job we have been granted "Direct Hire Authority" or DHA. This means that we can hire any qualified candidate, either from this notice or from any source.
A few key facts about this DHA notice:
- Current civil service employees will receive new appointments if selected under this Direct Hire Authority.
GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Category (ITC) provides access to private sector IT & telecommunications solutions for federal, state & local government agencies. ITC works with federal agencies, OMB & industry to create common solutions for IT services, hardware, software, telecommunications, cyber security, & identity management. 98% of federal agencies use ITC solutions. ITC works with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy & the Office of the Federal Chief Information Office to develop & implement acquisition and technology initiatives such as strategic sourcing, category management, cloud, cyber, enterprise licensing agreements for software, desktop configurations & data center optimization. ITC plays a unique role in supporting agencies with acquisition & technical expertise to make better buying decisions reduce duplication & improve mission results. See www.gsa.gov/its for information on ITC programs & contracts.
As a Contract Price/Cost Analyst:
- Performs cost and/or price analysis of data to determine reasonableness of prices proposed or quoted for equipment, supplies or services to be procured, and prices and related data associated with changes and other modifications.
- Develops and interprets pricing policies, monitors pricing practices in procurement, develops innovative solicitation provisions to maximize competition, performs commercial pricing market research, promotes and assists the utilization of streamlined source selection procedures and prepares and presents training in price/cost analysis. Provides guidance to management on the effect of solicitation provisions on competition, commerciality, and price. Recommends tailoring of existing provisions or use of alternative provisions that are consistent with common commercial practices.?
- Establishes, designs systems and conducts market research, including extent of competition, price trends, and government and commercial user information. Directs the implementation of contract price management mechanisms and price refreshments.
- Coordinates with contracting officers to negotiate termination settlements and settlement agreements and preparation of the supplemental agreements to reflect the settlement.?Assists senior staff members in the development of economic price adjustment clauses for use in multiyear contracts and contracts with option years, based on commercial market analysis and changes to established economic price adjustment clauses to reflect current economic or market trends.?Evaluates cost/price proposals during negotiations including interpreting the impact of proposed changes to solicitation provisions for price impact and consistency with common commercial practice. Works with senior contracting and program staff in recommending either amending the solicitation or other solutions to problems.?
- Reviews Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE) to assure they are in order to provide a basis for total cost/price comparison. Uses IGCEs in consonance with sound pricing practices, as part of the basis for reaching a decision as to the fairness and reasonableness and/or cost realism of a prospective contractor's proposal.
Occasional travel – Occasional travel for meetings and training.
Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
- Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
- Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
- Register with Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
- Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
- Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
- Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
- Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
- Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.
For each job on your resume, provide:
- the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
- number of hours per week you worked (if part time).
If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.
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The GS-13 salary range starts at $102,663 in Washington, DC per year. If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.
1102 Qualifications GS-13 & above:
You must meet the requirements in 1, 2, or 3 below:
To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service.
Specialized Experience is defined as experience using complex contract cost/price analysis principles and procedures to analyze and evaluate the cost elements on contracts, developing complex pricing arrangements and incentives. Experience must include statistical, economical, financial, and accounting analysis and experience in contract negotiation and price analysis.
"Please see Qualifications"
Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Bargaining Unit status: This position is covered by NFFE.
Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:
· Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
· Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee
· Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government
If you are eligible under Merit Promotion, you may also apply under Vacancy Announcement #_20FASA283MDMP_. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both
Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.
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 on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your overall possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume.
- Knowledge of contract cost/price analysis techniques.??
- Ability to analyze and apply quantitative and evaluative methods.?????
- Knowledge of contract economic price adjustment clauses, price management and price refreshment mechanisms.?????
- Knowledge of negotiation techniques.?
- Skill in applying statistics data to MS Excel spreadsheets and managing information in MS Access.
Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.
For information on DHA, please visit https: www.opm.gov/directhire/index.asp.
Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Certain selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees might be given new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position, if any part of the application is incomplete or missing the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or dismissing you if hired.
If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified to receive priority. ICTAP/CTAP. Well qualified is defined as possession of the majority of competencies required for the position and will be determined, based upon a review of your resume against the competencies required for the position being filled.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.
If you are active duty military– Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible – submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
If you are a current or former political appointee: Submit your SF-50.
College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.
Contracting Documentation: Submit A or B:
(A) Mandatory contracting training – submit a or b below:
(a) GSA's Mandatory Training Requirements which can be met by one of the following: Completion of Training listed in Level I & II of FAC-C Course Requirements (use the link to view specific courses); or if you have a FAC-C Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or III certification, your training is fully qualifying for GSA's Mandatory Training requirement. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification.
(b) list of completed courses including: official course title, course number, training provider, training hours completed, and the date completed
(B) Proof of contracting certification – submit the following:
(a) FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or higher certification (copy of certificate)
If certification is over 2 years old, also submit (b) or (c) below:
(b) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) history identifying the completion of 80 CLPs every two years. The 80 CLPs every two years must be from the issuance date of certification to current period.
(c) If you are a FAITAS member, you may submit your Continuous Learning Achievement Certificate from FAITAS. On your "My Continuous Learning" page, click on the "approved" link under Achievement Status to print a copy of your most recent certificate.
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.