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WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER (PC) DIVISION? The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer provides acquisition services for IRS Business Units, Treasury Bureaus, and Treasury Departmental Offices. We support the acquisition life-cycle from planning, contract award, management and closeout. Our goal is to help create agile and innovative best value contract solutions to ensure the IRS meets its mission.
WHAT DOES A CONTRACT SPECIALIST DO? As an IRS Contract Specialist in the Office of Procurement you will apply Federal procurement laws and regulations Department wide to award outside vendors complex and high-profile Federal contracts involving millions of dollars. This entails evaluating proposals, awarding and administering contracts, performing cost/price analyses, negotiating price and technical issues, and preparing contractually enforceable documents. You will conduct strategic analyses of Department requirements to provide input on developing an overall strategic sourcing plan for the Department.
As a Contract Specialist you will:
- Conduct pre-award conferences, negotiation sessions, briefings to program offices and management, and debriefs to contractors
- Provide timely, effective contract awards and procurement administration consistent with program needs, procurement regulations and laws, and time frames established within Procurement
- Research and apply various acquisition laws and regulations while giving expert guidance to program offices, stakeholders, and customers in developing procurement strategy and acquisition plan
- Develop policies and implement guidance and controls to improve the procurement program
- Support customers in developing strategic across agencies/bureaus sourcing plan.
- Make and defend business positions orally and in writing, as well as develop and communicate negotiation strategies
- Perform a wide variety of contract administration functions, such as negotiating modifications, resolving delivery and acceptance disputes, processing claims against the Government, responding to protests and developing prescribed protest files, conducting debriefings and performing closeouts, developing and maintain files and documentation, responding with accurate information for a variety of data calls, ensuring vendors performance evaluations are completed and input into appropriate systems, responding to and handling protests, terminations, status reports, etc.
- Plan, organize, direct, and review the work of assigned resources, contractors, or matrix resources; plan, schedule and coordinate work operations; plan, review, and adjust budget and financial management activities; plan and carry out training and development; and evaluate project and or program work outcomes
- Review and support the development of Statements of Work and acquisition plans. Determine the appropriate type of contract, assist in the development of independent government cost estimates, conduct market research, identify sources of supply, promote competition, solicit quotes and proposals, evaluate proposals, determine price reasonableness, develop negotiation strategy and negotiate with potential contractors
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov
Conditions of Employment
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- Must be a U.S. citizen or National
SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION, INCLUDING COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS, LEVEL I AND II MANDATORY TRAINING CERTIFICATES INDICATING COMPLETION OF ALL MANADATORY TRAINING OR LEVEL II OR III CERTIFICATES, COMPLETED WITHIN THE LAST 2 YEARS OR A CURRENT CLP SHOWING THAT THE MANDATORY TRAINING REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN MET BY 11:59 P.M. ET ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION FOR PROMOTION.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS (GRADE 13 & ABOVE):
You must complete all Mandatory Training requirements as described in DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ACQUISITION CAREER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM HANDBOOK . AND
4 years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower level as defined below. AND
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. OR
Exception: Employees occupying a GS-1102 position will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on or after January 1, 2000. However, basic requirements and specialized experience requirements must be met in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade unless granted a waiver under the paragraph below.
In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:
GS-14 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level that demonstrated accomplishment in planning, directing, and administering complex acquisition project assignments that required in-depth experience applying of a wide range of procurement and contracting principles and technical program requirements and techniques. This experience is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant actively participated in multiple levels of competition (i.e. sole source, 8a, limited competition, full and open competition), multiple procurement methods (i.e. simplified acquisitions, GSA Schedule competitions, negotiated and/or sealed bids), acquired multiple types of needs (i.e. services, supplies, equipment), and participated in multiple parts of the acquisition life cycle (i.e. pre-award, post-award, policy, price analysis). AND
– The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-timework; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
– To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
1 position to be filled in The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (PC) Division, Office of Business Solutions Acquisition (OBSA) Southeast Section in: Lanham-Seabrook, MD
Anticipated start date is: TO BE DETERMINED
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- Relocation expenses -"no".
- This is a bargaining unit position.
- A 1-year probationary period is required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
- Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.
- Tour of Duty: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.
Rating: This position will be filled through the Direct Hire Authority. Under this authority, competitive rating, ranking, and veterans' preference procedures do not apply. Your application will be considered based on education, training, and quality of your experience. For more information on Direct-Hire Authority visit: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet .
Referral : Applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ), you must be rated as "WELL QUALIFIED" to receive special selection priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION
If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15 , along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets .
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs both within and outside the commuting area.
EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .
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.