<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This is a Procurement Technician position within the Research & Development service of the VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS), within the Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 5), within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). VAMHCS Research & Development Service is responsible for discovering new knowledge and applying findings to improve the health and welfare of our nation's Veterans.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The incumbent functions as the lead Purchasing Technician for the Research and Development (R&D) Service. Performs simplified and complex purchases in for single purchases of $3,500.00 or less on the open market for supplies and services. Incumbent must verify, certify and reconcile these purchases according to established government small purchase guidelines, disputing all questionable charges and providing justification of the same.<br /><br />Ensures coordination with principal investigators, laboratory staff, and the R&D Service Budget Analyst and Budget Technician for the completion of each funded research project's purchasing needs.<br /><br />Records commitments, obligations, expenditures, and similar budgetary transactions in order to update and adjust budget account records. Reviews reject reports to determine reason of reject and makes recommendations to budget analysts to correct.<br /><br />Receives and examines requests and supporting documents to verify that all necessary prior approvals and signatures have been obtained, forms contain required information, organization budget procedures have been followed, and funds are available to cover the transaction.<br /><br /><strong>Work Schedule:</strong> Monday through Friday 8am-4:30pm<br /> <strong>Telework: </strong>Not Available.<br /> <strong>Virtual: </strong>This is not a virtual position.<br /> <strong>Position Description/PD#: Procurement Technician/</strong>PD16117-O<br /> <strong>Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: </strong>Not Authorized.<br /> <strong>Financial Disclosure Report: </strong>Not required <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> None <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>You may be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Subject to background/security investigation</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/18/2019.<br /><br /><strong>Time-In-Grade Requirement</strong>: 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-5 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-4. 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.<br /><br /><strong>Note: </strong>Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.<br /><br />You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: <ul> <li><strong>Specialized Experience:</strong> You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-4 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 in providing contract support by assembling contract files, preparing close-out documents, processing approved payment requests, and coordinating inspections. Responding to recurring questions from contract vendors. Assisting in generating various reports for a Contracting Officer, Team Leader, Division Chief, or Managers under direct supervision. Basic knowledge with using automated programs to assemble and/or type solicitation documents (e.g., mailing lists, address labels, abstracts, letters of negotiation, award notifications, facsimiles, etc.). Preparing documents according to established formats, agency rules and regulations, standard operating procedures (SOP), policies, guidelines, specific acquisition regulations and facility procedures and guidelines, under direct supervision. <strong>OR,</strong></li> <li><strong>Education:</strong> Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Bachelor's degree or four full academic years (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) above the high school level leading to such a degree. The education must be obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. <strong>OR,</strong></li> <li><strong>Combination:</strong> Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond. A combination of education and HR specialized experience must total a 100% of the requirement for this grade level. (Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.</li> </ul> You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:<br /> <ul><li>Applies Technology to Tasks</li><li>Customer Service</li><li>Manages and Organizes Information</li><li>Self-Management</li><li>Technical Competence</li></ul><br /><br />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; religions; 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.<br /><br /><strong>Note</strong>: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. <br /><br /><strong>Physical Requirements: </strong>Work is sedentary. Most tasks are performed while seated at a desk or table, although occasional walking and standing are required in visiting other offices, or in going to and from meetings and conferences.<br /><br />For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ . <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Bachelor's degree or four full academic years (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) above the high school level leading to such a degree. The education must be obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university.<br /><br />A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br /><strong>Note:</strong> Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http: ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . 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: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave</strong>: 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.<br /><br /><strong>Special Employment Consideration:</strong> VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.<br /><br />The <strong>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan</strong> (ICTAP) and <strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan</strong> (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .<br /><br /><strong>Placement Policy: </strong> 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.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br /><strong>Veterans and Transitioning Service Members</strong>: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.<br /><br />For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.</strong><br /><br />Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /> <ul><li>Resume</li></ul><br /><br />The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.<br /> <ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214/ Statement of Service</li><li>Disability Letter (Schedule A)</li><li>Disability Letter (VA)</li><li>Proof of Marriage Status</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br /><strong>SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):</strong> <ul> <li>Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee</li> <li>An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade</li> <li>Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade. </li> <li>Examples of appropriate SF-50's include: <ul> <li>Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or</li> <li>Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or</li> <li>SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <strong>Veterans' Preference: </strong>When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. <strong>Documentation is required to award preference. </strong>For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.