These positions are located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Administration, Division of Administrative Services (DAS) within the Branch of Acquisition Management (BAM). Positions are to be filled at the GS 11 Target GS 12 (GS 12 promotional potential) or GS 13 level (no further promotion potential). Positions are permanent, full time, and located in Washington DC with easy access to Union Station (2 Massachusetts Ave, NE). Positions are eligible to telework in accordance with agency policy (this does not include full time telework and a probationary period may be required before starting telework). These positions are being filled through the Direct Hire Authority. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does NOT apply. Veteran’s preference does not apply. Send your resume, the GS (grade) level interested in and transcripts showing you meet the required education requirements for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These positions are inside the bargaining unit.
Responsibilities GS 11 Target 12
Provides guidance to technical personnel involved in the development of the statement of work or data requirements. Formulates the contracting approach to be taken that will best satisfy the requirement.
Determines appropriate procedures to obtain goods and services that will fulfill the requirements, meet the delivery schedule, provide the best price and conforms to the acquisition regulations. Methods of purchase include: placing calls against a current Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), issuing delivery orders against established contracts, issuing a Purchase Order (PO) or the government credit card.
Performs market analysis to determine availability of the product or producers. Monitors industry factors related to the commodity, such as strikes, shortages, and inflation. Analyzes market trends, distribution patterns, and technological advances. Assesses the impact of socioeconomic considerations on the procurement actions. Reviews industry publications and meets with industry representatives to acquire or exchange information.
Develops new sources, based upon projected needs of the Government and industry analysis.
Resolves specification problems which limit competition among users, modifies contractual clauses which discourage potential bidders from participating, works with contractors and potential bidders to identify possibilities for converting production to Government needs, and determines the most advantageous time to solicit bids. Coordinates with industry associations and the Small Business Administration in efforts to expand competition.
Develops the solicitation. Determines quantities to be included in a solicitation based on economical order quantities, market conditions, delivery requirements, production capabilities, specifications required, and pre-award samples. Determines specific contract language and clauses, selects the appropriate type of contract, and coordinates with socioeconomic specialists relative to special programs. Determines minimum or maximum order limitations, method of award, transportation and delivery, and publication and distribution of solicitations.
Evaluates bids or offers submitted, determines responsiveness to the solicitation, evaluates bidder's capacity to perform and comply with contract clauses and specifications, coordinates with technical specialists on bid samples, and evaluates protests and mistakes in bids.
Performs price analysis, analyzing commercial pricing practices applicable to assigned commodities and economic developments relative to increased material, labor, or transportation costs as reflected in price indices. Evaluates cost and price data submitted by others to support direct and indirect costs and fee or profit. Determines reasonableness of prices offered.
Plans and conducts negotiations on price, technical requirements, terms, and conditions of the contract.
Prepares responses to inquiries, including formal protests, congressional inquiries and FOIA requests.
Awards or recommends award in accordance with delegated authority.
GS 13 (Responsibilities in addition to those at the GS 11 Target 12 Level) 1. Reviews and awards contracts that have been assigned to other procurement staff members. Performs the pre-award and post-award contracting activities, including assisting and guiding the BLS program offices in the development of statements of work, providing guidance on the appropriate acquisition process to pursue, managing the preparation and documentation of contract files, preparing and issuing solicitations, overseeing the evaluation of proposals, conducting negotiations, awarding contracts, documenting the source selection process, conducting debriefings, and preparing protest files.
Serves as a consultant in the development and implementation of BLS procurement initiatives. Works directly with BLS senior managers, program office representatives, DOL procurement officials, and senior procurement representatives from other Federal agencies, and members from private industry to provide service, supply information, explain policy decisions, or resolve issues. Advises top agency officials and program managers on acquisition policy and procedures as they are revised to reflect changing regulations.
Determines the appropriate procedures to obtain goods and services that will fulfill the requirements of BLS programs, meet the required delivery schedule, provide the best value to the government, and conform to the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Provides technical guidance in all facets of acquisition to program offices and actively initiates and participates in acquisition planning with customers.
Executes an extensive program of contract administration. Identifies and resolves critical problems that develop after contract award that could potentially impede contract performance; monitors contractual administration related to such areas as delivery, cost, and performance.
Maintains an awareness of pending DOL programs and policies in the procurement area. Develops, coordinates, and institutes operating procurement policies, procedures, and guidelines that regulate and facilitate the provision of services to BLS based on a working knowledge of program objectives and DOL policy.
Conditions of Employment
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen and at least 16 years of age.
To be deemed qualified, all applicants must meet the Basic Requirements. Applicants must also meet one of the following: (1) Specialized Experience; (2) Education; or (3) Combination of Education and Specialized Experience as described below.
Basic Requirements: GS 11 Target GS-12
A) A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;
B) 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.
1) Specialized Experience:
At the GS-11 level, applicants must have at least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, GS-09, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience in researching and performing recurring and developmental contracting assignments in the award, administration of contracts for goods and services assuring that all activities performed are in compliance with applicable procurement regulations.
3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. To qualify on the basis of higher level graduate education, education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
3) Combination of Education and Specialized Experience as described below. 3 More than two years (but less than three) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent doctoral degree) and specialized experience as required for GS-11 (less than one year) that when combined totals one year. 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.
GS 13 1) 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. AND 2) At least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, GS-12, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as performing a full range of pre-award and post-award functions for a wide range of services, supplies, and/or equipment (i.e., following contracting policies and procedures; developing and presenting terms and conditions in solicitations; negotiating and awarding contracts; administering terms and conditions of contracts; and analyzing proposed prices/costs). Education
You must meet the qualifying educational requirements listed in the Basic Qualifications. Specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.
Additional Salary Information: GS Pay grade scale 11 and 13
Internal Number: BAM
About Bureau of Labor Statistics
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