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Federal Trade Commission Washington, DC
  • Expired: November 09, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

Federal Trade Commission

  • ##### Open & closing dates
11/07/2019 to 11/21/2019
  • ##### Service
  • ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 13
  • ##### Salary
$99,172 to $128,920 per year
  • ##### Appointment type
  • ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Washington, DC 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Telework eligible
  • Duties

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The incumbent serves as a Senior Contract Specialist for short,
medium and long-term mission responsibilities to be accomplished by
applying a broad range of multi-disciplinary, multi-agency contracts
to satisfy mission objectives.
This position is located within the Office of the Executive
Director, Financial Management Office (FMO), Acquisitions
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If you are selected for this position, you will perform the
following tasks:
  • Researches and provides guidance on complex issues such as
contract structure, negotiation strategies, and performance
management involving procurement of significant importance to
the Commission.
  • Explains both federal and Commission policies and procedures to
coworkers, other agency and industry personnel.
  • Negotiates meaningful and effective contracts for a broad
spectrum of the agency's needs, applying knowledge of law and
business practices to a broad range of actions and establish and
maintain the confidence and trust of agency staff.
  • Coordinates procurement actions and meets frequently with
customers regarding procurement activities.
  • Executes all aspects of contracting transactions from applying
techniques to research market conditions and sources, developing
and refining their needs through strategy, evaluation,
negotiation, and selection of contractors for a dynamic range of
supplies and specialized services to obtain the best value
solutions for the agency's diverse needs.
  • Assesses workload, reporting workload and briefing the status of
workload to both internal and external customers as well as
obtaining/performing quality checks of all workload.
  • Serves as advisor to customers in procurement planning meetings.
  • Prepares and maintains acquisition plans, current milestone
charts, and related schedules.
  • Attends conferences and exhibits or initiates meetings with
industry associations, Small Business Administration, and others
for the purpose of expanding competition.
  • Reviews all procurement package documents to ensure that the
package is complete and information contained in the package is
adequate for industry to respond.
  • Develops acquisition plans that will best support the
requirements and customer needs taking into account previous
history and market conditions.
  • Examines specifications to match requirements to available
options, identifies exceptions or changes needed in standard
contract provisions, selects appropriate contract type,
coordinates socioeconomic factors and their appropriate
activities, and makes determinations concerning method of
solicitation, evaluation methodology and delivery
  • Develops and publicizes/issues the solicitation. Amends the
solicitation to clarify/change requirements, language
ambiguities, or clarification of provisions and clauses.
  • Evaluates offers/proposals for responsiveness/conformance to the
particular solicitation and ability to perform the contract.
Determines if competition is sufficient. Obtains reports and
evaluates fiscal soundness, quality control, previous record of
performance and other indicators of capacity to perform.
Coordinates with the evaluation team to ensure evaluations are
conducted in accordance with the Commission's plan.
  • Educates the evaluation team on the evaluation process. Reviews
the efforts of the evaluation team to ensure that they are
operating in accordance with the evaluation plan. Reviews all
evaluation documentation. Analyzes commercial pricing practices
applicable to the commodities and the latest economic
  • Analyzes cost and pricing data submitted by offerors to
substantiate direct and indirect costs and profit. Determines
reasonableness of prices or costs offered. Conducts studies of
specific item costs in areas of limited competition. Analyzes
marketing data and terms/conditions of previous contracts.
Conducts extensive negotiations before and/or after contract
  • Formulates the negotiation strategy, identifies areas subject to
negotiation, consults with technical specialists concerning data
submitted by offerors, coordinates strategy with negotiation
team, leads the negotiations and documents the results of the
  • Awards contracts within delegated contracting officer authority,
or recommends award to contracting officer on contracts outside
delegated authority.Prepares debriefings and the Commission's
position on protests from unsuccessful bidders as well as
renders/recommends decisions on claims.
  • Responsibilities typically include incrementally funding the
contract, preparation of rate and cost adjustments, redirection
of effort, coordination of time extension, incorporation of
change orders, issuance of stop work orders, issuance of cure
notices or show cause letters and monitoring of Government
property reporting.
  • Monitors contractor's performance through telephone
conversations, correspondence, reports, vouchers, and visits for
status of contract performance, scheduling, problems that have
arisen and provide proposed solutions.
  • Assists Contracting Officer's Representatives (CORs) in
understanding their duties and providing guidance and oversight
of the administration of the contract. Interprets contract terms
for contractors and provides appropriate advice and guidance.
Negotiates and issues contract modifications.
  • Terminates and closes contracts.
Travel Required
Not required
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
  • #### Job family (Series)
1102 Contracting
  • Requirements

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. citizenship requirement must be met by the closing date of
this vacancy.
  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must register with Selective
  • You may serve a one-year probationary period under this
By the closing date of this vacancy announcement, you must meet the
following educational/experience
requirements listed below.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: If you are current Federal employee,
you meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this
announcement. For this GS-13 position, you must have served 52 weeks
at the GS-12 level. An SF-50 that shows your time in-grade
eligibility MUST be submitted within your application package. Note:
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.
To qualify for a Contract Specialist at the GS-13 level, you must
meet the following Basic Requirements:
You must meet the requirements in 1, 2, or 3 below
1. All of the following:
  • Completion of Training listed in Level I & II of FAC-C Course
Requirements; or FAC-C Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or
III certification. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80
hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain
  • At least 4 years of experience in contracting or related
positions including one year of specialized experience at or
equivalent to work at the level described below;
  • Completion of 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.
2. Exception: If you held a GS-13 equivalent position in the
Contracting series (1102) on January 1, 2000, you will be exempt
from meeting the educational requirements for the grade level of
that position.
3. Waiver: FTC's senior procurement executive has the discretion to
waive any or all of the requirements in 1 above.
To qualify for a Contract Specialist at the GS-13 level, you must
meet the following Additional Requirements.
You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of
qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the
Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector,
performing the following types of tasks:
  • Preparing pre-negotiation memorandums and conduct negotiations
with potential contractors
  • Preparing the competitive range, post negotiation memorandums
and the sour...

Federal Trade Commission


Washington, DC
20044 USA