Job Title: Contract Specialist - DC
Location: Work will be done at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) site located at
441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20548. Up to two (2) days each week telework may be
permitted (at the discretion of the customer).
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience, education and applicable certifications.
Scope of Work: The purpose of the work is to perform a variety of contracting actions
encountered throughout the post-award and closeout phases of the contracting process using
established contracting procedures.
Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
Coursework must have included 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.
Work Experience: The candidate must have at a minimum three (3) years of relevant Federal
contracting experience. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal
communication skills. The candidate must have documented experience in pre and post-award
acquisitions processes. The candidate must be familiar with the Federal Acquisition Regulation
(FAR). The candidate must be able to pass a Public Trust Background Check.
Duties Required: The Closeout Contract Specialist will be responsible for assisting the GAO
Director of Acquisition Management Procurement Operations with the following general tasks:
Analyzing, negotiating and preparing Contracting Officer’s decisions. Terminating contracts
when it is in the best interest of the Government. Performing contract closeout.
Prioritizing contracts requiring closure, ensuring that final billings and related closeout
documents are prepared and submitted in a timely manner in accordance with customer
requests, the contract, and established procedures.
Interacting with the customer (government or prime) as necessary when final negotiated rates
are not available. Determining if the use of alternative rates or alternative invoice actions can be
employed in order to invoice incurred costs not billed, and therefore, expedite the closing of the
Working with new business areas to identify closeout responsibilities and recognize any
process gaps. Ensuring support for the documented closeout Roles and Responsibilities to
complete the process.
Supporting audit requests by providing requested documentation and answering contract
related questions. Also assisting negotiations by developing various analyses related to costs
incurred, billing history, etc. and presenting that material to our customer.
Researching FAR in order to clarify specific contract related questions. Interpreting FAR and
using that information to guide policy and procedures related to the contract closeout process.
Coordinating with other departments for the preparation of appropriate certificates. Preparing
final invoices with related closeout documents and monitor final payment status.