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Acquisition Specialist

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Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc.

Crystal Spring, VA

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Crystal City, VA 22202


Experts Engaged in Delivering Their Best - This is the cornerstone of our service-oriented culture and why we seek the best talent to be part of our team! GCS is currently seeking an Acquisition Specialist III to support our client in the Washington DC Metro Area.

Become part of the excitement at GCS, Inc. and consider this; our Acquisition Specialist III will be supporting one of the biggest federal government agencies as they go about in keeping us safe!

Minimum Experience: 9 years in Federal Contracting

Minimum Qualifications:

Cradle to grave experience with Federal Contracting including experience in:

Demonstrating customer service experience working with varying stakeholders in execution of acquisitions

Demonstrating experience in using financial systems and procurement writing systems

Conducting both pre-award and post-award activities in Federal Contracting;

Conducting negotiations during pre-award and post-award phases;

Performing appropriate market research by analyzing industry and market conditions to determine viable sources;

Selecting appropriate contract types to procure a variety of goods and/or services;

Demonstrating use of contract systems such as GSA E-Buy, GWACs, FPDS-NG, FEDBIZOPS, NASA SEWP, CPARS

Applying regulations and FAR contracting principles to administer Federal government contracts;

Applying cost and price procedures and techniques to evaluate bids, contract proposals, and responsibilities of contractors;

Monitoring post-award contractor performance

Cradle to grave with Federal Contracting experience in at least one of the following categories:

Information Technology

Professional Services


Research and Development, Security and Logistics

Acquisition Planning Support:

Support acquisition program teams by performing the following tasks:

Assist the Contracting Officer (CO) in serving as Acquisition Advisor to the program office team throughout the life of the contract

Participate and document meeting minutes in acquisition strategy planning meetings, make recommendations for implementing performance-based contracts, and streamlining acquisitions;

Assist in requirement generation and Statement of Work (SOW) development;

Assist in drafting and documenting acquisition plan/strategy

Provide strategies for implementing performance-based contracting and acquisition streamlining

Assist the Contracting Officer to research and develop recommendations for use of:

Contract vehicle

Contracting agency

Procurement sources

Competition requirements

Assist customers in preparing acquisition packages to include all required documentation in appropriate standardized templates to include:

Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE);

Documents required by government ethics and procurement integrity (i.e., confidentiality agreements and non-disclosure statements);

Sole-source justification, if applicable;

Evaluation panel appointing letters, signed and retained, as applicable;

Facilitate the completion of sole-source justification letters for sole-source procurement actions

Identify and monitor cost goals, including life-cycle costs

Perform design-to-cost, and application of should-cost analyses, and advice on trade-offs and risks, and document the contract file accordingly.

Solicitation / Source Selection Support:

Review new requirements to:

Determine how they will be processed (i.e, modify existing contract/delivery order or start a new effort/contract)

Make recommendation of procurement action to the Contracting Officer

Schedule, prepare, and assist in the facilitation of vendor conferences, as directed by the Contracting Officer

Draft notices for publication in the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) including but not limited to:



Sources Sought

Request for Information (RFI)

Ensure funding for the acquisition effort is available and adequate according to the IGCE

Draft solicitations Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Quotation (RFQ), Invitation for Bid (IFB)

Post solicitations on FBO, GSA E-Buy, and NASA SEWP

Draft contract awards using FBI’s Unified Financial Management System (UFMS)

Review contractor proposals, make independent evaluation determinations, and provide recommendations to the Contracting Officer before and after negotiation;

Prepare proposal evaluation documentation

Assist the Contracting Officer with proper review and disposition of unsolicited proposals

Assemble contract files

Perform all Contracting Specialist duties required for acquisition of supplies and services

Follow FBI guidelines and policies for acquisitions (i.e. security)

Post Award Support:

Assist Contracting Officers with post-award performance monitoring to include:

Perform program management reviews and/or surveillance activities;

Administration of corrective actions as appropriate;

Provide oversight and necessary controls to ensure contractor performance is compliant with the required contractual standards

Track and monitor the contractor’s progress made on delivery/task orders or contracts

Assist Contracting Officers to monitor and advise of contract financial condition to:

Ensure the appropriate cost reports are submitted;

Provide support for timely invoice processing;

Review requests for payments under the Progress Payments or Performance-based Payment clauses

Draft delivery/task orders, modifications, and/or contract period of performance extensions;

Acceptance, review, coordination, and filing contractor deliverables;

Completion of Contractor Performance Evaluation Form or other similar past performance questionnaire;

Assist the Contracting Officer with post-award briefings;

Maintain copies of award documents and contract file in accordance with FBI Procurement Section guidelines.

Assist with protests and terminations

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree or 13 years of experience in Federal Contracting

Desired Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Business, Government Contracting

FAC-C or DAWIA Level II Certification in Contracting or equivalent

GCS, Inc. , Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc (PSS)provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Company info

Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc.
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Company Profile
Founded in 1991, PSS was originally focused on providing IT and engineering services to the commercial market. After building a successful commercial staffing practice, in 1998 PSS sold its commercial business to a publicly-owned company. PSS then shifted its mission to providing IT, engineering, and program management services to Government agencies. In September 2007, PSS was recapitalized by CM Equity Partners and its affiliates (CMEP). Since then, PSS has provided reliable, cost-effective solutions to meet our clients’ goals and objectives in the core areas of: Systems & Software Engineering Data Analytics & High Performance Computing Cyber Security & Cloud Mission Support Acquisition, Financial Management, & Program Support PSS has a strong and diverse Government and commercial client base with key customer relationships in the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and Civilian agencies. Our customers include the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Department of State (DoS), Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Commerce (DOC), and various Intelligence agencies. Today, PSS enjoys continued success in the expansion of our client base through our dedication to our customers’ mission success.

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