Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world.
Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.
As a Contract Specialist, you will perform all actions associated with developing and awarding the full range of contracts, including multi-million dollar contracts for goods and services.
Salary range includes 20% geographical pay.
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Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
Please refer to Conditions of Employment.
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The following are the duties of a Contact Specialist, NB-V. If you are selected at a lower band level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
As a Contract Specialist, you will:
Plan solicitations for all types of supplies and services, including IT resources, using negotiated procurements, sealed bidding, and simplified acquisition procedures.
Serve as the lead negotiator during contract negotiations.
Award contracts and perform detailed contract administration funcitons.
Serve as Contracting Officer for one or more contracts with signature authority.
Research and interpret protect decisions to assist in developing and implementing procurement policies and procedures.
Occasional travel - One to five nights per month
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
Candidates who are:
In the local commuting area and qualify as ; ; (e.g., individuals with disabilities, interchange agreement, military spouses, Peace Corps); ; or former OTS employees serving under permanent Sch A 213.3105(d)(1) appointments at OCC. Local commuting area means that you physically reside within 50 miles of City, State at the time you apply. AND
eligibles no matter where they live.
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Conditions of Employment
If selected for this position, you will be required to:
Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
Complete a background investigation (unless already completed).
Complete a to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
Travel occasionally to attend conferences and training.
Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
You must meet the following requirements within 60 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement:
(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.
Exception: Employees in 1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy 1102 positions at the NB-V or GS-12 and below will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other 1102 positions up to and including those classified at the NB-V or GS-12. This includes promotions up through grade NB-V or GS-12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.
For the NB-IV:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal service. To qualify for the NB-IV level, you must have specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level, NB-III or GS-5. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized experience for this position includes: Assisting with negotiating pre-award or post-award contract terms with contractors AND Reviewing contract proposals to determine that proper specifications are included in solicitation documents.
You must have graduate education that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Qualifying education includes: Master's or equivalent graduate degree; 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related. One year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study.
The graduate education must be in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
Combination of Education and Specialized Experience:
Have a combination of graduate level education from an accredited college or university AND specialized experience (as described above), which is equivalent to the NB-III or GS-5 level in the Federal Service. This experience and education together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. When an applicant has less than one year of specialized experience as described in the announcement, he or she may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements. One year of full time graduate education is considered to be number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of fully-time study. If the number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study. The percentage of specialized work experience and the percentage of graduate study must total at least 100%.
For the NB-V:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal service. To qualify for the NB-V level, you must have specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level, NB-IV or GS-9. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized experience for this position includes: Recommending contract types or contract methods for the product or service being procured; AND Evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications; AND Negotiating pre-award or post-award contract terms with contractors.
Successfully completed a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M. from an accredited college or university. The graduate education must be in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
Combination of Education and Specialized Experience:
Have a combination of graduate level education from an accredited college or university AND specialized experience (as described above), which is equivalent to the NB-IV or GS-9 level in the Federal Service. This experience and education together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. When an applicant has less than one year of specialized experience as described in the announcement, he or she may combine successfully completed graduate-level education with experience to meet the total qualification requirements. One year of full time graduate education is considered to be number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of fully-time study. If the number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study. The percentage of specialized work experience and the percentage of graduate study must total at least 100%.
The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or through volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
for important information about OCC ethics standards, such as the requirement that new hires divest their bank securities.
If you are a current OCC employee who previously received a waiver determination permitting you to retain bank securities due to extenuating circumstances, please note that this determination may be rescinded if the nature of your duties changes. We strongly suggest that you discuss the potential implications of any change in duties on a prior securities determination with your ethics official.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a not qualified determination.
Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
Current OCC employees must have a performance rating of at least Level 3 overall and for all critical performance elements to be eligible for promotion.
: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.
If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee eligible for the , you must be rated as well-qualified to receive special selection priority. Well-qualified means that in addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective placement factor(s), if applicable, you must receive a score of 85 or higher.
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Background checks and security clearance
A complete application includes: 1) A resume, 2) vacancy question responses, and 3) submission of any required documents.
Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
All applicants are required to submit a resume by either creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please review .
CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment:
Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The position occupied block on the SF-50 should show a 1 and your tenure block should show a 1 or 2.) Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP)/INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION:
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click /ICTAP
for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.
SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION:
If you are applying under a , submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.
If you are applying under the or another veterans hiring authority, or are claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing actual or expected dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.
For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the .
In addition, you may submit the following:
- Cover letter
- Recent performance evaluation (be sure to redact/remove all sensitive information prior to submitting)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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 .
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete the online application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
We are available to assist you during business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, you must contact us by noon Eastern Time on the announcement's closing date.
Treasury provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Kelly Gauvin at 202-649-6636 if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. Hearing impaired applicants may use TDD # 202-649-6157.
To begin, either click the Create a New Account button and follow the prompts to register, or if you previously registered, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts.
You will be re-directed to Treasury's CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to My Account to view and update your information, as necessary.
To complete, you must click the Submit Application button located at the bottom of the Application Review page.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at
Agency contact information
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
400 7th Street, SW
Mail Stop 5E-11
Washington, District of Columbia
To check the status of your application for this position, please follow these steps:
Login to your USAJOBS account, select the Applications section and click on the vacancy you would like to view.
Under application status, click additional application information and you will be taken to the CareerConnector website where you can check your application status. The additional application information link may not be available if your application status says Unavailable. This indicates that your application is not complete.
If the additional application information link is not available and the vacancy is still open, you can click on the job announcement and Update Application to be taken back to the CareerConnector portion of the application.
If your application was successfully submitted, your Status will show Received. You can also elect to stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts.
Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an e-mail address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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