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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Job Title: CONTRACT SPECIALIST, GS-1102-14

    Department: Department Of Homeland Security

    Agency: U.S. Coast Guard

    Sub Agency: United States Coast Guard

    Job Announcement Number: 11-1198-HQ-JH-DHA


    $105,211.00 – $136,771.00 /year


    Thursday, March 31, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011




    This is a full-time position. This is a permanent appointment.




    few vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC


    Open to all United States Citizens.

    These positions will be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA).
    All applicants who meet basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration.

    The ‘Rule of Three’, Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.


    For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. We protect the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America’s Maritime Guardian – Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

    These positions are located in the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Acquisition, Acquisition Directorate, Washington, DC.


    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • This position requires a Secret clearance.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    The incumbent serves as a Contracting Officer with complete responsibility to plan and execute all contractual actions and phases of assigned projects. The positions are located in the Office of Contract Operations. Some positions are responsible for execution of projects that span a complete portfolio of air (planes, helicopters and unmanned aerial systems), surface (various classes of ships and boats) and Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems for the U.S. Coast Guard. Specific duties include:

    – Conducting significant and complex USCG acquisitions involving diverse supplies and services;

    – Acting as the senior business advisor for programs valued at hundreds of millions of dollars;

    – Representing the Coast Guard to oversight staffs both internal and external to DHS, including Congress, GAO and OMB;

    – Developing acquisition strategies that achieve desired outcomes and provide appropriate incentives to industry;

    – Performing contract administration activities for significant, highly specialized procurements;

    – Conducting extensive and sophisticated cost and financial analyses, utilizing a full range of techniques, including learning curve, trend and regression analysis.

    Other positions are responsible for cradle-to-grave contracting in support of U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Directorates. Procurements include services and supplies (boats, gear, uniforms, furniture, etc.)

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    Basic Requirements for GS-14: You must meet all three requirements listed below; unless you are covered by an exception: 1) 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. NOTE: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, in the fields identified above, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.” AND 2) Completion of at least 4-years of experience in a contracting or related position, 1 year of which was directly related experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Directly related experience must have involved the application of contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures in planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining all aspects of the administration of one or more major systems contracts; applying knowledge of a procurement functional area sufficient to provide expert technical leadership, staff coordination, and consultation; formulating guidelines, implementing new developments, and providing policy interpretation; performing in-depth evaluations of the financial and technical capabilities, or the performance, of the contractor. EXCEPTIONS TO QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 1) Applicants who have been in a GS-1102 position, at or above the GS-13 level, since January 1, 2000 without a break in service only need to meet the 1-year of directly related experience in order to qualify. The educational, training and additional years of contracting experience requirements do not apply to these individuals. AND 3) Completion of all of the following mandatory training requirements: Mission Support Planning (Defense Acquisition University (DAU) (DAU CON 110 or equivalent); Mission Strategy Execution (DAU CON 111 or equivalent); Mission Performance Objective (DAU CON 112 or equivalent); Mission Focused Contracting (DAU CON 120 or equivalent); The DAU courses CON 101 Basics of Contracting and CON 104 Principles of Contract Pricing are no longer offered by DAU. These two courses were replaced with CON 110, 111, 112 and 120. There is no need for applicants to complete CON 110, 111, 112, and 120 if they previously completed CON 101 and 104 successfully. Applicants can substitute CON 101 and CON 104 for CON 110, 111, 112 and 120. Intermediate Contracting (DAU CON 202 or equivalent); Intermediate Contracting (DAU CON 204 or equivalent); Government Contract Law (DAU CON 210 or equivalent); Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support (DAU CON 353 or equivalent); Five Targeted Electives – each should be a minimum of 16 hours of assignment or individual specific learning identified as developmentally beneficial for the individual for career progression. Electives can include formal training or education, seminars, conferences, special projects, or other developmental activities in the procurement field. Day-to-day work experience may not be used to fulfill elective requirements. Substitution of DAU CON 301 (Executive Contracting) or DAU CON 333 (Management for Contracting Supervisors) completed prior to 9/30/03 is allowed in the following manner: If DAU CON 301 was completed prior to 9/30/03, but not DAU CON 333: two electives are considered to have been met – DAU CON 353 and three out of the five electives are required. If DAU CON 333 was completed prior to 9/30/03, but not DAU CON 301: one elective and the requirement for DAU CON 353 are considered to have been met – four out of the five electives are required. If DAU CON 301 and DAU CON 333 were completed prior to 9/30/03: the DHS training requirements are considered to have been met. NOTE: Only courses offered by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or by a recognized equivalent provider may be used to meet the training requirements. 4) The agency may obtain a waiver for any individual not meeting the training requirements. The Coast Guard Head of the Contracting Activity must obtain the waiver from the DHS Chief Procurement Officer prior to the extension of an employment offer. 5) If you are currently employed with an agency other than DHS and seeking a lateral transfer AND you were promoted to an 1102 position at or above the GS-13 level (or equivalent) after 12/31/99 based on a waiver of the agency’s training requirements, you will need to be approved for another training waiver before you can be hired into a GS-1102 position at or above the GS-13 level with DHS. If you were hired into your current GS-1102-13 or higher level position, with a non-DHS agency, based on an educational waiver, you will still have to meet the educational requirements stated in Qualification Requirements #1.
    If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    A copy of an official college transcript from an appropriately accredited educational institution must be faxed in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position.

    Information on Defense Aquisition University equivalent providers may be found at
    All qualification requirements must be met at the time your resume is submitted.


    The initial cut-off date for this vacancy announcement will be 04/14/2011. All applicants meeting basic qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Additional referrals may be made throughout the closing date of this announcement. When registering with USAJOBS, you may also elect to receive notices for job openings that meet your areas of interest.
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    Benefits and Other Info


    The Coast Guard offers excellent benefits. For information pertaining to our benefits, visit Coast Guard Civilian Careers

    You should also visit Working for the Federal Government


    Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

    Selections made from this Direct-Hire vacancy announcement will be processed as new appointments to the Federal service. Current federal employees would, therefore, be given a new appointment to the Federal service and may be required to serve a new probationary period.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

    Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

    More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

    USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 202-475-5277. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

    How To Apply


    Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m EST on the closing date of the announcement. There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application

    Responses to on-line core questions
    Supporting documents, if requested

    If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, excluding Federal holidays.


    CTAP or ICTAP Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility. Applicants who have special priority consideration rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority consideration. CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85 or above.

    A copy of your transcripts from an accredited college or university must be submitted at the time of application. If selected, official transcripts will be required.

    All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-1211HQ),
    US COAST GUARD, 2100 2ND ST SW, STOP 7801
    WASHINGTON DC 20593-7801.


    USCG Applicant Support
    Phone: 866-656-6830
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    United States Coast Guard
    2100 2ND STREET SW,STOP 7801
    WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7801
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements. All basically qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 to 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. To check your application status for this job, please go to My USAJOBS, input your User ID and password, and select “Track your online job Applications”.

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