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    Job Title: PROCUREMENT ANALYST, GS-1102-13 / 14

    Department: Department Of Homeland Security

    Agency: U.S. Coast Guard

    Sub Agency: United States Coast Guard

    Job Announcement Number: 11-1483-HQ-JH-DHA


    $89,033.00 – $136,771.00 /year


    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011




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




    few vacancies – 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’, 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.

    This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), Assistant Commandant for Acquisition, Office of Procurement Policy and Oversight, Washington, DC.

    The Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate is an organization that values the contributions of acquisition professionals, provides challenging assignments, encourages innovation and creativity, promotes and provides leadership training for further career development and rewards the exercise of sound business judgment. We are looking for the best!


    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    few vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    This position is located in the Office of Procurement Policy and Oversight. This office is responsible for supporting the USCG Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) including Headquarters and all Field Contracting Activities with a complete range of procurement policy and oversight functions. The USCG annually awards over $3.5 billion in contracts, task orders, simplified acquisitions, Inter-Agency Agreements, MIPRs, and micro-purchases; it operates 48 field contracting activities located throughout the United States under 6 Chiefs of Contracting Offices (COCO); and it employs approximately 350 civilian contracting professionals.

    – You will be a member of a team responsible for providing sound technical business advice and solutions to a wide variety of acquisition policy issues. USCG Procurement Analysts serve as program managers and are experts in assigned FAR Parts providing just in time information and interpretation to provide regulatory, legislative process guidance to the USCG contracting community. As a Program Manager, the Analyst plans and develops policy, analyzes trends and data, creates and conducts training, develops and executes a program budget, assists the contracting community through various methods of communication and provides advice as the Subject Matter Expert for their program. Examples of procurement programs include: Promulgation of Coast Guard Acquisition Policy, Acquisition Workforce development, training, and certification, Coast Guard Acquisition Systems training, oversight, and data improvement, Acquisition Planning (AP), Competition, Green Procurement, Internal Control Plan (ICP) monitoring & on-site reviews, Ombudsman, Purchase Cards, Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP), Small Business Advocacy, Standardization, and Suspension & Debarment (S&D).

    – In addition, Analysts represent USCG on DHS departmental committees and present training on procurement-related topics; research and develop responses to Congressional Inquiries; coordinate and validate GAO and departmental audits and reviews; review various procurement documents and provide recommendations; and perform various ad hoc duties to support the HCA.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    GS-13 and above:

    You must meet all 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

    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


    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-12 (if applying for the GS-13) or GS-13 (if
    applying for the GS-14) level in the Federal service. Directly
    related experience must have involved performing difficult and
    complex pre-award, award, and post-award functions for the
    procurement of services, supplies, and equipment, and providing
    advisory services on procurement regulations, procedures, and
    processes, and issues.


    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.


    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

    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 Offcr
    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 1 March 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.
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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.

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

    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.

    If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all
    legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor. However, promotion to the full performance level is not
    guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

    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.

    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.

    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 at the time you apply 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. 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.

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