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Purchasing Agent

Company name
U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management

$50,598.00 to $65,778.00

Medford, OR

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$50,598 to $65,778 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 09

Work schedule

Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full Time.

Appointment type

Permanent - This is a permanent position.


1 vacancy in the following location:

Medford, OR

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)


Individuals with a disability


Announcement number

OR Merit-2018-0045

Control number





Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website

For information about the Medford District visit our website

For information about the Medford and Rogue Valley area, visit their website.

Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary, with infrequent periods of walking and bending. The employee may be required to drive a Government vehicle to perform work and travel by commercial transportation to attend meetings. Employee may occasionally be required to inspect construction work sites and facilities.

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in an office setting. The work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. Occasionally may need to visit field sites and work under field conditions.

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The incumbent for this position performs a full range of purchasing and award functions. Acquires the fullest range possible of services, supply and construction subject to simplified purchasing limitations within delegated authority. Negotiates and awards purchases that involve complexities not normally applicable to simplified purchasing, e.g., professional service contracts which consider results and not price alone for contract award. Utilizes modified negotiation procedures. Holds discussions with contractors, negotiates terms and conditions for Government best value acquisitions. Reviews all small purchase requests for supplies, services and construction. Determines methods of solicitation, sources of supply (required and open market), and methods of purchase. Develops price and delivery schedules to be incorporated into requests for quotations and resultant contracts. Answers inquiries from contractors prior to award, concerning requests for quotations (RFQ) issued by the office, and writing amendments to solicitations for clarifying or changing requirements as needed. Determines if contractors are responsible. Negotiates with quoters in the competitive range to obtain prices and conditions for best value to the Government. Coordinates with professionals in the organization to develop contract where award is based on factors other than price alone. Selects successful contractor, prepares all required documentation and makes contract award. Develops terms and conditions of service, supply and construction contracts, many of which have clauses and provisions for standards of performance/acceptability. Develops standards of performance with the assistance of the subject matter specialist. Determines when purchase order needs to be changed to a bilateral purchase order to protect the government's interests. Negotiates and awards bilateral purchase orders. Administers all purchase orders and simplified acquisitions which require extensive monitoring and oversight. Monitors progress and status of contracts, and protects the Government's rights by enforcing all terms and conditions. Evaluates contractor claims for price and/or schedule adjustments. Determines whether claims are valid and prepares appeal files for the use of the Government in presenting its case to the Interior Board of Contract Appeals. Negotiates terminations for convenience of the Government, as necessary. Negotiates contract changes based on changes or new technical and operational requirements. Coordinates technical monitoring and oversight of professional services contracts. Enforces provisions of the Service Contract Act as required by law. Prepares statement of facts relating to mistakes in quotes and protests before and after award, and makes final decisions concerning award, corrective actions and disputes.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current BLM Employees


Land Management


Schedule A

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

1105 Purchasing



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Be sure to read the How to Apply and Required Documents Sections.

You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you

have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.

Direct Deposit Required.

Background Investigation Required.

Summary of Requirements: You must meet all requirements as listed in the Qualifications section of the announcement.


Specialized Experience Requirements:

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

OPM Minimum Qualifications:

For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 grade level in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience include purchases for specialized requirements and/or commercial requirements that have unstable price or product characteristics, hard-to-locate sources, many critical characteristics, or similar complicating factors. Processes, awards, and administers purchase orders that are other than firm-fixed price (e.g., time and materials, labor hour, or other unpriced small purchase orders). Analyzes descriptions that have unique aspects and many critical characteristics to identify problem areas in specifications or work statements. Resolves issues, disputes, and/or claims with inspection, acceptance, packaging, testing, or any other complex problem involving the terms and conditions of the order. Evaluates and determines Government liability on equitable price adjustments for modifications to a purchase order. Terminates orders for the Government’s convenience, cause, and/or default.

**NOTE** Although OPM Qualifications do not require additional education or training, you must meet Federal Acquisition Certification – Contracting (FAC-C Refresh) certification requirements. In order to meet this requirement, the following Conditions of Employment must be met:

As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to have, or obtain, a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level 1 within one (1) year of employment. Selectees who do not already possess this certification must complete a formal training plan, to be outlined in the incumbent’s Individual Development Plan (IDP), that includes the minimum education, training, and experience requirements required for this certification in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C Refresh) program and the Department of the Interior (DOI) supplemental requirements:

FAC-C (Refresh) Requirements for Level 1:

--Education: A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a major in any field –OR- a minimum of 24 semester hours of business related coursework. (Note: you must submit a copy of college transcripts with your application). -AND-

-Training: Completion of the following 10 Core Courses:

-CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements; or FCN 101 Contracting Basics; -and-

-CON 121 Contract Planning; -and-

-CON 124 Contract Execution; -and-

-CON 127 Contract Management; -and-

-FAC 023 Basic Contracting for GSA Schedule; -and-

-FAC 031 Small Business Programs; -and-

-CLC 057 Performance Based Payment & Planning for Cash Flow; -and-

-CLC 058 Introduction to Contract Pricing; -and-

-CON 170 Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis; -and-

-CON 090 (DoD) FAR Fundamentals; or FCN 190 (FED) FAR Fundamentals.

The Conditions of Employment and Individual Training Plan (IDP) prepared upon selection to this position will outline the timeframe of expected completion of the above requirements.

Federal employees in the competitive service are subject to Time-In-Grade requirements in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level (GS-08) in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.


Additional information

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System


May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP

CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450

. You will need to provide the information annually.

The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

1. Knowledge of procurement policies and regulations.

2. Ability to ensure locally administered contracts are fully negotiated, documented, and complete by federal regulations.

3. Skill in communicating verbally with procurement specialists, resource specialists, contractors and supervisors.

4. Ability to create and maintain effective lines of communication.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Required Documents

Required Documents

Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education

Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”

Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). “Required documentation” includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each? ? appointment? verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

Current federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

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.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

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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

How to Apply

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button Apply Online and login to MY USAJOBS.

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the Did you forget your username and/or password link from the right side menu.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 503-375-5666 or email

. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

Agency contact information

Phyllis Barney







Bureau of Land Management

BLM Oregon State Office, OR-953

1220 SW 3rd Avenue

Portland, Oregon

United States

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Next steps

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management
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Company Profile
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created in 1946 through a merger of the General Land Office (GLO) and the U.S. Grazing Service, has roots going back to the creation of the GLO in 1812. In celebration of 200 years of land management, the BLM presents this website -- a collection of the stories, traditions and heritage that make up our unique history. BLM employees, current and retired, have contributed to this labor of love and many more will continue to add their unique histories over time.

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