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Contract Specialist Team Lead

Company name
United States Tax Court

$81,548.00 to $126,062.00

Washington, DC

Date Last Verified
Apr 13,2018

Posted on
Apr 12,2018

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$81,548 to $126,062 per year

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GS 12 - 13

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Appointment type

Permanent - Excepted Service


1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

Washington DC, DC

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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Please DO NOT USE the APPLY ONLINE button when applying for this announcement. Your application material should be sent to the e-mail or fax number listed in the How to Apply section. The position is in the Office of Information Systems Section of the United States Tax Court.


The U.S. Tax Court is seeking an exceptional, customer-service oriented individual to serve as a Contract Specialist (Team Lead). The successful candidate will assist in the acquisition of a variety of goods and services, such as office supplies, consumables, equipment, furniture, consulting services, maintenance contracts, and information technology hardware and software. Candidates should have a good understanding of Federal contracting procedures. The contract specialist will serve as a contracting officer for the U.S. Tax Court on designated projects and will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Clerk of Court.


If required, must have registered with the Selective Service.

See Minimum Qualifications below.

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Directing and coordinating the contract and procurement functions relating to all Court acquisitions. Overseeing the coordination of procurement activities of other Court staff.

Performing a full range of pre-award and post-award contracting and procurement duties, including market research; preparation of government cost estimates, price/cost analyses, specifications/statements of work, justifications, solicitations, requests for information/quotation/proposal; and drafting of contracts with incorporation of appropriate clauses and provisions.

Obtaining and evaluating competitive bids, quotes, and proposals from vendors and reviewing submissions with requestors and subject matter experts, as applicable.

Managing post-award contract administration tasks, to include: modifications, exercising options, process payments and terminations, and complete contract close-outs. This also includes developing and maintaining current schedules for each contract regarding any deadlines, due dates, and possible extensions.

Reconciling problems, issues or delays in the procurement of equipment and services and evaluating and monitoring contract performance to ensure compliance with contracted obligations.

Overseeing and maintaining proper documentation for all Court procurement files.

Assisting in writing and/or revising operating procedures for procurement management and administration.

Administering and reviewing Interagency Agreements, Reimbursable Agreements, Reimbursable Work Authorizations, and Memoranda of Understanding with Federal entities.

Other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

1102 Contracting



Conditions of Employment

Special Rating Factors (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required by the position): Applicants are required to address each Special Rating Factor providing detailed evidence of the listed factors in the form of clear, concise examples of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. Please use specific examples to illustrate how your qualifications and accomplishments are relevant. Contract Formation and Administration - Knowledge of contract formation, solicitation, administration, and termination principles gained from practical experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) or Volume 14, Procurement, of the Guide to Judiciary Policy. (Experience with Volume 14 is preferred).

Procurement Procedures and Policies - Knowledge of general Federal procurement procedures and ability to implement and administer internal procurement policies and procedures.

Written and In-Person Communication - Recognize and use correct English grammar, punctuation, spelling; communicate information in a succinct and organized manner; and produce written information, which may include technical material such as solicitation documents, statements of work, etc. that is appropriate for the intended audience.

Organization and Attention to Detail - Strong ability to organize numerous documents and files, and to ensure deadlines and due dates are complied with. A keen ability to pay attention to detail and to be accurate while working on multiple procurements/contracts with competing deadlines.


To qualify for the full performance level (GS-13), applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience applying contracting principles and procedures to the planning, award, and management of contracting actions for a wide range of services and supplies. Education cannot be substituted for specialized experience at the full performance level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to performing contracting functions within a U.S. Court.



Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The course of study must have included or have been supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, marketing, quantitative methods, or management.

At least two years of experience in contracting or procurement positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or above the GS-11 grade level, and the position must have provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this position.

Hold a current Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C) Level II or Level III or Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification Level II or III, or the judiciary equivalent under the Guide to Judiciary Policy, Volume 14, COCP Levels 1 and 3.

Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with strong attention to detail.

Superior oral and written communication skills and exceptional customer-service skills.

Additional information


Special Note: Favorable suitability determination - Selection for this position is contingent on a favorable suitability determination and security background check, including a credit check, Federal income tax check and criminal check. A candidate selected for this position must be current on his or her Federal income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court, and remain current at all times while employed by the Tax Court. Continued employment post appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of the background investigation and credit check, and favorable adjudication. A background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.


As a Federal employee, you may be eligible to enroll in health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and apply for long term care insurance. For more information, go to:

In addition, almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. Visit:

Also, Federal employees may earn both annual and sick leave. Visit:

Finally, new employees also may be covered under other U.S. Tax Court benefit policies. Our Human Resources Office can provide additional information on these programs.


The U.S. Tax Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct.

Employees of the U.S. Tax Court serve under excepted appointments and are considered AT WILL employees. At will employees can be dismissed for any reason, without cause and without warning.

Employees will be required to complete a 52-week probationary period.

Any male born after December 31, 1959, and subsequently selected for this position must certify before appointment that he is registered for the military selective service. Not having registered with the selective service, may disqualify an applicant from employment consideration.

All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the conditions herein outlined may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the I-9 form and provide appropriate identification.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for any selected applicant, and any travel expenses incurred for an interview will not be reimbursed by the U.S. Tax Court.

The U.S. Tax Court will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you fail to provide the information as required, your application will not be evaluated beyond the basic screening process.The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the Court will then evaluate your application package to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Special Appointment Authority Information: In accordance with the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998, veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service may also apply. You must provide documentation of veterans' preference or military service (e.g., SF-15, DD-214), if applicable.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Required Documents

Required Documents

A cover letter in PDF format stating the position for which you are applying and providing any supplemental information that may be necessary to address the special rating factors listed in this vacancy announcement.

Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications and that reflect how your background and experience correspond to the special rating factors listed in this announcement.

A concise narrative addressing EACH of the special rating factors listed in this announcement.

Transcripts (may be unofficial to submit with the application, with official transcripts required if you are selected) supporting any education claims in your application.

Proof of Contracting Certification(s) as set forth under Minimum Qualifications.

A copy of your most recent SF-50.

Applicants must attach a copy of the certificate(s) to the on-line application at the time of filing. Applicants who fail to submit the certificate(s) at the time of filing their application will not be considered.

All required documents listed above may also be emailed to the Court at

. The documents must be in PDF format and attached to your email where you identify your name and the position to which you are applying. Complete application materials must be received in the Office of Human Resources by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of this vacancy 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.



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How to Apply

How to Apply

All application materials listed in the Required Documents section must be submitted to:

The United States Tax Court

Office of Human Resources, Room 106

400 Second Street, NW

Washington, DC 20217

Application materials may also be sent by fax to (202) 521-4568 or electronically to

. All application materials must be received in the Human Resources Office by the closing date of this announcement. To ensure timely receipt of application materials, it is recommended that the materials be submitted either electronically, by fax, or by hand delivery.


For questions, call the Office of Human Resources at (202)521-4700.

The United States Tax Court is an equal opportunity employer.

Agency contact information

Office of Human Resources Office of Human Resources


(202) 521-4700



United States Tax Court

Office of Human Resources

400 Second Street

Washington, DC


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Please read the How You Will Be Evaluated section.

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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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

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

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United States Tax Court buildingThe United States Tax Court is a court of record established by Congress under Article I of the U.S. Constitution. When the Commissioner of Internal Revenue has determined a tax deficiency, the taxpayer may dispute the deficiency in the Tax Court before paying any disputed amount. The Tax Court’s jurisdiction also includes the authority to redetermine transferee liability, make certain types of declaratory judgments, adjust partnership items, order abatement of interest, award administrative and litigation costs, redetermine worker classification, determine relief from joint and several liability on a joint return, review certain collection actions, and review awards to whistleblowers who provide information to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue on or after December 20, 2006.

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