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Department of Defense
Open to members of the Maryland National Guard and those who are eligible to join Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
The Maryland National Guard has a proud 370 year-old tradition of serving the nation and the state during times of war and natural disasters. Since 9/11 we have deployed more than 4,600 soldiers and airmen to more than 30 countries in support of the Global War on Terror. Our organization consists of more than 7,000 dedicated citizen-soldiers and airmen committed to a common goal of serving the community.
Dual status excepted service National Guard Technician position Type of employment: Enlisted and Warrant Officer MOS: 42, 36B, 51C, 92A, 92Y, or 92Y Wear of the military uniform is a condition of employment Applicants not in the MDNG must demonstrate eligibility for membership Carries out the pre-award contracting process in establishing project objectives and time frames. During post-award process, conducts pre-construction/pre-performance conferences, coordinates work schedules, obtains and reviews bonding and proof of insurance to determine compliance with contractual requirements and reviews and approves or recommends approval of material submittals. As necessary, takes action to terminate a contract for convenience of the government or default by the contractor. Provides technical guidance and assistance to other contract specialists and purchasing agents of lesser experience who may require guidance and counsel. Performs other duties as assigned.
General Experience: Minimum Requirements:
A. A bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees.ORB. 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.(This requirement can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree.)
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C. The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) dictates specific education, training requirements, knowledge and experience factors for Acquisition Corps Officers and individuals holding Contracting Officer positions above the simplified acquisition threshold must meet certain criteria. Groupings of education, training and experience standards provide the framework for progression in a career field and are used for the purpose of characterizing an acquisition officer's qualifications within a given career field. If applicants have not completed all the training required for their current position, they may not be considered as candidates to fill the vacant position on a promotion basis. If prevented from completing mandatory courses, this certification must be met within 18 months of selection. The three career levels are:
Level I: Basic or Entry level positions at GS-5 to GS-9.
Level II: Intermediate or "Journeyman" level positions, GS-9 to GS-12.
Level III: Advanced or Senior level positions, GS-13 and above.
GS-09: Must have at least 12 months experience equivalent to at least GS-7 or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education, or master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. Additionally, all applicants must have completed two years of experience in contracting positions, which must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled, and must have completed mandatory contracting courses for a GS-9 position.
GS-11 - Must have at least 12 months experience equivalent to at least GS-9 or 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Additionally, all applicants must have completed two years of experience in contracting positions, which must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled, and must have completed mandatory contracting courses for a GS-11 position.
Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: Effective October 1, 2000 the Department of Defense implemented Title 10, United States code, sections 1723 through 1733, that put a positive educational requirement on this series, however if an individual occupied a GS-1102 position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in DoD on or before September 30, 2000, are exempt from the educational requirement.
Applicants who are substituting education for specialized experience (totally or partially) must submit either an official transcript or a statement from the registrar, dean, or other appropriate official of the OPM approved educational institution (military schools & most technical schools included).
Other Requirements: A pre-employment physical or medical screening may be required for placement to this position Selectee will be required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT) program as a condition of employment.
Security Clearence Requirement: Employment is subject to attaining and maintaining a security clearance as required by the position Failure to complete prescribed courses for new personnel within the first year of employment may be cause for reassignment or termination.
Note: Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowance is not authorized for this position based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government''s interest.
Enlisted Cash Bonus: Acceptance of a technician position may affect any bonus and/or educational assistance that may be applicable.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Select the Apply Online (blue link on the top right of the announcement within USA Jobs) and follow the instructions to apply for this vacancy.
1. Your resume and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this announcement (submitted via ).
2. Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire (submitted via ).
3. Your transcript (may be unofficial at the time of application; but an official copy may be requested at later date if needed) (submitted/uploaded via ) .
ALL applications and supporting documents MUST be submitted through electronically and must be submitted prior to midnight of the closing date. Mailed, e-mailed, hand-delivered, and faxed applications will NOT be accepted. You may consult with the Human Resources Office during our regular hours for assistance with applying online.
Your resume MUST contain your full name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, date of birth, rank (if applicable), and at least the last four digits of your social security number. ALL applications MUST be submitted through / electronically and must be submitted prior to midnight of the closing date. Mailed, e-mailed,hand-delivered, and faxed applications will not be accepted.
To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process. Ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.
Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful. After the announcement closes, a review of your complete application is made and, if found qualified, you will be referred to the hiring official for an interview per the mdNG merit placement plan. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After all interviews are conducted applicants will receive notification that they were or were not selected.
OSHA Physical (for specified occupation series): Selectee(s) will be required to satisfactorily complete an OSHA physical examination prior to being assigned to some positions. Upon notification of selection, contact information will be forwarded to the selectee(s) requiring an OSHA physical because of the occupation series involved. Selectee' will be notified of a Start date upon successful completion of the OSHA physical.
Selected Reserve Incentive Programs: Acceptance of a Permanent or Indefinite Excepted Service Position will cause termination from Selected Reserve Incentive Program (SLRP) Military Bonus. Please contact the Education office regarding details that may affect your SRIP incentives (ARMY: NGR 600-7, AIR: ANGI 36-2607)
When this announcement closes, each application will be evaluated. The Human Resources Office (HRO) will compare your experience with a standardized set of qualification criteria (Specialized Experience) for the particular position being announced. If there is more than one grade listed on this announcement, you may be found qualified at one of those grades according to the experience you have listed (see first page under "SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE"). If your application is found qualified, it will be rated accordingly and will be forwarded to the selecting supervisor, up to ten qualified applicants. If found not qualified, you will receive a letter indicating that you were "not qualified" and the reason(s) why. You, the applicant, are responsible for the completion and turn-in of your application, all contents, and attachments. Incomplete applications will be considered "Not Qualified" because of lack of information. The HRO is not responsible to inform you that your application is incomplete. When the qualification records are completed for the selecting supervisor, the decision is final
The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.
Main New Employee OPM Website -
Flexible Spending Accounts - For additional information visit:
Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:
Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:
Life Insurance - for additional information visit:
Long Term Care Insurance - For additional information visit: / Retirement Program
Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). For additional information visit:
FEDVIP - Technician dental and vision insurance plans are explained and enrollment is available here:
TSP - The Thrift Savings Program website contains bulletins and enrollment information:
ABC-C - The Army Benefits Center-Civilian is where all technicians go to be informed about and manage their benefits. Within ABC-C is the EBIS system where enrollment occurs: /
You can view other MDNG vacancies at . To read guidance on applying for federal positions go to the bottom of the table and view the various links. Read very carefully regarding the processes you will be expected to complete in order to have a successful submission of your application/resume

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