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Contract Specialist - Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
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Contract Specialist - Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Apr 2019 - present
Woodbridge, VA
  • Assist the CO in conducting strategic requirements review, acquisition strategy development, Request for Proposal development, and in performing other related procurement tasks as required.
  • Assist the CO in review of requirements documents submitted by the Program Office to determine adequacy and sufficiency and make recommendations to the CO to accept or reject.
  • Participate in meetings as required. Meetings include pre-award conferences, periodic progress review meetings, acquisition planning meetings, and other meetings as required by the CO.
  • Assist the CO in preparing solicitations, acquisition plans, source selection plans, and other documents required in accordance with regulatory and local guidance.
  • Support the Contracting Officer in assisting customers with the development and preparation of requirements documents (e.g., PWS, technical evaluation factors, performance plans, etc.).
  • Complete all contract awards within the Agency's established Procurement Administrative Lead-times (PALT).
  • Complete and handle all contract files in accordance with acquisition regulations and DOL local policies and procedures.
  • Support the CO in source selections and will be required to sign Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDAs).
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Contract Specialist - Department
Sep 2017 - Apr 2019
Arlington, VA
Justice, United States Marshal Service (USMS)
  • Responsible for assisting government Contracting Officers with large and small purchase contract actions, based on the various cradle to grave functions.
  • Responsible for inputting contracts, task orders and purchase orders into the Unified Financial Management System (UFMS).
  • Responsible for conducting market research and providing statistical data to Contracting Officers.
  • Responsible for inputting data into the Federal Procurement Data System Next Generation (FPDS-NG) data base.
  • Responsible for researching various contract related issues in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
  • Analyze requirements and determining appropriate acquisition method and contract type performing detailed analyses of all cost elements in contractor proposals and making competitive range determinations.
  • Procure supplies, services and equipment and utilizing acquisition procedures in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Departmental and Agency specific acquisition regulations.
  • Advise program officials of procurement objectives and assisting with preparing the statement of work and evaluation criteria and preparing and issuing Solicitations and Requests for Proposals, and Requests for Quotations, as well as evaluating Proposals and Quotations.
  • Plan and conduct pre-proposal conferences establishing work schedules with contractors and tracking progress to evaluate performance.
  • Provide assistance, advice and guidance to lower-graded specialist administers and monitors contractor performance for compliance.
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Contract Specialist
May 2017 - Sep 2017
Arlington, VA
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Protective Service
  • Support acquisition program teams by performing the following tasks:
  • Requirements development, market research, acquisition planning, cost estimating, price analysis, technical evaluation criteria, acquisition and financial management, and administration.
  • Drafting requirement documents such as Statements of Work (SOW), Performance Work Statements (PWS), and Statements of Objectives (SOO), and assisting in the development and review of acquisition documents.
  • Analyze requests and make recommendations regarding their reasonableness for other than full and open competition. When required, prepare documentation to support other than full and open competition.
  • Inform the Contracting Officer of progress of contracting and procurement actions keep Team Lead informed of areas for concern
  • Prepare final award documents for contracting actions, both electronically and physically, ensuring all required documents are included and attached
  • Maintain procurement documents and contracting records/files, as required
  • Interact routinely with vendors under the close direction of the Contracting Officer (CO), request quotes, submit request for proposals (RFPs), respond to proposals, and follow-up with vendors
  • Supported NPPD Executive Secretariat task management activities including:
  • Managing Executive Secretariat Task Tracker (ESTT) and International Affairs' Executive Secretariat Task Tracker taskings-ensuring taskings are appropriately tasked to subcomponents and mission support offices, responded to questions regarding taskings, tracked due dates and requests for extensions, consolidated comments, and provided quality control review on all documents
  • Assisted in the management and tracking of Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) cases-organized incoming documentation, and managed SharePoint repository
  • Initiated taskers on behalf of SPP
  • Maintained trackers on all outstanding taskings
  • Maintained oversight and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for SPP tasks
  • Provided SharePoint site management including:
  • Updated and maintained the SPP SharePoint sites with current organizational information
  • Posted new/updated information as requested
  • Created and modified SharePoint sites as requested and offering recommendations to improve office and project efficiencies
  • Assisted with international travel management activities including:
  • Working with subcomponents and mission support offices to prepare travel requests for review
  • Maintaining tracker of all travel requested, approved, and undertaken
  • Ensuring trip reports are completed, prepared for review, and archive
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Contract Specialist
Oct 2016 - May 2017
Knoxville, TN
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Supported acquisition program teams by performing the following tasks:
  • Assist the Contracting Officer (CO) in serving as Acquisition Advisor to the program office team throughout the life of the contract
  • Participate and document meeting minutes in acquisition strategy planning meetings, make recommendations for implementing performance-based contracts, and streamlining acquisitions
  • Assist in requirement generation and Statement of Work (SOW) development
  • Assist in drafting and documenting acquisition plan/strategy
  • Provide strategies for implementing performance-based contracting and acquisition streamlining
  • Assisted the Contracting Officer to research and develop recommendations for use of:
  • Contract vehicle
  • Contracting agency
  • Procurement sources
  • Competition requirements
  • Assisted customers in preparing acquisition packages to include all required documentation in appropriate standardized templates to include:
  • Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE)
  • Documents required by government ethics and procurement integrity (i.e., confidentiality agreements and non-disclosure statements)
  • Sole-source justification, if applicable
  • Evaluation panel appointing letters, signed and retained, as applicable
  • Facilitate the completion of sole-source justification letters for sole-source procurement actions
  • Identify and monitor cost goals, including life-cycle costs
  • Perform design-to-cost, and application of should-cost analyses, and advice on trade-offs and risks, and document the contract file accordingly.
  • Closed-out various contract types including Interagency agreements (IAA), Firm Fixed Priced (FFP), Time and Material (T&M), Cost Reimbursement, Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF), Labor Hour, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity and Delivery Order (DO) using FAR 4.8
  • Conducted quick closeout when applicable Prepared Release of Claims to ensure all files were systematically closed in a timely manner.
  • Applied all Federal requirements, and firms' policies and procedures to achieve file maintenance and closeout activities
  • Prepare solicitations, acquisition plans, assist with proposal reviews, technical and price analysis
  • Responsible for procurements including clarifying requirements, preparing Request for Quote, negotiating, terms and conditions, deliverables, awarding purchase orders, and follow-up
  • Processed requisitions based on dollar amount, project timelines, pricing, and specifications in order to determine the best bid among potential suppliers
  • Reconciled invoice discrepancies as it applies to submittal of final invoices
  • Reviewed and processed requisitions to ensure timely order submission
  • Prepared, maintained, and reviewed purchasing files to ensure adherence to Public Laws and FAR regulation
  • Prepared Pre-Award Documents for CO signature and perform contract administration on existing Task Order
  • Negotiated price availability of products and services with suppliers and service recipients to meet requirements
  • Composed final close-out packages, including the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) Certification, Contractor's Releases, Patent and Royalty reports, Contractor's Assignment of Funds, which contains all necessary authorized signatures to ensure proper closeout
  • Conducted research and analysis of Government financial information to ensure the correct amount of monies has been obligated and invoiced and to ensure the final invoices have been submitted.
  • Responsible for uploading contract documents, extending Period of Performances and all administrative changes in PRISM system.
  • Created multiple reports verifying all purchases made by the Division are consistent with the FAR and are consistent with the office fiscal year spend plan
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Contract Specialist - Department of General Services (DGS)
Jul 2014 - Jul 2016
Washington, DC
  • Provided cradle to grave procurement contract management for Construction Management at Risk, Design-Build, Design Bid Build, etc., projects for the District of Columbia.
  • Reviewed all assigned requisitions: Bill of Materials (BOM) and requirements packages for the Capital Construction Division.
  • Possess extensive knowledge of the FAR, DCMR and agency specific contract procedures to ensure all contract actions are compliant with regulations.
  • Responsible for drafting and issuing "price only" Request for Quotations (RFQ's) using the Automated Procurement System (APS).
  • Drafted and issued Request for Task Order Proposals (RFTOP's) using Indefinite Deliverable/ Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts.
  • Prepared Award Recommendation and Price Evaluation Memorandum for Request for Proposals (RFP) and Invitations for Bids (IFB).
  • Conducted debriefing meeting with unsuccessful offers to explain deficiencies in proposals when requested.
  • Created folders and uploaded all contract documents into the Consolidated Document Information System (CDIS).
  • Processed contractual modifications to existing awards such as ceiling increases, administrative changes, period of performance date extensions and exercising option years.
  • Prepared and routed internal supporting documentation to include Acquisition/Source Selection Plans, Justifications for Non-Competitive Procurement, Award Recommendation Reports and Price Evaluation Memorandums,
  • Conducted price analysis and price reasonableness determinations for simplified and complex acquisitions
  • Arrange and conduct conference calls and meetings serving as the liaison between clients, Legal department and vendors.
  • Completed all contract close-out memorandums and Contractor Performance Evaluations (CPEs)
  • Conduct price analysis and price reasonableness determinations for simplified and complex acquisitions, plan and conduct negotiations on price, technical requirements, terms, and conditions of the contract.
  • Conducted market research to identify potential Certified Business Enterprises with applicable NIPG codes.
  • Conducted Pre-Proposal Conferences and Site Visits to ensure potential bidders have clear understanding of solicitation.
  • Accomplished market research/analysis to determine availability of the requirement analyze market trends, commercial practices, conditions, and technological advances, and select appropriate contracting techniques and procedures to solve any acquisition problems.
  • Evaluated contractor performance for compliance with terms and conditions of contracts and ensures timely submission of technical progress reports, and performs metrics.
  • Negotiated and prepared contract modifications caused by changes in the technical requirements, quantities, ordering un-priced options, and similar issues.
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Junior Contract Specialist
Information Technology
Nov 2012 - Jun 2014
Greenbelt, MD
  • Responsible for developing work plans, proposal schedules, outlines, compliance matrices, and updating the status of action items daily to ensure maximum productivity.
  • Maintain control of all proposal files, forms, graphics, drafts, reviewers' comments, and approvals to ensure all proposals meet Request for Proposal requirements.
  • Led proposal reviews and writer debriefs, collaborated weekly with Account Management to develop win strategy and to solicit feedback from customers.
  • Collaborated with technical SMEs to develop solutions to present pre-RFP and to develop solutions during RFP phase.
  • Collaborated with Capture Manager and BD Lead in development and review of proposal strategies and themes.
  • Collaborated with the capture team and executive leadership bi-weekly to gain an appropriate understanding of the sales strategy and to ensure the response clearly conveys the proper business perspective, key messages, value proposition, and differentiators against our competition.
  • Managed client relationships, to ensure client expectations were met, supported, and developed to ensure account retention and sales growth.
  • Provided in-depth analysis, including findings and recommendations for senior level officials to make decisions on contractor purchasing certification renewals.
  • Drafted and edited various contracts, subcontracts, Teaming Agreements and Non-Disclosure Agreements.
  • Reviewed statements of work and specifications within business offerings to identify contractual risks and obligations, and offer solutions to mitigate contractual risks.
  • Developed contract summaries to allow for quick and easy retrieval of pertinent information amongst other department personnel.
  • Prepared and disseminate information throughout the company regarding contract status, compliance, modification, deviation and termination.
  • Provided direct support to Management and Directors by providing overview of contract data as requested.
  • Completed weekly contract related reports and dashboards to ensure the advancement contract research and ad-hoc analysis, often advising various groups on central contract data and policies.
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Case Manager
Mar 2012 - Sep 2012
Landover, MD
  • Organized charts regularly in accordance with COMAR policy and procedures.
  • Cross-trained and provided back up support for other customer service representatives when needed.
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Systematically increased office organization by developing more efficient filing/documenting systems and customer database protocols.
  • Screened inquiries for eligibility and ensures that all Medicaid Waiver applications are accurately processed and completed in a timely manner.
  • Developed support systems to meet client needs by identifying and coordinating a variety of available services necessary to maintain independent living, and push clients towards self-sufficiency.
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Compliance Specialist
Mar 2009 - Dec 2011
Greenbelt, MD
  • Responsible for the overall design, management and oversight of the company's record retention programs, including the development and implementation of company policy and procedure to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.
  • Worked hands on with licensed social workers to create
  • Client reports and track progression.
  • Responsible for managing State and private online client databases, creating and maintaining current and past clients, Foster Parent info, and company profile information.
  • Worked with all functional areas to develop and administer vital records identification and protection.
  • Organized Company trainings set up PowerPoint and White-board presentations.
  • Assisted in all areas of administrative work including data entry, receptionist duties, file organization, research and development.
  • Successfully established effective systems for record retention by creating database for daily correspondence tracking.
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Multiline Representative
Nov 2007 - Mar 2009
Fort Washington, MD
  • Developed leads, scheduled appointments, identified customer needs, and marketed appropriate products and services.
  • Established customer relationships and followed up with customers, as needed.
  • Used a customer-focused, needs-based review process to educate customers about insurance options.
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