Practical [Type] professional with strong background in developing detailed estimates by analyzing project plans and requirements. Adept at defining project goals, scopes and schedules to identify exact costs. Professional in presenting data, cost and reports to clients while listening to feedback and adjusting estimate details.
Serves as an advisor to the Director of Contracting staff, acquisition managers, contracting officers and contract specialists on all pricing policy matters and financial aspects of a multi-million dollar acquisition program including highly complex research and development, pre-production, production, and services requirements.
Serve as a liaison between multiple agencies and their contracting and negotiating teams.
Works with the contracting officer to establish timely schedules for the accomplishment of pricing support and to ensure target dates to acquire, correlate, and analyze data are met.
Ensures compliance with regulatory requirements regarding overall pricing arrangement, as well as individual cost elements. Interpret and implement all new pricing concepts, regulations and methods.
Evaluates contractors' business management systems as they relate to proposed costs as well as anticipated future performance. This will include working with contractors' estimating systems and purchasing procedures, evaluating financial reports, and monitoring compliance with regulations and guidelines.
Evaluates the reasonableness and realism of contractor proposed price and underlying quantitative aspects of proposals (e.g., resources and rates) utilizing various methods (e.g. forecasting, learning curves, and/or regression analysis).
Participates as a key member of the negotiation team, which may require immediate interpretation of pricing data and advice on the cost impact of extremely complex, detailed concepts during difficult or controversial negotiations and meetings.
Served as an Administrative/Technical Specialist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division in the Contracting Branch of the Procurement Office.
REQUIREMENTS DEFINITION: Assisted customer with requirement identification that meets government's minimum needs; perform market research to determine commerciality, availability, affordability and options; Performed sources sought as needed; help customer develop proper work statement tailored to services (commercial / Performance-based), commodities or construction.
ACQUISITION STRATEGY: Planned, developed and maintained long and short range procurement plans, milestone charts, schedules, strategies and approaches for the overall acquisition program; reviewed assigned requirements and supporting documentation such as purchase request for completeness and provide technical advice to customers on procurement related issues such as performance work statements, statements of work, procurement strategies, streamlining initiatives and contract data/deliverable requirements; provide advice and input for procurement elements of acquisition planning documents such as acquisition strategy plans and source selection plans; prepared acquisition plan, documenting details of the solicitation, type of contract desired, and problems anticipated; created milestone schedule, conducted request for information from industry and pre-solicitation conferences to determine availability of products or services and identify potential suppliers.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Develop solicitation packages and select appropriate award mechanisms, contract types, methods of solicitation and options; coordinates with the requiring agency to resolve inadequacies noted; prepares request for proposal, selecting clauses, and terms and conditions required by FAR and DFARS; post synopsis on the Federal Business Opportunities website; monitors solicitations throughout the entire process; issue amendments; and answer potential offerors questions.
EVALUATION PROCESS: Reviewed proposals for adequacy, completeness and compliance with evaluation criteria; planned Government's strategy for negotiation based on knowledge of the market-place for the products or services of the individual contractor and complexity of requirements; prepared business clearance to document the final agreement of the parties; reviewed technical and audit reports on various cost elements to determine price reasonableness; review, analyzed and recommend advice on price or cost analysis in the business clearance; evaluated contractor responsibility by analyzing past performance and costs; developed and recommended price/cost objectives for negotiations; reviewed and evaluates contract price proposals for adequacy; reviewed subcontracting plans and coordinates contract reviews with Legal and Small Business offices prior to contract award.
CONTRACT AWARD: Documented the final agreement of the parties, justification and explanation of the negotiation results as well as price reasonableness determination by preparation of memorandums of negotiation; coordinated review and approvals according to the dollar value of the awards; prepared contract agreement and contract file in a final format for submission review and contracting officers signature; ensured all required documentation is included in contract files; preparedd Congressional announcements of awards; and ensured release of awards after necessary signatures and approvals are obtained.
POST AWARD: Issued contractual modifications, incorporation of changes, and exercise of options; investigated and resolved contractor delays or contractor performance; issue notification of award; and issued debrief letters to unsuccessful offerors.
ON THE JOB TRAINING (OJT) MENTOR. Served as an OJT to a new employee in the Mentor Program. My goal was to ensure the new hire was able to function independently. Primarily responsible monitoring and providing input to the supervisor on the new hire's performance. Continually provided input on the new hire as to, knowledge, skill level and ability. Required communicating with the new hire on a daily basis; maintained documented notes; counseled the new hire on demonstrated knowledge and performance and completed the mentor report checklist.
Program Analyst/Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) - Serves as a Program Analyst within the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency (ITA) Business Support Services, Acquisition Services Division, supporting the agency's Information Technology acquisition program.
CONDUCTING MARKET RESEARCH: Conduct and provide market research information/data to the CO. Understand and identify conflicts of interest.
DEFINING GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS: For approved acquisitions, works closely with requirement owners to prepare Procurement Requests (PRs), Performance Work Statements, Quality Assurance Surveillance Plans, Independent Government Cost Estimates, Acquisition Plans, Market Research, Determinations and Findings, Justifications and Approvals, also participates in defining and documenting source selection criteria. Identify and reserve funds. Suggest sources. Prepare procurement request package and obtain necessary approvals. Work with the customer to forecast future acquisition requirements and look for long-range strategies to maximize competition, minimize costs, and reduce lead times. Determine the need for test equipment/tooling, software, Government Furnished Property (GFP).
PRE AWARD COMMUNICATING: Assist the Contracting Officer (CO) in pre-proposal conference. Answer pre-proposal conference questions. Recommend to CO additional methods of publicizing the proposed procurement when appropriate. Assist in the preparation of a written solicitation, providing guidance as needed in the selection of the appropriate provisions and clauses for the requirement. Provide input into the amendment or cancelation of a solicitation when it is in the best interest of the Government and/or Agency.
PROPOSAL EVALUATION: Lead a team in evaluating and applying non-price factors to past performance.
CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION MANAGEMENT: Participate in post-award orientation meetings to review contract milestones and responsibilities. Establish communication channels and good working relations with the contractor. Ensure that the contracting officer has issued the contract modification before the contractor may proceed with any changes in the work/services or delivery schedule. Provide appropriate documentation in support of contract modifications or adjustments to the CO. Provide technical interpretations of the requirements to the contractor.
INSPECTION & ACCEPTANCE: Monitor financial management controls and coordinate with government resource managers on actions relating to funding and changes in the contract. Monitor contractor expenditures. Evaluates contractor invoices and progress reports to ensure all charges are allocable, allowable, and reasonable. Accept or reject an invoice for a given task or deliverable in accordance with the Prompt Payment Act.
CONTRACT QUALITY ASSURANCE & EVALUATION: Support the PM in developing and maintaining quality assurance, performance standards. Verify delivery of products and service, according to specified standards.
CONTRACT REPORTING: Develop and ensure the COR contract file is complete. Monitor the contractor's performance, including submittal of required reports and other documentation.
BUSINESS ACUMEN AND COMMUNICATIONS SKILL SETS: Manage effective business partnership with the Contracting Officers, agency and other business advisers, and program participants. Apply good project management principles as they relate to contract schedule and performance. Identify potential problems or contract vulnerabilities and inform the CO.
Contract Specialist – Supported various ONR codes by awarding 54 contracts totaling $66,690,760 in value.
ACQUISITION PLANNING: Experienced various types of contracts (Administration of Orders (BOAs), Orders Under BOAs Cost-Plus-Award-Fee, Cost Sharing, Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee, Fixed-Price, Level-of-Effort, Letter contracts, Grants). Provided guidance to technical personnel involved in the development of the statement of work, broad agency announcement and data requirements.
CONTRACT FORMATION: Reviewed and evaluated contract price proposals (i.e. direct and indirect cost elements of labor, material, overhead, general and administrative expenses and other costs over the life of the contract) for adequacy and compliance with laws and regulations, and with the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). Evaluated technical, audit reports, and legal opinions to determine the reasonableness, allowability and allocability of the various cost elements (i.e. escalation factor and profit) or justified exceptions. Prepared a comprehensive pricing report incorporating results of technical and audit evaluations and prepared price/cost objectives for negotiations. As lead negotiator, planned negotiation strategy, coordinated strategy with contracting officers, led the conduct of negotiations with contractors and processes the procurement for final contract award and modifications resulting from changes to Government requirements. Drafted, finalized and published requirements on Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps), Grants.gov and ONR's public internet site.
CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION: Performed the full range of contract administration functions and actions required for assigned contracts such as process and execute novation and change of name agreements, issue contract modifications, consent to the placement of subcontracts, issue administrative changes, and deobligate funds. Consulted with and supported internal and external customers, providing technical guidance and advice on contracting matters. Coordinated new procedures, appropriate budget or funding limitations, and special provisions necessary for proper contract execution with senior level contractor and Government personnel.
KEY PROJECTS: Drafted, finalized and updated Request for Information template. Served as a contract specialist to encourage and assist the Seattle Regional Office in making continuous improvements in their acquisition process in the FY 2011 Procurement Performance Management Assessment Program by conducting employee and customer surveys; evaluating contract files and electronic contract files and determining compliance with applicable laws and regulations and internal controls.
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