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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Procurement Technician in Iowa City, Iowa


The incumbent serves as the Procurement Technician for the Research and Development office at the Iowa City VA Health Care System. The R&D office has the responsibility for planning, developing, and directing the administrative activities of a very large and complex R&D Program with an annual budget of over $11 million in all areas of research. The incumbent is responsible for performing a wide variety of procedural, technical and administrative work in support of the research program.


Major Duties include but are not limited to: Performs work to acquire supplies, services, and construction for purchases under the micro purchase threshold that meets the needs of the research program. The incumbent will determine the appropriate procedures to use to obtain goods and services that will fill the requirements, meet the delivery schedule, provide the best price, and conform to acquisition regulations. Works closely with and provides support to the customer (research personnel) by obtaining the goods and services requested. The incumbent routinely notifies the customer of order status to include any delays. Purchases supplies using a government issued credit card in a cost effective and timely manner. Enters all purchases into IFCAP, ensures appropriate research investigator accounts are charged in WinRMS (research accounting system) and reconciles orders as they are completed. Ensures vendors are registered in SAM and assists with this process. Upon completion of the registration, the incumbent completes the vendorizing process in IFCAP. Verifies in WinRMS the availability of funds prior to any purchases. The incumbent ensures laboratories are not on the spend hold list prior to any purchases. Works closely with warehouse personnel to ensure equipment requests are processed to minimize downtime for the research laboratories. Receives the daily shipment of supplies Prepares all documents for submission to contracting for all orders above the micro purchasing limit Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Additional information may be provided during the interview process.

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Procurement Technician/PD50168A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/02/2020. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of the rules and regulations of the government-wide or similar Purchase Card Program, Knowledge of multiple types of contracts (sole source, service, equipment, maintenance) and the forms and process for each type, Ability to interpret and analyze information and advise technical representatives in procurement planning and preparation of statements for work. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Attention to DetailComputer SkillsCustomer ServiceManages and Organizes InformationSelf-ManagementTechnical Competence Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. It may involve some walking, standing, bending or carrying of light items. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


There is no educational substitution at this grade level. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.