DATE: March 8, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Revision of Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-1102, Contract Specialist Job Series

SOURCE: Office of Personnel Management Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions

AGENCIES: Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

SYNOPSIS: On March 7, 2000, OPM revised the education requirements for the GS-1102 contract specialist job series to expand the waiver authority for filling GS-13 and above positions, to remove language permitting examinations to substitute for the 24-hour training requirement, and to "grandfather" employees hired after January 1, 1998, as "current" employees.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The OPM GS-1102 standards do not apply to Department of Defense employees in the GS-1102 series. Those employees are covered by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2000.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: In 1991, Congress established requirements for GS-1102 positions in defense agencies through the DAWIA. In 1996, the Clinger-Cohen Act (Public Law 104-106), amended the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act to require that OFPP establish qualification requirements, including educational requirements, for positions at civilian agencies in the GS-1102 series. The Clinger-Cohen Act stipulates that qualification requirements established by OFPP must be comparable to the DAWIA requirements. In June 1997, OPM published a qualification standard that included educational requirements that were effective January 1, 1998, for new hires and January 1, 2000, for existing employees. Now, OPM has revised that standard.

The revised standard does not change the minimum educational levels defined by the former standard: for positions at grades GS-5 through GS-12, an employee must possess either a bachelor's degree OR have completed at least 24 semester hours of coursework in certain business-related fields (accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management); for positions at grades GS-13 and above, an employee must possess a bachelor's degree AND at least 24 semester hours of coursework in certain business-related fields. However, it does make the following three changes to Section IV-B of the Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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