Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide Purchasing Agent in Martinsburg, West Virginia

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1956061

This vacancy is open only to current, permanent Department of Veteran Affairs employees

*There will be a vacancy announcement (VHA-613-17-AK1973675) open to Status candidates *

posted*07/06/2017 to 07/10/2017.*

Martinsburg VAMC provides general medical, surgical, and psychiatric services to veterans in 23 counties in West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The Medical Center has a fully integrated inpatient and outpatient primary care program, and provides a full range of outpatient services. The Medical Center is located on 175 acres of beautiful rolling hills.

Martinsburg and Berkeley County are in the panhandle of West Virginia. Due to our unique location you can travel to Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Virginia within 30 minutes. We are just over an hours' drive from Washington, DC, Baltimore, Maryland and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania... close enough for a day or weekend trip. Whether you're looking for relaxation, recreation, or entertainment, we have what you need. The area offers affordable lifestyle, good public and private schools, affordable real estate, and diverse cultural opportunities. More information about our location can be found at the following websites: and


This position is for a Purchasing Agent in our Supply Chain Management service. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a purchase card holder, warranted to fulfill acquisition requests under the federal micro-purchase threshold, ensuring these purchase are procured in accordance with regulations.

  • Purchases various equipment, supplies, and service through the use of government purchase card.

  • Reviews and edits purchase requests.

  • Ensures all information has been provided on purchase requests and it is consistent with legal requirements.

  • Obtains product information, price information, and procedures for written and verbal purchase orders.

  • Utilizes different ordering, reporting procedures, and purchasing methods depending on the type quantity, dollar value, and urgency of the requirement.

  • Develops recommended alternatives or solutions prior to completion of the procurement action.

  • Conducts open market research for purchases of routine equipment, supplies, and services.

  • Collects data to determine price reasonableness for new items.

  • Prepares detailed written solicitations.

  • Provides procurement support by filing contracts, processing amendments and modifications, and monitoring the status of deliveries.

  • Monitors purchases and reconciles credit card billing statements.

  • Conducts follow up action on undelivered orders and aged purchase card transaction to close our purchase orders.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Purchasing Agent (OA)/08699-O

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Using government purchase card to purchase various equipment and supplies
  • Reviewing and editing purchase requests.
  • Collecting data to determine price reasonableness for new items.
  • Monitoring purchases and reconciling credit card billing statements.


Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-05 level.


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-05. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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.

Applicants can qualify based on 4 years of education above the high school level.

For GS-5 level positions only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

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.

Physical Requirements:Primarily sedentary-does require some standing, walking, and bending. There are no special physical demands.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $36,281.00 to $47,171.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1105-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Department of Veterans Affairs Employees only.

Control Number: 469500000

Job Announcement Number: VHA-613-17-AK1956061 BU