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Contract Specialist

Fort George G. Meade, MD
December 09, 2019

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Mandisa Henry

**** ******** **** ****, ******, MD 20724

Cell: 240-***-**** • Email:

US Citizen Secret Security Clearance


Junior Acquisition Specialist (8/2019 – Present)

Contractor for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Teracore

Completes approximately fifteen Financial Transactions (FTs) within a month totaling over $11 million $500 dollars.

Reviews and updates 7600 A and B Forms, CAAO Memo, Cover Pages, SOW and/or SOO, GT&C and ADRs (aka HSAM Appendix G) as well as the G-514 and the IGCE.

Processes Intra/Interagency Agreements and Interagency Agreements.

Evaluates pre-and post-award documentation and/or contractual documents in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), client and Department of Defense (DoD) supplements, policy guidance directives and instructions.

Provides exemplary acquisition and contract management support and other requirements associated with the acquisition and administration of awarded contracts.

Supports the planning for and executing the pre-award activities related to soliciting offers.

Conducts the activities related to the evaluation of quotations in response to a solicitation.

Evaluates vendor proposals in accordance with statute, regulation, policy and factors established in the solicitation and the Source Selection Plan.

Collaborates in conducting contract award activities in order to determine contractors’ responsibility.

Prepares the award documentation; issues the award; processes requests for a debriefing; and responds to protests.

Engages in the planning and conducting post-award orientation designed to resolve potential or actual issues that may affect contract performance in order to achieve a mutual understanding of significant responsibilities of Government and contractor.

Performs quality assurance and administration of the contract by monitoring and assessing contractor performance and communicating, negotiating and addressing issues that may arise during the performance of the contract.

Collects, reviews, and assesses payment-related information.

Provides input to determine the need to modify the contract using the type of contract modification that best fits the acquisition situation.

Reviews, assesses and provides information to determine the best interest of the contract for the Government when terminating contracts.

Determines the method used to terminate the contract and executes the termination in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations.

Verifies that the contract file is complete and closes out the contract file.

Considers as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all FT matters, questions and/or concerns.

Contract Specialist - Level I (4/2018 – 4/2019)

Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) in the Procurement Division/Transportation Contracts Branch, Alexandria, VA

Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) - Contracting - Level I Certificate

Processed Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts for commercial performance-based services for pre/post award actions.

Exercised options, task orders, Period of Performance (POP) extensions and administrative modifications (mods).

Managed memorandums for all pre-award activities.

Prepared commercial determinations, Determination and Findings (D&F), acquisition strategy memorandums, Option memorandums and Form DD-2579.

Completed Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), Drayage, invoices and contract close-outs.

Prepared Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE).

Reviewed and edited Statement of Work (SOW), Statement of Objectives (SOO) and Performance Work Statement (PWS) and made necessary recommendations with the technical team.

Issued pre-award solicitation, Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Bids (RFB) and sources sought on FBO.

Verified Product Service Code (PSC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code are correct.

Gained experience with Contract Deficiency Reporting (CDR) and Contractor Performance Assessment Reports (CPARs).

Ensured Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Clauses comply with the right contract type and thresholds.

Administered and reported all protests/claims/unauthorized commitments in a compliant and timely fashion.

Certified that all assigned contractual Purchase Requests (PRs) are received, reviewed and recorded for immediate customer feedback and workload assigned for tracking purposes as soon as possible.

Performed robust market research that fully identified and answered all relevant contractual questions.

Created procurement objectives to maximize the value obtained by the Government in terms of price, performance and schedule for all requirements.

Analyzed that all contractor proposals are received in response to a solicitation to include convening the technical review team and provides full instructions and oversight.

Considered all of the analyses performed on all responses received to solicitations and determines the need to make an award on initial offers as well as engages in discussions or other communications with vendors and/or customers.

Evaluated proposals and negotiate cost and pricing between the government and vendor/customer.

Planned and conducted post-award conferences to ensure compliance with, and full understanding of, contractual requirements and to preclude unauthorized charges or alterations in contract provisions.

Ensured all procurement Management of Internal Controls (MIC) are fully complied with operating all procurement eBusiness systems proficiently such as Procurement Desktop Defense (PD2), Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps or FBO), Federal Procurement Data System- Next Generation (FPDS-NG), System for Award Management (SAM), Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF), Electronic Document Access (EDA), Contracting Officer Representative Tracking (CORT) Tool, etc.

Staffing Specialist/ Human Resources Specialist (5/2016 – 3/2018)

Contractor for United States Secret Service – RGS, Inc.

Reviewed veterans’ employment application packages, college transcripts and resumes in order to determine veterans’ preference (Form DD214/VA Letter) and applicants’ work experience for minimum qualifications using OPM’s Qualification Standards.

Gathered information, analyzed numerical data and summarized the results of various findings.

Made eligibility decisions based on applicants’ documents, technical and non-technical writings, database management systems and automated classification systems such as Application Lifecycle Information System (ALIS), Career Connector also known as Monster Government Solutions Hiring Management and Clearances Logistics Employees Applicants Recruitment (CLEAR).

Identified and monitored statuses of numerous applicants who applied to either or both the Special Agent (SA) and Uniformed Division (UD) Officer positions.

Graded and/or scored test materials, Special Agent Entrance Examination (SAEE) and Police Office Selection Test (POST) by using tracking and record management systems such as App Selector, ParScore v6.5 and Remark Classic OMR4 Data Center.

Tracked applicants’ application history and updated applicants’ statuses through each phase of the hiring process and notified applicants as well as the recruiting office and the Security Management Division (SMD) on the status of numerous applicants.

Tracked applicants’ relocation and recruiting office changes as well as informed the appropriate recruiting office(s).

Generated vacancy announcements (aka JOAs) and certificates (aka certs) using applicant tracking systems.

Prepared Conditional Offer of Employment (COE) letters, orientation appointment packets (via analytical report, generation and insight systems such as HR Connect and National Finance Center (NFC) for newly hired employees.

Reviewed and revised various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and processed documents in the shared drive by updating information and providing new and accurate guidance.

Verified the status of police inquiries/background investigations for potential applicants and/or employees.

Completed Medical Hold and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Clerical Library Assistant (11/2005 – 5/2016)

Beltsville Public Library, Beltsville, MD

Assisted patrons at busy public service, front desk and on the phone with ready reference questions, community information and referral as well as reader’s advisory questions.

Instructed patrons on the proper use of reference sources, catalogs and automated information systems.

Served as a resource person for computer terminal operation and for library terminology, policy and procedures for various branches.

Provided customers with basic searches and reader’s advisory services through a variety of search tools.

Located library materials for patrons, including books, periodicals, tape cassettes and compact discs (CDs).

Performed data entry duties and retained data regularly by in-putting customer service information into the library’s databases and information systems.

Maintained records of items received, stored, issued, returned and filed catalog cards according to current system used.

Collaborated with other circulation staff for library programs and/or planning.

Supported and/or substituted for full-time circulation staff in opening/closing of the library building during specified hours and secured library equipment such as computers and audio-visual (AV) equipment.

Supervised, trained, assigned and monitored, as well as evaluated the work of new hires and pages and participated in the selection of new staff and volunteers for the branch.

Human Resources Specialist/Human Resources Coordinator (3/2011 – 3/2015)

U.S. Department of State (DOS), Washington, DC

Prepared and maintained employment records related to recruiting events such as student orientation.

Administered and/or coordinated recruitment processes (via applicant tracking system REETA) which included reaching potential candidates by telephone/e-mail and advised students on the application process.

Utilized Human Resource Management software systems and applicant tracking systems.

Updated and maintained The U.S. Department of State’s HR SharePoint site, Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), Oracle PeopleSoft and REETA by scanning readable documents, index documents and aligning documents.

Independently researched and analyzed an extensive spectrum of resources including pertinent sections of HR regulations and SOPs.

Supported HR’s Recruiting Team by performing technical and administrative responsibilities through recruiting and on-boarding efforts and provided accurate information to ensure consistency and compliance.

Conducted employee orientations (EODs), as well as, extended and issued job offers and prepared pre-appointment packages.

Reviewed and evaluated operations and procedures through analysis, audits and/or quality-check reviews.

Initiated and cancelled security applications for candidates using the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigation Processing (eQIP) system.

Archived Generalist candidate files into Recruitment, Examination, and Evaluation Tracking Application (REETA) in accordance with office’s SOPs.

Handled discrete and other sensitive HR-related information related to employee relations, performances appraisals and other confidential issues.

Requested, prepared and completed medical review packets.

Prepared invoices, reports, memos, letters and/or other documents using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software or database.

Conducted research, compiled data and prepared papers for consideration and/or presentation by senior staff members.

Summer/Fall Hire, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – Herndon, Virginia (6/2008 - 6/2009)

Provided administrative support by maintaining schedules and calendars of senior staff.

Processed paperwork of incoming and outgoing staff by organizing and collating HR personnel folders.

Summarized and synthesized articles for staff awareness of HR developments.

Performed HR duties by arranging and alphabetizing sensitive documents for file preparation.

Completed request order forms and maintained office supply logs.


University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD (Graduation Date: August 2013)

Master of Science, Human Resource Management

Stevenson University, Stevenson, MD (Graduation Date: May 2011)

Bachelor of Science, Business Communication

Dean’s List, Recipient of The Endowment Fund of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation

Recipient of the Delegate and State Senatorial Scholarships and Recipient of Rawlings EA Grant Renewal


Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Alexandria, VA (August 2013 – November 2015)


Gained insight into HR policies, news, careers, standards, labor laws, performance and management issues.

Career Council for Entry Professional (CCEP), Washington, D.C. (March 2014 – March 2015)


DOS Civil Service (CS) Mentoring Program (March 2013 – March 2014)

Situational Mentee

Incorporated career guidance and career planning into work performance and professional goals.

DOS & Miner Elementary Mentoring Partnership Program, Washington, D.C. (August 2011- June 2014)

Mentor and Assistant Coordinator

Tutored 3rd and 4th graders in math, reading, critical thinking and spelling abilities/skills.

Coordinated field trips and cultural events/activities to incorporate fun into the learning/school environment.

Toastmasters International, Stately Speakers, Heads of State, Washington, D.C. (March 2011 – March 2012)

Vice President of Public Relations and Member

Designed the flyers for meetings and special events as well as practiced public speaking skills during presentations.


Management of Internal Controls (MIC) Software, for example, Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization, and Management (PRISM), Procurement Desktop Defense (PD2), Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps or FBO), Federal Procurement Data System- Next Generation (FPDS-NG), System for Award Management (SAM), Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF), Electronic Document Access (EDA), Contracting Officer Representative Tracking (CORT) Tool, etc.

HR Software – Personnel Systems, for example, Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) and Oracle PeopleSoft

Staffing Systems, for example, Global Employment Management System (GEMS); Electronic Questionnaires for Investigation Processing (eQIP) and Recruitment, Examination, and Evaluation Tracking Application (REETA)

Database Management Systems, for example, Application Lifecycle Information System (ALIS), Career Connector and Clearances Logistics Employees Applicants Recruitment (CLEAR)

Tracking and record management systems, for example, App Selector, ParScore v6.5 and Remark Classic OMR4 Data Center



Microsoft Office Suite – MS Outlook, Excel, Word, Project, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint

Adobe Acrobat

Library databases and Information systems, for example, Geac and Polaris

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