POSITION SUMMARY: Independently performs market research and develops acquisition strategy recommendations for a variety of government acquisitions. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) , in accordance with Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. § 644(k)), is required to review proposed acquisition strategies and to make recommendations with respect to their anticipated impact on small business participation as prime and subcontractors. In the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), these responsibilities are conducted within the context of VA's hierarchy of small business program preferences, established by section 8127(i) of Title 38, United States Code (the Veterans First Contracting Program). This law requires VA to consider preferences for verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) first, then preferences for verified Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs). They are followed by certified HUBZone firms, 8(a) participants, and certified Woman-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) (in no particular order of precedence); then Small Business, and finally full and open competitions (unrestricted). Small business program reviews are intended to ensure that small businesses are considered in procurement strategies based on adequate market research. The individual shall provide Acquisition Support Services to the VA as described in this PWS. Contractor personnel shall be fully trained in their area of expertise and shall have the level of experience to accomplish the requirements without supervision, oversight, or other means of intervention by the Government. The contractor shall furnish all personnel, supplies, equipment, training, and oversight to provide administration, process management, data collection and analysis, regulatory analysis, and change management as part of processing procurement reviews, statistical analytics for Small Business goals modeling, and process mapping and Lean Six-Sigma assessments. RESPONSIBILTIES: The Procurement Specialist shall provide all of the tasks necessary to execute, from the point of assignment to completion, technically precise and timely processing of up to 2,500 procurement reviews per year. Technically precise processing includes: assessing the proposed procurement strategy for deficiencies, examining supporting documentation, completing research and analysis, and making recommendations, necessary to permit the OSDBU Federal staff to determine whether a procurement request meets criteria for granting a concurrence to proceed with an unrestricted method of solicitation; when all requirements of the VA Rule of Two, IAW 38 U.S.C. 8127(d), Veterans First Contracting Program, IAW 38 U.S.C. 8128, and other governing policies, manuals, and regulations have been satisfied. The Procurement Specialist shall also provide, their basis for the recommendation to concur or non-concur, in order to support the final Government determination. The basis for all recommendations shall conform to applicable Public Law, and other governing policies, manuals, and regulations. The contractor shall provide explanatory comments, along with a suggested strategy backed by market research and/or proposed remedial actions for all non-concurrence recommendations. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Typically requires five (5) to seven (7) years of related experience and a Bachelor's Degree, but for this specific position the following is required: Eight (8) years of directly related experience, and a Bachelor's Degree in a Procurement or Acquisition related field. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Normal demands associated with an office environment. Ability to work on computer for long periods and communicate with individuals by telephone, email and face to face. Some travel may be required.