General Counsel

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
May 20, 2022
May 23, 2022
Full Time

  • Serves as the General Counsel, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). As the principal legal advisor to the Agency Director and the executive staff, provides legal advice, counsel and guidance on the full range of Agency operations.
  • Provides legal advice and guidance required to support the auditing mission of the Agency.
  • Essential subjects include the legal implications of the Cost Accounting Standards, the Cost Principles of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Contract Disputes Act, the False Claims Act, and the Truth in Negotiation Act.
  • Essential subjects also include the legal implications of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Government Auditing Standards, fiscal law, access to records laws and regulations, and state and federal tax laws.
  • Provides legal advice on the detection, reporting, and administrative processing with regard to contract fraud in government.
  • Oversees the Agency's support of adversary proceedings including hearings before boards of contract appeals, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the General Accountability Office, and other forums.
  • Serves as liaison with the General Counsel, DoD, and the General Counsels of military departments, other Defense agencies, and other departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
  • Represents DCAA in legal matters involving other DoD departmental components and Federal agencies.
  • Confers and coordinates with DCAA personnel and the Director on major policy decisions and the issuance of implementing instructions and policy guidance.
  • Analyzes proposed legislation received for review and comment; maintains current information on legislation affecting DCAA; and prepares requests and justifications for obtaining legislative action affecting DCAA and its mission worldwide.
  • Provides legal advice in connection with the administration of the DCAA Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
  • Represents the agency in litigation involving application of the Equal Employment Act and other civil rights laws. Serves as the Agency's Standards of Conduct Counselor and Designated Agency Ethics Officer.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background investigation required
  • Must submit a narrative statement addressing the ECQs and Technical Qualifications.
  • A law degree (For full details on this requirement, see Basic Education Requirements section)


Eligibility for this position will be based on meeting the basic education requirements below and clear and comprehensive indication that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to carry out the duties and assignments of the position. Applicants must meet the basic education requirements and possess the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities listed in the Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications paragraphs below.


Applicants will be evaluated in the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below which are broadly applicable to SES positions throughout the Federal Government. All applicants must submit a narrative statement covering each of the ECQs. Narratives should be limited to no more than 2 pages per each ECQ for a total of 10 pages. For detailed information on submitting the ECQs, please review OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Service Qualifications. OPM Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates, current career SES members or former career SES members who are eligible for reinstatement to a career-reserved position need not submit an ECQ statement.
ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): ALL APPLICANTS MUST submit a narrative statement specifically addressing each of the following Technical Qualifications. Narratives should be limited to no more than two pages per each factor for a total of 6 pages . Applicants will be evaluated against each of these factors:

1. Expert knowledge of contract law and fiscal law and demonstrated ability to evaluate and provide legal expertise on statutory and regulatory contract requirements (such as DoD Directives, the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and Federal Acquisition Regulation).

2. Expert knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures related to personnel management, labor relations, equal employment opportunity, and ethics applicable to Federal civilian personnel, and the demonstrated ability to provide authoritative legal expertise in these areas.

3. Extensive experience in communicating clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, with strong interpersonal skills in order to represent the Agency to meet and deal effectively with all levels of management in the Federal Government or large private/corporate/industry organizations, Defense Contractors, or variety of external organizations.

DoD Joint Enterprise-Wide Experience Statement:
In addition, DoD requires the Enterprise Perspective. The applicant must have the ability to apply a broad point of view and an understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic priorities. Executives must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences. A separate narrative statement is not required. This information should be embedded within your application package.

Security Clearance

Security Requirements: Critical Sensitive. Selectee must be able to acquire and maintain a Top Secret clearance.


Basic Education Requirements:

Degree: Must be a member in good standing admitted before the Bar of the highest court of any state, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. Territory or the District of Columbia; must have a professional law degree (J.D. or LL.B.) from a Law School that is accredited by the American Bar Association; and must have professional legal experience in excess of three years commensurate with the duties of the position; and must have the demonstrated ability to (1) evaluate pertinent facts and evidence; (2) interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, and precedents; (3) analyze cases with independent judgment and skill; and (4) deal effectively with individuals and groups.

Additional information


For benefits information, please see employment and Benefits at: .

Other Information:

1. This is a Tier 1 position. The salaries for positions found in the Tier 1 structure range from $163,333 to $187,300.
2. OPM Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates and current Career SES members need only to address the technical qualifications and need not respond to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
3. You will be required to serve a two year probationary period unless you have previously completed the probationary period.
4. You will be paid by direct deposit to a financial organization.
5. Selectee will be required to file an annual financial disclosure statement, form OGE-278.
6. Some travel of all modes of transportation within Continental United States is required.
7. Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
8. Bargaining Unit Position: No
9. An essential element of the SES is mobility across geographic, organizational, and functional Lines. Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment, which requires you to be mobile. All newly appointed Career SES leaders must sign the Reassignment Rights Obligation Agreement as a condition of employment into the Senior Executive Service.
10. Security Requirements: Critical Sensitive.
11. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
12. Permanent Change of Station Cost: Moving expenses may be authorized.