Attorney-Advisor (General)

Washington, D.C
Jun 27, 2022
Jun 30, 2022
Full Time

As an Attorney-Advisor (General), GS-0905-15, your typical work assignments may include:
  • Coordinates legal issues for OCIO with other OGC divisions and DHS Components.
  • Drafts and reviews opinions arising from or impacting OCIO operations; evaluates proposed/recommended legal strategies and principles; and determines consequences of various actions on current policy.
  • Researches and analyzes applicable laws and regulations, provides interpretations of those laws and regulations to the DHS General Counsel and other DHS officials.
  • Reviews acquisition and procurement documents as requested by the OCIO and coordinates with OGC General Law Division attorneys providing fiscal, acquisition and procurement law advice.
  • Provides advice on OCIO-related legislation to include the Paperwork Reduction Act, Federal Information Security Modernization Act, Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, 44 U.S.C. chapter 31 (Records Management by Federal Agencies); Executive Orders; OMB memoranda; and DHS delegations and directives.
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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.
  • You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • You must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.


Basic Requirements:

  • The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) or the second professional law degree (LL.M.); AND
  • Specialized professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual's background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.
  • Specialized Experience:
    The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

    You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal government. Specialized experience is significant experience providing legal advice and representation on matters related to information technology in a federal government agency, such as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), information technology security, intellectual property license agreements, social and multimedia agreements, federal records retention requirements, electronic discovery of Departmental records in litigation, and other related acquisition and procurement law issues.
    Applicant should have experience in private industry, public service, or non-profit, which provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

    All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    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, religious, 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.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


    Applicants must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. You must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position.

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: .

    If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage on the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications .

    Additional information

    The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.3102(u), and or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps , VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    Pursuant to Executive Order 12564 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

    This position is being filled at the full performance level.

    You will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Top Secret/SCI clearance as a condition of placement in this Special-Sensitive position. This review may include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

    This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period, unless already completed. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent. This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.