General Attorney

Washington, D.C
Jun 28, 2022
Jun 30, 2022
Full Time

As an Attorney in the Ethics and General Government Law Branch, you will provide legal support to the Office of the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and to the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, and components reporting to those offices and perform assignments which may include:
  • Providing ethics advisory opinions and advice on issues arising under the conflict-of-interest provisions of 18 U.S.C Part I, Chapter 11; the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch; the Department of Treasury supplemental standards and employee conduct rules; and other standards of conduct or behavior, including Treasury Circular 230 (31 C.F.R. Part 10) and the rules governing the conduct of the legal profession. Providing other legal services related to the administration of the Ethics in Government Act, including ethics training and briefings, and reviewing financial disclosure reports of Service and Chief Counsel employees who are required to file such reports.
  • Providing advisory opinions to agency officials on non-tax laws, regulations, and decisions governing the management of federal agencies with respect to matters such as appropriations and fiscal law, delegations of authority, records and property management, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, intellectual property, and a wide range of other general government issues.
This is not an all-inclusive list of duties.

If selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform the duties of the position, and will receive training to help you grow in the position.


Conditions of Employment

  • Refer to "Additional Information"
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National


The Office of Associate Chief Counsel, General Legal Services (GLS) employs 65 attorneys, and has both field and National Office components. The Associate Chief Counsel is the Deputy Ethics Official under the Ethics in Governments Act. GLS attorneys in the Ethics and General Government Law Branch perform legal research and provide advice related to the conflict of interest statutes under Title 18, as well as the Office of Government Ethics regulations and departmental rules of conduct. GLS also has a robust practice in the area of advisory opinions on all general government matters (excluding FOIA and the Privacy Act), including appropriations, fiscal and grant law, intellectual property, delegations of authority, records and property management, as well as government contracts, information technology, and personnel and labor law.

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. To qualify for this position of General Attorney, you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:

Basic Requirements for General Attorney position:
  • Possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND
  • Applicants must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;

GS-12 Experience Requirements:
  • 1 year of general legal experience; or
  • An LL.M. degree in the field of the position

GS-13 Experience Requirements:
  • 1 year of general legal experience; plus
  • 1 year of GLS-related legal experience

GS-14 Experience Requirements:
  • 1 year of general legal experience; plus
  • 2 years of GLS-related legal experience
GLS-related legal experience is defined as: Professional legal experience directly related to government and professional ethics, fiscal and appropriation law, and/or general administrative law; experience in the application of Federal statutes and regulations governing the administration and management of executive Branch agencies; or equivalent private sector experience such as an in-house counsel to a large organization.

One year of GLS-related legal experience refers to full-time work after admittance to the bar. Part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
Education Substitution: An LL.M. degree in the field of the position may be substituted for the one year of the general legal experience listed above.

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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.


For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • This is anon-bargainingunit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
Conditions of Employment Continued:
  • Subject to a 1-year trial period (unless already completed).
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Undergo an income tax verification.
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.