Staff Attorneys - Washington, DC Or Baltimore, MD

Dept. of Health & Human Services
Washington, DC
Jul 01, 2022
Jul 07, 2022
Full Time
The US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division, has immediate openings for staff attorneys in our Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD office (with a generous telework policy). The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for HHS, providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department's programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization's various agencies and divisions. CMS Division staff attorneys provide a broad range of legal services for several HHS programs and clients on issues that affect millions of Americans and regularly garner significant news coverage. The Division's clients and programs include Medicare, Medicaid, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The openings are for positions in our Program Review Group. Program Review Group attorneys provide legal advice on policies, regulations, and guidance issued by CMS, the nation's largest health care payer, and ONC, which stands at the forefront of the nation's health IT efforts. Because our clients' programs are often the subject of legislation, significant public scrutiny, and litigation, Program Review Group attorneys frequently provide counsel on challenging and novel legal questions, including those of such importance that they ultimately have been decided by the United States Supreme Court.These positions will serve primarily to advise:CMMI, which tests innovations in Medicare and Medicaid payment and service delivery, CCIIO, which implements health insurance market reforms, health insurance Marketplaces, and the No Surprises Act, The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, which oversees the Medicaid programs that provide health coverage for nearly 85 million Americans, and ONC, which coordinates the nationwide effort to advance the electronic exchange of health IT. These positions offer significant responsibility and opportunity to engage in professionally rewarding and intellectually engaging work on the cutting edge of health care delivery. They require creative legal thinking, the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and strong communication skills. Attorneys will have direct client contact and interact with colleagues throughout OGC and other government offices. Day-to-day work involves reviewing documents such as CMMI model participation agreements, Medicaid demonstration projects, and stakeholder correspondence; analyzing rules, guidance, and educational materials; and identifying and resolving legal issues pertaining to CMMI model design and implementation, health insurance market reform and Marketplace implementation, and federal requirements for the states' operation of their Medicaid and CHIP programs. Ideal candidates will have strong academic credentials, contract drafting and review skills and/or significant regulatory and administrative law experience, demonstrated ability to work under competing deadlines, and superb writing, communication, and analytical skills. Experience or familiarity with Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, CMS quality reporting and incentive programs, CMMI models, and health insurance regulations is desirable. We strongly prefer candidates with at least 4 years of legal experience.QUALIFICATIONSREQUIRED:Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed in this announcement. The salary range is GS-13 to GS-14 from $106,823 - $164,102 commensurate with education and experience.The following are required qualifications:A Juris Doctorate (JD) from an ABA-accredited law school. At least two years of legal experience as a practicing attorney. Four years or more legal experience is strongly preferred. Proof of active bar status and that attorney is in good standing and eligible to practice in the highest court of a state, US Commonwealth, US territory, or the District of Columbia. Strong academic credentials. Administrative law experience, particularly regulatory experience and/or experience in contract/agreement drafting and review. Exemplary legal writing, analytical, and communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates with outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills, superior legal writing and research ability, and demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service. Interested applicants should submit a short cover letter, resume, one legal writing sample, and law school transcript (if less than 10 years of legal experience) by email to, with a copy to Before selecting any candidate, we will request three references and will contact those references upon permission of the candidate. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of qualified candidates. This is an open and continuous announcement. We will review resumes on a rolling basis and continue to review resumes until all vacancies are filled. We will conduct interviews by telephone, WebEx, or other video conferencing platform.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and the eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a state, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel. Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, the successful candidate must submit official law school transcripts, Security and BackgroundRequirements:If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.E-Verify:If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The US Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.Direct Deposit:All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. Financial disclosure statement may be required. Two-year trial period may be required. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. This position may be in a bargaining unit. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 of September 14, 1986, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is A Drug-Free Federal Workplace. The Federal government, as the largest employer in the Nation, can and should show the way towards achieving drug-free workplaces through programs designed to offer drug users a helping hand, and at the same time demonstrating to drug users and potential drug users that drugs will not be tolerated in the Federal workplace. The use of illegal drugs, on or off duty, by Federal employees is inconsistent not only with the law-abiding behavior expected of all citizens, but also with the special trust placed in such employees as servants of the public. Applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and be subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug testing upon hiring.SDL2017

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