Supervisory Attorney Advisor/Chief Counsel for Legislation - (Public Notice Flyer)

Washington, D.C
Aug 12, 2022
Aug 19, 2022
Full Time

Amended to extend closing date.

The Chief Counsel for Legislation will lead a team that coordinates the analysis of pending legislation on the full range of topics within the Department of Commerce's broad and varied jurisdiction and the development and articulation of Departmental views on such legislation. The Chief Counsel also serves as the Department's principal liaison to the Office of Management and Budget for legislative matters, working with his or her staff to obtain required clearances and interagency consensus on Department testimony, views letters, reports, and legislative proposals for delivery to Congress.

The Chief Counsel will perform, or direct other attorneys in performing, duties such as:
  • Working with various bureaus within the Department to develop and support Departmental legislative initiatives and review testimony, reports, views letters and technical drafting assistance for presentation to Congress.
  • Coordinating the development and expression of views within the Department on legislation concerning the Department, including facilitating the resolution of differing views.
  • Serving as a Department liaison to the Office of Management and Budget and other federal agencies during interagency review and clearance of legislation, reports, views letters and Congressional testimony.
  • Analyzing legal issues presented by legislation and legislative materials, including complex and often novel issues, and coordinating with other legal offices within the Department of Commerce and other federal agencies concerning such issues.
  • Advising and coordinating with policy and senior career officials in the Department's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and throughout the Department on legislation-related legal matters. On occasion, these may include Congressional oversight matters.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (

  • Must complete a 2-year trial period.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure.

Security Clearance: If selected, you will undergo a Non-Critical Sensitive, Secret clearance background investigation, and that clearance level must be maintained.


Basic requirement for all grade levels:
  • You must be a graduate with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent from an accredited law school; AND
  • You must have bar membership in one of the 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico or the US. Virgin Islands. AND/OR
  • A minimum of four years of relevant legal experience is typically required. On the rare occasion, three years of relevant legal experience may, in the opinion of the General Counsel or her designee, suffice.

  • Minimum Requirements:

    For GS-15: Applicants applying at the GS-15 grade level requires at least four years of legal experience.

    Note: The General Counsel or designee retains the discretion to waive minimum qualifications as described above.

    The ideal candidate will have: experience with federal legislation and the federal legislative process; a record of superior judgment; excellent written and oral communication skills; a background in both legal and policy analysis; strong interpersonal skills; and experience managing, supervising, or leading a team.

    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.


    Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent from an accredited law school. An Official transcript(s) must be submitted before an offer can be made.

    Additional information

    Department Attorney-Advisor positions are in the Excepted Service. As such, these positions are not covered by the usual civil service hiring procedure. Additionally, this position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive services. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding.