Washington, D.C
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 20, 2022
Full Time

The selectee will serve as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel. Typical work assignments include:
  • Performing legal research, providing oral and written advice and counsel, and preparing memoranda related to complex factual and legal issues in the Administrative and General Law section of the Office of Chief Counsel.
  • Representing the Secret Service in administrative forums such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
  • Developing legally sound approaches and providing advice regarding sensitive matters, such as employee misconduct and security clearance issues, investigations of misconduct, proposed disciplinary actions, and investigations of equal employment discrimination complaints.
  • Developing or overseeing the development of legal positions, legislative proposals, policies, and operations affecting the agency and recommending legal approaches regarding novel issues for which the importance of the legal action/position as precedent is highly significant.
  • Providing litigation support to the U.S. Department of Justice and United States Attorney's Offices, to include support regarding discovery matters in federal civil litigation.
  • Providing training on the legal aspects of personnel and employment matters and in various other areas of the law that impact the Secret Service's mission.
  • Providing legal services and advice in the areas of personnel law, the Federal Tort Claims Act, garnishments, Equal Employment Opportunity laws, employee discipline, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Privacy Act.

This Attorney-Advisor position starts at a salary of $74,950 (GS-11, Step 1), with promotion potential to $164,102 (GS-14, Step 10).


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

Conditions of Employment:

If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Obtain and maintain a Top Secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page .
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Males born prior to December 31, 1959 must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • The person selected for this position may be subject to a one-year trial period.


  • Experience as a judicial law clerk or a practicing attorney with experience in employment litigation is preferred. Experience defending administrative agencies in federal-sector employment cases, including experience practicing before the EEOC or MSPB, is beneficial.
  • Applicants must demonstrate sound judgment and exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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 and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

Additional information

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:
  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Click here to learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Mandatory Suitability Statement:

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for 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.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Personnel Management guidance and U.S. Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.