Attorney Advisor

District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Full Time

This position is in the Enforcement Bureau, Telecommunications Consumers Division, Washington, DC.

The FCC is an independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, and acts as the primary authority for regulating interstate and international communications, implementing and enforcing America's communications law and regulations, and related technological innovation. Within the FCC, the Enforcement Bureau (EB) is primarily responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Communications Act and the Commission's rules, orders, and various licensing terms and conditions. In addition to general enforcement and deterrence goals, EB dedicates its resources to investigations and enforcement actions involving FCC-regulated services and equipment that significantly impact:
  • Consumer Protection, Privacy, Data Security, and Cybersecurity;
  • Supply Chain Integrity and National Security;
  • Public Safety, Emergency Services, and Harmful Interference;
  • Fraud Targeting Critical FCC-Funded and -Administered Programs; and
  • Fair Competition and Equal Opportunities.

EB's work further supports the FCC's mission to strengthen the defense of the nation's communications infrastructure. That work is of vital importance as communications and related technologies are critical in today's world, where life is increasingly data-driven and interconnected. Continuingly evolving communications technologies not only give consumers access to the wider world, but also act as an attack vector for wrongdoers. Within EB the Telecommunications Consumers Division (TCD) investigates many of the Commission's highest profile consumer protection cases, including those focused on combatting illegal robocalls and protecting consumer privacy. Attorneys on TCD's Privacy Team investigate issues relating to consumer privacy, data protection, supply chain, and cybersecurity issues in potentially high-profile incidents, sometimes affecting millions of consumers. These attorneys work on cases involving myriad and often cutting-edge technologies. TCD Privacy Team cases typically require critical and creative thinking, an ability to learn about both new technology and methods of attack, and coordination with other federal, state, and local law enforcement entities. The Privacy Team's cases offer attorneys a chance to work on fast-paced, high stakes, and intellectually challenging investigations that can implicate both individual consumer and broader security risks. In addition to investigative work, TCD Privacy Team attorneys have the opportunity to advance policies related to consumer protection, data security, and cybersecurity, leverage cooperation among other federal, state, and local entities, and continually develop their skills and knowledge. TCD Privacy Team attorneys coordinate with other FCC bureaus and offices to provide relevant expertise for use in rulemakings and other policy proceedings. Both EB and TCD attorneys maintain working relationships with counterparts at other federal agencies (including Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission) and international regulatory organizations to heighten awareness of relevant legal and privacy issues. The purpose of this position is to serve as an Attorney Advisor. This position is responsible for providing advice and guidance on legal issues pertaining primarily to privacy, data security, and cybersecurity, and the enforcement of Sections 201 and 222 of the Communications Act and the Commission's rules. The incumbent works on moderate to highly complex legal cases. These cases typically involve complicated factual situations where clear precedents are not readily available or apparent. The incumbent applies rigorous critical thinking and analysis skills to solve problems, make recommendations to supervisors, and executes tasks needed to complete investigations and issue legal actions. Decisions about legal conclusions based upon the facts and the relevant legal authorities are made in conjunction with the supervisor. Incumbent performs very specific functions which are moderate to complex. In some instances, incumbent will work in teams; in others, incumbent will serve as the lead attorney on an investigation, with the guidance and oversight of a supervisor. Incumbent researches various issues related to case or legal problems and drafts the relevant document for that issue. Incumbent may take depositions on matters related to the case. In carrying out his/her duties, the incumbent: (1) conducts investigations and makes findings of fact; (2) prepares charging documents (Notices of Apparent Liability, Citations, and Forfeiture Orders) for Division, Bureau, or full Commission approval; (3) negotiates or assists with negotiation of settlements with targets of investigations where appropriate, and; (4) drafts recommendations for policies to advance the Commission's consumer protection objectives.


Conditions of Employment

  • Bar Membership Documentation Required Upon Selection.
  • Education-Transcripts Required Upon Selection.
  • US Citizenship.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required upon assuming the position.
  • Current FCC employees must provide SF-50 verifying grade & status.
  • Current/former federal employees must provide SF-50 to verify grade, status

Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.

ALL CURRENT/FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND CURRENT FCC EMPLOYEES MUST provide a legible Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade. If an SF-50 is not submitted, the application will be rated as ineligible.

CURRENT FCC EMPLOYEES-To request a copy of your SF-50 please send an email to


Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

In order to be deemed as "BEST QUALIFIED" candidates must meet both the educational requirements AND the Specialized Experience.

A. Education

You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Education requirements include: a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.

NOTE-If you do not provide a transcript at the time of application, a transcript will be required to be provided at the time of selection.


B. Specialized Experience

Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:

GS -11 Specialized Experience: No specialized experience required according to FCC internal Attorney Advisor recruitment procedures; only educational qualification requirements are required to be met. Education requirements include: a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.

GS -12 Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one year of professional law experience and a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:
1. Conducting in-depth legal research;
2. Drafting legal documents; and
3. Providing input regarding the resolution of legal issues.

GS -13 Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least two years of professional law experience and a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:
1. Conducting in-depth legal research;
2. Preparing complex legal documents;
3. Developing research strategies for legal issues; and
4. Making oral presentations, to communicating research results.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID 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.


Refer to Educational requirements outlined within the "Qualifications" section.

Additional information

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

Veterans Information

Legal and Regulatory Guidance

- Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed. If you are a male over age 18 who was born after December 31, 1959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job.

- If applicable, you will be required to serve a trial period of one year.

- In order for you to be employed at the FCC, there are certain Commission and Federal laws governing the financial interests of you and members of your immediate family. If selected for the position, you must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.

*NOTE-This position is in the bargaining unit. The exclusive representative is NTEU Chapter 209.