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General Attorney

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Mar 24, 2023

The Attorney-Advisor will provide legal advice regarding, and perform functions related to, ongoing and
anticipated ICTS transaction reviews as well as related regulatory matters. This includes formulating an
investigative strategy, drafting legal memoranda and legal recommendations, drafting administrative
subpoenas, reviewing subpoena responses and responsive documents, interacting with outside counsel,
assessing evidence, advising and preparing risk assessments, developing measures to resolve any risks,
including through mitigation agreements, and making recommendations to the Secretary concerning
initial and final determinations.

The Attorney-Advisor will also perform rulemaking and other legal duties related to ICTS work, as assigned. Additional duties include: providing technical legal advice, particularly in connection with the Department's ICTS authorities; drafting and reviewing statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders that include Department equities as they pertain to ICTS; reviewing compliance with statutory, regulatory, and executive order requirements, and coordinating with other Departmental and interagency offices, as necessary; counseling and bringing to the attention of office and Department leadership matters within the purview of the office; and briefing Department leadership on these matters. In addition, the Attorney-Advisor will be required to carry out duties with minimal preliminary instruction and review, often requiring independent legal research, approach planning, and the development of legal recommendations related to the Department's ICTS responsibilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be able to successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must complete a 2-year trial period.
  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • 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.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Drug Test Required: Yes
  • Pre-employment physical required: No
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE form 450): Yes
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expense: will not be paid
The attorney(s) will be hired at the GS-13 through GS-15 grade levels, depending on experience and the promotion potential for this position is GS-15 level.


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.

  • Minimum Requirements:The career ladder for attorney positions in OGC is generally GS-11 to GS-15.

    The minimum qualifications for hiring at each grade level (or equivalent) are as follows:

    GS-13: Applicants applying at the GS-13 grade level must have two years of legal experience or
    relevant experience.

    GS-14: Applicants applying at the GS-14 grade level requires at least three years of legal

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

    The ideal candidate would have :
    • Experience in international law and/or national security law;
    • Experience promulgating rules in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act;
    • Experience investigating matters, whether in the criminal or civil context;
    • Experience litigating matters before a Federal or state court;
    • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex and novel legal issues and developing strategies to deal with those issues, often within short deadlines; and
    • Strong writing and organizational skills.
    Note: The General Counsel or designee retains the discretion to waive minimum qualifications
    as described above, as necessary.
    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.

    Specialized Experience Requirements: Applicants must meet the General Professional Experience requirements set forth above and the below specialized experience by the closing date of the announcement.

    Specialized experience equips applicants with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. For this position, specialized experience includes knowledge of labor and employment law and/or litigation experience.

    Applicants may be hired at any of the grades shown in this announcement, commensurate with the candidate's experience and qualifications. You are encouraged to identify the grade level(s) or salary for which you wish to be considered.


    Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent from an accredited law school. Official or unofficial transcripts must be submitted with your application package.

    Additional information

    This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.

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