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Attorney Adviser- (General)

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Mar 27, 2023

The DOS OIG has statutory oversight responsibility over DOS, the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), and the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC). DOS OIG responsibilities include conducting and reporting on inspections, investigations, audits, evaluations, and reviews involving overseas Posts, domestic DOS, USAGM, and USIBWC organizations.

The incumbent is an experienced attorney, and this position will be specifically responsible for analyzing and providing cogent and concise verbal and written legal counsel, advice, recommendations, and opinions on a variety of issues of law relevant to (1) general OIG operations (e.g., HR, IT, Procurement, Appropriations, Ethics, Financial Disclosure, and other areas) and (2) to particular OIG audits, investigations, inspections, special projects and evaluations.

The incumbent will provide legal sufficiency reviews of reports created after OIG audits, evaluations, investigations, and inspections and review OIG reports to assure that markings and redactions are supported by law, regulation, and/or policy.

In addition, the incumbent may be required to handle litigation; draft and review agreements, subpoenas; analyze ethics issues, provide legal support to criminal and civil investigations, and conduct ethics, independence, and financial disclosure reviews.

Such work also involves analyzing and providing advice on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requests, appeals, and litigation.


Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • License to practice law in good-standing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Time-in-Grade requirements apply to current Federal employees.
  • OGE-450 annual disclosure is required.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.

You are encouraged to apply immediately, as selections can be made at any time under Direct Hiring Authority. Extensions to the closing date of this Public Notice does not indicate a hiring determination has/has not been made on prior applicants.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.


Applicants must meet the required qualification requirements and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have an LL.M. degree or other graduate law school degree in addition to J.D.) and be an active member of a bar (in good standing) in any US jurisdiction.

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic requirement by submitting both proof of JD degree and proof of bar membership within US jurisdiction. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.

Specialized Experience:

You must possess a minimum of 5-years of full-time legal post-licensure experience.

Examples of adequate "post licensure legal practice experience", minimum 5-years , include:
  • Working as a federal government lawyer, or equivalent in state or local government; OR as a licensed private sector lawyer; and
  • Providing legal counseling, legal written and verbal opinions/memoranda, and/or handling litigation (including discovery) and/or drafting and negotiating agreements; and
  • Expertise in one or more areas of law applicable to federal agency practice, such as employment, ethics, FOIA and Privacy rules and regulations, whistleblower, procurement, fiscal, appropriations, civil and criminal fraud, civil or administrative or criminal litigation.

Federal employees are subject to time-in-grade requirements and shall have at least one year of specialized experience as a GS-14 with a ‘meets expectations' or higher rating of record on your most recent performance appraisal. Current Federal employees may need to compete by applying to a separate vacancy announcement, if required, you will be notified.

There is no substitute of education for the specialized experience for the GS-15 position.

Additional highly desired/preferred experience and/or skills:
  • 10 years of full-time legal post-licensure experience, as described above.
  • Prior OIG or oversight experience.
  • Strong partnering, influencing and negotiating skills with a record of successfully building relationships with customers, peers, and colleagues.
  • The successful incumbent will be self-motivated, with a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness; exercise sound judgment in the accomplishment of responsibilities and demonstrate strong organizational capabilities. They must also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication.
  • Although this position in non-supervisory, a candidate with experience supervising and has an interest in acting in a supervisory role is preferred.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Additional information

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional vacancies occur.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

BUYOUT - If you previously left federal employment and received a separation incentive (buyout) and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.

PRIVACY ACT - Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (p.L. 93-579.5 USC 552a). This information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Sections 3302 and 3361.

FALSE STATEMENT - If you make false statements in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Work/Life Programs, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.

To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Department of State is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, political affiliation, union or non-union affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or any other non- merit factors.

DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION AND ACCESSIBILITY - Our people are the heart of OIG's oversight mission. We strive to create a workforce that reflects America's diversity. We nurture a community where differences are valued, honored, and celebrated. We cultivate an environment where we share ideas, listen, and learn from one another. By enabling the full potential of our people, we are empowered. When we are empowered, we feel we can bring our authentic selves to work and make a collective, purposeful impact.

If found to be in the best interest of the government and agency, recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized.

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