Attorney Advisor

Washington, D.C
Sep 18, 2023
Sep 25, 2023
Full Time

The Programmatic Counsel will be responsible for providing legal advice on all aspects of the program, including, for example, interpreting the CHIPS Act of 2021, the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, and other relevant statutes and authorities; drafting CPO operating procedures and advising on their implementation; and assisting in the preparation of CPO materials developed for external, legislative, and governmental affairs purposes. Programmatic Counsel will encounter many novel issues and will be responsible for the analysis of the legal issue in question, the development of the strategy to deal with the legal issue, and the content and means of delivery of the completed analysis of the legal issue.

The Programmatic Counsel is a core member of the team providing legal advice to the CPO on its authority, policies, procedures, and materials. Programmatic Counsel will be responsible for:
  • advising and drafting CPO operating procedures and advising on their implementation;
  • providing research and analysis on legal questions affecting key matters of policy or procedure, including in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, legislation, regulation, and statutory interpretation;
  • assisting in the development and review of letters, presentations, and other materials developed for external, legislative, and governmental affairs purposes; and
  • helping ensure the CPO's compliance with government accountability obligations.


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Provide proof of an active bar membership in good standing of the bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that applicant is in "active" status.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use of possession of drugs.
  • Required to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450
  • Complete a 2-year trial/probationary period
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • 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.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.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.

To qualify at the GS-13/14, applicants must have acquired the amounts of skills and experience indicated below:
  • assume multiple roles and tasks to meet changing office needs with an ability to foresee, troubleshoot, escalate and effectively resolve conflicting issues and challenges;
  • analyze, research, and present on legal questions in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, legislation, litigation, regulation, and/or statutory interpretation, including the ability to research and analyze legal issues where no clearly applicable precedents are available or it is arguable which precedents apply;
  • assess risk in a practical and responsible manner and make well-reasoned decisions as well as to think creatively;
  • ability to build and maintain effective working relations with clients and colleagues and to work effectively in teams;
  • maintain professional integrity and use sound judgment in handling confidential information;
  • exhibit excellent communication skills and the capacity to present both written and oral ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively;
  • carry out assignments independently with minimal supervision; and
  • apply superior legal research and writing skills.


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.

See Qualifications Above.

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.

The Programmatic Counsel is a full-time (GS-13 or GS-14) position. The full performance-level for this position is GS-15. The position will report to the Chief Counsel for Semiconductor Incentives. The position is located in the Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The duties of this position are suitable for some telework with supervisor approval.