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Attorney-Advisor (Oversight)

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 1, 2023

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) seeks a talented attorney with experience in government investigations to join a dynamic, high-performing team. You will provide day-to-day consultation and advice regarding oversight of OPM and its programs by entities including Congress, the OPM Office of the Inspector General, and the Government Accountability Office. This work will require engagement across OPM offices regarding a broad range of OPM policies and programs.
Major duties and responsibilities include:
Responding to inquiries, audits, and investigations by oversight entities. This includes:
  • Coordinating with program offices to prepare narrative responses conveying official OPM positions;
  • Collecting, reviewing, and redacting documents responsive to oversight requests;
  • Reviewing draft submissions and responses to oversight entities for clarity, substance, and sensitivity;
  • Reviewing public-facing materials to identify privacy and oversight risk issues;
  • Engaging in, and tracking, communications with oversight entities regarding ongoing inquiries;
  • Providing research and guidance on related areas of law, including Inspector General authorities, Congressional powers, and legal and government privileges;
  • Monitoring political developments, activity by committees of jurisdiction, and current events to evaluate oversight risk issues to OPM; and
Preparing agency representatives to participate in briefings and hearings. This includes:
  • Coordinating with program offices to prepare talking points for oversight-related briefings;
  • Developing questions and other materials for hearing and briefing moots;
  • Participating in witness preparation sessions; and
Other duties as assigned. This includes:
Attorneys at OPM have a diverse and interesting portfolio of work, providing legal advice and counsel to OPM leaders responsible for governmentwide leadership and direction in the strategic management of the Federal workforce; in support of Federal employee insurance, compensation, retirement, and other programs; and in support and defense of a wide array of internal OPM operations.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Active membership, in good standing, of the Bar of a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
  • Appointments made from this announcement are exempt from competitive service.


Basic Qualifications
  • A J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association;
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting or responding to government investigations; and
  • Experience reviewing documents for substance, privilege, and PII.
  • To qualify for this position at the GS-14 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service. For the GS-13 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.

Additional Qualifications
  • Commitment to honesty and integrity;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion regarding high-profile and high-pressure matters;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully across differences;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Client advocacy skills;
  • Experience in legal research and analysis; and
  • Knowledgeable about politics, media, and current events.
  • Experience working directly with or for government oversight bodies (such as Congressional committees or an Inspector General) is helpful, but not required.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Additional information

Applicants please note: Additional selections may be made for other Office of General Counsel positions through this vacancy announcement.
Relocation: Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Veterans' Preference: If you claim veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming in your cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation.If you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference click here . There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of Personnel Management considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.
Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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