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Attorney-Adviser (Counsel), Regulations

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 22, 2023

As an Attorney-Adviser (Counsel), Regulations, you will:
  • Take substantial and proactive responsibility for complex rulemaking projects, such as major regulatory amendments or implement legislation in the area of consumer financial services.
  • Provide technical interpretation of consumer credit and financial services laws, regulations and rules.
  • Participate in developing policy and presents proposed and final regulations to senior management for consideration, and make oral presentations to defend positions as required.
  • Draft legislation and rules, amendments to regulations, Congressional testimony, official CFPB interpretations, and analyses of proposed legislation, rules and policies.


Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements:
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National.
  • A trial period may be required.
  • Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form i-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

1. Law Degree: Applicants must be graduates of an accredited law school with an LL.B., J.D. or equivalent.
2. Bar Membership: Applicants must be current members of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
3. Years of related experience or specialized experience:

Per the CFPB Attorney policy, you must also meet the following qualifications for the CN-60 level :

- Four (4) years of related legal experience . Such experience must include experience as a licensed attorney in order to be creditable; OR
- You must have twelve (12) months of specialized experience at the CN-53 (GS-13 or equivalent) that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Specialized experience for CN-60 is defined as :
- Conducting legal research and analysis in a public-policy related field; AND
- Experience in one or more of the areas of consumer financial services law listed below:
  • Debt collection, including activities covered by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • Consumer reporting and consumer privacy, including activities covered by the Fair Credit Reporting Act or the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
  • Regulation of unfair or deceptive acts and practices involving consumer financial services.
  • Providing consumers financial data processing products or services of financial advisory services, such as credit counseling.
  • Mortgage and other credit transactions, including transactions covered by the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.
  • Fair lending, including activities covered by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
  • Deposit taking, transmitting or exchanging funds, providing stored value or payment instruments, and check cashing, including activities covered by the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and Truth in Savings Act.
  • Installment lending and open-end credit transactions.
  • Consumer leasing, including activities covered by the Consumer Leasing Act.

CFPB uses an experience-based process to set pay for employees. Experience is evaluated and credited using the employee's resume. To ensure that all of your prior work experience (e.g., internships, volunteer work, details, part-time, self-employment, secondary jobs, etc.) is considered and accounted for, please ensure that your resume covers the following:
  • your entire work history with specific start and end dates (MM-DD-YYYY) provided for each listed position.
  • hours worked per week for each position
  • degrees and the dates conferred (MM-YYYY)

Part-time experience will be credited pro-rata based on a 40-hour work week, while work of 32 hours or more will be rounded up to full-time experience. If you have multiple positions that have overlapping start and/or end dates, only 40 hours of experience will be credited for a given work week. Refer to Resume Tips for more information on how to submit a comprehensive resume. See information on our base pay ranges and salary structure.

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.


Law Degree: Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B., J.D. or equivalent.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
  • This is a bargaining unit position. The Union that represents CFPB employees is the National Treasury Employees Union ("NTEU"), Local Chapter 335.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
  • Bureau employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at In addition, employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee's spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by the Bureau. Regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys. Applicants may review the Bureau ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Bureau Ethics Office at .

Our comprehensive benefits are among the most generous in the federal government. They include:- Challenging and rewarding work benefiting American consumers - Opportunities for development and advancement- Comprehensive Federal health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs- Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: .

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