Attorney Advisor (General)
It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the 200th application or at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 25, 2017; whichever occurs first. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.
OIG is organized into three line elements: the Offices of Investigations, Audits and Evaluations, and Healthcare Inspections; along with the Office of Contract Review and the Office of Management and Administration. In addition to the Washington, DC, headquarters, OIG has offices located in more than 30 cities throughout the country.
The Attorney-Advisor in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Inspector General (OIG), is responsible for providing the IG and his/her nationwide staff of auditors, analysts, criminal investigators, and healthcare inspectors with critical legal policy advice needed to carry out the statutory responsibilities imposed by the IG Act of 1978, as amended.
- Occasional Travel
- The incumbent should anticipate frequent walking and standing as a component of this travel.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state or territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Specialized experience: To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, two of which were specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of Specialized Experience include:
Representing Federal agencies or other entities in litigation;
Serving as first-chair in hearings before administrative entities or courts;
Providing independent legal advice and guidance on a wide range of complex agency programmatic responsibilities; AND
Serving as liaison with high-level Federal agency program officials
Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation (a copy of your transcript will be required if selected).
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.
The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. 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 résumé.
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 résumé.
As a Attorney Advisor, you will:
- Provide legal advice, guidance, and representation to clients involved in medical malpractice litigation
- Play a key operational role in the planning, coordination, and review of OIG work products, to include audits, evaluations, inspections, reviews, and investigations.
- Represent the OIG before the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other administrative bodies.
- Engage in important legal policy making determinations that significantly affect OIG operations, consulting with the VA Office of General Counsel as well as VA Offices of Regional Counsel where necessary.
- Provide independent legal advice and guidance related to OIG operations and activities including contract law, protection and release of information, ethics and VA programs and operations.
- Serve as a legal advisor for OIG management, including the Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs), the Deputy AIGs (DAIGs), and other OIG supervisors at headquarters and field offices.
- Coordinate liaison activities with high-level VA program officials, the Department of Justice, United States Attorneys' Offices, other Federal agencies, and Congress.