Attorney Adviser (General)

Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2017
Aug 01, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Come be a part of one of the largest digital information facilities in the world!
Established by Congress in 1861, GPO is transforming itself as an agency and as a business. We provide other agencies with innovative services for the printing, publishing, storage, and distribution of digital content. The public will enjoy permanent access to digital government information, acquiring it quickly, easily, and with confidence in its authenticity. GPO employees are proud of their abilities and passionate about their craft. Whether your expertise is in putting ink on paper, commanding a digital output system, or engineering the delivery of information online, we would like to talk to you.

The position is part of the General Counsel, Government Printing Office in Washington , District of Columbia.

The Selectee will work Shift 1 and have a tour of duty from approximately 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government. The GPO's main mission is to ensure the American public has access to Government Information.

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice to and legal representation for the U.S. Government Publishing Office in matters relating to the activities and functions of the GPO. The Office is also responsible for reviewing proposed actions to ensure compliance with legal requirements, preparing formal legal opinions, defending all litigation involving GPO, and assisting in the development, implementation, and evaluation of Agency programs, policies, and procedures.

The Office of the General Counsel is seeking an applicant with a minimum of three years of litigation experience and superior writing and analytical skills to work with a small group of experienced Federal litigators and counselors. Experience in the fields of Federal personnel law and Federal procurement law are also desirable. The selectee will be given assignments with significant responsibility, while at the same time having the opportunity to be mentored in a collegial atmosphere. The size of the office will allow the selectee to quickly gain hands-on-experience in a variety of subject matter areas. The selectee will work under the supervision of the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel.

Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectees must pass a drug test prior to appointment.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure report required.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a one year trial period.
  • To qualify for the Attorney Adviser (General), you must meet the mandatory Basic Requirements and Specialized Experience below:


    You must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and possess a professional law degree (LL.B., JD., LL.M.); and

    Bar Membership: You must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. You are required to disclose any current allegations or previous findings of ethics, judicial, or other professional misconduct by any state bar or attorney disciplinary committee.


    In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, you must possess at least three (3) years of professional legal experience relevant to the duties of the position following law school graduation. Specialized experience is defined as: Performing professional work as a licensed Attorney providing advice in a General Counsel's office, or a federal or other government agency, or in a law firm, or private sector organization with an annual operating budget of at least 25 million dollars.

    NOTE: Law Clerk experience is not qualifying for the experience requirements above. Experience must be as a licensed Attorney in order to be creditable.

    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.

    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: If you are currently employed as an Attorney by the federal government, you must have one year of specialized experience rated as least fully successful or better at the PG-13 (or equivalent) grade level, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement 07/31/2017 to be considered.

    SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT(S): You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts which cites the name of the institution are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades and GPA, semester, year, and credit courses. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Not Applicable


    The applicant selected for this position will represent the GPO in administrative hearings in appeals before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Government Accountability Office and the GAO Board of Contract Appeals. The selectee will also provide assistance to the Department of Justice attorneys representing the GPO in Federal courts. More specifically, the selectee will perform, but not limited to, the following duties:

    • Perform a wide range of legal work for the agency. Substantive areas may include employment discrimination, government contracts, fiscal law, personnel law, environmental law, constitutional law, tort claims, and responses to information requests from the public.
    • Prepare decisions, reports, recommendations and correspondence on legal problems pertaining to a full range of matters pending before the office.
    • Draft or review agency policy in a variety of substantive areas, prepare comments and make recommendations with respect to proposed legislation, and draft correspondence responses to inquiries of members of Congress and Congressional committees.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.

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