Attorney Adviser (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Aug 04, 2017
Closes
Aug 21, 2017
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) offers you the opportunity to become a part of one of the most challenging and important missions facing the country today. The OIG ensures that all DHS programs and operations are carried out in the most effective, efficient and economical manner by conducting independent audits, inspections and evaluations, and investigations. In our dynamic environment, you will work side with special agents, attorneys, auditors, program analysts and IT experts to deter, identify, and address fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and waste of taxpayer funds invested in homeland security.


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

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain Top Secret security clearance
  • Financial disclosure is required
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Proof of Bar membership is required
  • A pre-employment drug test is required for this position
  • This is an Excepted Service Appointment. Education requirements include: a professional law degree, J.D., LL.B., and /or LL.M. You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a current active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. for an attorney position.

    Applicants much possess at the GS-13 grade level a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), have at least 3 years of post J.D. legal experience one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience may include: Conducting in-depth legal research; writing complex legal documents; significant experience developing research strategies for legal issue; making oral presentations and communicating research results; and the ability to work well with individuals from other discipline to analyze a great deal of information in a limited period of time, and to produce a superior written product reflecting that analysis in a timely fashion; Excellent academic credentials.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including the following, by closing date of this announcement: 1.) Be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation, and 2.) 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.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including the following, by closing date of this announcement 08/18/2017: 1.) Be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation, and 2.) 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.

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

    Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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.

    Official transcripts are not required at this stage of the process however, if you are selected for this position you must submit official transcripts and all licenses showing that you meet all of the educational and licensing requirements stated in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.


    You will be required to submit proof of your Bar membership as part of your application package to show that you meet this requirement.

    The selectee must pass a drug test by urinalysis prior to appointment.

    Completion of one year probationary period may be required.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, OIG requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for a Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position.

    Top Secret


    DUTIES:

    As an Attorney Advisor, Investigative Counsel in the Whistleblower Protection Unit (WPU) you will play a critical role in providing legal counsel and conducting investigations in the area of whistleblower protection, whistleblower reprisal and prohibited personnel actions. Typical work assignments include:

    • Conduct legal research and legal analysis related to the whistleblower protection program throughout DHS.
    • Conducts investigations into whistleblower reprisal allegations and prepare a variety of written reports, such as investigative summaries, interview summaries and legal guidance.
    • Monitor, examine, evaluate and track proposed legislation for the OIG.
    • Analyze records, evaluate facts, determine questions of law, and either recommends adoption of a decision prepared by other attorneys/investigators or drafts his/her own decision.
    • Conduct complaint intake to determine whether complaints, supplemented by complainant interviews, meet the legal and factual requirements of a whistleblower reprisal complaint.