Student Trainee (Legal)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Sep 26, 2017
Closes
Oct 04, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) is recruiting for 2018 Summer OIG Legal Interns with a demonstrated interest in health law and health care fraud and abuse. OCIG promotes the mission of OIG through timely, accurate, and persuasive legal advocacy and counsel to OIG's investigators, auditors and evaluators, and its law enforcement partners in the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices.

OCIG is divided into three branches. The Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch handles civil fraud and abuse cases involving Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs; works with the Department of Justice in the global resolution of civil False Claims Act cases; initiates administrative cases under the Civil Monetary Penalties Law; and defends the decision to exclude providers from participation in Federal health care programs. The Industry Guidance Branch issues advisory opinions to the public and the health care industry on whether an activity constitutes grounds for sanction under the Anti-Kickback Statute, or other authorities, and provides legal advice to HHS and the Department of Justice on the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Advice Branch provides legal advice on issues such as the scope and exercise of OIG's authorities and responsibilities; investigative procedures; audits and inspections; and the impact of legislative proposals.
 
These positions are for current students enrolled at least part-time in a law (J.D.) program at an American Bar Association accredited law school, who have completed at least two full years of law school by the beginning of the internship. Joint-Degree students who are simultaneously completing a J.D. degree and a graduate degree (whether an LL.M or non-legal graduate degree) may also apply.

This is an excepted service appointment under the OIG Internship Program and is not to exceed September 30, 2018. This appointment does not allow for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent appointment in the federal service.



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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • Must sign a Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
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    You must meet all eligibility requirements for the OIG Internship Program and all qualification requirements for the position by the closing date of this announcement.

    Internship Eligibility Requirements:

    Current students enrolled in a law (J.D.) program at an American Bar Association accredited law school enrolled at least part-time, who have completed at least two full years of law school by the beginning of the internship. Current, joint-degree students who are simultaneously completing a J.D. degree and a graduate degree, who have completed at two full years of law school.

    This positions includes a Selective Placement Factor. Applicants must have had coursework or experience in health care.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, the applicant must have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    Note: 18 semester hours is equivalent to 1 year of graduate education.

    If you fail to submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, you will be deemed ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

    Claimed experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work.

    Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx  


    Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

    Security and Background Requirements: A Public Trust background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    E-Verify:
    If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy),or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. 10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. For more information on veterans' preference, go to: http://www.opm.gov/Veterans.

    EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed application and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your application will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

    The self-assessment questions relate to the following Competencies.

    • Attention to Detail
    • Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence
    • Writing

    Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your application. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be adjusted accordingly which may affect your overall final rating. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you’ve answered, which may affect your overall final score.

    This agency uses Category Rating Procedures. Under Delegated Examining, we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    The Category Rating Process protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed at the top of the highest quality category.

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