Attorney-Advisor (Innovation Policy Attorney)

Washington, D.C
May 23, 2019
May 30, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity (Fair Lending).

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As an Attorney Advisor, you will:
  • Provide legal and subject matter expertise, policy expertise, project management, and legal services in complex and sensitive situations. Develop, review, provide input, and coordinate feedback on legislative proposals, research, regulatory activity, management and policy initiatives, guidance, compliance, communications, and other activity involving complex issues. Work closely with Bureau staff to provide input and/or coordinate the review, development, and advancement of policy proposals, including the Bureau's innovation tools, including No Action Letters, Product Sandbox, Trial Disclosure, as well as strategies for implementation. Provide input on innovation activity pertaining to fair lending and access to credit.
  • Act as a consultant on matters involving Bureau staff and other federal enforcement agencies with regard to FinTech, alternative data, and innovation that provides fair, equitable, and nondiscriminatory access to credit."
  • Coordinate and collaborate with fair lending, market, data analytics research, innovation, and policy experts within the Bureau, other Federal and State agencies, and provide legal advice, policy proposals, and recommendations on issues regarding laws, regulations, and their impact on stakeholders. Review and comment on proposed and existing laws, regulations, and access to credit policies and proposals, including use of the Bureau's innovation tools, including NoAction Letters, Product Sandbox, Trial Disclosure. Formulates legal and policy recommendations to implement laws and regulations. Participates in the preparation of Congressional testimony, reports, speeches, and other communication tools.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with Bureau staff responsible for market research, innovation, data analytics research, enforcement, prioritization, legislation, regulations, legal, external affairs, and community engagement and outreach, as well as with other federal and state policy, and enforcement outreach and compliance agency staff.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • Public Trust Background investigation will be required.

Minimum Qualifications for CN-53:

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

2. Bar Membership: Applicants must be a current member 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. Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, or equivalent, that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Requires demonstrated research and analytical ability, public policy interest, and strong oral and written communication skills. Experience in the areas specified in the Job Summary section of this announcement is strongly desired.

  • Demonstrated research and analytical ability, public policy interest; AND
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; AND
  • Experience with FinTech, alternative data, and innovation, as well as fair lending law, policy and regulations.

    Please Note: - Experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.

Specialized Experience For the CN-53:
  • Three (3) years of related legal experience. Such experience must include experience as a licensed attorney or directly related in order to be creditable, (Law Clerk experience may not be qualifying experience for the experience requirements*) OR
  • You must have twelve months of specialized experience at the CN-52 level (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.

    *To be qualifying experience, Law Clerkships must be post law school for the CN-53.


You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


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 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.
- Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- This position is eligible for bargaining unit representation.
- This position is eligible for telework per Bureau policy.

- Subject to a trial period is required (unless already completed).
- Must successfully complete a public trust background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
- 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.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- 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.

Ethics: Consumer Financial Protection 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, Bureau employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (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. BCFP's regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys. Applicants may review the Bureau's ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at . Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Bureau Ethics Office at .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements. The following questions are for information gathering purposes only.

Veterans preference is not applied but considered a positive factor.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). Please ensure all required documents, including any required work samples, narratives, or other materials as stated in this announcement, are attached to your application package. Documents can be uploaded under the category of "Cover Letter".

1. Your resume must identify the law school from which you graduated and include your bar membership information. Your resume must also demonstrate how you meet at least the minimum qualifications for this position, as well as the specialized experience requirements of the position.

2. 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. Compensably disabled 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 the OPM Forms Page. For more information on veteran's preference, click here .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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