Attorney-Adviser (General)

Washington, D.C
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
Full Time


As a Attorney-Adviser (General) , you will be providing legal advice on a labor and ethics law.

Location of Position: GSA, Office of General Counsel (OGC), National Capital Region, 301 7th Street SW, Washington, DC.

The Office of General Counsel is responsible for providing sound and timely legal advice and representation to GSA clients, with the exception of counsel to the Office of Inspector General and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.

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Provides legal advice on the laws, regulations, and guidance applicable to agency ethics programs, serving as the day-to-day lead for the regional ethics program including providing ethics opinions on a variety of topic and managing the confidential financial disclosure program. Provides advice and assists with the resolution of legal issues involving the Ethics in Government Act and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, as well as interpreting the agency's own authorizing legislation and legislative history. Advises the Regional Counsel and agency managers concerning labor and employment matters including proposed personnel actions. Defends the agency against claims of discrimination, harrassment, prohibited personnel practices, or retaliation, disputes arising under labor agreements and charges of unfair labor practices and other miscellaneous personnel/employment issues. Provides advice in limited circumstances on procurement, contract administration and the application of the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Serves as a labor relations litigator and advisor, including analyzing and recommending disposition of cases, providing support of litigation counsel and/or providing direct representation on litigation matters.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be necessary for meetings/training.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Meet all eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must have registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.
  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES politcal appointee
  • Serve a two year trial period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

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The GS-13 salary range starts at $99,172.00 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must possess all of the following:
  • Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and possession of at least the initial professional law degree (J.D.); AND
  • Bar Membership: You must be an active member of the bar; in good standing of a State, a Territory of the United States, District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ; AND,
  • Experience: Applicant must have at least 3 years of professional legal experience acquired after being admitted to the bar. Experience must include work in the fields of Federal litigation, appropriations laws, procurement/acquisition law, interagency agreements, information technology, real estate law, resolving claims, ethics laws, and/or employment law. Experience must demonstrate working on large projects, assimilating large amounts of materials quickly, balancing competing priorities, and working effectively in a team with other attorneys and support staff.

  • Education

    Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    Bargaining Unit: Not Applicable

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. It is excluded from provisions of the career transition assistance program.

    Before being hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application if you have not done this. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subjected to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

    On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:
    • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
    • Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

    Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior non-Federal work experience or uniformed service experience.

    All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal infromation may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

    We are currently filling only one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area, as needed, through other means, or not at all.

    This is not a virtual position and the selectee will be expected to report to the duty station in this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be rated according to qualifications, general experience, specialized experience, demonstrated ability and willingness to meet requirements of position, and demonstrated interest in the practice area. Eligible candidates are evaluated on your resume to access your overall possession of the competencies/knowledges, skills, and ablilities listed below.
  • Knowledge of Federal ethics laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, including the Hatch Act.

    1a. Skill in applying the federal confidential financial disclosure process and procedures.

    1b. Skill in applying knowledge of the Ethics in Government Act and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.

    1c. Skill in conducting legal research, legal analysis and preparing legal opinions.
    1d. Ability to apply mature judgment in assessing the practical implications or alternative solutions to complex legal problems.
  • Knowledge of Federal labor and employment laws and regulations, including decisions by the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision Administration Judges, and arbitrators.
  • Knowledge of Government contracting and the statutes, rules and regulations, and policies governing Federal procurement, including relevant statutes and procedures governing Federal rulemaking actions, including the OFPP Act and administrative law.
  • Ability to apply professional legal knowledge and training, reflected in part by admission to the bar, to recognize issues, analyze facts and apply applicable law in rendering advice and opinions.
    4a. Skill in litigation and negotiation techniques.

  • We will verify your resume supports/possesses the above competencies/knowledges, skills, and abilities listed.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.
    • If you are claiming veterans preference:

    a. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.

    b. If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:
      • completed SF-15 form; and
      • proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
    • If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
    • If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
    • Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit your SF-50.
    • Current or Former Federal Employees: Submit your latest SF-50 or similar agency form that shows the position, title, series, and grade.
    • College/Law School Transcripts: Submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s)/law school transcript(s) if the qualifications for this announcement have an education requirement, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education. See Application of Qualification Standards at OPM's General Schedule Qualification Policies website for information on crediting education
    • Bar Membership: Submit proof of active membership in good standing (Copy of Certification) of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar.

    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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