Attorney Advisor (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
District of Columbia, D.C
Posted
Jul 17, 2019
Closes
Jul 19, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

We are looking for highly skilled attorneys with a call to public service to round out our OIG Office of Counsel. To accomplish this, we need attorneys with exceptional skills in the areas of legal research and writing, oral communication and presentation, collaboration, investigation and fact development, issue spotting, problem solving, and workload management to support our clients in fulfilling OIG's critical oversight mission.

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Responsibilities

As an Attorney Advisor (General) in the Office of Counsel's GLD you will provide legal advice, services, and policy recommendations to the Inspector General and his/her nationwide staff of auditors, information technology experts, investigators, and program analysts. Typical work assignments may include:
    • Providing legal advice and policy recommendations to the Inspector General and the various OIG program offices on criminal, civil, and administrative matters, and program fraud, involving a wide range of legal areas that are handled primarily by attorneys staffed into two sections within GLD as specified below:
    • Fiscal (budget and appropriations), contracts, cybersecurity, grants, and disaster relief; and,Criminal procedure, investigative techniques, transportation security, immigration, border security, counter-terrorism, and intelligence.
    • Reviewing and providing legal advice on audits, evaluations, inspections, investigations and special reviews. This may include working with program office teams during every project phase, such as planning, drafting investigative plans, gathering information, drafting reports, and finalizing and clearing reports.
    • Review administrative subpoenas and Federal Tort Claims Act claims.
    • Conducting legal research addressing complicated and novel issues of law by examining Federal and state statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, court decisions, and legislative hearings and committee reports, and by analyzing factual, technical, and legal issues.
    • Serving as OIG liaison with DHS' Office of the General Counsel and DHS components' counsel in connection with providing legal advice to OIG operating units. Serving as OIG liaison to the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with civil and criminal matters arising out of OIG's operations and activities.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • 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 secret security clearance
  • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing
  • Proof of Bar membership is required
  • Financial disclosure is required
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Completion of one year trial period may be required.


Qualifications

To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least five (5) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level.

To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level.

Applicants must have a J.D. degree and 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.

Applicants must also have significant experience conducting in-depth legal research and drafting complex legal documents with little supervision, quickly producing superior written work product requiring little revision, and have excellent academic credentials.

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.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date.

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.

Education

Education requirements include: a professional law degree, J.D., LL.B., and /or LL.M (you must provide a copy of your transcript showing proof of graduation). 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.

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.

Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position. Type of information that may be reviewed in an investigation, e.g., a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
  • Oral Communication
  • Reasoning
  • Writing


This announcement is being filled using the Schedule A Hiring Authority 5 CFR 213.3102 (D) under Excepted Service procedures. Applicants who meet the qualifications for the position and submit a resume and law school transcript will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the announcement.

Upon review, your resume and supporting documents must show evidence that you have the required qualifications.

Preview the job questionnaire here https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10540142

Promotion Potential: The full performance level of this position is GS-15. Management may select at any of the grade levels announced (GS-14 or GS-15) for which an applicant is qualified. Applicants selected below the full performance level of GS-15 will have promotion opportunity to the full performance level without further competition when the incumbent is eligible and recommended by management for promotion. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

1. A Cover Letter
2. Your resume
3. Writing Sample Exhibiting Legal Analysis
4. Bar Credentials
5. Your responses to the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10540142
6. Your completed and signed OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment .
7. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.
8. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information .
9. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit:
  • a copy of your agency notice,
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
  • a copy of you most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
10. Are you a current or former federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
11. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
  • Position title
  • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
  • Agency
  • Beginning and ending dates of appointment


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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