Attorney Advisor (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 15, 2019
Closes
Aug 22, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Administrative Law Division, Washington, DC

Relocation expenses will not be paid.
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Responsibilities

The incumbent will serve as an Attorney in the Office of General Counsel, Administrative Law Division, and is responsible for overseeing and managing complex administrative law issues, problems, and projects. Responsibilities will include coordinating advice on collateral legal questions arising from the FCC's implementation of the Communications Act of 1934, including questions arising from the Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts, Ex Parte/Sunshine Rules, Sunshine Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Congressional Review Act, Data Quality Act, Peer Review Guidelines, Federal Register Procedures, Federal Records Act, Administrative Appeals, and other federal and FCC regulations and procedures. The incumbent may also be asked to advise on other general law matters including Intellectual Property, Federal Advisory Committee Act, FISMA, Employment Law, Labor Relations, Debt Collection, Federal Tort Claims, Environmental Law, and other related issues and projects.

He/she reports directly to the Deputy Associate General Counsel for General Law, Administrative Law Division. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

Analyzes legal problems, cases, legislative proposals, or changes in regulations and policies; investigates facts, researches legal precedents, and defines legal, factual, and policy issues; and develops conclusions and recommendations.

Conducts research, analyzes findings, and applies pertinent statutes, judicial decisions, administrative regulations and decisions, and agreements, as well as original legal reasoning, to the solution of very complex administrative law matters involving, for example, interagency agreements and understandings, Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act law, investigations, and other issues involving the Agency.

Meets with portfolio Bureau/Office managers to discuss questionable areas and to obtain supporting information. Directs actions to modify, expand or reverse findings. Provides ongoing advice and information to the Associate General Counsel and Deputy Associate General Counsel on a broad range of Administrative Law and related legal issues.

Keeps abreast of legal, legislative, and regulatory developments affecting the Commission by reviewing court and Commission decisions, professional publications, and trade press, and by researching legislation, decisions, opinions and regulations.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Bar Membership Required.
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.
  • US Citizenship.


Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must meet both professional law experience and specialized experience.

Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience: Applicants for the GS-14 grade level must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

To Qualify for the GS-14: Applicant must possess at least three years of professional law experience.

Examples of specialized experience include: Experience interpreting and applying the Communications Act of 1934 and/or federal administrative law statutes and regulations such as the Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts, Ex Parte/Sunshine Rules, Sunshine Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Congressional Review Act, Data Quality Act, Peer Review Guidelines, Federal Register Procedures, Federal Records Act, Administrative Appeals, and other federal and FCC regulations and procedures; skill in analyzing complex legal and technical issues; experience preparing comprehensive legal documents; the ability to communicate and interact with individuals at varying levels of authority.

Specialized Experience: Applicants for the GS-15 grade level must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.

To Qualify for the GS-15: Applicant must possess at least four years of professional law experience.

Examples of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level include: Experience researching, interpreting, and applying law to novel questions arising from the Communications Act of 1934 and/or federal administrative law statutes and regulations such as the Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts, Ex Parte/Sunshine Rules, Sunshine Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Congressional Review Act, Data Quality Act, Peer Review Guidelines, Federal Register Procedures, Federal Records Act, Administrative Appeals, and other FCC regulations and procedures; skill in analyzing complex legal and technical issues and providing recommendations or solutions; experience preparing comprehensive legal documents; the ability to communicate and interact with individuals at varying levels of authority both orally and in writing.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Education

You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Education requirements include: a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All candidates will be considered without regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, nondisqualifying physical or mental handicap, age, or any other nonmerit factor. THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions and/or do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible. Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy
questions.

There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

1. the core questions
2. the vacancy questions
3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, and bar certificate); and
4. your resume.

Applicants will be rated ineligible if they do not respond to job-specific questions, provide supplemental documents, and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process.

You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):

  • Skill in written communication in order to develop complex legal documents.
  • Skill in oral communication.
  • Knowledge of administrative law and other statutes and regulations that would be applicable to the FCC, including the Communications Act of 1934, Administrative Procedure Act, Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts, Ex Parte/Sunshine Rules, Sunshine Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Congressional Review Act, Data Quality Act, Peer Review Guidelines, Federal Register Procedures, Federal Records Act, Administrative Appeals, and other FCC regulations and procedures.
  • Ability to research and analyze legal issues.


  • CTAP/ICTAP: To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the well-qualified standards for the position. A well-qualified applicant must satisfy the following criteria: In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, including selective factors, education, and experience requirements, the applicant must be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.

    Please click on the following link for more information on CTAP/ICTAP https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    ***ALL SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE FCC'S HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ONCE YOU APPLY TO THIS VACANCY YOU WILL BE PROMPTED BY THE SYSTEM TO EITHER UPLOAD DOCUMENTS OR PRINT FAX COVERSHEETS - THE FAX NUMBER WILL BE LISTED ON THIS SHEET. IF FAXING, ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED SHOULD BE FAXED SEPARATELY ON THE FAX COVERSHEET PROVIDED. ONCE FAXED, YOU SHOULD RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION WITHIN AN HOUR. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION, YOUR FAX HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RECEIVED AND YOU SHOULD FAX AGAIN.

    IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FAX THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT 418-0130 PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.***

    Supplement Documents Required:

    Employees must provide a legible Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.

    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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