Office of Chief Counsel, IRS Honors Program - Public Contract and Technology Law (PCTL) (non-tax)

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Washington, D.C
Oct 08, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, the largest tax law firm in the country, is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team and gain valuable experience in a legal environment specializing in public contract and technology law.

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Our mission is to serve America's taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. It is a great place to work with an excellent benefits package and family-friendly atmosphere.

Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and a background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel's Honors Program offers entry-level positions that provide the opportunity to acquire significant training and experience in public contract and technology law. Honors Program positions are open to individuals each year who have superior academic qualifications or relevant experience to the work of Chief Counsel. The target start date for this position is fall 2020.

Eligibility is limited to graduating law students who will graduate from law school between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 and recent law school graduates who began participating in eligibility preserving activities within 9 months of law school graduation. Eligibility preserving activities are full-time activities starting after law school graduation that can preserve a law school graduate's eligibility for the Honors Program. The following are eligibility preserving activities: judicial clerkships, government contract-related graduate programs (including Government Contract Law LL.M. programs), or qualifying legal fellowships. Qualifying legal fellowships must have a formal sponsor (e.g., a public service organization, a foundation, a bar association, a corporation, a law school, etc.), an established legal mission (e.g., purpose, type of work), and be publicly advertised as a fellowship at the time the candidate applied to the fellowship. Fellowships must also be of fixed duration ("bridge the gap" fellowships that require fellows to continue to seek other employment and terminate when the incumbent secures permanent legal employment do not qualify). Breaks between consecutive eligibility preserving activities cannot exceed 120 days. Participation in the eligibility preserving activity must be active through at least December 1 of the application year (may run later). Law school graduates who received their J.D. prior to October 1, 2016 are ineligible.

If you are not a licensed attorney when you join our Honors Program, you will initially be brought on board as a Law Clerk. Upon admission to the bar, and demonstration of satisfactory employment during the interim period, you will be eligible for conversion to an Attorney position.

The Office of Associate Chief Counsel, General Legal Services (GLS) employs approximately 65 attorneys nationwide working in six Area Counsel Offices and three Program Branches in the National Office in Washington, D.C.

Attorneys with GLS, Public Contract and Technology Law Branch (PCTL) are principally responsible for advising IRS and Department of Treasury clients on all aspects of Federal Government procurement, contracts, and technology matters, including the handling of litigation matters before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA). As an attorney of the PCTL branch, you will:

Provide oral and written legal advice on complex legal issues on a wide variety of contracting matters involving the interpretation of applicable laws and regulations on questions including: reviewing solicitations, contract awards, limited source justifications, determinations and findings, and significant pre-award decisions, for the acquisition of goods and services; advising on contract administration; contract changes; contractor claims; equitable adjustments; terminations; contract interpretation; funding and contract type; computer security; licensing and intellectual property; indemnity and interagency agreements; information technology law matters; grants and cooperative agreements. Provide legal support to the Department of Justice in litigation brought in the federal courts, including the Court of Federal Claims and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Additional information about GLS is available on the Chief Counsel web page at .

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Limited travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position, as failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.


Required Qualifications:

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

Class Rank Requirement:
  • J.D.s: Top 25% class rank or minimum GPA of 3.4 is required (if the school does not provide class rank or GPA at the time a selection is made, a minimum LSAT of 160 is required), or
  • Government Contract Law LL.M. (including those in combined J.D./ Government Contract Law LL.M. programs): must satisfy the J.D. class rank requirement above or have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the LL.M. program (if the LL.M. program does not provide GPA, a minimum LSAT of 160 is required);
    • Must attend an ABA accredited law school; and
    • Must be a U.S. citizen.

    Attributes of an Ideal Candidate:
    • Special high-level recognition for academic excellence in law school, such as selection to Order of the Coif or receipt of the American Jurisprudence Award in related courses; or top grades in classes related to the position to be filled;
    • Evidence of background or experience in the position to be filled, such as taking relevant law school classes, participation in law school clinics and/or internship or work experience related to subject matter areas relevant to the position to be filled;
    • Work or achievement in the law school's law review or other recognized law journal;
    • Winning a moot court or mock trial competition or membership on a moot court or mock trial team


    You must have graduated with a J.D. and/or a Government Contract Law LL.M. from an ABA-accredited law school before you begin the Honors Program position.

    Additional information

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Positions may be filled in one or more of the cities indicated in the announcement.
    • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    • A one-year trial period is required.
    • Need to execute an employment tenure commitment, generally for a 3 year period.
    • Must successfully complete a 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, please 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.
    • Undergo an income tax verification.
    • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to two years of returns.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated using the requirements in the qualifications section.

    Referral: Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of the referral list and considered before non-preference-eligibles. All other candidates will be listed below those with preference. If you are among the top qualified candidates, you may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview, such as travel to and from the interview site.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Complete application packages include:
    • A resume
    • An official or unofficial transcript from your law school (an official copy will be required if you are selected)
    • An unedited writing sample (5-10 pages in length)
    • Form 6524, "Office of Chief Counsel Application" (must be submitted to determine if you meet the minimum criteria)

    A copy of Form 6524 may be downloaded from our website here .

    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). All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of Chief Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. 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. Ten-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. For more information on veterans' preference, view FedsHireVets .

    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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