Student Trainee (Legal)

Washington, D.C
Oct 13, 2019
Oct 17, 2019
Full Time


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for HHS fights fraud, waste and abuse in HHS programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Healthcare Marketplaces, NIH, FDA, CDC and more. HHS OIG is the largest Federal inspector general's office, employing a nationwide network of auditors, investigators, attorneys, and evaluators to provide program recommendations to decision-makers, distribute educational resources to the industry and public, and investigate cases to root out fraud.
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Summer Legal Interns will perform legal research, draft briefs, and write legal memoranda. OCIG offers substantive legal work that gives interns experience in health care fraud and abuse and an opportunity to demonstrate their writing, analytical, and advocacy skills. Assignments may include drafting briefs for submission in administrative proceedings, assisting attorneys evaluating instances of fraud that are self-disclosed to the OIG, researching HHS program regulations in support of an audit, report, assisting attorneys to review documents submitted by entities under a Corporate Integrity Agreement, or performing legal research on topics related to health care fraud and abuse including the Anti-Kickback Law, the Stark Law, exclusions law, and EMTALA. Legal Interns will have the opportunity to work with all four branches of OCIG: the Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch, the Industry Guidance Branch, the Advice Branch, and the Affirmative Litigation Branch. Assignments are developmental and recurring in nature including functions such as the following at the GS-9 grade level:
  • Perform a variety of activities under the supervision of OCIG attorneys related to providing legal assistance for functions carried out by OCIG, which primarily include researching and writing on health law and health care topics.
  • Assist in the review of case materials, including court records, medical records, and other documents related to health care, to identify the relevant factual and legal issues necessary to prepare legal documents, including pleadings and legal memoranda.
  • Assist attorneys in preparing documents to be filed with various courts and administrative bodies. Assist attorneys in the research of legal concepts related to health care or health law, apply facts of a case to relevant law, and prepare written memoranda that summarize the research. Research OCIG's prepared legal materials, Federal court decisions, legislative histories, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulations and departmental program materials, and other similar materials.
  • Assist attorneys in the preparation of legal memoranda related to health care or health law, letters, and other legal documents and ensure that legal documents prepared are in the correct format and contain required exhibits, attachments, and other necessary materials.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • Must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
Internship Eligibility Requirements:

Current students enrolled in a law (J.D.) program at an American Bar Association accredited law school enrolled at least part-time, who have completed at least two full years of law school by the beginning of the internship. Current, joint-degree students who are simultaneously completing a J.D. degree and a graduate degree, who have completed at two full years of law school.

Selected applicants must commit to working a minimum of 35 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks, in OCIG's headquarters in Washington, DC.

You must meet all eligibility requirements for the Pathway Internship Program and minimum qualifications requirements for the position by the closing date of this announcement.


The Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) is recruiting for 2020 Summer OIG Legal Interns with a demonstrated interest in health law and health care fraud and abuse. OCIG promotes the mission of OIG through timely, accurate, and persuasive legal advocacy and counsel to OIG's investigators, auditors and evaluators, and its law enforcement partners in the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices. The internship appointment will begin on May 26, 2020.

OCIG is divided into four branches. The Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch handles civil fraud and abuse cases involving Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs; works with the Department of Justice in the global resolution of civil False Claims Act cases; initiates administrative cases under the Civil Monetary Penalties Law; and defends the decision to exclude providers from participation in Federal health care programs. The Industry Guidance Branch issues advisory opinions to the public and the health care industry on whether an activity constitutes grounds for sanction under the Anti-Kickback Statute, or other authorities, and provides legal advice to HHS and the Department of Justice on the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Advice Branch provides legal advice on issues such as the scope and exercise of OIG's authorities and responsibilities; investigative procedures; audits and inspections; and the impact of legislative proposals. The Affirmative Litigation Branch is a team of attorneys and professional staff focused on investigating and initiating health care fraud cases under OIG's Civil Monetary Penalty and exclusions authorities.

These positions are for current students enrolled at least part-time in a law (J.D.) program at an American Bar Association accredited law school, who have completed at least two full years of law school by the beginning of the internship. Joint-Degree students who are simultaneously completing a J.D. degree and a graduate degree (whether an LL.M or non-legal graduate degree) may also apply.

This is an excepted service appointment under the OIG Internship Program and will not exceed September 30, 2020. This appointment does not allow for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent appointment in the federal service.

This positions includes a Quality Ranking Factor. Applicants displaying participation in coursework or experience in health care is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:

To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, the applicant must have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

Note: 18 semester hours is equivalent to 1 year of graduate education.

If you fail to submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, you will be deemed ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

Claimed experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work.

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the qualifications by 11:59 EST on 10/16/2019.


Education must be from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants should report only attendance and/or degrees from accredited institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Additional information

Security and Background Requirements: A Public Trust background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

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. 10 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. An SF-15 may be found at: . For more information on veterans' preference, go to: .

EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed application and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your application will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

The self-assessment questions relate to the following Competencies:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence
  • Quality Ranking Factor
  • Writing

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your application.

Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

This agency uses Category Rating Procedures. Under Delegated Examining, we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  • Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • The Category Rating Process protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed at the top of the highest quality category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    NCS/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume
  • Assessment Questionnaire (submission online)
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Cover Letter expressing interest in the position
  • Legal writing sample, not to exceed 5 pages
  • Veterans Preference documentation, if applicable
  • Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript. However, an official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position. All required documents must be uploaded as a scanned document. Smartphone screenshots or photographs will not be accepted.

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    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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