Attorney Advisor (General)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 17, 2020
Closes
Sep 25, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Office of Regional Counsel in the National Capital Region has an immediate opening for a government contract attorney to primarily support the Federal Acquisition Service.

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Responsibilities

Primary duties include assisting the Regional Counsel and supervisory attorneys on legal matters involving a full range of federal information technology contracts and other contracts for supplies and services. The attorney will render advice on procurement, contract administration, and the application of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Ancillary duties may include limited time assisting the Regional Counsel and supervisory attorneys on legal matters involving federal service and construction contracts. Other ancillary duties may include ensuring that the office provides effective legal advice on the laws, regulations, and guidance applicable to agency programs, including, facilities management, fiscal/appropriations law issues, information law, environmental law, and ethics. The incumbent may be called upon to support GSA or Department of Justice (DOJ) litigation attorneys in defending bid protests or contract claims, and, on occasion, may take the lead in litigation matters.

Prior experience in the following areas is preferred: Federal government contract law in the field of contracting for supplies and services and contracting for information technology solutions; working with the FAR and Multiple Award Schedules. Prior course work or experience in the following additional areas is beneficial: fiscal/appropriations law, interagency transactions, real estate transactions, property management, and environmental laws and regulations.

GSA provides workplaces by constructing, managing, and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. GSA's acquisition solutions offer private sector professional services, equipment, supplies, and IT to government organizations and the military. GSA also promotes management best practices and efficient government operations through the development of government wide policies.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required. This position may entail travel nationwide.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - The promotion potential is at the GS-13 grade level.

Requirements

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 one 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 (DHS) e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.


Qualifications

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.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here .

TheGS-12 salary range starts at $86,335.00 per year.

TheGS-13 salary range starts at $102,663.00 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 a professional law degree (J.D., LL.M., or, S.J.D.); AND
  • Bar Membership: You must be an active member of the Bar and in good standing in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; AND
  • GS-12 - Experience: You must have two years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Experience must have included administrative law, experience in transactions related to federal contracting, or litigation experience. Applicant also must demonstrate the ability to manage large projects independently, assimilate large amounts of materials quickly, balance a large and diverse caseload, and work effectively in a team with other attorneys and support staff and experience coordinating/organizing the work or activities of other employees or team members is also preferred.
  • GS-13 - Experience: You must have three years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Experience must have included administrative law, experience in transactions related to federal contracting, or litigation experience. Applicant also must demonstrate the ability to manage large projects independently, assimilate large amounts of materials quickly, balance a large and diverse caseload, and work effectively in a team with other attorneys and support staff and experience coordinating/organizing the work or activities of other employees or team members is also preferred.


  • 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: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    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, such as reassignment, transfer, reinstatement, or a noncompetitive action, or not at all.

    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 assess your overall possession of the competencies/knowledges, skills, and abilities listed below.

    1. Skill in research, analyzing facts, and preparing guidance consistent with the Competition in Contracting Act, Federal Acquisitions Regulation, Federal fiscal law, and other laws and regulations.

    2. Knowledge of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regulations and the rules of the Civilian Board of Contracts Appeals (CBCA), generally, sufficient to determine the validity of protests and contract claims, and to present the Government's position before the CBCA and GAO.

    3. Ability to recognize issues, interpret laws, analyze facts and apply applicable law in rendering advice and opinions.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    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 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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