Special Counsel for Administrative Remedies

Washington, D.C
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Full Time


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  • The incumbent of this position serves as Special Counsel for the Administrative Remedies Division (ARD) in the DOE/OIG. The incumbent serves as Debarment and Senior Compliance Counsel, providing expert advice, supervision, and support regarding the application of the DOE Suspension and Debarment process and ethics program, making suspension and debarment recommendations to the Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General and DOE Suspending and Debarring Official (SDO) under the nonprocurement suspension and debarment regulation at 2 CFR Part 180, adopted by DOE at 2 CFR. Part 1400, which covers nonprocurement transactions, such as grants, cooperative agreements, and oil and gas leases; and under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 CFR Part 9.4, which covers procurement. The ARD reviews concerns regarding the integrity or history of poor performance of contractors, participants, or financial assistance recipients and, through the Inspector General and makes recommendations to the DOE Chief Counsel for administrative actions. The ARD is also responsible for negotiating, recommending, and monitoring compliance and ethics agreements, including the investigation or review of alleged breaches of such agreements.
  • The Special Counsel will supervise staff in conducting legal research and preparation of memoranda or final reports that establish basis for recommendations and conclusions and plan work to be accomplished by his/her subordinates, determine work priorities and prepare work schedules for completion of work.
  • The Special Counsel must possess excellent judgment and discretion, strong critical thinking, legal analysis, and writing skills, and the ability to formulate effective, original, and practical solutions to complex problems. Must also be able to work effectively with the DOE Office of the General Counsel, other OIG program offices and Department officials to provide high-quality, effective legal analysis and recommendations directly to the Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General and Assistant Inspector Generals on a time-sensitive basis.

Travel Required

50% or less - This position requires 25% or greater travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Successful completion of a background and security investigation.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • See Required Documents.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Q security clearance.

Upon reporting, and on an annual basis thereafter, you will be required to file a financial statement and/or a procurement integrity certification. These certifications may be subject to public disclosure.


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications, if applicable, listed below.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements (narrative or bullet format acceptable) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the ECQs. You must address each ECQ separately. You are required to respond to all ECQs. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as 'ineligible.' Additional information on the ECQs is available at Guide to SES Qualifications.

Each accomplishment should be clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and results of your actions. Please limit your written statements to two pages per ECQ.

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must submit written statements specifically addressing each MTQs. Statements should not exceed two pages per MTQ. You must address each technical qualifications separately.

1. Demonstrated awareness and in-depth understanding of current suspension and debarment regulations in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 C.F.R. Subpart 9.4 and 48 C.F.R. Part 1409, and in the Nonprocurement Suspension and Debarment Rule at 2 C.F.R. Part 180, adopted by DOE at 2 C.F.R. 1400.

2. Demonstrated ability to lead investigations of facts in support of allegations of poor performance on Agency-funded projects, to make recommendations to the Inspector General on appropriate course of action, and to lead the development and preparation of Action Referral Memoranda (ARMs) for issuance of notices of suspension and/or debarment.

3. Demonstrated experience assisting the Department of Energy's Suspension and Debarment Officers in handling the Government's case in suspension and debarment proceedings, including 1) assisting in case strategy development and execution; 2) depending on the type of proceeding, assisting in preparing opening and closing arguments, direct- and cross-examination of witnesses, briefs, motions, written submissions and appeals through final case closing; and 3) coordinating in negotiating and preparing recommended administrative agreements with high-level opposing counsel for endorsement by the Inspector General and Chief Counsel to ensure that all DOE and other Federal interests are addressed and protected.

4. Demonstrated experience as an organization's ethics officer, including the ability to educate and train employees on ethical issues, field questions and provide guidance regarding ethical issues, and review confidential and public financial disclosure forms.

In addition to answering the Executive Core Qualifications and the Mandatory Technical Competencies' above, all applicants MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETED RESUME (Please limit your resume to no more than 5 pages).

Your resume must contain the following information and written proof may be requested at a later time.

1. Title, series, grade, and vacancy announcement number for which you wish to be considered.

2. Full name and contact information, including daytime and evening telephone numbers, home mailing address and email address.

3. U.S. Citizenship.

4. Any educational history referenced is subject to verification.

5. Professional credentials, including year achieved and status.

6. Awards and professional honors.

7. The highest Federal service grade and series that you have held and your position at that time.

8. Job title, grade, series, career tenure, and duties of all positions you believe are relevant to this position. For each position, provide the employer's name and address; supervisors name and phone number, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked, and salary. Please indicate whether your current supervisor may be contacted.


Must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree and be an active member of the bar in good standing in any state, U.S. Territory, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Additional information

You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.

Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

The Department of Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, union membership, or other non-qualifying physical or mental handicaps. The OIG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

DO NOT SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

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 on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Your application will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel. Highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. Unless you have already been previously certified by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB), your Executive Core Qualifications must be certified by a QRB prior to appointment.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Resume (not to exceed 5 pages). Resume prepared in response to a resume-based vacancy announcement for this SES position should demonstrated that you possess the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and give information about your accomplishments.

2. Current or Former Federal employees must provide a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service.

3. Graduates of an OPM certified SES Candidate Program must submit a copy of the program graduation/certification document.

4. Most Recent Performance Appraisal Rating.

5. Transcript(s) - Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

6. Proof of membership: In good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

7. Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) statements should not exceed 2 pages of narratives per qualification.

8. Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ) statements should not exceed 2 pages of narratives per qualification.

Note: Please do not submit additional materials (e.g. DD Form 214, performance plans/evaluations, letters of recommendation); they will not be considered.

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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