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


This General Attorney (Contract Law) position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor (SOL), Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services (MALS) and provides legal advice and litigation services on procurement law, government contracting, suspension and debarment, and related subjects. The attorney represents the Department in bid protests, contract claims and other matters before a variety of adjudicators.

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The attorney selected will join the Procurement Law Counsel Area team in the Management and Administrative Legal Services Division of the Office of the Solicitor. The attorney will provide legal services on Federal Government procurement and acquisition law, helping to litigate bid protests and contract claims before the GAO and in other forums, advising management officials and the Department's contracting community on government contract issues, and providing legal analysis and support for the Department of Labor's acquisition and procurement integrity policies and programs. The attorney will help advise client agency officials at all levels on complex, sensitive, and fast-moving issues. Among other duties, the attorney hired will:
* Identify, research and analyze procurement or contract law issues and prepare legal opinions to help the Department revolve such issues.

* Provide legal advice on Departmental procurements, contracts, and related policies, including review of solicitation, contract, and limited-source contract documents.

* Represent the Department in bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) or in contract claim actions before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. The attorney will also serve as agency counsel assisting Department of Justice trial counsel in contract matters before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

* Provide advice to officials and agencies across the Department on government contracts and procurement matters, operations and systems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and the supervisor's recommendation.


Conditions of Employment

  • Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, or non-citizen as allowed by law.
  • This position is included in the bargaining unit.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


To qualify for this position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory, or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of skills and experience indicated below for each grade level.

GS-12, one (1) year post J.D. of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

GS-13, two (2) years post J.D. of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

GS-14, three (3) years post J.D. of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least two years of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Note: An LL.M may be substituted for a maximum of one year experience.

Specialized experience is defined as experience researching, analyzing and/or litigating legal issues involved in federal procurement and government contracts law.


Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors. Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise. A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.

Evaluation Factors:

1. Documented knowledge of procurement law. Of additional value is knowledge in fiscal, appropriations, administrative, grant and/or intellectual property law.

2. Experience in providing legal advisory services in the area of Federal procurement and government contracts.

3. Experience in performing procurement litigation responsibilities before the Government Accountability Office, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (or similar boards), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and/or U.S. District Courts. These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: preparing Agency Reports or other substantive briefs in connection with GAO protests; drafting pleadings; providing advice on assembling Rule 4 files for the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals; preparing witnesses for hearings; handling depositions and/or testimony being provided.

4. Excellent legal research and writing abilities, including strong organizational and analytical skills in presenting written arguments.

5. Ability to effectively communicate with high-level officials, supervisors, staff, colleagues, and clients.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above.

Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

- Bar Certification: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. This letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcement.

- Transcripts: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you have completed your first professional law degree. Applicants who claim substitution of education for experience with an LL.M must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable):
Attorney appointments within the Department of Labor are positions in the excepted service, not the competitive service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference in attorney appointments; however, the Department of Labor considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. In order to receive positive consideration, you must indicate your eligibility, in response to the appropriate item on the vacancy questionnaire. Additionally, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, a VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability which indicates the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty ) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration. Additional information is available in the Vet's Guide .

You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring .

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents: These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory, but may be submitted and are encouraged.

Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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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