Washington, D.C
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 27, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Office of General Counsel (OGC). The incumbent serves as an Attorney-Adviser, performing the full range of legal duties in support of ONDCP's mission.
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As an ATTORNEY-ADVISER (GENERAL), GS-0905-14, your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Provides legal services under the direction of senior attorneys who are responsible for the establishment, direction, and coordination of the legal activities and functions of ONDCP; performs a variety of important confidential, sensitive, and urgent assignments.
  • Assists senior-level attorneys with analysis of legal issues concerning regulations, statutes, and appropriations. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to: Appropriations law, civil litigation, Federal personnel law, information disclosure law (i.e., Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act disclosures), procurement law, ethics and administrative law.
  • Reviews the Federal Register, newly enacted statutes, pertinent state Registers, legal and legislative reporting services, and other sources of laws, regulations and directives and advises the ONDCP staff of the probable or actual effect of such matters and provides input to ONDCP legislative initiatives; drafts legislative proposals in accordance with guidance from senior attorneys.
  • Provides legal advice and prepares opinions on ONDCP matters. Prepares or issues briefings and guidance, and functions as an agency legal adviser.
  • Reviews and determines the legality of reports and proposed administrative actions; advises and makes recommendations regarding adverse matters, many of them are sensitive in nature, including the required content of organizational orders.
  • Provides general administrative law guidance to special committees, working groups, and initiatives, to include transformation initiatives.
  • Examines memoranda and correspondence in the development and coordination of ONDCP's legal positions on issues among the various components of the EOP and Federal agencies. Assists with the drafting of legal documents, advisory opinions, executive orders, reports, memoranda, and testimony analyzing factual, policy, and legal issues of interest to the Director, ONDCP.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level)


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree and be a graduate from a full course study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Examples of specialized experience are:

You may qualify at the GS-14 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that demonstrates your ability to provide legal services under the direction of senior attorneys who are responsible for the establishment, direction, and coordination of the organization's legal activities.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs & Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: . For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement:

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Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
  • Person with Disabilities - Schedule A
  • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • Special Hiring Authorities for Certain Military Spouses
  • Other Special Appointment Authorities
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses in the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • College transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement or if you are utilizing education as part of your qualifications
  • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). Please do not submit an Award SF-50 as it does not identify all the required information needed for eligibility verification
  • If you are currently on an Excepted Service appointment as an Attorney, GS-0905, please upload your SF-50 showing you meet time in grade requirements, for consideration
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty for Veterans being considered under Veteran hiring authorities. DD-214 must be a Member 4 or Service 2 copy that reflects the type of discharge/character of service
  • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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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