Attorney Advisor (Legislation)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 20, 2020
Closes
Nov 28, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The position is in MSPB's Office of General Counsel and is responsible for legislative relations for the agency as a whole, providing expert level advice to the agency in regards to legislation, appropriations, and Congressional oversight. The incumbent also serves as the primary attorney for the agency's Inspector General program, performing complaint intake and conducting audits and investigations. On occasion, the incumbent may be asked to perform other Office of General Counsel work.

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Responsibilities

  • The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Manages staff activities to put together legislative proposals that the Board will sponsor and propose to the Congress.
  • Manages the clearing of legislative proposals through the involved agencies and through the official legislative clearance process under the control of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Manages the preparation of agency officials to testify before Congress. This includes preparing testimony and backup materials and staging briefings for the officials.
  • Manages the implementation of new legislation that affects the laws relating to Federal employment or the appeal rights of Federal employees or the programs, policies, or budgets of MSPB.
  • Analyzes issues relating to Federal employment and related areas of law and preparing staff reports and studies concerning the legislative implications of legal problems.
  • Monitors the development of legislative proposals in other agencies that will have an impact on the body of law relating to Federal employment and the appeal rights of Federal employees and on the programs and policies of MSPB.
  • Administer the agency's Inspector General functions under the direction of the General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel.
  • Performs intake of complaints routed to the Inspector General and determines the appropriate disposition of such complaints.
  • Conducts internal audits and investigations, abiding by all relevant agency policies and directives.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • This position is designated a public trust position and is subject to satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of initial background investigation as a condition of employment.
  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of a trial period.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/


Qualifications

To qualify, you must be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, Territory, or the District of Columbia and meet the following requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

-GS-905-13: A professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) plus one of the following:
a. Superior law student work plus two years of professional legal experience in legislative law or employment law applicable to federal employees and agencies, one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-12 level; or
b. Three years of professional legal experience in employment law applicable to federal employees and agencies, one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-12 Level; or
c. Second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus two years of professional legal experience in employment law applicable to federal employees and agencies, one of which must be at the level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-12 level.

-GS-905-14: A professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) plus one of the following:
a. Superior law student work plus three years of professional legal experience in legislative law or employment law applicable to federal employees and agencies, one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-13 level; or
b. Four years of professional legal experience in employment law applicable to federal employees and agencies, one of which must be at level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-13 level; or
c. Second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus three years of professional legal experience in employment law applicable to federal employees and agencies, one of which must be at the level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-13 level.

- GS-905-15: A professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) plus one of the following:
a. Superior law student work plus four years of professional legal experience in legislative law or employment law applicable to federal employees and agencies, one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-14 level; or
b. Five years of professional legal experience in employment law applicable to federal employees and agencies, one of which must be at level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-14 level; or
c. Second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus four years of professional legal experience in employment law applicable to federal employees and agencies, one of which must be at the level of difficulty comparable to the GS-905-14 level.

***If you are found qualified for this position, you will ONLY be considered at the grade level(s) for which you apply.***

Education

Please see educational qualification requirement information above.

Additional information

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: 1-800-877-8339.

MSPB IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER and employment decisions are based on merit factors only. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in an employment decision by this agency, you have the right to seek counseling to resolve your complaint. You must do so within 45 days of the alleged discrimination action. If you desire to seek counseling, call the MSPB Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at 202 653-6772, Ext 4405.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume must support the following:

You are proficient in the areas described in the Major Duties section above.
Your resume must include dates of employment and a detailed description of each position you held. Failure to do so may impact your eligibility and may remove you from consideration.

Applications will be reviewed and eligibility determined based on the qualifications listed above. Applicants who fail to provide the required information will be determined ineligible. All eligible applications will be referred for further evaluation by subject-matter experts. The selecting official may, but is not required to, consider an individual's veteran's preference status as a positive factor. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.

Law School Transcripts or List of Coursework: An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official law school transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. All education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

Writing Sample: A legal writing sample such as a brief, memorandum of law, decision letter, legislative analysis, or other material demonstrating proficiency in written legal analysis.

Cover Letter: A cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications is preferred, but not required.

DD-214 (Member 4 Copy): If you are an honorably discharged veteran who wishes to claim veteran's preference as a positive factor in your application. Please also submit an SF-15 with any other documentation required on the form, if applicable.

Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional: MUST submit a copy of an SF-50, non-award Notification of Personnel Action, which preferably shows your current grade/position. If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade. AND current Federal employees must also submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable (e.g., length of time in current position, personnel system outage, etc.).

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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