Student Trainee (Legal)

Washington, D.C
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 05, 2020
Full Time


Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the summer internship will be a remote position, with the potential to transition to in-person in OIG's headquarters in Washington, D.C. This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General.
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Summer Legal Interns will perform legal research, draft briefs, and write legal memoranda. OCIG offers substantive legal work that gives interns experience in health care fraud and abuse and an opportunity to demonstrate their writing, analytical, and advocacy skills. Assignments may include drafting briefs for submission in administrative proceedings, assisting attorneys evaluating instances of fraud that are self-disclosed to the OIG, researching HHS program regulations in support of an audit, report, assisting attorneys to review documents submitted by entities under a Corporate Integrity Agreement, or performing legal research on topics related to health care fraud and abuse including the Anti-Kickback Law, the Stark Law, exclusions law, and EMTALA. OCIG will strive to give Legal Interns an opportunity to work with many of OCIG's five branches: the Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch, the Industry Guidance Branch, the Advice Branch, the Affirmative Litigation Branch, and the Exclusions Branch. Assignments are developmental and recurring in nature including functions such as the following at the GS-9 grade level:
  • Perform a variety of activities under the supervision of OCIG attorneys related to providing legal assistance for functions carried out by OCIG, which primarily include researching and writing on health law and health care topics.
  • Assist in the review of case materials, including court records, medical records, and other documents related to health care, to identify the relevant factual and legal issues necessary to prepare legal documents, including pleadings and legal memoranda.
  • Assist attorneys in preparing documents to be filed with various courts and administrative bodies. Assist attorneys in the research of legal concepts related to health care or health law, apply facts of a case to relevant law, and prepare written memoranda that summarize the research. Research OCIG's prepared legal materials, Federal court decisions, legislative histories, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulations and departmental program materials, and other similar materials.
  • Assist attorneys in the preparation of legal memoranda related to health care or health law, letters, and other legal documents and ensure that legal documents prepared are in the correct format and contain required exhibits, attachments, and other necessary materials.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S Citizenship is required.
  • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • Must complete a Pathways Agreement.


You must meet all eligibility requirements for the OIG Internship Program and all qualification requirements for the position by the closing date of this announcement.

The Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) is recruiting for 2021 Summer OIG Legal Interns with a demonstrated interest in health law and health care fraud and abuse. OCIG promotes the mission of OIG through timely, accurate, and persuasive legal advocacy and counsel to OIG's investigators, auditors and evaluators, and its law enforcement partners in the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices. The internship appointment will begin May 2021.

OCIG is divided into five branches. The Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch handles civil fraud and abuse cases involving Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs; works with the Department of Justice in the global resolution of civil False Claims Act cases; initiates administrative cases under the Civil Monetary Penalties Law; and defends the decision to exclude providers from participation in Federal health care programs. The Industry Guidance Branch issues advisory opinions to the public and the health care industry on whether an activity constitutes grounds for sanction under the Anti-Kickback Statute, or other authorities, and provides legal advice to HHS and the Department of Justice on the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Advice Branch provides legal advice on issues such as the scope and exercise of OIG's authorities and responsibilities; investigative procedures; audits and inspections; and the impact of legislative proposals. The Affirmative Litigation Branch focuses on investigating and initiating fraud cases under OIG's Civil Monetary Penalty and exclusion authorities. The Exclusions Branch promotes the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of HHS managed programs, and provides reinstatement to individuals and entities permitting them back into the Federal health care programs.

These positions are for current students enrolled at least part-time in a law (J.D.) program at an American Bar Association accredited law school, who have completed at least two full years of law school by the beginning of the internship. Joint-Degree students who are simultaneously completing a J.D. degree and a graduate degree (whether an LL.M or non-legal graduate degree) may also apply.

This is an excepted service appointment under the OIG Internship Program and will not exceed September 30, 2021. This appointment does not allow for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent appointment in the federal service.

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a position education requirement, as indicated below. A complete transcript showing relevant coursework and degrees must be submitted with your application package. A list of completed courses or incomplete transcripts will not be accepted.

Internship Eligibility Requirements:

Current students enrolled in a law (J.D.) program at an American Bar Association accredited law school enrolled at least part-time, who have completed at least two full years of law school by the beginning of the internship. Current, joint-degree students who are simultaneously completing a J.D. degree and a graduate degree, who have completed at two full years of law school.

Minimum Qualifications:

To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, the applicant must have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

Note: 18 semester hours is equivalent to 1 year of graduate education.

If you fail to submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, you will be deemed ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

Claimed experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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. Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.


Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link:

Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Additional information

Security and Background Requirements: A Public Trust background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy),or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. 10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: . For more information on veterans' preference, go to: .

EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

Benefits for Students: You will earn annual and sick leave if your appointment exceeds 90 days, enjoy Federal paid holidays, and be able to participate in the Transhare Subsidy Benefit Program. Pathways Internship Program participants are considered temporary employees, and most generally are not entitled to health and life insurance benefits. However, once you have been continuously employed for a year, and meet other requirements, you may be eligible to enroll in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. Pathways Internship Program participants are generally not eligible for retirement coverage.

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 for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed application and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your application will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following Competencies.
  • Attention to Detail
  • Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence
  • Writing
Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your application. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be adjusted accordingly which may affect your overall final rating. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

This agency uses Category Rating Procedures. Under Delegated Examining, we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  • Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • The Category Rating Process protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed at the top of the highest quality category.

    To view the application form, visit:

    Selections may be made for vacancies across the entire Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). By applying, you agree to allow your application and other personal information to be shared with one or more HHS hiring officials for employment consideration for same/similar positions within the location(s) identified in this announcement.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    A resume showing relevant experience (cover letter option). Proof of enrollment and transcript.

    Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript. However, an official transcript from an accredited educational institution may be required if you are selected for the position.

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • Other (1)
    • Professional Certification
    • Proof of Enrollment
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • Transcript
    • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
    • Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)
    • College transcript (if qualifying all or in part based on your education
    • Veterans' Preference documentation - If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy - 4) and, if applicable, and Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces that supports your claim.
    Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript. However, an official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position. All required documents must be uploaded as a scanned document. Smartphone screenshots or photographs will not be accepted.

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    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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