Attorney-Adviser (Finance)

Washington, D.C
Dec 05, 2020
Dec 11, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of the Treasury, Departmental Offices (DO), Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Assistant General Counsel (Banking and Finance). The incumbent is an attorney on the staff of the Assistant General Counsel (Banking and Finance) who provides legal assistance to the Under Secretary (Domestic Finance) and the Office of Domestic Finance and the Assistant Secretary (Economic Policy) and the Office of Economic Policy.

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The following are the duties of this position at the GS15. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

The attorney in this position will support the Assistant General Counsel (Banking and Finance), the Principal Deputy Assistant General Counsel, and the Deputy Assistant General Counsels in advising the General Counsel, the offices of the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets, and the Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, and their staffs.

The attorney will be responsible for legal support on litigation and oversight matters involving banking and finance issues, particularly including Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) programs; housing finance and government-sponsored enterprises; Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act programs and activities; and federal grant and financial assistance programs. The attorney will prepare legal memoranda and litigation reports, often involving difficult or controversial issues with few precedents; analyze and review draft motions and filings prepared by the Justice Department on complex litigation matters, including lawsuits related to issues in which the Treasury Department has an interest; coordinate the Treasury Department's responses to inquiries from Congress, the Government Accountability Office, inspectors general, and other governmental oversight bodies; and provide guidance on the Administrative Procedure Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the False Claims Act, and other laws affecting Treasury programs. The attorney will also be responsible for drafting briefing materials and talking points for senior Treasury officials; offering written and oral legal advice; and representing Treasury by participating in meetings and negotiations with external groups. In addition, the attorney will review the work product of others for legal sufficiency and will be responsible for other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience for the GS-15: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal service. The expectation for selection for grade GS-15 will be at least the following: 12 months of pertinent legal experience at the GS-14 (or equivalent) level. For this position, specialized experience is described as experience at the next lower grade (or equivalent) in the following areas of responsibility:

- Providing legal advice on litigation and oversight matters related to banking law and financial services regulation, government or corporate financial transactions, or matters of similar scope and complexity.

This experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.


Applicants must (1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with a LL.B., J.D. or equivalent; (2) be an active member in good standing of the bar in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia; and (3) have at least one year of legal experience, which may include, for example, the private practice of law, practice in a government legal office, or a judicial clerkship.

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

It is preferred that applicants submit an official or unofficial copy of their final law school transcript.

Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.


- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
- Undergo an income tax verification.
- Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training in your resume, as well as the responses you provide during an interview.

Rating: You must submit a resume and, if you wish, a cover letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position. Applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements described above will be ranked by a subject matter expert based on the extent to which they demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Be sure the information you provide in your resume and/or cover letter describes all of your relevant duties and accomplishments related to the KSAs. Failure to do so may result in a lower score than you would otherwise receive.

Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of General Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. 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 the dates of service and type of discharge.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans' preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.


In addition to the required documents, applicants are encouraged to submit the following documents:
  • A cover letter describing your professional experience and explaining how it would be relevant to the responsibilities of the position.
  • A brief, traditional format resume. PLEASE NOTE: You MUST still submit a resume through USAJOBS.
  • A list of at least two professional references and their contact information.
  • A copy of your law school transcript.

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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