ATTORNEY ADVISOR

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Laurel, Maryland
Posted
Jan 08, 2021
Closes
Jan 19, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Joining the United States Secret Service, Office of the Chief Counsel will allow you to provide legal opinions, advice, and representation to and on behalf of the Secret Service and its protective, investigative and administrative programs and activities. This Attorney-Advisor position starts at a salary of $121,316 (GS-14 step 1) to $157,709 (GS-14 step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here.

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Responsibilities

The U.S. Secret Service is seeking retired (CSRS/FERS) individuals to support our integrated mission and immediately impart their knowledge and experience to the current workforce. If re-employed under a Dual Compensation Hiring Authority with an OPM approved salary off-set waiver granted to the Secret Service, annuitants are able to earn their full salary and their full annuity without penalty.

Dual Compensation Waiver - COVID-19 Response
  • Earn Full Annuity and Full Salary
  • Earn Annual Leave and Sick Leave
  • Work Full-time, Part-Time, or an Intermittent work schedule (determined by supervisor)
  • Receive Overtime (if on a full-time schedule)

The selectee will serve as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel. Typical work assignments include:
  • Providing legal services and legal advice, counsel, guidance, interpretation, opinions, and assistance on a wide range of legal and policy matters relating to the obligation and expenditure of appropriated funds; reprogramming and transfer of funds; financial transactions, agreements, and arrangements; and other fiscal activities.
  • Participating in the budget process, including by reviewing budget and legislative proposals; recommending proposals and amendments to Secret Service authorizing and appropriations legislation; drafting proposals; and coordinating and justifying the proposals to the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Management and Budget, and Congressional appropriations committees.
  • Performing legal research and providing oral and written legal advice, counsel, and opinions in regard to the laws, regulations, court decisions, and other precedents bearing on the legal issues involving or impacting Secret Service protective, investigative, and administrative responsibilities.
  • Drafting and reviewing legal documents including litigation reports, motions, briefs, charges, pleadings, discovery requests and responses, internal and external correspondence, legislative language, Department and Agency policy, memorandums, and contractual agreements.
  • Conducting training in various areas of the law impacting the Secret Service's mission.
  • Providing legal services and legal advice, counsel, guidance, interpretation, opinions, and assistance on a wide range of legal and policy matters relating to general and administrative law and Secret Service operations.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional domestic travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.


Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you may be required to:
  • Obtain and maintain a Top Secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page .
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Undergo occasional travel.


Qualifications

Basic Qualification:

You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined Specialized Experience and meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).

Specialized Experience
  • Applicants must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; and an active 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.
  • Applicants must have experience in providing legal counsel concerning the full range of laws, regulations, policies, and practice applicable to fiscal law and administrative law.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated superior writing, editing, and oral communication skills.

AND

IOR Series 1801 - General Attorney Series 0905 (opm.gov)

Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered well qualified, you must meet the specialized experience and OPM's Individual Occupational Requirements as listed in the Qualifications Section.

Education

Please reference OPM Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) in the Qualifications section.

Additional information

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage.

In the Secret Service, we:
  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Click here to learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Mandatory Suitability Statement:

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants who meet the qualifications for the position and submit a cover letter, resume and law school transcript will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the announcement. Upon review, your resume and supporting documents must show evidence that you have the required qualifications.
  • As part of the interview process, you may be required to provide a legal writing sample and references, and a second interview may be conducted. These additional assessments will be considered in the selection process.

Interview Requirement: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

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

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
  • Cover Letter - You must submit a cover letter briefly stating your reasons for interest in this position and your qualifications for the position.
  • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • Are you a retired Federal employee? Submit a copy of your retirement SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied, retirement code and highest grade and step. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade and that supports your claim for time-in-grade. Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.
  • Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your college/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable) it must show school name, student's name, credit earned, degree, and date awarded. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information. Those with Foreign education, click here .
  • Licensure - You must submit a copy of your Bar license for a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating),and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.


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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