Attorney-Advisor (Regulatory and Legislative Affairs)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 19, 2021
Closes
Feb 27, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

FMCSA seeks a staff attorney for the Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Division of the Chief Counsel's Office. You will assist in the development of regulations, guidance documents, and legal opinions; serve as counsel to multi-disciplinary agency regulatory development teams; and provide legal sufficiency review of rulemaking documents. You may also provide support to the agency's Office of Government Affairs by drafting and evaluating legislative proposals.

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Responsibilities

At the full performance level, the Attorney-Advisor:
  • Provides legal sufficiency review of rulemaking notices involving motor carrier and driver safety; hazardous material transportation; and motor carrier licensing, operations, and commercial regulations. In addition, the Attorney-Advisor drafts and reviews legislative proposals impacting the agency's mission.
  • Provides legal services for implementing and overseeing the national motor carrier safety policy and the national goals of FMCSA to promote and regulate commercial motor vehicle safety in accordance with Title 49, U.S. Code.
  • Serves as legal counsel to the agency's regulatory development teams to assist in the formulation of legally-sound and defensible regulations.
  • Researches complex and policy-sensitive legal issues to develop or support the agency's position on matters within the Office of Chief Counsel's responsibility.
  • Develops and prepares interpretive and administrative orders to implement the statutes and regulations applicable to various aspects of commercial motor vehicle safety.
  • Provides legal assistance and support to FMCSA's Office of Government Affairs, including drafting and evaluating legislative proposals.

The ideal candidate will have experience drafting regulations, guidance documents, and legal opinions; experience drafting and evaluating legislative proposals; strong legal research skills and the ability to interpret complex statutes and regulations, particularly those applicable to commercial motor vehicle safety; an extensive working knowledge of the Administrative Procedure Act, statutes related to regulatory evaluation, and executive orders and procedures applicable to the Federal rulemaking process; proficiency in writing (drafting and editing) and oral communication; and the ability to work effectively in a team environment, as well as the ability to work independently with limited direct supervision.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel will be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a two-year trial period.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • COVER LETTER: Your application must include a cover letter. The cover letter (maximum of 2 pages) should specifically address why the applicant believes their experience, skills, and interest in the position qualify them for the position in light of the duties and qualifications described in this job announcement.
  • WRITING SAMPLE: If you are selected for an interview, a writing sample will be requested and required.


Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the GS-12 on Experience, you must have:
  • One year of professional experience working as an attorney handling regulatory, legislative, or compliance matters; practicing administrative law or litigation; or applying and interpreting Federal or State statutes and regulations relating to commercial motor vehicle safety or other Federal statutes.

To qualify for the GS-13 on Experience, you must have:
  • Two years of professional experience working as an attorney handling regulatory, legislative, or compliance matters; practicing administrative law or litigation; or applying and interpreting Federal or State statutes and regulations relating to commercial motor vehicle safety or other Federal statutes.

To qualify for the GS-14 on Experience, you must have:
  • Three years of professional experience working as an attorney handling regulatory, legislative, or compliance matters; practicing administrative law or litigation; or applying and interpreting Federal or State statutes and regulations relating to commercial motor vehicle safety or other Federal statutes.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Legal Services: Ability to research and provide sound legal opinions and correspondence interpreting Federal or State statutes and regulations applicable to commercial motor vehicle safety; statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to the Federal rulemaking process; or other Federal statutes and regulations.
  • Regulatory Process: Knowledge of the Federal rulemaking process, including familiarity with applicable laws and executive orders, and experience drafting and developing legally-sound and defensible regulations and providing full legal sufficiency review of rulemaking work products.
  • Legislation: Knowledge of the Federal legislative process and experience drafting and evaluating legislative proposals.
  • Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Writing: Recognizes and uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.

For all types of consideration, 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

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



Education

In order to qualify for this position, candidates must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have a professional law degree, and must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.

Additional information

This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level

For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements.

Applicants will not be rated or ranked.

All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

All applicants must provide a resume created within USA Jobs Resume Builder.

TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED as there is a stated education requirement for the series. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. Provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • If you held a government position in the same series as this position, you may provide a SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS: If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive credit, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation dated within the last 18 months (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).

VETERANS: Your last DD214 (member 4 copy), Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. It need not be official.
  • If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214 (member-4 copy).
  • If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
  • If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) ( https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa ), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214 (member-4 copy), which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.

FEDERAL APPLICANTS: For consideration as a federal employee, you must submit a SF-50 that verifies your highest competitive grade, full performance level, and eligibility as a federal applicant. DO NOT submit an award SF-50 as these often do not verify grade or eligibility. For consideration for a promotion, Box 4 of the SF-50 must show a date that is at least 52 weeks prior to the job announcement closing. We recommend submitting your last promotion SF-50, current SF-50 or within-grade increase SF-50. Pay adjustment raise SF-50s for the current year will not support the 52 weeks' time-in-grade requirements. https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/service/SF-50/

NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:
  • your most recent performance appraisal,
  • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
  • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition .

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

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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