Deputy General Counsel

Washington, D.C
Feb 28, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
Full Time


The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency in the Legislative Branch of the Government. The USCP safeguards the Congress, Members of Congress, employees, visitors, and Congressional buildings and grounds from crime, disruption, and terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional and legislative responsibilities in a safe, secure and open environment.
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The Deputy General Counsel (DGC) Works closely with the General Counsel (GC) in coordination of legal services and provides advice to the Department senior managers to ensure consistent dissemination of legal advice and employment counsel. Incumbent has primary responsibility for identifying major legal, legislative, and congressional authority directives impacting the Department. Represents the agency on inter-agency councils and/or government-industry teams.

As DGC, the incumbent performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines performance expectations for staff members, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates staff on organizational performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Takes personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers related to work and policy matters. Effects disciplinary measures, as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Assures that organization staff at all levels are trained and fully complies with the provisions of the safety regulations.

The DGC is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to ensure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices (e.g., race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, etc.). Specifically, incumbent initiates nondiscriminatory practices and affirmative action for the organization under his/her direction in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment/hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a Background Investigation is required.
  • Must complete a one year probationary period.
  • Must have Direct Deposit.
  • Must have ability to obtain and maintain Top Secret Clearance.
  • Prior Capitol Hill experience is preferred.


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.

Has a J.D. degree and be duly licensed and authorized to practice law in good standing as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

At least 8 years of advanced demonstrated knowledge of controlling statutes, regulations, policies and substantive law relative to a federal organization or law enforcement agency.

Must have demonstrated skill in written and oral communication for effective and persuasive advocacy, briefings, training, or other presentations.

Specialized Experience for this position is defined as eight (8) years of progressively responsible, post bar admission, legal experience of which, five (5) years of criminal, administrative, ethics, discipline law or litigation. This experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Incumbent must have (a) experience performing legislative and/or professional work as a licensed attorney with issues related to the Legislative Branch (or other employment working on Legislative regulatory matters; (b) representing clients as a licensed attorney before federal or state administrative agencies and/or before United States District Courts; (c) substantial legal experience related to law enforcement or security operations including advising law enforcement officials on complex areas of criminal or constitutional law; or (d) Significant knowledge and understanding of compliance issues, administrative, contract and tort law, ethical standards and litigation.

All eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date (03/01/2021) of the vacancy announcement.

(Information on Qualification & Education are located at the following link: )


There is no education substitution for experience in this series and/or grade.

Additional information

Additional Conditions of Employment with USCP:

Criminal History Check
-- Must successfully pass a comprehensive criminal history check of the past 10 years.
  • A criminal history check will be performed on all qualified applicants.

Credit Check -- Must successfully pass a credit check. Applicants must not be in default or delinquent on any Federal guaranteed student loans. Applicants must demonstrate a competent financial history. Financial delinquency including collection accounts, liens, repossessions, or garnishments may be a basis for disqualification.

Selective Service Registration -- Male applicants must provide verification of registration with the Selective Service System or must verify exemption from the Selective Service System registration because of age or military status. Female applicants are exempt from Selective Service System registration.

Fingerprint Check -- Applicants' fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a check of the criminal history record.

Background Investigation -- Must successfully complete all components of the USCP full field background investigation.
  • There are few automatic grounds for rejection in the USCP background investigation process. Issues of misconduct, such as illegal drug use, arrests, or convictions may not be automatically disqualifying. However, deliberate misstatements, omissions, or intentionally withholding required information at any phase of the hiring process will result in a candidate's disqualification regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatement or omission. The primary reason candidates fail a background investigation is due to deliberately withholding or omitting material facts. Providing false and/or misleading information may be grounds for removal from the application and selection process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Evaluation Factors

Applications will be evaluated to determine if the applicant meets the minimum qualifications prescribed above; and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the position to be filled.

Failure to successfully pass a full field background investigation and all segments of the pre-employment evaluation process will result in disqualification from further consideration under this Vacancy Announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Resume. Your resume should include a full description of your executive level job duties as well as dates (mm/yr) of employment.

2. Assessment Questionnaire. Select and submit answers to the items in the Assessment Questionnaire.

3. Other supporting documents : College transcript(s), or other documentation to prove possession of the basic requirement for this position.

4. Legal Writing Sample.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and required documentation are submitted prior to the closing date of this announcement. If you do not attach the required documentation, you will be ineligible for this announcement.

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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