General Attorney (Labor)

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District of Columbia, D.C
May 02, 2021
May 10, 2021
Full Time


The Office of the Solicitor is seeking a talented advice attorney to join the Appropriations Law Counsel team. The person selected will be part of a team of attorneys providing written and oral advice to senior officials and leaders within the Department of Labor on issues involving the scope and application of agency appropriations and authority, intellectual property, agency operations, and financial management in support of Departmental mission priorities.

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The selected attorney will provide legal advice to Departmental leaders and senior officials on a wide range of matters relating to agency appropriations and authority, including the proper obligation and expenditure of Federal funds, the application of appropriations riders and prohibitions to day-to-day agency operations, and the legal sufficiency of agency re-organizations, delegations of authority, draft appropriations and other legislative language, and responses to Congressional and other oversight, among other things. The Appropriations Law Counsel team also advises on how the Department may implement new and exciting program and policy efforts, including COVID-19 management and American Rescue Plan Act initiatives, as well as a wide range of continuing operational matters such as the management of Federal real and personal property, Secretarial protection, and agency financial reporting. Duties will include analyzing complex legal questions, often with limited precedent and on short deadlines, engaging with agency officials to obtain relevant facts, and providing formal and informal written legal opinions. The selected attorney will regularly review and evaluate interagency agreements, memoranda of understanding, Departmental policy documents, and communications to Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Inspector General.

The Office of the Solicitor's Management and Administrative Legal Services Division provides legal advice and litigation services critical to the execution of the Department's strategic vision--Helping American workers gain and hold good, safe jobs. See The Department of Labor's Strategic Plan at

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Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendation to the next grade.


Conditions of Employment

  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.). Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.

GS-12, one (1) year post J.D of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

GS-13, two (2) years post J.D of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

GS-14, three (3) years post J.D of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least two years of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Note: An LL.M may be substituted for a maximum of one year experience.

Specialized experience is defined as:
  • Experience researching and analyzing legal issues involving one or more of the following functional areas: Federal fiscal/appropriations law, government authority and operations, and intellectual property; and
  • Experience effectively communicating, both orally and in writing, accurate legal advice on one or more of the following functional areas: Federal fiscal/appropriations law, agency authority and operations, and intellectual property.

  • Note: An LL.M may be substituted for a maximum of one year experience.


    Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

    If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

    Additional information

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors. Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise. A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.

    Evaluation Factors:
  • Ability to perform sound legal research and analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to draft well-written, organized and persuasive legal documents, and the ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner, including presentations to clients.
  • Ability to advise senior management officials, colleagues and clients, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with personnel of all levels.
  • Experience researching, interpreting, and applying statutes, regulations, and other law, particularly relating to Federal appropriations and authority, government operations, and/or intellectual property law.
  • Experience effectively managing a multidisciplinary workload with short deadlines.
  • Knowledge of specific contexts in which appropriations/fiscal law issues often arise - such as legislation, grants, contracts, budgeting, and financial management - is a plus.
  • Knowledge of other legal disciplines within the MALS Division, such as procurement, employment/labor law, information law, Constitutional law, real property and facilities management law, public health law, and legal aspects of federal criminal law enforcement, is considered a plus.

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above.

    Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation. The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

    - A Resume that includes the information described in the "How To Apply" section below.

    - Bar Certification: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. This letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcement.

    - Transcripts: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you have completed your first professional law degree. Applicants who claim substitution of education for experience with an LL.M must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.

    - Veterans Documents (if applicable): Attorney appointments within the Department of Labor are positions in the excepted service, not the competitive service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference in attorney appointments; however, the Department of Labor considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. In order to receive positive consideration, you must indicate your eligibility, in response to the appropriate item on the vacancy questionnaire. Additionally, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, a VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability which indicates the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty ) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration. Additional information is available in the Vet's Guide .

    You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring .

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents: These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.

    - Cover Letters are not required, but strongly encouraged. The cover letter, which should not exceed two single-spaced pages, should describe how your background and qualifications make you well suited for this position as a General Attorney.

    - Writing Sample: Should you be selected for an interview you will asked to provide a brief writing sample.

    Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    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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