Fort Lee, Virginia
Jul 31, 2021
Aug 05, 2021
Full Time


This is a Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA) position with duty in the Office of General Counsel, Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). The General Counsel of the Department of Defense is dual hatted as the DLSA Director; DLSA provides a full range of legal advice and services to officials of the Defense Agencies and the DoD Field Activities. DeCA is a Defense Agency responsible for operating military commissaries worldwide.
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The Office of General Counsel, DeCA, has a robust and varied legal practice in support of DeCA and its mission. Our attorneys provide legal advice, counsel and representation in substantive areas including federal labor and employment law, commercial law, fiscal law, procurement law, construction law, environmental law, government standards of conduct and ethics, administrative law, and issues arising under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. Our attorneys represent DeCA before, and provide litigation support to U.S. Attorney Offices, in fora including U.S. Federal District Courts, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Federal Bankruptcy Court, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, Government Accountability Office, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Federal Labor Relations Authority.

The incumbent Responsible for agency legal office functions, to include the development of Agency policies that are accurate, effective, and fully coordinated within the Agency. Provides functional expertise in
a variety of critical legal specialties. Maintains direct, continuing liaison with the DoD General
Counsel and the General Counsels of other defense agencies on common legal issues. Closely
interfaces with the Department of Justice on litigation involving the agency.Plans, programs, monitors and adjusts the overall functional responsibilities and support activities of the legal office. Plans
and administers office funding, temporary duty travel (TDY), and office operations, to include
assigning workload. Coordinates and evaluates office accomplishments. Reviews and approves
requests for annual leave, establishing vacation schedules, as needed. Keeps abreast of developments, policy issuances, and other guidance relative to DeCA's EEO/ Affirmative Action programs. Fully
supports the policies of DeCA and the Office of the General Counsel

This position is in the Excepted Service

The Defense Commissary Agency is an Equal Employment Opportunity Agency.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or exempt from registration. See for more information.
  • By the announcement closing date, you must meet the citizenship, age, Selective Service registration, and any physical requirements.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must apply by 11:59 EST on closing date of the announcement.
  • Work Schedule: Full Time Monday through Friday, AWS2 (gliding).
  • PCS costs are authorized.
  • Position Sensitivity: Critical Sensitive.
  • Position may be subject to occasional overtime.
  • Occasional business travel is required.
  • Position is Exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Position is Not Eligible for inclusion in a bargaining unit.
  • Drug Testing is not required.
  • Position is not obligated.
  • Financial Statement Required. Employment and Financial Interest
  • License/Certification: Bar Certificate of Good Standing reflecting Active Status


Qualification requirements for Attorney positions can be found in DoD Instruction 1442.02, "Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys."
  • The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.
  • Applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD) from that institution.
  • Bar Membership: An applicant must currently be an active member of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • Applicant must have professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Basis for Rating: Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities associated with the position.

SELECTIVE FACTORS: Selection will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position. The breadth and depth of relevant experience and knowledge, and the quality of past performance, will be the primary considerations used for selection. Important selection factors are: demonstrated legal analytical ability, excellence in oral and written communication skills, strong client relations/customer support and interpersonal skills; substantial knowledge and experience pertaining to government contracting & fiscal law; significant litigation experience before boards and courts, including the Government Accountability Office, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and Federal Court; and experience in FOIA, Privacy Act, and administrative & civil law. A selection panel may be used and oral interviews may be conducted with all, with some, or with none of the applicants, solely at the option of the selecting official.

Notice of Veterans Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit an SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at .) If two of more applicants for an attorney position are determined to be equally "best qualified" for the position, but one of the applicants is a preference eligible veteran, the preference eligible veteran has preference over the non-preference eligible applicant.
  • Time after competitive appointment: Candidates applying under merit promotion must have completed three months of civilian service after a competitive appointment by the closing date of the announcement. (5 CFR 330.501)
  • All current DeCA employees regardless of your location or human resources service provider must submit a copy of a recent SF50 showing your current position title, pay plan-series-grade, tenure and position occupied.
  • All current Department of Defense (DoD) employees can access MyBiz and/or eOPF to obtain copies of their SF 50s.
  • Overseas Employees: DeCA employees working overseas MUST submit copies of your current SF-50, showing your current tenure, grade and salary.


To qualify for this position, applicants must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD) from that institution. You must provide transcripts to verify you meet this requirement.

Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts for the application process, as long as they contain your name, the name of the school, the date and degree awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received by this office no later than 11:59 PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If selected an official transcript MUST be received before an Entrance of Duty date is set.

Additional information

REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

Re-employed Annuitant: A former Federal employee who has retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is an Annuitant. An annuitant cannot be hired (i.e. re-employed) unless the vacant position meets the criteria in the Department of Defense (DOD) policy on employment of annuitants issued December 10, 2008.
The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at .

Re-employed Annuitant: This position Does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant.

Other Notes:
  • Individual with Financial Difficulty: .
  • Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.
  • Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing.
  • Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a TWO-year probationary period.
  • If selected, you may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
  • Optional form 306 (OF-306): If you are selected for this position you may be asked to submit the OF-306 declaration for Federal Employment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Technical Competance
  • Communication
  • Supervision


To determine your qualifications, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the questions. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required.

Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.To determine if you meet the qualifications, requirements and quality of experience required for this position, we review your resume, supporting documents and responses to the questionnaire. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required.

We will review your resume and supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies identified as required for this position.

Applicants must choose ALL APPLICABLE ELIGIBILITIES in order to receive consideration for this announcement. Failure to choose any eligibility or select the wrong eligibility will result in non-consideration for this position. If you are unsure as to your eligibility, please select ALL Eligibilities.

Understanding Eligibilities and Qualifications as Part of the Application Process:

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Application packages should include the following documents:

Questionnaire: Required
Transcripts: Required if using education to qualify. See Education section for more information
Resume: Required **To ensure full consideration of your experience and education we encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to prepare your resume or to guide you in preparing your resume.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the following:
  • Applicant's full legal name and contact information
  • Description of your duties
  • Number of hours worked per week
  • Beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position
Applicants who fail to provide the required information on their resume will not receive consideration for this position
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If you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within the next 120 days, you must submit written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date the written documentation is signed. If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: .

Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at the time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

Overseas Employees: DeCA employees working overseas MUST submit copies of your current SF-50, showing your current tenure, grade and salary.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service.
Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable).
Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months).

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.