Washington, D.C
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Full Time


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is ranked #1 among mid-sized agencies through the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work in the Federal Government! This Attorney-Adviser position is in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). For more information visit: .

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The Rehearings section of OGC primarily advises the Commission on the appropriate resolution of requests for administrative rehearing or reconsideration of Commission decisions arising across the full breadth of the Commission's regulatory responsibilities. The Rehearings section is looking for attorneys with mid- or higher level of experience in energy and/or administrative law who will be able to advise the Commission on complex issues associated with the Commission's electric and natural gas regulatory work under the Federal Power Act, Natural Gas Act, and the Interstate Commerce Act, as well as the National Environmental Policy Act and other relevant statutes. Attorney-Advisors work in coordination with multi-disciplinary teams, including economists, engineers, biologists, archaeologists, and other subject matter experts to analyze and develop recommendations to resolve issues raised in the rehearing context. Typical work assignments may include:
  • Drafting orders, opinions, regulations, memoranda, or other documents related to Commission jurisdictional matters affecting the electric utility, natural gas and oil transportation industry;
  • Evaluating facts, legal pleadings and briefs, data or other relevant materials, marshaling evidence and arguments to support conclusions and recommendations and identifying and recommending appropriate resolution of questions of law and policy;
  • Providing advice to senior staff members and senior officials within the Commission; performing legal research and analysis of legal decisions, opinions, rulings, and other documents;
  • Applying the statutory provisions of statutes such as the Federal Power Act, Natural Gas Act, Interstate Commerce Act, Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, Public Utility Holding Company Act, and Administrative Procedure Act; and
  • Applying the Commission's regulations and policies, judicial precedent involving matters relating to the Commission's jurisdiction and proceedings and working with other program offices within the agency.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Current, active bar membership required.
  • A two-year trial period may be required.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • A background investigation is required.



You must meet the following basic requirements, by the closing date of this announcement: (1) hold a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from an accredited college or university and (2) be a current, active bar member in good standing.

In addition, to the minimum requirements above, you must meet the following qualifications for each grade level by the closing date of this announcement:

At the GS-14: Three years of professional legal experience post bar admission.

The GS-14 salary range is $122,530 through $159,286 per annum.

At the GS-15: Four years of professional legal experience post bar admission.

The GS-15 salary range is $144,128 through $172,500 per annum.

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; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position has a basic education requirement listed under the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.

Additional information

FERC remains ranked #1 in Work/Life Balance, for the 6th year in a row, among the Best Places to Work through the Partnership for Public Service! As a leader in Work/Life Balance, we are proud to offer telework flexibilities in accordance with agency policy. Telework is not guaranteed and is offered on a case-by-case basis. FERC does not currently have any 100 percent telework or remote positions.

When promotion potential is shown, future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Have your Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. FERC also participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). For more information about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit:
  • Attend a mandatory ethics training. We are governed by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Standards of Conduct, the criminal conflict of interest statutes, and FERC's supplemental ethics regulation, which prohibits FERC employees from holding certain energy-related securities. To comply with these regulations and statutes, divestiture of these securities may be required after you begin employment. See 5 C.F.R. 2634-41; 18 U.S.C. 201-208; 5 C.F.R. 3401. If selected, you may also be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of appointment.
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications above. All applications that are verified to meet the basic requirements will be referred to the selecting official.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

If you do not provide all required documents by the closing date of this vacancy announcement, you will not be considered for this position.

  • RESUME: We encourage you to use the USAJOBS online Resume Builder to ensure all the essential information is included in your resume. If you decided to submit your own resume, you must ensure it contains the following information for each experience/position:
    • Position title
    • Name of employer
    • Beginning and ending dates of employment (Month/Day/Year format)
    • Hours worked per week
    • Detailed description of job duties, accomplishments, related skills, and responsibilities to include any supervisory/managerial responsibilities and number of staff supervised (if applicable)
    • Series and grade or equivalent (for federal positions)
    • List your education history, including the type of degree and your major of study
  • VACANCY QUESTIONNAIRE: You must submit and complete the online eligibility and vacancy questions.
  • PROOF OF BAR MEMBERSHIP: Documentation showing you are a current bar member in good standing.

  • OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS FOR CANDIDATES (You are strongly encouraged to submit these documents as a part of your initial application; however, if contacted for an interview, these documents will be required):
  • COVER LETTER: You may be required to submit a cover letter that showcases how your unique combination of skills and experience(s) meet the requirements of the position.
  • TRANSCRIPTS: You may be required to submit copies of your college and law school transcripts to verify your education. Unofficial copies are acceptable; however, if selected you will be required to provide official transcripts before your effective date.
  • WRITING SAMPLE: You may be required to provide a writing sample that demonstrates your persuasive writing skills and that reflects your analytic skills.
  • VETERANS'PREFERENCE (DD-214, VA Disability Letter, etc.): There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, FERC considers military service a positive factor when reviewing applications. If you are claiming veterans' preference, you are encouraged to submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference" (SF-15), along with official VA letter and the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information about veterans' preference, visit: .

  • 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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