Managing Associate General Counsel (Goal 1)

Washington, D.C
Sep 14, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Full Time


The Managing Associate General Counsel for Goal 1 provides leadership and direction to several teams of attorneys responsible for handling complex legal questions in a broad range of subject areas addressing education, workforce, and income security; health care; homeland security and justice; and physical infrastructure. The Managing Associate General Counsel manages legal support for GAO's engagements in these areas and assures the quality and timeliness of legal products and advice.
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  • Leads and manages teams of attorneys, including Assistant General Counsels, who support the Education, Workforce, and Income Security (EWIS), Health Care (HC), Homeland Security and Justice (HSJ), and Physical Infrastructure (PI) mission teams in engagements.
  • Consults with and advises the Managing Directors for EWIS, HC, HSJ, and PI and other senior GAO officials.
  • Provides legal support to GAO's appointment of members to certain health care-related committees and commissions.
  • Represents GAO and supports Congress by responding to congressional inquiries and testifying at congressional hearings.
  • Represents GAO and OGC when the legal subject matter of GAO's work is of interest to other federal agencies, state, local, or foreign governments, the media, federal contractors, other private sector entities, or the public.
  • Contributes to the management of the Office of General Counsel by advising the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and others as appropriate on matters of office policy and practice.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must complete a 1-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you've already completed one.
  • You must be an active member in good standing of a bar of a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia. You must maintain this licensure while in this position.
  • You are required to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have been registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to register.
  • You will be required to submit a financial disclosure report.


You must meet the qualification requirements by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement.

The level of experience we are looking for is typically gained as a PA-III, Assistant General Counsel or equivalent-level position.

Technical qualifications (TQs)
  • The TQs describe the necessary professional and technical knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.
  • The TQs for this position are:
    • Advanced professional knowledge of and experience with the statutory construction of a wide range of federal laws and regulations, at a level to assure that legal advice, engagement reports, and decisions of the Comptroller General embody sound legal research, analysis, and judgement, are effectively written, and are issued in a timely manner.
    • The ability to work with high-level officials of the Congress, GAO, federal agencies, and state, local, or foreign governments.
    • Demonstrated ability to contribute to institutional stewardship, that is, an awareness of the institution's mission, core values, work processes, risk environment, and future direction; and the ability to advance institutional interests and protect the institution's future, including a commitment to the agency's diversity, inclusion, and equity principles.
Executive core qualifications (ECQs)
  • The ECQs are designed to assess executive experience and potential. They measure whether you have the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.
  • The ECQs for this position are:
    • Leading Change: this core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
    • Leading People: this core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
    • Results Driven: this core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
    • Business Acumen: this core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
    • Building Coalitions: this core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


You must meet the education requirements by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement.

You must have a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Additional information

Reasonable accommodation: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email .

Equal employment opportunity: The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Appointment type: This is a Comptroller General Senior Executive Service appointment. This appointment does not make you eligible for:
  • Reinstatement to the SES as a career appointee
  • Noncompetitive transfer to a career SES appointment in the civil service SES under GAO's interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

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 based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

All applicants must submit:
  • Resume
    • Your resume must show that you have the technical qualifications (TQs) and executive core qualifications (ECQs) listed in the Qualifications section of the announcement.
    • When you describe your experience, emphasize your level of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and the results of your actions.
    • Do not address the ECQs in separate narratives.
    • The Addressing Executive Qualifications in a Resume and Resume Example sections of OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications have useful information on how to address the ECQs in a resume.
  • Technical Qualifications (TQs) narratives
    • The TQs are listed in the Qualifications section.
    • Address each TQ in narrative that is 2 pages or less. For example, if there are 3 TQs, you must write 3 separate narratives.
    • Provide one or two examples of relevant experience for each narrative. For each example, describe your level of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and the results of your actions.
    • If you tell us to see your resume or search within your application, your application will be considered incomplete and we may not consider you for this position.
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action: please ensure the information in the blocks below is complete and legible.
    • Block 1 (Name);
    • Block 5-B (Nature of Action);
    • Block 16 (Pay Plan);
    • Block 18 (Grade or Level);
    • Block 20 (Total Salary/Award);
    • Block 24 (Tenure); and
    • Block 34 (Position Occupied)

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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