District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 20, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Full Time


We are seeking an experienced attorney for Counsel for Claims and Compensation. The position is in the Division of Federal Employees' and Energy Workers' Compensation which provides legal services to the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs for claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act and Federal Employees' Compensation Act, and to the Department for claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act and Military Personnel and Civilian Employees' Claims Act.

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The Counsel for Claims and Compensation (FTCA) would handle all administrative work and litigation related to the FTCA, administrative work related to MPCECA Claims, substantial questions of FECA coverage, Federal Court litigation related to FECA, and False Claims Act and fraud cases.

The Incumbent directs a staff of attorneys in the preparation of briefs and pleadings, with occasional assistance with preparation for oral argument, in connection with complaints under the FTCA and provides assistance to the Department of Justice in defending the Department of Labor and its employees against litigation in federal district and appellate courts, as well as other proceedings, including requests for representation.

The Incumbent personally performs legal and factual research and directs staff in research in order to provide authoritative answers to questions regarding the FTCA, the MPCECA, and related statutes. Incumbent is responsible for providing technical assistance and expert legal advice regarding issues of liability or other issues arising under FTCA and related statutes, including FECA, to agency officials, as well as to SOL division and regional offices.

This position is outside the bargaining unit.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 - This position is at the Full-Performance Level (FPL).


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires completion of a 1 yr supervisory probationary period.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.

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 must have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.

GS-15 level, four (4) years 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, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Specialized experience, for this grade level, is senior experience that has equipped the applicant with the necessary skills and abilities to perform the major duties of this position.

Note: An LL.M may be substituted for a maximum of one year of progressive legal 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. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of the FTCA.

2. Demonstrated skill in researching and preparing well-written, organized and persuasive legal documents.

3. Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner.

4. Ability to establish and maintain effective liaison with high level departmental officials, regional program officials, supervisors, agency staff and the general public, including effective communication through oral and written work

5. Ability to multi-task in a complex and fast-paced inter-disciplinary legal environment, entailing timely collections of facts, identification and resolution of issues, enumeration of options, and formulation of recommendations.

6. Demonstrated ability to supervise attorneys as indicated by a high-level of interpersonal skills, experience in leadership or complex project management, and/or past supervisory experience.

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).

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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.

- Cover Letters are strongly encouraged, but not required.

- 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.

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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