Attorney-Advisor (General)

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 28, 2021
Oct 04, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Office of Inspector General, GPO, Washington D.C.

GPO Remote Work Policy: GPO offers a flexible work arrangement in which an employee can work most or all time from a different geographic area. Remote workers must be able to perform duties on the date of their entrance on duty and/or the date of the telework agreement. Final pay will be determined upon selection with regard to locality pay and location of selectee. This position is not eligible for Remote work.

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  • Serve as advisor on all legal matters relating to the agency Inspector General management, legislative relations with Congress, and provides independent and confidential legal advice and assistance to the Inspector General .
  • Review proposed and/or existing legislation, regulations, and guidelines relating to the operations of the agency and makes recommendations to the Inspector General on their efficiency, impact, and/or prevention of fraud, waste, an abuse.
  • Recommend to the Inspector General legislation, policies, and directives on matters relating to (a) the promotion of economy and efficiency in agency programs and operations or (b) the identification and prosecution of participants in fraud abuse.
  • Draft legislation, regulations, or directives recommended by the Inspector General. Subsequent to review of such current or proposed legislation, regulations or guidelines, ensure that IG Staff performs adequately in accordance with changes.
  • Assist the Inspector General in developing legal strategies, and interprets the IG Act and the Inspector General provisions of Title 44 for use in sensitive and complex investigations.
  • Conducts extensive independent legal research and analysis into the most complex and difficult questions of criminal, civil, and administrative law and procedures.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee must pass a drug test prior to appointment.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure report may be required.


To qualify for the Attorney-Advisor (General), PG -0905-15, you must meet the following requirements:

Basic Requirements:

Applicant must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a U.S. State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; and possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or a second professional law degree (LL.M.)

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, you must possess at least four years of professional legal experience relevant to the duties of the position following law school graduation.

Possess the following:

Specialized Experience:
Specialized experience is defined as: Performing professional work at a PG/GS level 14 or higher, as a licensed attorney providing advice in an Office of the Inspector General or a federal or other government agency, or in a law firm, or private sector organization with an annual operating budget of at least $25 million. Candidate must have four (4) years of specialized experience as described above following law school graduation.
Note: Law Clerk experience is not qualifying for the experience requirements above. Experience must be as a licensed attorney in order to be creditable.

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

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement(10/01/2021) to be considered.


There is no substitution of Education for specialized experience for this position.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts which cites the name of the institution are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades and GPA, semester, year, and credit for the course. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Employment of Relatives
Section 3110 of Title 5, U.S. Code, prohibits a Federal official from appointing, promoting, or advocating the appointment or promotion of a relative in the agency where the official is serving or exercises jurisdiction. In addition, Section 2302(b)(7) of Title 5, U.S. Code, makes it a "prohibited personnel practice" for a person in authority to "appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of a relative." For further information visit: and

Separated Employees:
If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: National Personnel Records Center, Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL, 62295; or visit the National Archives Website.

Work Life Balance:
The GPO offers Transit subsidy for commuters using public transportation (Metro Bus/Rail, MARC, VRE, etc.).
Background Investigation:
To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the GPO requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully completed a background investigation for a suitability, Secret clearance. This review could include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Depending on the type of background investigation required, the security process may take between 6 weeks to 12 months.

The Agency may rescind the offer, if the candidate is unable to obtain an interim clearance.

Schedule A (Disability Appointment):
Documentation of eligibility for employment under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional ( a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist ( state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of D.C. or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. The letter must be printed on a "medical professional's" letterhead and signed.

GPO Telework Program: The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. Locality pay will vary based upon the selectee's duty location. A final salary determination will be made upon selection. Please note, effective September 7, 2021 GPO will move to the GPOSAFE Step 3 which is our permanent operating status. GPO supports the use of telework and each telework arrangement is unique depending on the needs of the position, supervisor, and employee. This position may be authorized for telework and/or flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. The selectee will have the option of applying for the telework program, with the understanding that they must obtain supervisory approval for participation. Telework eligibility should be discussed during the interview process.

The selectee will work Shift 1.
Additional vacancies may be filled through this position.

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 job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

This position is being filled using the Schedule A Hiring Authority, 5 CFR 213.3102(D), under Excepted Service procedures. Veteran preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this announcement.

If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be excluded from further consideration for this position.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be excluded from further consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

You will be further evaluated on the following Competencies required for the position:

We DO NOT require a separate narrative statement responding to the competencies, however your resume must CLEARLY show possession of these competencies.

If you meet the qualifications stated above and you are among the top candidates your application may be referred to the Selecting Official for further review.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
NCS/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , National security

Required Documents

  • Content of Resume: Your resume or other written form you choose to describe your job-related experiences are used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that your resume accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities under each position you have held with each employer. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. It is your responsibility to make sure your resume states complete information for each job entry (beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YYYY; and total number of hours worked per week). If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position. To assist you in sending in a complete resume, use the checklist at:
  • Law School Transcript(s): Photocopies of documents are acceptable when applying, however official transcripts must be furnished before entering on duty. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable, and at a minimum must contain the name of the ABA law school, applicant's name, list of completed courses, GPA, the degree and the date degree was conferred.
  • For Applicants qualifying on the basis of education: School transcript(s) - official or unofficial. A transcript is required if you are claiming to qualify based on your education. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable; at the minimum the transcript should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, and GPA. If you provide an unofficial transcript at the time of application and you are selected, you will be asked for official versions prior to an official job offer.
  • Official certificate showing that you are a member in good standing of the bar, together with:
  • A Sworn (notarized) Statement from you that your fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction to the best of your knowledge, or if either challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts and circumstances, together with any explanation that you may deem appropriate may be submitted.
  • As an alternative to a sworn (notarized) statement, a Declaration under penalty of perjury may be substituted in the following format, " I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury may be substituted in the following format: " I declare (or certify, verify or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the forgoing is true and correct.. executed in (date). ... (your signature). (28 U.S.C. 1746).

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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