General Attorney- EXC

Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Full Time



Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis every two weeks (with cut-offs on 10/12, 10/27, 11/10, 11/25 and 12/2/2021).

Please see position summary under "Other Information" section.

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  • Advising PBGC on legal issues respecting multiemployer pension plans and PBGC's insurance program for these plans. Such issues arise in the context of administrative determinations, litigation, negotiations, providing technical assistance to Congress, and developing regulations.
  • Investigating abuses of PBGC's insurance program for multiemployer plans.
  • Advising and representing PBGC in litigation respecting multiemployer plans.
  • Drafting pleadings, motions, briefs, and other filings.
  • Negotiating with plan sponsors and other stakeholders and drafting agreements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Less than 10%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation
  • Selective Service registration is required for male applicants, unless exempt
  • 2 year trial period is required unless met during previous federal service
  • Applicants selected for employment will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment, Office of Personnel Management Form No. OF-306
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination program is required for all Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Employees
  • You must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021 to be considered for employment. If selected, you MUST show proof of vaccination
  • 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.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


All qualification and eligibility requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.

You may start at a salary of between $122,530 and up-to $159,286 if you meet the following specialized experience by the closing date of the announcement (in addition to the education requirement).

Specialized experience is defined as at least one year of experience at the GS-13 grade level in the federal service or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the private sector or two years of post-J.D. experience. The required specialized experience must include at least one of the following: (1) rendering legal advice under ERISA; (2) litigating significant cases; and (3) performing in-depth legal research and analysis.

Preferred Qualifications : Preference will be given to applicants with a strong academic record and who demonstrate superior ability in legal research, analysis, and writing; in managing a large caseload; and in working as part of a team. Preference will also be given to applicants with experience rendering advice regarding multiemployer pension plans and the application of Title IV of ERISA to those plans.


In order to qualify for this position, you must possess:

A J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association.

Education must be completed at a College or University that has been 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. (

In addition to the education requirement, you must currently be an active member and in good standing of the bar of a state, a territory of the United States, or of the District of Columbia.

Please provide evidence of bar membership.

WRITING SAMPLE: Each applicant must submit an original sample of their own written work that does not exceed ten pages in length (double or single spaced). The writing sample should demonstrate legal analysis.

Additional information

This position is in the Office of the General (OGC) of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). PBGC protects the retirement incomes of over 34 million American workers and retirees in private sector defined benefit pension plans. OGC provides legal advice and counsel to PBGC on all legal issues it confronts, including enforcement of Title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) through litigation and negotiations; drafting regulations and guidance; deciding administrative appeals; administering PBGC's compliance with the Freedom of Information Act; and advising PBGC on corporate governance, ethics, procurement, labor relations, and privacy.

When ERISA was enacted in 1974, Congress gave PBGC the authority to "sue and be sued, complain and defend, in its corporate name and through its own counsel, in any court, State or Federal." Since that time, PBGC's attorneys have ably represented the agency in thousands of court cases, bankruptcy proceedings, administrative actions, and transactions. PBGC's litigators have helped shape the Title IV insurance program into an effective mechanism for insuring pension benefits and protecting the funds entrusted to PBGC.

Through focused strategic litigation in courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court, OGC has established precedent essential to the fulfillment of PBGC's mission. OGC attorneys have represented PBGC in the nation's largest bankruptcy cases, often serving a key role on the creditors' committee. In that capacity, OGC has guided PBGC through structural changes in the U.S. economy and waves of bankruptcies in various industries.

This position is in OGC's Multiemployer Law Division (MLD). MLD provides comprehensive legal services to PBGC respecting its insurance program for collectively bargained multiemployer pension plans.

The past several years have been turbulent for multiemployer pension plans, and MLD's work has increased. Since the passage of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014, MLD has been a critical component of PBGC's implementation. Now MLD is providing PBGC advice and counsel on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). For more information on ARP, see

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be reviewed to ensure that it is complete. All complete applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications (i.e., the required education and experience). The applications of those applicants who have submitted complete packages and are found to be minimally qualified are then further reviewed to determine the best qualified.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply 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 CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above based on the competencies listed above (which is equivalent to PBGC's "Silver" quality category); and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs .

Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities (i.e., displaced/surplus employees (CTAP/ICTAP eligibles), veterans eligible under the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW)/Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), disabled veterans with 30% or more disability, former Action Volunteers-Peace Corps/VISTA/etc., persons with disabilities and others who are eligible for special appointing authorities) procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume, supporting documentation submitted and their responses to the assessment questionnaire.

To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Schedule A appointing authority for persons with disabilities ; the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more ; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities .

PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC's Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 229-3637 or TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (800) 400-7242.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

RESUME: You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience so that we can determine your qualifications for this position. Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.

COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.

TRANSCRIPT(S): This position has an education requirement. You must submit transcripts to verify that you meet the education requirement for this position. Information on the specific education requirement can be found under the Qualifications and Evaluations tab in the vacancy announcement. Your transcripts should include course titles, school name/location, date completed, grades, and number of credits earned. Applicants who obtained their qualifying education outside of the U.S. and its territories must provide proof that their degrees have been validated as equivalent to a degree conferred by a college or university in the U.S. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application; however, you must bring official transcripts with you on your first day if you are hired. Please see the Education section of this announcement for additional information.

Evidence of bar membership.

WRITING SAMPLE: Each applicant must submit an original sample of their own written work that does not exceed ten pages in length (double or single spaced). The writing sample should demonstrate legal analysis.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently serving or have previously served in the series for which this position is being advertised, you do not need to submit a transcript(s), however you must submit an SF-50 that shows proof of your having been in the series. Please see the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement for additional information .

VETERANS PREFERENCE: If claiming veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives. For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15 , Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded. If you fail to provide documentation required by the SF-15 you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met.
Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at OPM's website: Veterans Guide.

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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