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


This position is located in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Mobility Division. Washington, DC


FCC is currently teleworking on a full time basis. If/when mandatory telework should end, you will be required to report to Washington, DC FCC Headquarters.

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  • Works on policy, rulemaking, and legal issues at the highest level of responsibility on projects involving extraordinarily complex and challenging legal, factual, and policy issues. Incumbent must provide a high level of original and creative analysis, interpretation, and formulation of policy positions and regulatory provisions on a fundamental basis. These matters often require balancing conflicting interests and can affect major private and public interests.
  • Drafts Commission- and Bureau-level rulemaking and adjudication decisions, briefing sheets and options memos for Bureau and agency management, and talking points and presentations for active projects.
  • Acts as a principal attorney on projects with the assistance of lower-level attorneys and other professionals. Exercises full responsibility for the development, presentation, and completion of projects. Duties require a high order of legal draftsmanship including the ability to relate economic and engineering considerations to legal and policy issues, to evaluate divergent points of view, and to present findings and recommendations clearly and concisely.
  • Reviews proposed legislation, changes in regulations, questions of law, administrative policy, staff reports, and other Commission relevant documents and develop independent, objective comments, critiques and recommendations.
  • Keeps abreast of legal developments affecting mobile radio services by reviewing court and Commission decisions, congressional actions, professional publications, and trade press; researches legislation, decisions, opinion, and regulations.
  • Participates in meetings and conferences within and outside the agency on technical matters regarding mobile radio services.
  • Reviews rulemaking and orders originated by other Bureaus and Offices to ensure that mobile radio services issues are considered.
  • Reviews resolutions of licensing and re-licensing matters to ensure they are legally and factually adequate, complete, comprehensive, internally consistent and in conformance with existing policy and precedent.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 - No Promotional Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Bar Membership Required
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Serve a trial period of one year, if applicable.
  • US Citizenship.

Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified. Please submit all required documents.


Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Professional Law Experience is the experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. Specialized Experience is an experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience in or equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

GS-15 Professional: Applicant must possess at least four years of professional law experience and at least one year of that experience must be specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service performing the following specialized experience.

GS-15 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: Providing legal advice and guidance on federal statutes, rules, and regulations relating to providers of communications and/or telecommunications services; preparing comprehensive legal documents including reviewing and editing documents drafted by others; analyzing, interpreting, and presenting findings and recommendations on complex legal issues; making oral presentations, communicating legal research results, and defending legal positions at all levels of authority, and interacting with individuals at all levels of authority.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: 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.


You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Education requirements include a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.

Additional information


EEO Policy Statement Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement Veterans Information Legal and Regulatory Guidance

"As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement."


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All candidates will be considered without regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, nondisqualifying physical or mental handicap, age, or any other non merit factor. THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions and/or do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible. Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. There are several parts to the application process that affects the overall evaluation of your application including:

1. the core questions
2. the vacancy questions
3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts); and
4. your resume.

Applicants will be rated ineligible if they do not respond to job-specific questions provide supplemental documents and submit a resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process

You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other characteristics (KSAOs):
  • Skill in communicating effectively in writing to produce a variety of legal and policy documents.
  • Ability to analyze legal and policy issues for which no clearly applicable precedent exists.
  • Knowledge of legal and policy research techniques.
  • Ability to explain complex or controversial information to diverse audiences.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
NCS/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Some positions require supplemental document(s). All required supporting documents MUST be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents. The fax number will be listed on this sheet. If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided. Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again. If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***

Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required:

1. When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens." current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.

2. ICTAP eligible candidates must submit a copy of their most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds" or equivalent) and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM, or your agency documenting your priority consideration status. You must be rated fully qualified (a score of 80 or above) for the position.

3. If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.

4. Veterans MUST submit form DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

5. College Transcripts (For Positive Education Required positions and if qualifying based on education and or experience and education.), if applicable.

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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