Attorney Advisor

Washington, D.C
Oct 27, 2021
Oct 29, 2021
Full Time


One or more positions may be filled through this announcement.

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The attorney will engage in the investigation, legal analysis, and prosecution of allegations of Hatch Act violations. During investigations, the attorney will request and review documents, interview witnesses, prepare letters and reports, and perform legal research and analysis. In appropriate cases, the attorney will engage in settlement negotiations to resolve complaints. In meritorious cases that are not resolved, the attorney will participate in litigation, including written discovery, depositions, and evidentiary hearings, seeking disciplinary action before the Merit Systems Protection Board. In addition, the attorney will be responsible for providing federal, DC, state, and local employees, as well as the public at large, with legal advice on the Hatch Act, enabling individuals to determine whether they are covered by the Act and whether their contemplated activities are permitted under the Act. The legal issues span other areas of law, including federal personnel law, constitutional law, labor and employment law, administrative law, and civil procedure.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation.
  • You may be required to serve a 1 year trial period.
  • Public Trust/ Background Investigation Required.
  • Applicants must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Some OSC attorneys will perform onsite investigations or attend training.
  • Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date.
  • All forms and documents must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all U.S. Office of Special Counsel employees.


The Office of Personnel Management has not issued qualifications standards for attorney positions. However, OSC sets minimum qualifications for attorney vacancies.

Applicants must meet the basic education and bar membership requirements :
  • Aprofessional law degree (L.L.B., J.D., L.L.M.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; and
  • An active membership in good standing in a bar of a state, U.S. Territory, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth or Puerto Rico.
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, applicants must meet the qualifications as stated below to qualify:

To qualify for the GS-11:
Have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) performing the following duties: 1) gathering factual information from documents, witness testimony, and other sources to develop an evidentiary record; 2) assisting senior attorneys with deposing witnesses, conducting discovery, participating in pre-hearing conferences, arguing motions, and presenting opening statements and closing arguments; 3) providing initial recommendations to senior attorneys that may assist in advancing any related investigation, litigation, or resolution of a case.

To qualify for the GS-12: Have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) performing the following duties: 1) making factual findings and conducting legal research and analyses; 2) presenting complicated information orally and in writing; 3) reviewing and assessing information obtained from documents, witness interviews, and other sources to develop a full evidentiary record to resolve cases; and 4) providing advice on sophisticated legal matters.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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: forrecog.html . You must provide translated transcripts.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated well-qualified by scoring 85 or better on the assessment. Additional information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see .

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.

Once the application process is complete, a review of the best-qualified applications will be conducted. The résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against the applicant's responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if the applicant is qualified for this job. If, after reviewing the applicant's résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that the applicant has inflated his/her qualifications and/or experience, the applicant may lose consideration for this position and/or the applicant's score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect his/her skills and abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

All U.S. Citizens: Eligible candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Candidates in the highest category will be referred to the hiring agency. The Category Rating process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher.)

Although you should not submit a separate statement addressing the KSAs/competencies, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your cover letter and resume. We recommend your cover letter and resume include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the functions, activities, or services you managed; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed, and the results of your actions. Please DO NOT submit a separate statement addressing the competencies.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be received by email by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of this announcement:

1. Cover Letter (optional)
2. Résumé (Please include full descriptions of duties and responsibilities that include the from and to dates (month/year). For the current position held, you may put the from date to present.)
3. Transcripts
4. Proof of an active membership in good standing in a bar of a state, U.S. Territory, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth or Puerto Rico
4. Other supporting documents
  • Veteran's documentation (DD-214 member 4 copy, dated VA Letter, SF-15), if applicable
  • CTAP or ICTAP documents, 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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