General Attorney (Public Notice Flyer)

Washington, D.C
Oct 28, 2021
Nov 04, 2021
Full Time

The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel is seeking a General Attorney to join the Office of the Chief Counsel for the Bureau of Industry and Security (OCC/IS). OCC/IS provides legal counsel to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in support of its mission to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system, and by promoting continued U.S. leadership in strategic technologies.

Depending upon the needs of the Office, this General Attorney position will work substantially on litigation relating to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. § 1862).

Such duties will include:
  • Overseeing the compiling and filing of agency administrative records subject to judicial review;
  • Overseeing searches, review, proper redaction, and production of documents and other evidence relevant to federal court litigation;
  • Managing the database process, including overseeing the organizing of documents related to specific litigation in a central document repository;
  • Working in concert with legal counterparts in other Department of Commerce bureaus and at the Department of Justice in drafting and preparing legal briefs and memoranda;
  • Analyzing and advising on relevant statutes, Presidential proclamations, and regulations subject to judicial review.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

This position may also involve assignments outside of the Section 232 context.

This could include:
  • Lead responsibility for pursuing export-control enforcement cases before Administrative Law Judges.
  • Entering appearances on behalf of the United States before the Court of International Trade, U.S. District Courts, and the Court of Federal Claims in support of related matters. Litigation support to the Department of Justice.
  • Analyzing U.S. administrative and criminal law and international agreements.
  • Advising on enforcement activities under the Export Administration Regulations;
  • Working collaboratively with special agents from the BIS Office of Export Enforcement and providing support to criminal and administrative prosecutions.
  • Performing a litigation support role on behalf of the Department of Commerce in litigation before federal courts.
  • Coordinating with other Department and U.S. Government agencies' legal offices.
  • Supporting BIS on issues relating to export control as it pertains to national security, foreign policy, humanitarian issues, and commerce.
  • Providing legal counsel to BIS on a variety of matters relating to, inter alia, the implementation of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, 50 U.S.C. § 4801 et seq.
  • Advising on proposed rules, pending legislation, responses to Congressional inquiries, and national security-related matters affecting export controls.
  • Performing additional duties on a variety of legal issues (which will vary in legal and factual complexity).
  • Analyzing issues which are often complex and novel and developing strategies to deal with those issues, which often must be addressed within short deadlines.
  • Carrying out duties with varying degrees of preliminary instruction and review (depending on grade level at which hired and the nature of the assignment) often requiring independent legal research, approach planning, and the development of legal recommendations.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

These assignments will often involve performing analysis of complex legal and factual scenarios. In all these matters, the attorney will work closely with the supervisors in OCC/IS and the Office of General Counsel.

General Attorneys must be able to handle and will be responsible for a variety of assignments with short, time-critical deadlines. The attorney must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills suitable for successfully working on a team with OCC/IS attorneys, members of BIS and other bureaus of the Department of Commerce, as well as attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP-SECRET/SCI clearance.
  • Selectees will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure, OGE Form 450.
  • Drug Testing Required

  • Must complete a 2 year trial period.


Basic requirement for all grade levels:
  • You must be a graduate with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent from an accredited law school; AND
  • You must have bar membership in one of the 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico or the US. Virgin Islands.

  • Minimum Requirements:

    For GS-12: Applicants applying at the GS-12 grade level must have one year of legal or relevant experience.

    For GS-13: Applicants applying at the GS-13 grade level must have two years of legal experience or relevant professional experience (legal or non-legal).

    For GS-14: Applicants applying at the GS-14 grade level requires a minimum of three years of relevant legal experience.

    For GS-15: Applicants applying at the GS-15 grade level requires a minimum of four years of relevant legal experience.

    Note: The General Counsel or designee retains the discretion to waive minimum qualifications as described above.

    Applicants may be hired at any of the grades shown in this announcement, commensurate with the candidate's experience and qualifications. You are encouraged to identify the grade level(s) or salary for which you wish to be considered.

    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.


    Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent from an accredited law school. Unofficial transcripts must be submitted with your application package. If selected, official transcripts will be required before a firm offer can be issued.

    Additional information

    This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.

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