Washington, D.C
Nov 24, 2021
Dec 02, 2021
Full Time

The Office of the General Counsel, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is seeking a mid-level attorney with electric or natural gas experience for its Energy Markets section (EM). Successful candidates will be able to advise the Commission on complex issues associated with the Commission's electric regulation under the Federal Power Act, and natural gas regulation under the Natural Gas Act. Such issues include cost-of-service, rate design, wholesale energy market design, and terms and conditions of service. Candidates must be able to work with minimal guidance in drafting rules, orders and legal memoranda on new and challenging issues. Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams is essential. Attorneys in EM make up a diverse group and share a deep commitment to public service. Typical work assignments may include:
  • Draft orders, opinions, regulations or other documents related to Commission jurisdictional matters affecting the electric and natural gas pipeline industries;
  • Evaluate facts, legal pleadings and briefs, data or other relevant materials, marshal evidence and arguments to support conclusions and recommendations and identify and recommend appropriate resolution of questions of law and policy;
  • Provide advice to senior staff members and senior officials within the Commission;
  • Perform legal research and analysis of legal decisions, opinions, rulings, and other documents;
  • Apply the statutory provisions of statutes such as the Federal Power Act; Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act; Public Utility Holding Company Act; Natural Gas Act; Natural Gas Policy Act; Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act; Administrative Procedure Act;
  • Apply the Commission's regulations and policies; and apply judicial precedent involving matters relating to the Commission's jurisdiction and proceedings; and work with the organizational components of the agency


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Current, active bar membership required.
  • A two-year trial period may be required.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • A background investigation is required.
  • You may be required to divest certain energy-related securities

You must meet all eligibility and qualification (experience and/or education) requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


You must meet the following basic requirements, by the closing date of this announcement: (1) hold a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from an accredited college or university and (2) be a current, active bar member in good standing.

At the GS-13: The full performance level of the GS-13 is GS-13. The GS-13 salary range is $103,690 through $134,798 per annum.

At the GS-14: The full performance level of the GS-14 is GS-14. The GS-14 salary range is $122,530 through $159,286 per annum.

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


This position has a basic education requirement listed under the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.

Additional information

FERC remains ranked #1 in Work/Life Balance, for the 7th year in a row, among the Best Places to Work through the Partnership for Public Service! As a leader in Work/Life Balance, we are proud to offer telework flexibilities in accordance with agency policy. Telework is not guaranteed and is offered on a case-by-case basis. FERC does not currently have any 100 percent telework or remote positions.

When promotion potential is shown, future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Have your Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choice.
  • 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. FERC also participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). For more information about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit:
  • Attend a mandatory ethics training. We are governed by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Standards of Conduct, the criminal conflict of interest statutes, and FERC's supplemental ethics regulation, which prohibits FERC employees from holding certain energy-related securities. To comply with these regulations and statutes, divestiture of these securities may be required after you begin employment. See 5 C.F.R. 2634-41; 18 U.S.C. 201-208; 5 C.F.R. 3401. If selected, you may also be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of appointment.
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch 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 later than November 22, 2021). FERC will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.


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