Pentagon, Virginia
Jan 12, 2022
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time

  • General Legal Advice and Counsel: Provides written and oral advice, counsel, evaluations, and opinions to the Defense ASO and the DoD DGC(I), and under the supervision of the DoD DGC(I) to members of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and the DoD General Counsel on legal matters and policy guidance related to the full range of the Defense ASO worldwide programs and activities.
  • U.S. Domestic, National Security, and International Law Functions: The incumbent develops, drafts, reviews, negotiates, analyzes, evaluates, and/or comments on agreements, regulations, orders, guidelines, and other legal documents that implement or advance Defense ASO programs and activities; interprets and applies federal statutes, regulations, and other requirements; and applies advanced legal theories, concepts, principles, and processes to a wide variety of circumstances affecting Defense ASO programs and activities. Issues assigned to the incumbent require extensive knowledge of the Constitution as well as those laws and regulations that authorize or restrain U.S. military operations and intelligence activities. Duties may include providing counsel and other legal services concerning legal and policy authorities governing the conduct of Defense ASO programs and activities.
  • Legal Research and Analysis: Investigates facts, researches legal precedents, and marshals historical precedence involved in extremely complex Defense ASO programs and activities and other legal issues and transactions.
  • Review/Coordination of Documents: Reviews Defense ASO correspondence, documents, and other communications for legal sufficiency, clarity, and writing errors; drafts and reviews proposed legislation, correspondence, and other legal documents; reviews proposed reports to Congress and responses to congressional inquiries; identifies areas requiring improvement or clarification and makes recommendations for revisions.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
    • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
    • A special sensitive security clearance, SCI will be required as a condition of employment
    • Position will be subject to random drug testing
    • Work may occasionally require work or meeting attendance on weekends or in the evening
    • Work may require travel away from the normal duty station with little notice and unpredictable frequency or duration
    • Employee must maintain current certifications
    • Attorney appointments are subject to serve a one-year probationary period
    • Candidates are not required to have active duty service or veterans? preference to be referred and considered. All qualified candidates who meet the recruitment assessment criteria will be referred to the selecting official.
    • Incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a DoD approved access to Special Access Programs as a condition of employment
    • Incumbent will be required to submit to a counter-intelligence scope polygraph


    • You MUST have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD). Note: You must submit a copy of your transcripts.
    • In addition, at the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status with a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status.
    In addition to the above requirement: you must have professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Specialized experience must include expert knowledge of laws and regulations impacting: environmental planning and airspace, executing major new weapon systems and drafting techniques. Provides advice on efforts to take major federal actions with the potential to have significant impacts on the human environment designed to improve mission existing mission capabilities. Supports efforts to draft federal legislation involving environmental planning and airspace and provides proper operational information to state and local authorities considering legislation or regulations designed to protect Air Force installations.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of the role and duties of the Government attorney, including a practical knowledge of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Federal Lawyers and American Bar Association Rules of Professional Responsibility and the rules of the jurisdictions in which incumbent is licensed to practice. The incumbent must be able to analyze extremely complex legal issues, including issues relating to U.S. domestic law and regulations, national security law, and international law.
  • Knowledge of U.S. domestic law and regulations, national security law, and international law, as these laws relate to DoD world-wide military operations, intelligence activities, counterintelligence operations, cyberspace operations, information operations, security classification policies, and Special Access Programs.
  • Knowledge of the research methodologies, including computer-assisted technologies, necessary to research applicable Federal law and regulations concerning issues involving Defense ASO activities.
  • Skill in applying advanced data gathering tools, including, but not limited to, formal interviewing techniques, archived records retrieval and review, and other methods, to collect various types of factual information.
  • Superior skills in the areas of oral and written communications and interpersonal relationships.
  • Knowledge of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff coordination processes including the significance of preserving administrative records.

  • At the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status and in good standing with a bar of the highest court of a State, US commonwealth, US territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status and dated within four months of application.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth. The attorney must maintain such bar membership in at least one jurisdiction during the entire course of employment with the Air Force.

    Additional information

    Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

    Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service may be required prior to appointment to the position.

    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application . The Vacancy ID is 11341784

    Department of the Air Force has implemented COVID-19 vaccination requirements set forth in 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. Upon selection, you will be required to provide documentation proof as "fully vaccinated" prior to issuance of a firm job offer. Air Force will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exemption from this requirement. More information on COVID requirements may be found here . Additionally, please do not disclose your vaccination status on your resume.

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    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit GSA Bulletin FTR 20-04 here for additional information.