Senior Staff Attorney/Senior Attorney (Appropriations Law Group - Fiscal Law and Procurement Law)

Washington, D.C
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time

As a Senior Staff Attorney/Senior Attorney (Appropriations Law Group), PA-0905-2/3 your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Drafting legal decisions and reports on complex matters of appropriations law and providing briefings to congressional staff and agency officials on the conclusions.
  • Drafting and revising portions of GAO's multivolume publication, Principles of Federal Appropriations Law, also known as the Red Book, and GAO's Glossary of Terms Used in the Federal Budget Process.
  • Providing technical assistance to Congress and federal agencies on issues involving federal funds.
  • Teaching multi-day appropriations law courses, as well as shorter seminars, for officials and staff throughout all three branches of the federal government and contributing to GAO's annual Appropriations Law Forum.
  • Collaborating with other GAO attorneys to provide legal advice on federal budget and appropriations law issues that arise in the course of GAO performance and financial statement audits and preparing senior GAO officials to testify on appropriations law matters before Congress.
  • Providing internal legal advice and counsel to GAO on the use of its own appropriation.
  • Providing internal legal advice on a wide range of GAO acquisition matters.
  • Drafting decisions and reports as required by the Congressional Review Act, the Davis Bacon Act, and the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Suitability for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation
Completion of a two-year probationary period unless you previously completed a trial period at GAO after October 1, 1980.
Completion of a financial disclosure statement is required.


You must meet the minimum qualification requirements by the closing date of this job opportunity announcement

1. Must have a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
2. Must be an active member in good standing of a bar of a state, a territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
3. Band II Senior Staff Attorney candidates must have a minimum of two years (104 weeks) of legal experience working with and applying the laws, policies, and regulations related to the duties of the position.
4. Band III Senior Attorney candidates must have a minimum of four years (208 weeks) of legal experience working with and applying the laws, policies, and regulations related to the duties of the position.


See Qualification section.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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:

Additional information

This position is not in a bargaining unit.

Salary Range:
PA-2: $120,199 - $168,226
PA-3 - $149,800 - $172,500

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, GAO considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15 which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s)). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more.

TRAVEL & RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel and relocation expenses related to this hiring process will not be paid.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email

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