Attorney (Contract)

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jan 20, 2022
Jan 28, 2022
Full Time

  • Please note, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Agency is operating in a maximum telework posture for all telework ready employees occupying a telework eligible position.
  • Serves as DLA Energy senior legal counsel for the Bulk Petroleum Supply Chain Services business unit, providing legal advice and assistance on contract matters for supply, logistics, and acquisition support of items managed by the supply chain
  • Provides legal and policy advice concerning the drafting, negotiating, concluding and amending of international fuel agreements
  • Serves as the senior legal counsel for the Facility Sustainment Directorate, responsible for sustaining, restoring and modernizing DoD?s fixed fuel infrastructure. Legal and policy advice includes environmental and fiscal law practice areas
  • Represents agency in protests to the Government Accountability Office or the Court of Federal Claims and appeals to the Federal courts and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
  • Legal and policy advice covers all areas of contract formation, including contract authority, GSA schedule contracting, source selection, socioeconomic issues, commercial item contracting, pricing, and foreign purchase restrictions
  • Provides legal advice and counsel on contract matters and post-award issues likely to result in litigation. Reviews and coordinates on decisions by contracting officers concerning contract claims by either the contractor or the Government
  • Post-award issues include contract terminations, breach of contract actions, and re-procurement of defaulted supplies, changes, options, performance, delivery and quality, and alternative dispute resolution
  • Procurements are typically characterized by extensive negotiations with high-level officials, negotiation of special contract terms and provisions, and involving a substantial expenditure of funds
  • Provides legal advice and counsel on business integrity and fiscal law issues involving assigned business units
  • Acts as team leader and manages the distribution of work among team attorneys and assures that work is accomplished in an accurate, responsive, and timely manner


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Security Requirements: Non-critical sensitive with Secret Access
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Bargaining Unit Status: No
  • Financial Disclosure Requirement: Required
  • COVID19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see Additional Information.


1) The first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); and

2) Proof that you are licensed and a member in good standing with the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. Annual bar certification cards issued from your state of licensure are not considered acceptable. Proof is a "certificate of good standing" issued by your state of licensure dated within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement or a screenshot of your bar status taken from your state of licensure website that is dated within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement or sworn statement to that effect. If there is not a date on the screen shot, you must provide a statement signed by you on the date that the screen shot was created. The successful applicant selected for employment must provide a "certificate of good standing" issued by their respective bar showing they are in good status and in active status prior to appointment.

3) In addition to 1 and 2 (listed above), you must possess professional legal experience in excess of 3 years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

In accordance with DoDI 1442.2 (Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys), promotion for this position is based on the individual's time, performance, and mastery of skills at the required grade level and only with approval of the designated official (DLA General Counsel) in accordance with the applicable regulation.

The legal experience described in your application package or resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies required to perform the duties of the position as described in the Major Duties section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience will be evaluated and screened to determine how closely or to what extent your experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your application package or resume must demonstrate you have the competencies and quality of experience necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate grade level.

The PRINCIPAL SELECTION FACTORS for this position are as follows:

a. Federal acquisition law experience (with consideration of factors such as breadth, depth, and relevance). At least one year of relevant experience at the next lower federal grade-level is mandatory. Equivalent military, state, or private law experience maybe substituted for Federal service.

b. Legal experience in the drafting, negotiating, concluding and amending international agreements.

c. Analytical/legal ability (including issue identification, legal research, analysis of options, risk analysis, creative problem solving).

d. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

e. Excellent interpersonal skills and client relationships, and the ability to interact well with senior officials on controversial and sensitive issues.

f. Excellent legal and business judgment.

g. Knowledge of environmental, international and tax law is highly desirable.

Financial Disclosure : This position is subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Security Clearance : This position requires a designated Non-Critical Sensitive. If selected, you must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. If you are unable to obtain this level of security clearance (because of undisclosed or disclosed background issues), within a reasonable period of time (as defined by the agency), the employment offer may be withdrawn. In addition, incumbent is subject to periodic reinvestigation to maintain security eligibility in accordance with DOD 5200.2-R.


Education may not be used as a substitution for qualifications for this position.

Additional information

COVID19 - All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following:

Excepted Service Position: This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

Veterans Information: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their submissions.

Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF-15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at
As of 23 December 2016, Military retirees seeking to enter federal service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they would be appointed within 180 days following their official date of retirement.

Reemployed Annuitants: This position does not meet criteria for appointment of Reemployed Annuitants. The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine, opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine, amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. ADVISORY: By using cannabidiol (CBD) products you are risking a positive drug test result for marijuana.