Attorney-Advisor (Open Continuous)
Department Of Homeland Security
 Washington, DC
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Summary

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), General Law Division (GLD).

This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.

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Responsibilities

As an Attorney-Advisor (Open Continuous) GS 0905 13/14/15, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:

As an Attorney Advisor you will:

  • Review solicitation packages, statements of work, contract specifications, and other contract documents for clarity and legal sufficiency.
  • Participate as counsel on source selections; provide oral and written advice on pre-award procurement issues such as the adequacy of solicitations sole source awards, mistake in bids, agency protests, and bid protests filed before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
  • Represent DHS in contract appeals filed before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), and assist the Department of Justice when appeals are filed before the United States Court of Federal Claims or the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Research and analyze applicable laws and regulations, provide interpretations of those laws and regulations to the DHS General Counsel and other DHS officials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

15

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0905 Attorney

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U. S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain a SECRET, TOP SECRET or TOP SECRET/SCI Security Clearance
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
  • You must submit a Financial Disclosure Form
  • Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

GS-13:

  • The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or
  • The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND
  • Specialized professional legal experience in excess of two years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position or two years of judicial clerkship.

GS-14 or GS-15:

  • The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or
  • The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND
  • Specialized professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual's background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.

Specialized Experience:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:

OGC will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate's qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

Specialized experience defined as experience providing legal advice and support on matters related to federal acquisition and procurement issues and/or experience providing legal advice and support on matters related to cyber-security, acquisition, and procurement issues.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

NOTE: The following examples must be tailored to the applicable qualification standard, some notes are provided for assistance.

In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position:

Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Selection will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

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.

Education

Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law school accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. If qualifying based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions.

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.