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Attorney-Advisor (General)

  • ... Washington, District of columbia, United States
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    Full-time

  • ... Salary: 191900 per year
  • Posted on: Apr 25, 2024       Expires on: Jun 09, 2024

Attorney-Advisor (General)   

JOB TITLE:

Attorney-Advisor (General)

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Washington District of columbia United States

REMOTE:

No

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Duties

As an Attorney-Advisor (General), GS-0905-14/15, your typical work assignments may include:

  • Providing legal advice to the DHS Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management (PARM); DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO), Acquisition Policy and Legislation (APL); the DHS Suspension and Debarment Official; and other DHS Senior leadership on acquisition management, policy, and suspension and debarment matters.
  • While advising DHS PARM, reviewing PARM documents, drafting acquisition legislation, regulations, and policy documents, providing drafting assistance and ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
    Working on behalf of the DHS Chief Acquisition Officer, PARM is the executive agent for DHS acquisition programs and is responsible for managing DHS-wide acquisition program policy, governance, and oversight.
    The primary policies that will be referenced are the DHS Directive 102-01 and DHS Instruction 102-01-001, Acquisition Management and its associated policies.
    In this context, the term acquisition is not equivalent to procurement.
  • While advising DHS OCPO, APL, reviewing draft acquisition and procurement legislation, regulations and policy documents, providing drafting assistance and ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Interfacing with senior DHS and other government officials including the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), reviewing documentation and providing legal advice/responses on the subject matter.
  • Preparing senior OGC staff for participation in the Acquisition Review Board process and other business process meetings for major acquisition programs of DHS and its components.
View common definitions of terms found in this announcement: Common Definitions.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.
    S.
    citizen to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.
  • You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.
    S.
    Commonwealth, U.
    S.
    territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • You must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

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 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.


You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the federal government.
You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal government.


Specialized experience is significant experience providing legal advice and support on matters related to acquisition and procurement issues.
In the context of major acquisition program accountability and risk management, acquisition is not equivalent to procurement.
Applicants should have demonstrated experience applying knowledge of the DHS acquisition lifecycle framework (ALF) and associated Acquisition Management Directive and Agency Instructions, or equivalent big "A" acquisition frameworks at other agencies such as DoD's Adaptive Acquisition Framework; while knowledge of and experience applying concepts from the DHS Directive 102-01 and DHS Instruction 102-01-001, Acquisition Management are preferred, knowledge and experience working with similar acquisition program policies is acceptable.
For clarity, the DHS definition of an acquisition program is: "The conceptualization, initiation, design, development, test, contracting, production, deployment, logistics support, modification, and disposal of systems, supplies, or services (including construction) to satisfy DHS needs.
An acquisition program results from investment decisions, responds to approved requirements, aligns to strategic direction, and is guided by approved baselines.
Requirements management and financial management are complementary processes that inform an acquisition program.
"

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


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


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.


Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.
If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Education

Applicants must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
You must submit a copy of both your law school and college transcript with your application.
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.
Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: https://ope.
ed.
gov/dapip/#/home.


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 on the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

Additional information

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.
3102(u), and or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR 315.
707.
Veterans, Peace Corps, VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission.
If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs.
To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.


Pursuant to Executive Order 12564 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.
Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.


This position may be filled at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade level.
If selection is made at the GS-14 level, promotion to the next higher level may occur without further competition.


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


If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty.
False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.


Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.
To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this non-critical sensitive position.
This review may include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.
Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period, unless already completed.
Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.
This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service.
Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.


  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:

  • Skills dealing with complex legal issues, with particular emphasis on major acquisition programs and applicable acquisition and procurement laws.
  • Ability to apply federal government acquisition and procurement laws, including policies, procedures and regulations.
    In the context of major acquisition program accountability and risk management, acquisition is not equivalent to procurement.
  • Ability to conduct legal research in order to provide timely and responsive oral and written advice on acquisition and procurement matters and suspensions and debarments.
  • Ability to engage and communicate well with senior level officials, whether within the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, or the private sector.
If you are the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
To preview the job questionnaire and application, click https://apply.
usastaffing.
gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12375994

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate 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.


If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be removed from consideration, or your score may be lowered.


Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.
Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.
g.
, DD form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.


Consideration may be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience.


Interviews are required for this position.
Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits.
    Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee.
    You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    • Your resume (click the link for information on what to include).
      If you are a current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position held.
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire.
      https://apply.
      usastaffing.
      gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12375994
    • A copy of your law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable) from an institution accredited by the American Bar Association.
      In addition, a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
      Once selected and prior to appointment, applicants must provide an official transcript for both college and law school.
    • A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.
    • Proof that you are an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.
      S.
      Commonwealth, U.
      S.
      territory, or the District of Columbia.
    • Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows competitive or excepted service appointment, tenure group, and salary.
      If you are applying for a higher grade, please submit the SF-50 showing the highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade.
      Please note: Performance award, Details, and Realignments are not acceptable SF-50s.
    • Are you a veteran? You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference.
      The member 4 copy of your DD214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable.
      If claiming 10-point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference.
      " If applying based on eligibility under Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification.
      This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.
      View more veterans' information.
    • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
      • Position title,
      • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee),
      • Agency
      • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.
    • If you are referred, you may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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.
    Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.
    S.
    Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • How to Apply

    To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account.
    Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and or required supporting documentation.
    Please see the "Required Documents" section for additional information.
    All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.
    If you are unable to apply online or need to submit a document you do not have in electronic form, visit this link for more information regarding an alternate application process.


    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email.
    The address below is for inquiries only.
    You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used.
    You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59 PM eastern standard time on the day the announcement closes.


    It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate.
    Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.
    Determining your eligibility and qualifications is dependent on the supporting documentation and information provided, which may impact your referral for further consideration.
    If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application.


    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position.
    The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
    Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.
    You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


    Applicants must submit all required documentation to properly qualify for this position.

    Agency contact information

    Lori Pollacci

    Phone

    202-573-0592

    Email

    lori.
    pollacci@hq.
    dhs.
    gov

    Address

    Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
    OCHCO/HRMS/MS #0170
    6595 Springfield Center Drive
    Springfield, VA 20598-0170
    US

    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.
    We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed.
    Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.
    To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information.
    " We expect to make a job offer within several weeks after the deadline for applications.
    If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
    View more information on applying for federal employment.


    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
    If you receive a final job offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner.
    Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.


    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States.
    Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.


    Any Offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.
    S.
    Office of Personnel Management guidance and U.
    S.
    Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring.
    These authorities are subject to change.


    Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent.
    Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

  • Your resume (click the link for information on what to include).
    If you are a current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position held.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire.
    https://apply.
    usastaffing.
    gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12375994
  • A copy of your law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable) from an institution accredited by the American Bar Association.
    In addition, a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
    Once selected and prior to appointment, applicants must provide an official transcript for both college and law school.
  • A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.
  • Proof that you are an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.
    S.
    Commonwealth, U.
    S.
    territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows competitive or excepted service appointment, tenure group, and salary.
    If you are applying for a higher grade, please submit the SF-50 showing the highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade.
    Please note: Performance award, Details, and Realignments are not acceptable SF-50s.
  • Are you a veteran? You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference.
    The member 4 copy of your DD214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable.
    If claiming 10-point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference.
    " If applying based on eligibility under Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification.
    This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.
    View more veterans' information.
  • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position title,
    • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee),
    • Agency
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.
  • If you are referred, you may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.
Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.
S.
Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.
    S.
    Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.
    S.

Clarification from the agency

All U.
S.
Citizens

Position Details

POSTED:

Apr 25, 2024

EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

191900 per year

SNAPRECRUIT ID:

S-1714930326-685038ca85b8d4145258ded4e39ed358

LOCATION:

District of columbia United States

CITY:

Washington

Job Origin:

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Duties

As an Attorney-Advisor (General), GS-0905-14/15, your typical work assignments may include:

  • Providing legal advice to the DHS Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management (PARM); DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO), Acquisition Policy and Legislation (APL); the DHS Suspension and Debarment Official; and other DHS Senior leadership on acquisition management, policy, and suspension and debarment matters.
  • While advising DHS PARM, reviewing PARM documents, drafting acquisition legislation, regulations, and policy documents, providing drafting assistance and ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Working on behalf of the DHS Chief Acquisition Officer, PARM is the executive agent for DHS acquisition programs and is responsible for managing DHS-wide acquisition program policy, governance, and oversight. The primary policies that will be referenced are the DHS Directive 102-01 and DHS Instruction 102-01-001, Acquisition Management and its associated policies. In this context, the term acquisition is not equivalent to procurement.
  • While advising DHS OCPO, APL, reviewing draft acquisition and procurement legislation, regulations and policy documents, providing drafting assistance and ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Interfacing with senior DHS and other government officials including the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), reviewing documentation and providing legal advice/responses on the subject matter.
  • Preparing senior OGC staff for participation in the Acquisition Review Board process and other business process meetings for major acquisition programs of DHS and its components.
View common definitions of terms found in this announcement: Common Definitions.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test.
  • You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • You must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

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 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.

You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the federal government. You qualify for the GS-15 grade level if you possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal government.

Specialized experience is significant experience providing legal advice and support on matters related to acquisition and procurement issues. In the context of major acquisition program accountability and risk management, acquisition is not equivalent to procurement. Applicants should have demonstrated experience applying knowledge of the DHS acquisition lifecycle framework (ALF) and associated Acquisition Management Directive and Agency Instructions, or equivalent big "A" acquisition frameworks at other agencies such as DoD's Adaptive Acquisition Framework; while knowledge of and experience applying concepts from the DHS Directive 102-01 and DHS Instruction 102-01-001, Acquisition Management are preferred, knowledge and experience working with similar acquisition program policies is acceptable. For clarity, the DHS definition of an acquisition program is: "The conceptualization, initiation, design, development, test, contracting, production, deployment, logistics support, modification, and disposal of systems, supplies, or services (including construction) to satisfy DHS needs. An acquisition program results from investment decisions, responds to approved requirements, aligns to strategic direction, and is guided by approved baselines. Requirements management and financial management are complementary processes that inform an acquisition program."

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

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

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.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Education

Applicants must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. You must submit a copy of both your law school and college transcript with your application. 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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: https://ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/home.

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 on the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

Additional information

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.3102(u), and or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps, VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12564 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

This position may be filled at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade level. If selection is made at the GS-14 level, promotion to the next higher level may occur without further competition.

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

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration of Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this non-critical sensitive position. This review may include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period, unless already completed. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent. This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.


  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:

  • Skills dealing with complex legal issues, with particular emphasis on major acquisition programs and applicable acquisition and procurement laws.
  • Ability to apply federal government acquisition and procurement laws, including policies, procedures and regulations. In the context of major acquisition program accountability and risk management, acquisition is not equivalent to procurement.
  • Ability to conduct legal research in order to provide timely and responsive oral and written advice on acquisition and procurement matters and suspensions and debarments.
  • Ability to engage and communicate well with senior level officials, whether within the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, or the private sector.
If you are the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire and application, click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12375994

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate 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.

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be removed from consideration, or your score may be lowered.

Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

Consideration may be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience.

Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    • Your resume (click the link for information on what to include). If you are a current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position held.
    • Your responses to the job questionnaire. https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12375994
    • A copy of your law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable) from an institution accredited by the American Bar Association. In addition, a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Once selected and prior to appointment, applicants must provide an official transcript for both college and law school.
    • A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.
    • Proof that you are an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
    • Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows competitive or excepted service appointment, tenure group, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please submit the SF-50 showing the highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. Please note: Performance award, Details, and Realignments are not acceptable SF-50s.
    • Are you a veteran? You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference. The member 4 copy of your DD214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable. If claiming 10-point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference." If applying based on eligibility under Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information.
    • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
      • Position title,
      • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee),
      • Agency
      • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.
    • If you are referred, you may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • How to Apply

    To begin your online application, click "Apply Online" to create a USAJOBS account and follow the prompts or log in to your existing account. Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and or required supporting documentation. Please see the "Required Documents" section for additional information. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English. If you are unable to apply online or need to submit a document you do not have in electronic form, visit this link for more information regarding an alternate application process.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. The address below is for inquiries only. You may apply more than once, but the most recent application is the only one that will be used. You must submit your resume, your online questionnaire, and any supporting documents by 11:59 PM eastern standard time on the day the announcement closes.

    It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. Determining your eligibility and qualifications is dependent on the supporting documentation and information provided, which may impact your referral for further consideration. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Applicants must submit all required documentation to properly qualify for this position.

    Agency contact information

    Lori Pollacci

    Phone

    202-573-0592

    Email

    lori.pollacci@hq.dhs.gov

    Address

    Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
    OCHCO/HRMS/MS #0170
    6595 Springfield Center Drive
    Springfield, VA 20598-0170
    US

    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best-qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a job offer within several weeks after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. View more information on applying for federal employment.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final job offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    Any Offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Personnel Management guidance and U.S. Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

  • Your resume (click the link for information on what to include). If you are a current or former Federal employee, your resume must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position held.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire. https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12375994
  • A copy of your law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable) from an institution accredited by the American Bar Association. In addition, a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Once selected and prior to appointment, applicants must provide an official transcript for both college and law school.
  • A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.
  • Proof that you are an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows competitive or excepted service appointment, tenure group, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please submit the SF-50 showing the highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. Please note: Performance award, Details, and Realignments are not acceptable SF-50s.
  • Are you a veteran? You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference. The member 4 copy of your DD214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable. If claiming 10-point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference." If applying based on eligibility under Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information.
  • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    • Position title,
    • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee),
    • Agency
    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment.
  • If you are referred, you may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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