United States
ATY 19-001
About the Office: 

The United States Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), is responsible for investigating allegations of professional misconduct involving the more than 30,000 attorneys, agents, and immigration judges within the Department of Justice.  The office was founded in 1975 in response to revelations of ethical abuses and misconduct by Department officials in the Watergate scandal.  It conducts highly sensitive investigations into allegations of misconduct involving all levels of the Department and is led by a career Senior Executive Service attorney.  OPR investigations frequently require its attorneys to have contact with senior officials across the Department and to confront complex legal and ethical issues involving criminal prosecutions, national security matters, civil litigation, and all other areas of the law handled by the Department.   By handing allegations in a fair, competent, and objective manner, OPR seeks to uphold the values and integrity of the Department.

Job Description: 

OPR is seeking an experienced attorney for its headquarters in the Main Justice building at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  The attorney will be responsible for reviewing and analyzing allegations of misconduct and, where appropriate, conducting a thorough investigation of the allegations, including witness interviews and reviewing documents, and preparing a comprehensive report addressing the allegations and setting forth OPR’s findings and conclusions.  The attorney may also be assigned special projects. 

This announcement is open until filled.  The first cut-off date for review of applications is November 23, 2018.  Applications received by November 23, 2018, will receive first employment consideration.  After that date, if necessary, applications will be reviewed every 30 days until the closing date of November 20, 2019.  This announcement may be used to fill future OPR attorney vacancies.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing in any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 3 years post J.D. experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; independently performing legal analysis; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); trial experience as a prosecutor or defender at the Federal, State, or Local level; analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.

Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials as well as exceptional writing and oral communication skills.  Applicants must also possess the legal skills and sound judgment necessary to evaluate the sensitive issues that arise in the course of attorney misconduct investigations.  The individuals selected for these positions are required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance as a condition of employment.

Preferred qualifications: A knowledge of, and familiarity with the rules and obligations imposed on prosecutors and other government attorneys by the Constitution, federal statutes, court decisions, orders, rules, regulations, Department policies, and applicable state bar rules is preferred but not required.

Grade Specific Qualifications:

To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.

To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have five years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level.  Examples of specialized experience include preparing court documents, presentations, and other written material involving or addressing unique and/or difficult issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting complex civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); analyzing complex cases for legal sufficiency; and providing expert, specialized advice and consultation.

Salary and grade level determinations are made based on the number of years of qualifying experience and current salary level. The salary ranges for this position are: GS-14 ($114,590 - $148,967) and GS-15 ($134,789 - $164,200).
Occasional travel is sometimes necessary.
Application Process: 

Interested candidates should send via e-mail a PDF file containing a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages) to  Those selected for an interview will be asked at that time to provide proof of an active bar membership and, if a federal government employee, a copy of their most recent performance appraisal.  Please reference announcement OPR ATY 19-001 in your cover letter and in the e-mail subject line.

No telephone calls please.

For more information about OPR, please visit our Web page at:

Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates from this announcement if another position becomes available within one year after the closing date of this announcement.

Application Deadline: 

The first cut-off is November 23, 2018 and monthly thereafter until the vacancy is filled.

Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses or extended TDY will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated November 2, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice 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 Veteran 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).


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