Attorney Advisor

Office of Oversight & Review (O&R)
1425 New York Ave.
Washington, DC 20005
United States
About the Office: 

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), detects and deters waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct across DOJ programs and personnel and promotes economy and efficiency in DOJ programs. Attorney Advisors within the OIG's Oversight and Review Division (O&R) conduct a broad range of investigations and reviews, including sensitive misconduct investigations of senior-level employees, examinations of high-profile DOJ law enforcement operations, and reviews of DOJ's use of national security authorities. Attorney Advisors lead multi-disciplinary teams that blend the skills of attorneys, special agents, program analysts, and paralegals. These teams produce reports and recommendations that promote individual accountability of DOJ employees and tangible improvements in DOJ operations. These teams are also responsible for conducting investigations of whistleblower retaliation allegations involving FBI employees and the employees of DOJ contractors.

Job Description: 

As an Attorney Advisor, GS-905-15, your typical work assignments will include, but are not limited to:

1. Leading teams of attorneys, investigators, and program analysts.

2. Planning, organizing, and conducting investigations regarding a wide variety of allegations.

3. Obtaining, synthesizing, and analyzing documents and testimony.

4. Making recommendations to improve DOJ operations and making referrals for potential administrative action or criminal prosecution.

5. Writing detailed reports of investigation.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position you must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be a member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years of post-J.D. experience.

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must also have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level or its equivalent. Examples of specialized experience include working as a lead attorney on complex investigations, drafting and filing complex motions, briefs, or other legal memoranda, and drafting reports of investigation containing in-depth analysis of issues presented.

Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire. Failure to provide support may result in an ineligible rating. Your latest resume submitted for this vacancy announcement will be used to determine qualifications and supersedes previous submissions.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

Your resume, supporting documentation, and narrative responses will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. Please provide narrative responses describing your experience with the defined competencies listed below.

  • Competency writing clear, accurate, and thorough reports, motions, or memoranda containing in-depth analysis of complex issues.
  • Competency planning, directing, and leading complex investigations.
  • Competency conducting and directing complex legal research, accurately analyzing applicability of standards to facts, and presenting the results in a clear, accurate, and thorough manner.
  • Competency understanding, interpreting, and applying substantive law and the ability to assimilate technical subject matters, define issues, and analyze and evaluate evidence.
  • Competency expressing oneself orally in a manner that is clear, concise, and understandable, eliciting facts during interviews of subjects and witnesses, and representing the OIG to other agencies in a professional manner.
$134,789.00 to $164,200.00 per year
Occasional Travel-You may be expected to travel for this position
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The online application can be found below:

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/18/2018 to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 18, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
There are no relocation expenses reimbursed
Number of Positions: 
Few vacancies
Updated May 4, 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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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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