Attorney Advisor

Oversight and Review Division
Attorney
1425 New York Avenue, NW Suite 7000
Washington, DC 20530
United States
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About the Office: 

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Oversight and Review Division. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is one of the premier federal inspector general offices with a prestigious team of professionals. The OIG performs audits, evaluations, investigations, and special reviews of the personnel and programs of all DOJ components including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP); U.S. Marshals Service (USMS); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and the U.S. Attorneys' Offices (USAO). The OIG offers successful candidates an opportunity to make a difference by providing challenging work that result in tangible improvements in government operations. We provide candidates with an array of benefits, outstanding development and training opportunities, and the opportunity to earn various forms of recognition (e.g., merit and honor awards and time-off awards) for their significant contributions. Located in the Oversight and Review Division (O&R) within the OIG, this position will afford the successful candidate an opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary group of employees who conduct reviews and special investigations across DOJ components. O&R blends the skills of attorneys, investigators, program analysts, and paralegal specialists to review DOJ programs and investigate sensitive allegations involving DOJ employees and operations. These reviews and investigations are often undertaken at the request of congressional committees and DOJ's senior management. Recent reviews conducted by O&R include a review of the handling and sharing of information prior to the Boston Marathon bombings, a review ATF's Operations Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious, and investigations into allegations of misconduct by senior DOJ officials.

Job Description: 

At the full performance level, typical work assignments include:

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

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

3. Compiling and analyzing documents and testimony.

4. Making recommendations for policy changes, administrative action, or criminal prosecution.

5. Writing detailed reports of investigation.

GS 15:

  • Competency planning, directing, and leading complex investigations.
  • Competency conducting and directing complex legal research and the ability to present the results in a clear, precise, and persuasive 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, and the ability to elicit facts during interviews of subjects and witnesses.
  • Competency writing clear, concise, and convincing reports.
Qualifications: 

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

GS 15 : Must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar and have at least one year post J.D. experience. Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: working as a lead attorney on complex investigations, interviewing witnesses and subjects, and evaluating evidence involving technical subject matters or technical areas of law. Criminal or civil prosecutive experience is desired, but is not essential.

Salary: 
GS-0905-15, $126,245- $158,700.
Travel: 
Not Required
Application Process: 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

To receive consideration:

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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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