Senior Counsel to the Assistant Inspector General for Oversight and Review

Washington, DC 20005
United States
About the Office: 

The DOJ OIG is ranked number 1 in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey as the best place to work in the DOJ and is one of the premier inspector general offices in federal government. We are seeking a highly-motivated professional employee with experience in providing superior customer service in support of our mission to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse, in DOJ programs and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs, as well as to detect and deter misconduct by DOJ personnel.

The DOJ OIG conducts audits, evaluations, investigations and special reviews of the personnel and programs of all DOJ components. The DOJ OIG offers a wide range of federal benefits and a flexible work schedule, depending on mission requirements.

Join our professional, highly-engaged, diverse team that values collaboration, individual contributions, flexible work options, continuous growth opportunities, and challenging assignments and opportunities.

This vacancy may be used to fill other similar and/or comparable positions throughout the agency within the stated duty station.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

If you are selected as the Senior Counsel to the Assistant Inspector General for Oversight and Review, your responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Making legal and policy recommendations based upon research, analysis and the evaluation of information.
  • Using legal training, practical experience, and knowledge of personnel and activities to advise the AIG on matters affecting the mission of the OIG and the efficiency of the DOJ.
  • Reviewing and editing reports and correspondence requiring AIG approval.
  • Providing expert direction to staff conducting investigations of allegations of misconduct and programmatic or management reviews.
  • Handling sensitive and complex matters that receive significant congressional and public attention.
  • Performing special projects and assignments, and working with the AIG, Deputy AIG, and staff attorneys, program analysts, and law enforcement agents in the planning of investigations and reviews .

Qualification requirements for this position include:

  • A J.D. from an accredited law school.
  • A current member in good standing of the bar of any state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • At least 5 years post-J.D. legal experience.

All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. In addition, the following items must be submitted for your application to be considered:A current resume demonstrating relevant experience (cover letter optional). Documentation showing you are currently a bar member. To receive full consideration you MUST provide proof of bar membership. Applications submitted without proof of bar membership will not receive consideration.

Narratives addressing your experience and ability in relation to each of the following four Mandatory Technical Competencies. Each narrative response should not exceed two pages.

  1. Substantial experience conducting, advising on, and directing broad, highly technical and complex investigations from an Office of the Inspector General, Internal Affairs, Professional Responsibility or comparable office.
  2. Substantial experience organizing, drafting, and editing complex investigative reports and advising or directing others in these tasks.
  3. Working knowledge of operations in an Office of the Inspector General, Internal Affairs, Professional Responsibility, or comparable office, of a large organization or agency, and of the statutory, regulatory, and other legal authorities relevant to such operations.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively and work constructively and collaboratively with internal and external organizations and other professional disciplines to enhance the effectiveness of operations.
  5. Incomplete applications will be ineligible for further consideration.
$127,914.00 to $192,300.00
Less than 5%.
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above. A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on May 30, 2019 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. Please contact: Julia Dankwa at to obtain an alternative application.

Follow the prompts to select your resume 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:

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation will not be paid.
Number of Positions: 
Updated May 10, 2019

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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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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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