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    The primary mission of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is to promote effective management, accountability, and positive change in the Department of State, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), and the foreign affairs community. Pursuant to the Inspector (IG) Act of 1978, as amended, OIG conducts independent audits, inspections, evaluations, and investigations that mitigate threat to the integrity of and advance the missions of Department and BBG programs and operations.

    The Chief of Staff is charged with the responsibility to independently and objectively handle a wide range of matters of importance on behalf of Department of State Office of Inspector General (OIG) by providing leadership, coordination and advice on activities designed to promote economy, efficiency, and integrity in the administration of the OIG.

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    The incumbent of this position serves as the Chief of Staff to the Inspector General (IG), a Presidential appointee, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG), a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). The work of this position involves a close and confidential working relationship with both the IG and DIG.

    The Chief of Staff serves as a representative of the OIG at a variety of inter-agency and intra-agency groups, including the Council for Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) to ensure the IG's views and concerns are considered.

    The Chief of Staff conducts original research, and when necessary, drafts original material for the IG and DIG on both intra and inter-agency matters and contributes to the preparation of reports, briefings, presentations, and responses on OIG matters that may involve legal issues. The Chief of Staff also represents the OIG at meetings when required and works closely with senior staff on such matters as the preparation of the Semi-Annual Report to Congress, Management Challenges, and major CIGIE requests.

    The Chief of Staff serves as a liaison to the OIG and executive staff representing and assisting the IG and DIG in fulfilling their responsibilities throughout the organization. The Chief of Staff confers with OIG leadership and staff members to coordinate Front Office activities, especially those dealing with audits, evaluations, and inspections. The Chief of Staff also assists in the resolution of organizational or departmental highly sensitive or urgent matters, and assists the IG and DIG in providing direction, coordination and advice to staff in carrying out the activities of the OIG.

    The Chief of Staff, establishes and maintains effective relationships with key leadership including OIG personnel, Senior Officials, and other Offices of Inspector General. Attends inter-agency meetings when necessary to assist in information exchanges as well as effectively advocating for OIG.

    The Chief of Staff identifies legal issues that arise in the course of carrying out the duties of the position and presents such issues to OIG Office of General Counsel (OGC), or coordinates with OGC to ensure the legal analyses reflect OGC's position. The work is extremely complex and involves difficult legal and policy questions and factual issues concerning OIG work product. This position requires a high degree of independent judgment and expertise in representing OIG's interests.

    Overall the Chief of Staff provides a wide variety of professional support to the IG and DIG including: representing the IG and DIG at meetings when required; assisting the DIG and the IG in developing key messages to fulfill OIG’s mission and goals; presents information at meeting or other events as needed; and attends and participates in meetings.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional domestic and overseas travel may be required.

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    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
    • Annual Confidential Financial Disclosure required within first 30 days.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required.

    Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described by the closing date of this announcement. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.


    In order to be considered for this position you must possess the following:

    Law Degree: Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with a J.D. or LL.B.

    Bar Membership: Applicants must be a current member of a bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    IN ADDITION to meeting the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, applicants must demonstrate at least 1 year of experience that is indicative of senior level capability and that is directly related to the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the equivalent of the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent.

    Qualifying experience must demonstrate that you possess the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) listed below.

    You must address the MTQs in order to be considered for this position.

    Mandatory Technical Qualifications:

    1) Demonstrated experience conducting original legal and policy research and drafting original material on, among other things, agency matters.

    2) Demonstrated experience in staff management and working on multiple competing projects where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events/situations arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.

    3) Demonstrated experience contributing to the preparation of reports and other OIG products, briefings and responses on other OIG-related matters.

    You must provide your narratives to the above MTQs as a separate document that you must upload in the document upload function under the "additional documentation" category in order to receive consideration for this position.

    You should limit your narrative responses to 8000 characters (approximately two pages) per MTQ. Applicants who use statements as “see resume” as a response will not receive consideration for this position. When addressing the MTQs, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you provide detailed experience examples that are clear and emphasize your level of responsibility, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.

    There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the SL position.

    In addition, the following knowledge, skills, and abilities must be fully demonstrated in your resume when describing your past work experience:

    • Knowledge of the organizational and functional interrelationships within the Department of State.
    • Ability to navigate through various internal and external bureaucracies in managing an organization and/or staff.
    • Ability to provide both in writing and orally sound legal and policy advice to senior level officials on complex and difficult legal questions or factual issues.
    • Significant Legal knowledge and experience with the Inspector General Act and other relevant laws, regulations and policies related to the Inspector General community, including GAO and OIG guidelines and CIGIE quality standards.


    Law Degree: Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school with a J.D. or LL.B.

    Bar Membership: Applicants must be a current member of a bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    These documents must be uploaded to your application and will serve as proof of you possessing the minimum qualifications required for this position.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

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    SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, and not a current or former Federal employee, you must certify prior to appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or reasonableaccommodations@state.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of State considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor in the hiring process.

    For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the qualifications for this position, specifically, the education and specialized experience requirements. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that are verified to meet the required qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

    Your resume will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs), and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position as defined in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.

    Your resume and your responses to the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ) serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.
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    Required Documents

    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department’s automated system “Gateway to State”.


    4. Transcripts - if you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    5. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you MUST submit the required supporting documentation (transcripts, certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application.

    6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

    ICTAP Considerations
    CTAP Considerations

    7. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

    8. Current, former, and non-competitive Federal employees must submit SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) that show: effective date, position title, series, grade, salary, tenure, position occupied, full promotion potential, and name of agency. Examples include promotion & within-grade increase actions. Award SF-50s often do not show this information. Multiple SF-50s may be needed to show all information.

    9. Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities act (VEOA). You must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this job announcement.

    Current Federal employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show you meet time-in-grade requirements.

    If you are applying as a preference eligible with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.

    To gain access to your DD-214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html. For more information on Veteran Authorities, consult the Vet Guide.

    10. If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application. For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons visit: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

    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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    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.


    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.

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    How to Apply

    Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.

    To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.

    You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

    STEP 3: Answer the self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system.

    STEP 4: Prepare your narratives addressing the three MTQs and upload them in the system under "additional documentation."

    STEP 5: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system "Gateway to State" prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click here.

    Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET


    NOTE: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

    NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Agency contact information

    Clara Taylor








    U.S. Department of State
    1700 N Moore St
    SA-39, rm 1400
    Attn: OIG
    Rosslyn, Virginia 22209
    United States
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    Next steps

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interviews in approximately two weeks after the announcement closes. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability review and/or security background investigation, which generally take an average of at least two to six months.

    You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

    1. Upon receipt of your application.
    2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
    3. After the certificate is issued.
    4. After final selection is made.

    For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click here.

Fair & Transparent

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

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478828500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.