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    This position is located in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Mobility Division.  




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    The incumbent works on cases or legal issues of extreme complexity. These are characterized by one or more of the following: (1) extremely complex difficult issues requiring a high order of legal endeavor with the incumbent often having to balance conflicting interests. Incumbent may act as the primary legal counsel to a significant operating program, in an adversarial proceeding where legal questions posed are of an extremely complex nature. Conducts research or investigation of the facts as well as the laws, regulations, and legal precedents which may involve any of the following: a) analyzing the factual and legal issues presented to determine what further facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable; b) reviewing policies, procedures, regulations, technical manuals, and other agency publications; c) conducting research of relevant document and foreign laws, legal opinions, policies, regulations, legal texts, and precedent cases bearing on the legal issues involved in the problem, proposal, or case; or d) preparing memorandums or reports outlining the facts and legal issues, analyzing the factual and legal issues involved, explaining the application of legal principles and precedents, and justifying recommendations or conclusions. Reviews proposed legislation, changes in regulations, questions of law, administrative policy, staff reports, and other Commission relevant documents and develops independent, objective comments, critiques and recommendations.  Keeps abreast of legal developments affecting mobile radio services by reviewing court and Commission decisions, congressional actions, professional publications, and trade press; researches legislation, decisions, opinion and regulations.  Assists in developing Commission rule makings and orders. Reviews resolutions of licensing and re-licensing matters to ensure they are legally and factually adequate, complete, comprehensive, internal consistent and in conformance with existing policy and precedent.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0905 Attorney

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Bar Membership Required
    • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
    • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
    • Serve a trial period of one year, if applicable.
    • US Citizenship.

    Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.


    Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  

    Professional law experience is the experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.

    Specialized Experience is an experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience in or equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

    For this position, specialized experience includes the following:   

    Professional: Applicant must possess at least two years of professional law experience and at least one year of that experience must be specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service performing the following specialized experience.

    GS-13: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:  1) conducting legal research and preparing legal documents; 2) developing research strategies for complex legal issues; 3) writing documents such as briefs, issue papers, rulemaking items or portions thereof, and report summaries with analysis and recommendations; and 4) making oral presentations, communicating legal research results, and defending legal positions.

     Professional: Applicant must possess at least three years of professional law experience and at least one year of that experience must be specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal Service performing the following specialized experience.

    GS-14: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: 1) conducting in-depth legal research; preparing complex legal documents; 2) developing research strategies for complex legal issues; 3) writing documents including briefs, rulemaking items, research memorandum and report summaries with analysis and recommendations; and 4) making oral presentations, communicating research results, and defending legal positions. 


    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Education requirements include: a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    All candidates will be considered without regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, nondisqualifying physical or mental handicap, age, or any other nonmerit factor.  THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

    All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to
    the duties of the position.  Applicants who do
    not respond to the application questions and/or
    do not submit a supporting resume will be rated
    ineligible.  Please note your resume must
    thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy

    There are several parts to the application
     process that affects the overall evaluation of
    your application including:

    1.  the core questions
    2.  the vacancy questions
    3.  supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts); and
    4.  your resume.

    Applicants will be rated ineligible if they do not respond to job specific questions provide supplemental documents and submit a resume.  For more information, please click on Rating Process

    You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):

    • Skill in communicating effectively in writing to produce a variety of legal and policy documents.
    • Ability to analyze legal and policy issues for which no clearly applicable precedent exists.
    • Knowledge of legal and policy research techniques. 
    • Ability to explain complex or controversial information to diverse audiences.

    To preview questions please click here.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    ***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Some positions require supplemental document(s).  All required supporting documents MUST be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents.  The fax number will be listed on this sheet.  If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided.  Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again.  If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***

    Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required:

    1.  When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens." current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.

    2.  ICTAP eligible candidates must submit a copy of their most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds" or equivalent) and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM, or your agency documenting your priority consideration status.  You must be rated fully qualified (a score of 80 or above) for the position.

    3.  If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.

    4. Veterans MUST submit form DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

    5.  College Transcripts (For Positive Education Required positions and if qualifying based on education and or experience and education.), if applicable.

    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

    To apply to this announcement go to the website: https://fcc.usajobs.gov

    Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information on applying federal jobs, please check this webapge https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

    If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Federal Communications Commission's Human Resources Office at (202) 418-0130 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts to determine the validity of on-line question.

    NOTE: To be considered for an announced vacancy in the area of consideration within which the employee is eligible to compete, the employee must apply online using the Commission’s automated recruitment system. Employees must submit all necessary application materials identified in the announcement by the specified closing date.

    Agency contact information

    Joy Baylor










    Federal Communications Commission
    445 12th Street, SW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20554
    United States
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    The FCC is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

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    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications to determine your ranking. The best-qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

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  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527269400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.