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    This position is located in the DoD OIG, Office of the General Counsel (OGC). OGC provides independent and objective legal counsel and advice to the Inspector General (IG) and OIG components.

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    • Serves as the DoD OIG Deputy General Counsel acting with full authority, both in conjunction with, and in the absence of, the General Counsel (GC) and within own areas of responsibility to plan, program, budget, and direct the operations of the OGC.
    • Supervises and ensures the adequacy of legal advice and services provided, and provides all necessary support to the GC in matters within assigned areas of responsibility.
    • Directly supervises subordinate supervisory counsel, directors of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office and Subpoena Program, and OGC administrative staff.
    • Serves as the Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official, responsible for the administration and oversight of the DoD OIG Ethics Program.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel. You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0905 Attorney

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship Required.
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
    • This is an Excepted Service position.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance
    • Incumbent is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DoD OIG.
    • Current DoD civilian employees are not required to submit to drug testing if moving from one Testing Designated Position (TDP) to another with no break in service, unless deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis.
    • Must adhere to the DoD Standards of Conduct.
    • If you have not previously successfully completed a probationary period with the federal government in a similar position, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period.
    • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the initial issue date of the referral list.
    • You will be required to complete a confidential financial disclosure form (OGE-450).
    • Recruitment Incentive MAY be authorized at the discretion of the Hiring Official.
    • You may be required to complete a 1-year supervisory probationary period.


    Basic Qualifications Requirements:

    Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of experience at the GS-14 or equivalent level in the Federal service as an attorney handling general legal matters of considerable complexity.

    Applicants must be an active member, in good standing, of the bar of the highest court of a state, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia, and be permitted to engage in the practice of law.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of experience at the GS-14 or equivalent level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as: Analyzing and recommending legally acceptable courses of action, consistent with applicable laws, policies, procedures and practices, concerning Department of Defense (DoD) programs and operations; Providing legal advice and counsel regarding Federal agency Office of Inspector General (OIG) authorities, operations and products; Supervising attorneys and/or non-attorneys, including hiring and performance management; Managing legal office operations, including budget, supply, and travel matters.

    Second hurdle: Applicants selected for interview will be required to write and provide a separate narrative statement (limited to two pages each) addressing: 1) Management experience in leading and motivating a highly trained professional legal staff; 2) Diversified experience dealing with highly complex issues within a number of the subject areas relevant to the OIG, which include: appropriations and fiscal law; procurement/contract law; constitutional law; criminal law; and administrative law; and 3) Comprehensive knowledge of DoD and/or government organization and operations and OIG responsibilities, policies, and business processes.

    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.


    Basic Qualifications Requirements:

    To meet the basic requirements, you must possess a J.D., LL.B., or LL.M degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.

    Additional information


    There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions.

    Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at www.opm.gov).

    Submission of a resume alone is NOT a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional form/s and/or supplemental materials. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): does not apply for Excepted Service positions.

    Military retirees seeking to enter civil service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they are within 180 days following their official date of retirement (5 United States Code 3326.)

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    National security

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Résumé showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Résumé should include the following: where you worked, job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week, and salary;
    • Completed assessment questionnaire;
    • A current Bar Certificate indicating active membership, in good standing. If a certificate is not available by the closing date of the announcement, you may certify to your status as an active member in good standing in responding to the assessment questionnaire. You will be required to submit a current Bar Certificate prior to appointment. **Current DoD OIG employees do NOT need to submit a certificate;
    • An unofficial transcript documenting a degree in law . If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to your entrance on duty. **Current DoD OIG employees do NOT need to submit a transcript;
    • Copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicable, documenting current Competitive (#1 on block 34 of SF-50) position occupied. If the position currently occupied is Excepted Service (#2 on block 34 of SF-50), you must provide an SF-50 that provides proof that you've held a permanent position with career or career-conditional status, unless your Excepted Service appointment qualifies you for appointment through an interchange agreement or miscellaneous authority. If currently occupying an excepted service VRA, provide an SF-50 documenting your current Veterans Recruitment Appointment. PLEASENOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) that does not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position will not be accepted. **Current DoD OIG employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your SF-50(s).
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicablereceived within the last 18 months and signed and dated by your supervisor; If you are a current Federal government employee, you must submit your performance appraisal as indicated or document why it is unavailable. **Current DoD OIG employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your Performance Appraisal. .
    • To claim veterans' preference, submit a DD-214 indicating the most recent dates of service, character of service and type of discharge. To claim 10% or more disability, submit a VA certification letter in addition to a DD-214 (If selected, a completed and signed SF-15 will be required prior to your entrance on duty.). Future military retirees can submit a "Statement of Service" only if retirement DD-214 or proof of transitional leave is not yet available. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable).
    • Any additional documentation that would provide proof of your eligibility category for which you are applying. Required documents are listed next to the eligibility category in the "Additional Information" section above.

    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 for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents above.
    Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

    1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
    2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
    3. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to
    an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must reselect
    your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Robert McCrory


    ALEXANDRIA, VA 22350
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    If you would like to be a part of a Federal organization dedicated to serving our Nation and those who defend it, consider a career with the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG). The agency promotes integrity, accountability and improvement of critical DoD programs and operations to support mission accomplishment and to serve the public interest. The OIG offers the full range of Federal benefits (see link below) and a flexible work schedule, depending on position requirements.

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    Next steps

    You will receive emails at various points in the evaluation process to notify you of: 1) receipt of your application; 2) after further evaluation,
    whether or not you are referred to the selecting manager for consideration and possible interview; and 3) the final disposition of your
    application when recruitment is complete.

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications,
    and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/544944600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.