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    This position is in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation, and Energy Efficiency which is responsible for overseeing the Department of Energy's (DOE) legislative and regulatory programs, and legal matters related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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    The purpose of this position is to provide legal analysis, advice and assistance on matters and problems that arise in the development of highly visible legislative and regulatory proposals.  The successful candidate will develop, draft, review, participate in negotiations and provide comment on legal documents primarily concerned with DOE's responsibilities to submit and evaluate legislative and regulatory proposals that affect DOE operations. 

    Legislative responsibilities include drafting bill text and justification documents in support of DOE legislative proposals used to achieve Departmental missions, reviewing legislation proposed by Members of Congress and other Federal agencies to determine the effect on DOE activities and coordinating DOE views on such legislation both internally and interagency often under tight deadlines.  These responsibilities also include analyzing bills to prepare recommendations concerning the approval or veto of these measures that affect DOE programs and activities, as well as preparing reports, memoranda and analyses on pending bills of significant importance to DOE programs and activities.

    Regulatory responsibilities include advising program offices on rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act; reviewing DOE regulations to ensure compliance with applicable enabling statutes, Executive Orders, and other statutes governing the regulatory process; advising program offices on the development of directives and guidance.  Responsibilities also include, reviewing and commenting on rulemaking and regulatory/deregulatory activities of DOE or other agencies to ensure adequate consideration of DOE concerns, and to assess the impact of those activities on DOE's statutory missions or policies.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Less than 10 days per year.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0905 Attorney

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
    • Relocation expenses will not be provided.
    • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
    • Background and/or Security Investigation is required.


    All candidates must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and must be a current, active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


    A preliminary background investigation must be completed before a new employee can begin work.  Current federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background investigation.  If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement).

    If selected, you must self-identify if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee as OPM approval is required prior to finalizing your selection. 


    GS-11: Must have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and active membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform legal work.

    GS-12: Must have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and active membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work. 

    GS-13: Must have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and active membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work and one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.

    GS-14: Must have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and active membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and three years of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work, plus one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.

    GS-15: Must have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and active membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and at least four years of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work, plus, at least one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.  



    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Specific experience is defined as professional legal experience, which enabled the candidate to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work relevant to a specific legal component.

    Additional information

    This is an excepted service position where appointees must serve a one-year trial period.  Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.  For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site.


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated to determine the relevance and quality of your education and experience and whether you meet the minimum qualifications required and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement.  When describing your experience, please provide examples that demonstrate your ability to do the work of the office described above, including a description of the complexity of the knowledge you possess, the level of the people you interacted with in your current or most recent position, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, and the degree of supervision in any current or most recent position.  Your answers will be validated against information provided in your resume, including your paid or volunteer experience, education, training, or certifications.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    You must have a bar membership and professional law degree.  You do not need to provide official documentation at the time of application; official proof of bar membership and law degree will be requested if selected.

    • 1. SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION WHICH INCLUDES YOUR RESUME and all required supplemental documents in order to be considered.
    • 2.  Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Energy considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their online application.  If applicant is eligible to claim a 10-point preference, the applicant must also submit an SF-15 and any other proof that the applicant is eligible for a 10-point preference.  If you are currently on active duty, you must submit an official statement of service from your command or other official documentation that proves that your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  You can find additional information on veterans' preference at VET GUIDE

    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 submit via email a complete application and required supplemental documents to Francine Pinto at GC-21-0001@hq.doe.gov.

    A complete application package must include:   

    1.  Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience).

    2.  Current resume with 3 references - Applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume.  Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    3.  A writing sample sufficiently complex in nature to demonstrate the applicant’s skills in the qualifications of this position.

    4.  Current or Former Political Appointees (if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach an SF-50.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the hiring manager and HR office.

    5.  Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable).



    Agency contact information

    Francine Pinto








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    Next steps

    Once completed applications are received an evaluation will be performed and the most qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. A selection is expected to be made within 60 days. Notification to non-selected candidates is optional, but not expected.

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