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    Summary

    This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Regulatory Affairs Law Division (RLD).

    The primary purpose of this position is to serve the Office of the General Counsel as the Deputy Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs.

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    Responsibilities

    As a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (General) GS 0905 15, your typical work assignments may include the following:

    • Serves as deputy to the Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs and supports the Associate General Counsel in managing the Regulatory Affairs Law Division and directing the division's staff, which is comprised of professional and administrative positions.
    • Supports the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs in providing legal advice on regulatory and administrative law matters to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and other senior DHS leadership.
    • In conjunction with the Associate General Counsel, handles the following responsibilities: (1) oversees the review of DHS and component regulatory actions for compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Executive Order (EO) 12866, and other laws and EOs applicable to the federal regulatory process; (2) ensures that regulatory actions are consistent with Departmental policies and procedures; and (3) provides written and oral advice to OGC leadership on legal issues regarding regulatory actions and initiatives.
    • Assists the Associate General Counsel in overseeing and managing the Regulatory Affairs Law Division activities, including, but not limited to:
    (1) the development and review of priority lists of DHS and component regulatory actions, in order to assist with the prioritization of regulatory initiatives and allocation of regulatory resources;
    (2) the creation and execution of training modules, conferences, and other events related to regulatory practice and administrative law within the Department; and
    (3) the review and submission of the bi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and annual Statement of Regulatory Priorities.
    • Supports the Associate General Counsel in managing the administrative and personnel matters for the division, including monitoring division workloads and resources, making recommendations on resource needs and allocation, and making recommendations for personnel actions.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

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    0905 Attorney

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U. S. Citizenship Required
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation
    • You must be able to obtain a (SECRET) Security Clearance
    • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
    • You must submit an OGE-450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form
    • Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment may be required to serve a two (2) year trial period
    • You may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period

    Qualifications

    Basic Requirements:
    You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, AND meet the minimum qualifications as stated below:

    GS-15:
    1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or
    2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND
    3. Specialized professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual's background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.

    Specialized Experience:
    The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:
    OGC will assess qualified applicants by comparing each candidate's qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

    For this position, specialized experience includes experience providing legal advice and support on matters related to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Executive Orders (EOs) 12866 and 13563, and other laws and EOs applicable to the federal regulatory process. Experience is typically in or related to the work of the position as described in the Duties section above. APPLICANTS MUST HAVE AT LEAST FIVE (5) YEARS OF RELEVANT POST-JD EXPERIENCE.

    The DAGC provides legal counsel related to DHS and component regulatory actions. The DAGC analyzes complex legal and factual issues, provides counsel to senior officials, and supervises attorneys who perform such duties. This position furthers the DHS mission by supporting the management and development of the Department's regulatory program.

    The DAGC interacts with regulatory personnel within DHS (both in headquarters offices and components) and within the federal government (including the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and other Executive Branch regulatory agencies). The DAGC also represents DHS and OGC publicly to present and speak on matters related to administrative law and regulatory practice.

    RLD manages the regulatory process for DHS and its components, and advises on legal and economic matters associated with the Department and component regulations. RLD assists the Regulatory Policy Officer with his duties under Executive Order 12866, and RLD is the primary point of communication with OIRA for the clearance of "significant" regulatory actions and "significant" guidance documents under Executive Order 12866.

    The incumbent must possess excellent legal analysis and writing skills, and strong communication skills.

    Prior work experience with the federal regulatory process is strongly encouraged.

    Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.

    Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.
    All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    Selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
    Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
    Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will (not) be paid.

    Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level.

    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.

    The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

    Education

    Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law school accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. If qualifying based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position.

    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; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

    If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.

    Additional information

    For Alternate Application Information please go to: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECRET clearance as a condition of placement in this NON-CRITICAL SENSITIVE position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

    Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: 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 HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

    This position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding when voluntarily leaving the competitive service.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the initial issue date of the referral list. Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

    By applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for other similar positions.

    You may be 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 DHS.

    This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will assess your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:

    1. Strong ability to produce excellent written work in a number of formats, including legal memoranda and briefing papers.
    2. Ability to complete important work on regulations involving complex and/or technical details, often under time pressure.
    3. Ability to work with legal and policy professionals to clarify agency policy objectives, program goals, and to prepare regulatory actions and materials reflecting such objectives and goals.
    4. Ability to recognize legal issues that policy and program officials raise during the development of regulatory initiatives; synthesize applicable facts and legal requirements; and provide clear, concise, and well-reasoned oral and written advice on those initiatives.
    5. Ability to work cooperatively with others, develop partnerships and rapport with those who can provide information and assistance, and effectively assist in negotiating among varying views of interested parties in a manner that fosters the professional and efficient development of regulatory policies. The incumbent will interact regularly with personnel within DHS headquarters, within DHS components, and within the federal government.
    6. Knowledge and experience with the APA, RFA, EO 12866 and other laws and EOs applicable to the federal regulatory process.
    7. Knowledge and experience with homeland security related laws and regulations, including immigration; border management; customs and international trade; emergency management and assistance; infrastructure protection; maritime safety, security, and stewardship; or transportation security.
    If you are among the Best Qualified, you may be contacted by the hiring manager for an interview.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Secret

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    National security

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    Required Documents

    1. Your résumé.
    2. Your responses to the job questionnaire. https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11187210
    3. Submit a copy of your law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable). Applicants must be graduates of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
    4. A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.
    5. Submit proof that you are an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
    6. Are you a current or former Federal employee? You must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows competitive or excepted service appointment, tenure group, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please submit the SF-50 showing the highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. Please note: Performance award, Details, and Realignments are not acceptable SF-50s.
    7. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: Position title, Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee), Agency, and Beginning and Ending dates of Appointment
    8. Consideration may be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. If you are determined to be best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Please provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.

    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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    Benefits

    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.

    https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/benefits

    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 complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/08/2021.

    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT be accepted.

    If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.

    Agency contact information

    Lori Pollacci

    Address

    Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
    245 Murray Lane SW
    Washington, DC 20528
    US
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    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, Interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at DHS Headquarters, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://dhs.gov//

    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information" link under the application status for this position.

    We expect to make a job offer within several weeks after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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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/610719400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.