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Job Title:  Attorney-Advisor
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-EX-12-656568

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
7 vacancies - Silver Spring, MD United States  View Map
United States Citizens










This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Regulatory Policy, Silver Spring, MD. 


Who May Apply:  Open to all United States Citizens.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions.


This position is in the Excepted Service.  Appointment does not confer competitive status.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Bar Membership
  • Background investigation required.


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As an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Regulatory Policy, you will be engaged in a variety of complex regulatory policy issues pertaining to the regulation of human drugs.  Principal responsibilities are to:


  • Conduct legal research regarding established precedents in order to develop and support legally sufficient regulations, citizen petition responses, and policies using Westlaw, LexisNexis, MediRegs, US Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register.  Prepare legal analyses in conjunction with the promulation of proposed rules and final rules.


  • Develop policies and programs involving complex and high priority matters affecting the regulation of drug products.  Draft or critically review documents embodying policy and program proposals and decisions on these products, including regulations, citizen petition responses, proposed legislation, and policy statements to ensure they are legally sufficient. 
  • Lead working groups of scientific, regulatory, and legal experts to develop new or revised regulations and drafts the resulting notices of propsed rulemaking.


  • Review, summarize, and draft responses to all public comments received on proposed regulations, recommend adoption or rejection of counter-proposals contained in comments and objections, and draft final regulations.


  • Prepare replies to correspondence from the regulated community, Congress, and other interested persons on issues that are industry-wide in scope or have broad health implications and that concern precedent setting interpretations of laws governing FDA and FDA's policy.




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To qualify for the Attorney-Advisor at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must meet the basic requirements defined by education, bar membership, and professional experience requirement cited below.


Basic Requirements:


Successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association through which you have attained the first professional law degree, i.e., LL.B. or J.D.  


Bar Membership:


Applicants must currently be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, U.S. Territory, U.S. Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.


Professional Experience Requirements:


Applicants must demonstrate four (4) or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the Bar, that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.  Graduation from an American Bar Association-accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree, such as an LL.M., may be substituted for one year of the required professional legal experience.  Such experience must demonstrate that you have the capacity to perform with substantial independence even when working on the most complex or difficult tasks.


Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:


1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.


2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.


6. One-year trial period may be required.


7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No


8. Bargaining Unit Position: No


9. Drug Screening Required: No


10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No


11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: Yes


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.


The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


  • Knowledge of legal requirements in regulatory environments 
  • Skill in problem solving to research complex matters, develop responsive proposed policies, and evaluate citizen comments
  • Leadership skill to coordinate team efforts to guide regulatory policy initiatives 
  • Written communication skill to develop policies, draft regulations, petitions, and similar legal documents
  • Oral communication skill to present findings, explain requirements and difficult legal constructs, and define legal positions


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 656568.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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


  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - College Transcripts (verifying completion of education at an accredited law school)

         - Verification of Good Standing in membership of a Bar of a State, U.S. Territory, U.S.

            Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. 


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Saturday, May 11, 2013.


Shirley H. Prophet
Phone: (240)402-4390
Agency Information:
200 Independence Ave SW
HHH Building
Suite 801
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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