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Job Title:Attorney Advisor, GS-0905-13/14 (Open to all U.S. citizens) DB

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Highway Administration

Job Announcement Number:FHWA.HCC-2012-0015

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $136,711.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, August 28, 2012 to Sunday, September 9, 2012




Full Time - - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen.

All candidates will be considered under excepted service guidelines


Vacancy is limited to the first 120 applications and will close early at midnight on the day we receive the 120th application.


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You will serve as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Chief Counsel (HCC), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and will be responsible for providing advice and counsel to the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Joint Program Office (JPO) within the Office of Innovative Program Delivery (OIPD), on complex credit, surface transportation project finance, and legal matters involving multiple creditors under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT or Department) TIFIA Credit Program. 

The TIFIA Credit Program provides secured (direct) loans, loan guarantees, and standby lines of credit to borrowers seeking to develop major surface transportation projects that meet certain creditworthiness and other eligibility standards.  See 23 U.S.C. §§601-609.

The responsibilities of the position involve complex factual and legal matters involving surface transportation project finance, Federal and State law, contractual interpretation, and coordination with FHWA, the Federal Transit Administration and other U.S. DOT modal administrations, State departments of transportation, private concessionaires, and outside counsel on matters of significance to FHWA and the U.S. DOT.  Many of the highway, transit, rail, and intermodal projects being financed with TIFIA credit assistance are in excess of $1 billion, with the U.S. DOT providing up to 49% of the total eligible project costs per transaction, generally on a subordinate basis.

You will serve as an Attorney Advisor to the TIFIA JPO and the OIPD in reviewing, advising, and structuring complex credit transactions, and, as a member of the negotiating team, will review, comment, and, often in conjunction with outside counsel, draft revisions to credit agreements and associated legal documents for surface transportation projects awarded TIFIA credit assistance.  You may also work on cross-cutting OIPD policy and administrative matters related to innovative procurement, revenue generation and financing strategies.   

The ideal candidate is a transactional attorney who has worked on numerous bond and bank financings with multiple creditors with a transaction value of at least $50 million each, is well versed in inter-creditor issues including bankruptcy and secured transactions, and has experience with subordinated debt and mezzanine finance structures. Transactional experience involving transportation user-based revenues is beneficial, as is experience working with Federal or State transportation agencies, municipal issuers, and banking entities, and previous experience working on TIFIA financings.  



  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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As an Attorney Advisor, you will be responsible for:


  • Preparing opinions and providing legal services relating to surface transportation project finance and loan administration, including amendments to credit agreements and waivers and consents related to loans in the TIFIA Credit Program portfolio.
  • Providing legal advice and expertise in the following areas as may be needed:  debt financings, including tax-exempt and bank loan structures; contracts; concession agreements; bankruptcy and debt restructuring; secured transactions; and inter-creditor arrangements.
  • Providing advice and counsel to the TIFIA JPO in negotiating credit and inter-creditor agreements.
  • Analyzing legal issues, including compliance with applicable statutory, regulatory, contractual, and policy requirements in connection with U.S. DOT’s consideration and evaluation of a project sponsor’s TIFIA Credit Program application and its impact on U.S. DOT’s financial and programmatic interests.
  • Assisting in the due diligence review of project sponsors and other key parties, including but not limited to any material agreements related to the project, corporate formation and governance documents, material litigation and regulatory approvals.
  • Attending Credit Council meetings and serving as a legal resource for the Credit Council on legal matters involving U.S. DOT credit policy.



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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  •  Experience on highway, transit, or other surface transportation project finance or comparable project finance or transactional experience involving significant work on transactions with a value of at least $50 million each.  The experience should include project finance involving multi-tiered creditors (including municipal issuers and bank consortia) and inter-creditor legal issues including bankruptcy and secured transactions.
  • Experience on highway, transit, or other surface transportation project finance or comparable project finance or transactional experience involving regular and significant work on transactions with a value of at least $50 million each.  The experience must include having served as the lead attorney for a project financing involving multi-tiered creditors (including municipal issuers and bank consortia) and inter-creditor legal issues including bankruptcy and secured transactions.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



You must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have a professional law degree (LLB or JD). You must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.



This is an Excepted Service position.

This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service.



  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • Applicants selected under excepted service procedures may be required to successfully complete a two-year trial period.
  • Proof of bar registration and award of JD degree is required.
  • Candidates may be required to provide a legal writing sample.
  • ETHICS/CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT: All employees are subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2635; including restrictions on owning financial interests that may conflict with performance of their duties. This position is subject to Executive Branch Financial Disclosure requirements set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2634.


For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration. Please ensure that your resume provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here.

This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
  • If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at



    The following documents must be provided by the close date:

    • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education
    • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series or SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.
    • VETERANS: In order to be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming 10-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.
    • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive appointment eligibility (e.g. disabled, disabled veterans), letter from VA, State Vocational Office, etc. only required if requesting non-competitive consideration
    • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you MUST meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85)

    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


    Automated Staffing Office
    Phone: 202-366-1298
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    Agency Information:
    Submit Application and Documents Online
    1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 571-258-4052


    You may check your application status by logging into (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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