Basic Qualification Requirement:
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 (LLB or JD) and be a current member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification requirements, applicants must also possess at least one year of specialized experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of the position as described below. Knowledge of the energy industry is highly desirable.
GS‑13: Candidates must have at least one year specialized experience which is directly related to the position being filled and equivalent to the GS‑12 grade level in the Federal service. The preferred candidate will have experience in some of the areas within the Legal Division as described in the scope of services statement below.
GS‑14: Candidates must have at least one year specialized experience which is directly related to the position being filled and equivalent to the GS‑13 grade level in the Federal service. The preferred candidate will have extensive experience in federal research and development contracts, grants and cooperative agreement plus experience in a majority of the other legal areas within the Legal Division as described in the scope of services statement below.
Scope of services include: interpreting and applying federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements and agency policy; addressing legal and contractual issues associated with federal contracts/procurements, federal financial assistance and federal research and development grants and cooperative agreements; negotiation of agreements; environmental law; labor & personnel law; ethics; litigation including contract claims, protests, and proceedings before the MSPB, FLRA and EEOC; and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your qualifications for this position will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire and other required documents as part of the application process for this position.
All the information you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms by checking references and through other means, including the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
The vacancy related questions were designed to assess your overall possession of the following knowledges, skills, and abilities:
- Knowledge of Federal contract/Procurement law and Federal Financial Assistance with emphasis in research and development agreements.
- Knowledge in the following areas of Federal law and practice: labor and personnel law, ethics, Federal Appropriation Law, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act and environmental law.
- Skill in researching and analyzing complex issues and effectively communicating opinions and positions in written and oral form.
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. To preview questions please click here.