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Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Office of the Solicitor

Job Announcement Number:EX-13-SOL-01

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 $136,771.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 06, 2012 to Tuesday, November 27, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


U.S. Citizens; ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area; Non-Citizens as allowed by law. This is an Excepted Service position. The job will be filled through an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a one-year trial period.




Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

This position is located in the Division of Black Lung and Longshore Legal Services, (BLLLS), one of the national office divisions of the Office of the Solicitor.  The Division seeks an attorney to litigate appellate cases before administrative tribunals and U. S. courts of appeals.  Strong analytical and legal writing skills are a must.  Significant experience as an appellate advocate is a plus, but not required. 


The Division represents the Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, in all legal matters arising under the Black Lung Benefits Act, the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions, including the Defense Base Act.  The Division’s responsibilities include conducting litigation, furnishing legal advice, and providing the legal services necessary to promulgate regulations and support the Director’s legislative activity.     


  • Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, or non-citizen as allowed by law.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.


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A Division attorney conducts appellate litigation before the Benefits Review Board and the U.S. courts of appeals advocating positions on behalf of the black lung and longshore programs.  Under the supervision of a Counsel, the incumbent develops, prepares, and presents both written and oral argument in cases presenting complex factual and legal questions under the Black Lung Benefits Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions, and the statutes’ implementing regulations.    


The incumbent evaluates pending appellate cases and recommends whether the Department should participate.  In making these recommendations, the incumbent considers, among other factors, the Department’s financial stake in the case and the importance of any legal issue the case presents to the Department’s administration of the black lung benefits and longshore programs.


The incumbent also reviews and analyzes adverse decisions issued by an administrative law judge or by the Benefits Review Board, and recommends whether to file an appeal or take other appropriate action such as filing a motion for reconsideration.   Recommendations take into consideration a variety of pertinent factors including the impact of the decision on client-agency policy and the developing law, the strength of the record, the amount of money at stake, and the likelihood of success.


The incumbent works directly with Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs staff and opposing counsel. 


The incumbent may also perform legal research and prepare opinions, and assist in promulgating regulations and supporting the Director’s legislative activity.         


 The duties described above are at the full performance level (GS 14).  If selected at the lower level (GS 13), selectee will perform similar duties with varying levels of supervision. 


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To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the United States; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.


GS-13, three (3) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.

GS-14, four (4) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.  At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Specialized experience, for this grade level, is experience that demonstrates ability to perform legal work at the GS-14 level.


Note:  One year of experience may be substituted if the applicant has superior academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, work of significance on the law school's official law review, special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of moot court competition or membership on the moot court team which represented the law school in competitions, full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program, significant summer law office clerk experience, or a LL.M.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information. For this position: You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and submit a transcript from that school.  In addition, you must be a member in good standing of a state bar, the bar of a territory or possession of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. An LL.M, moot court, superior law school academic standing, or significant law journal/review experience may be substituted for one year of progressively responsible legal experience.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors.  Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise.  A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.


Evaluation Factors:  

1.  Demonstrated skill in performing thorough legal research and analysis.
2.  Substantial experience in litigation involving complex issues, with knowledge of federal court practice and procedure.
3.  Demonstrated ability to prepare well-written, organized and persuasive briefs and other legal documents.

4.  Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above.

Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM. For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES



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Follow the 5 steps below to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the "Questions about this job" section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information! STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Uploaded resumes must include, at minimum, the following information: name, contact information, education, and work experience which includes: month and year employment began and end for each employer, number of hours worked per week, and a detailed description of duties performed. Applicants who fail to submit this information will be considered ineligible for further consideration. STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS) Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed. STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document. STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application. STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the How To Submit Supplemental Documentation instructions.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

- Bar Certification: Should you be selected for this position, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. This letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcement.

- Transcripts:  Applicants must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable):  For Excepted Service positions Veterans' Preference does not apply; however, Veterans' will receive positive consideration. In order to receive positive consideration, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, an SF-15 and VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide.

You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring.

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents:  These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.  Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Crystal D. Hart
Phone: 202-693-5284
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Labor, Office of the Solicitor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N2419
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate. To check the status of your application: Click here. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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