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Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Office of the Solicitor

Job Announcement Number:EX-13-SOL-03

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Thursday, November 08, 2012 to Thursday, November 22, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
20010View Map


U.S. Citizens; ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area; Non-Citizens as allowed by law.

This is an Excepted Service position.  This 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.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is located in the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, one of the largest national office divisions reporting to the Solicitor of Labor. The Division is responsible for legal work arising out of the DOL's administration and enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), and the whistleblower provisions of several additional statutes. This includes providing legal advice to DOL officials, as well as representing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Secretary of Labor in litigation before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and federal district and appellate courts. The Division is also responsible for overseeing and participating in the conduct of litigation by SOL field offices; providing legal services in connection with rulemakings to adopt safety and health standards; and representing the DOL vis-à-vis other federal agencies, the legislative branch, states, private sector groups, and members of the public. Attorneys in the Division also assist in reviewing state occupational safety and health plans and provide legal services in connection with OSHA's voluntary programs and compliance assistance efforts. This position has promotion potential to GS-14 and is inside the bargaining unit.


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


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The major duties include, but are not limited to: * Providing legal advice and litigation services to OSHA in connection with the development and promulgation of occupational safety and health standards, including participation in arranging and conducting public hearings and related rulemaking proceedings; preparing notices, rules, and any related documents necessary for issuance of standards; and furnishing legal advice in connection with applications for variances from standards, regulatory reviews and safety and health guidance documents. * Providing legal advice  to OSHA in the areas of enforcement policy, cooperative and state programs, statistical and medical records programs, federal agency safety and health programs, and legislative and intergovernmental programs. * Participating in the planning and direction of OSH Act litigation arising in regional SOL offices. * Handling difficult and sensitive appellate cases, including recommending whether to seek authorization to appeal cases to U.S. Courts of Appeals and administrative review bodies; analysis of the factual and legal issues presented; drafting all necessary pleadings and briefs; making necessary court appearances and other contacts with the courts, Commission, and other adjudicatory bodies; and presenting oral argument in court or before administrative tribunals. * Maintaining contacts with personnel in OSHA national and field offices, with other SOL offices, and with other agencies such as the Department of Justice.


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In addition to being a member of a Bar, applicants must have had the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level: GS-12, must have 2 years of qualifying experience. GS-13, must have 3 years of qualifying experience. GS-14, must have 4 years of qualifying experience. Qualifying experience must have been progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at the grade level for which application is being made. At the GS-14 level and above, at least one year of the qualifying experience must have been at a level of difficulty comparable to the next lower grade level in federal service.

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.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time-after-competitive-appointment requirements, as well as qualifications requirements, within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy announcement to be eligible for consideration for selection. 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. Knowledge and ability to perform thorough legal research and analysis.

2. Ability to handle multiple diverse projects simultaneously and complete them in a timely manner, and to organize, plan and develop legal options and strategies.

3. Ability and skill in establishing and maintaining effective liaison with high-level DOL officials, program heads, client personnel, supervisors and colleagues, the courts and the general public.

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

5. Demonstrated skill in preparing well-written, organized and persuasive legal documents.

6. Demonstrated interest or experience in public service, particularly labor and employment or occupational safety and health.

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 (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency 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.  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.  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, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

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 Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

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 instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  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 who claim to have met the qualifications requirements by substituting one year of experience for superior law student work or an LL.M. 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.(For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty) Without this documentation, you will not receive consideration as a veteran.  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, but are suggested (although they will not be used to verify experience).  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 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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