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Job Title:Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (General)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Office of the Inspector General

Job Announcement Number:DOC-OIG-2013-0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US


U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required. This vacancy is restricted to applicants that live within the DC Metro Area.


We are seeking highly motivated people to join our multidisciplinary team of professionals. If you want challenge, diversity, and the chance to have a positive impact on government, take a look at the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General (OIG). Ideal candidates will have exceptional analytical skills, be highly energetic, and want to work in an environment with outstanding growth opportunities.

The Department of Commerce is a diverse federal agency with operations ranging from economic forecasting to environmental stewardship and international trade. Our mission is to improve the programs and operations of the Department of Commerce through independent and objective oversight. With so many focuses, OIG is a magnet for professionals of all interests and backgrounds. To learn more visit or



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    Assists the Counsel to the Inspector General in managing the work of the Office of Counsel, including:


    Providing legal advice and services on issues relating to the conduct of OIG audits, investigations, and other initiatives designed to prevent and detect waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in agency programs and operations.  The work requires consideration of complex issues of criminal, civil, and administrative law, legal practice and procedure, remedies, and enforcement mechanisms.


    Providing legal services that involve the full range of a lawyer's skills, including conducting legal research, providing oral and written opinions; and conferring, meeting, and negotiating with officials at various levels; participating in the development of legislation and regulations; interpreting legal authorities; participating in administrative and judicial litigation; and reviewing and advising on correspondence, memoranda, reports, testimony, and other OIG products.


    Coordinating OIG reviews of existing or proposed legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures, and developing OIG comments and recommendations on the impact of such laws, regulations, policies, and procedures on agency programs and operations.  Conducting and coordinating follow-up efforts with agency or other government personnel to achieve resolution of OIG recommendations.


    Developing and implementing OIG policies and procedures governing the handling of Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) requests and other requests for disclosure of OIG information and records, including making determinations regarding the release of sensitive or confidential material, and providing specialized training to OIG personnel on the policies and procedures for responding to information/records disclosure requests.


    Representing the Inspector General (IG) as necessary and providing advice and support in connection with the IG's participation in interdepartmental committees and projects of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and other interagency bodies. Duties include obtaining and analyzing data from the OIG and/or agency components and other CIGIE members in support of committee or project assignments and liaison with other committee members as needed.

    Representing OIG interests, and coordinating as necessary on a nationwide basis with the Department of Commerce Office of General Counsel, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Attorney's offices, and officials at other federal agencies in connection with criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings involving OIG audits, investigations, personnel, and other files.

    Supervising legal staff; planning, assigning, and reviewing subordinates’ work; managing office assets, including budget and human resources; advising  employees on both the results of supervisory reviews of their work and on administrative matters; recommending promotion, training, and/or disciplinary actions for legal staff; and conducting performance reviews.


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    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including the following, by the closing date: This is an excepted service position where appointees must serve a two year trial period. In addition, applicants must meet the following specialized experience requirements (minimum amounts of professional legal experience following law school): For the GS-15 level: Applicants must have at least four years of professional legal experience in any substantive area of law.

    1.Be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation; and

    2.Be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state or territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS All applicants must be U.S. Citizens by the closing date. Applicants should possess a record of strong academic and professional achievement, as well as excellent research, analytical, and communication skills.

    A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to work well with individuals from other disciplines, to analyze a great deal of information in a limited period of time, and to produce a superior written product reflecting that analysis in a timely fashion. 

    The ability to work in a positive, constructive, and collaborative manner with officials at all levels to achieve desired results.


    Your application includes your: 1. Resume, 2. Responses to the online questions, and 3. Required supporting documents.

    We use the following process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

    2. Referral: If you are found to be minimally qualified, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. Answers provided by the applicant will be tested/raised in an interview, should one be granted. We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: OPM


    This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies. Resumes accepted through this announcement will be maintained for 6 months and may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

    The selectee(s) must pass a pre-employment security check. Retention in this position is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation.

    Applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date.

    Applicants selected under this announcement may be required to serve a two year trial period. Time-In-Grade restrictions do not apply to Attorney positions. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    The selectee(s) must be able to obtain and retain a Secret security clearance. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the United States. If your identity and employment eligibility cannot be confirmed, you may be terminated.

    The selectee(s) will be subject to random drug testing. The selectee(s) will be required to complete a confidential financial disclosure statement upon entrance and on an annual basis thereafter.


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    To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have issues with the system while applying please call 866-656-6831.


    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    **No attempt will be made to solicit missing materials from applicants who fail to submit them by the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.** All applicants are required to submit the following:

    1. An application (examples: Optional Application for Federal Employment, OF 612; or resume).

    2. Indication of bar membership and professional law degree. You do not need to provide official documentation at the time of application; proof of bar membership and law degree will be requested if selected. Applicants should include in their resume or application their bar license and education. Failure to submit a complete application will result in your application being removed from consideration. Do not send position descriptions. Application materials will not be returned.

    3. For Applicants Claiming Veterans' Preference: Form DD-214 or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Eligibles claiming 10-point preference must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15.

    In addition, the following materials are recommended:

    1. If a current or former federal employee: an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current or most recent grade and position.

    2. A copy of your most recent performance appraisal issued within the past 15 months, including the evaluation/rating.


    Human Resources Office
    Phone: 202-482-6992
    Fax: 999-999-9999
    TDD: 877-709-5797
    Agency Information:
    Washington , DC
    Fax: 999-999-9999


    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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