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Job Title:  Chief Procurement Law and Chief Trial Attorney
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  U.S. Coast Guard
Job Announcement Number:  CG-SES-13-02

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20593View Map
Applications will be accepted from United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The Chief Procurement Law Counsel and Chief Trial Attorney is responsible for all acquisition legal services to management, technical, and contracting officials at United States Coast Guard (USCG) Headquarters and oversees acquisition legal services at all other levels of the USCG including all logistics centers and operational commands. The Counsel provides comprehensive legal advice and counsel, and represents the USCG in litigation, involving supply, service, ship-repair and varied contracts of all kinds to complex major systems, construction, research and development, and information technology, at all stages of acquisition from requirement generation through award, contract administration, and claims resolution.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • The applicant is subject to pre-appointment and random drug testing.
  • This position requires a Top Secret clearance.
  • The selectee is required to complete a Personal Financial Disclosure Report


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The Chief Procurement Law Counsel and Chief Trial Attorney provides expert procurement law advice and guidance concerning complex and precedent setting acquisition and procurement issues to senior USCG Acquisition management, principally the Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Deputy Assistant Commandant, the Program Executive Officer (PEO) and Deputy PEO, and the Head of Contracting Activity.


The Counsel provides counsel and substantive legal advice, or oversees the provision of counsel and advice, on the full range of contract matters, for major systems acquisitions, innovatively financed energy contracts, and other procurements; including developing, planning, executing, or overseeing acquisition strategies, requirements, funding, solicitations, contract awards, contract clause interpretations, contract changes, contract performance, enforcement actions, cancellations, and terminations.


The Counsel serves as the USCG representative on matters before the Government Accountability Office, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, the Counsel provides legal advice and counsel in all aspects of procurement and acquisition to prevent litigation, and recommends the compromise or settlement of protests and claims in the best interests of the USCG.

The Counsel leads and supervises a staff of attorneys who provide procurement law advice and counsel, and who represent the USCG in procurement litigation.


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As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications listed below. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.


-Required Education: J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school is required for this position. 


Applicants must be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar.


- Education information in your application should only reflect attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

- The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME-ONLY. To apply for this position, please submit an uploaded resume which DOES NOT exceed FIVE (5) pages using a 12 point font and no less than 1 inch margins. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. You must submit a resume which provides evidence of how you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualifications listed below in one document. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

The application package cannot exceed a total of 5 pages. Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQ)

TQ1:   Extensive knowledge of and demonstrated experience in the federal acquisition and procurement process, and in applying acquisition and procurement laws and authorities, to support agency acquisition planning for and execution of procurements. This includes providing legal advice and support in the areas of fiscal law; proposal analysis; contract formation including solicitations; and contract administration, to include contract terminations, claims and disputes. Candidates must also have experience in some or all of the following: legislation affecting procurement; procurement ethics; acquisition strategy and planning; complex source selection; and contract cost principles and procedures.

TQ2:   Extensive knowledge and demonstrated experience in conducting, directly supervising, or overseeing Federal contract litigation, which includes bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and contract disputes before a Board of Contract Appeals, and/or Federal Court contract litigation for or against the government.

Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Applicants can obtain additional information regarding the Executive Core Qualifications on the Internet at



A preliminary review of the applications will be made by the Human Resources Operations Division to determine if candidates meet the mandatory TQs and ECQs. Applicants who meet the mandatory TQs and ECQs will be considered minimally qualified for this position.
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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits."


Selectee will be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period in the SES, unless he or she is exempt based on previous successful completion of such probation.

Any required investigations and clearances or waivers must be completed before a selectee is placed in this position.

Selectee must file an Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) upon appointment in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will be paid in accordance with appropriate regulations.

Consideration for competitive selection for this position is open to all persons within the area of consideration who meet the basic qualifications. Political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors will not be considered.

This position requires a Top Secret clearance. Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain this level of clearance.

The applicant is subject to pre-appointment and random drug testing.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 410-636-7098. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation


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There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:
*Uploaded resume
*Responses to on-line core questions
*Response to on-line self-assessment
*Supporting documents if requested

You must submit your application so that it will be received on-line by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of the announcement. Applicants must submit all of the required information, as stated below, or their application will not be considered.

1. Your uploaded resume (limited to five (5) pages, 12 point font and no less than 1 inch margins) which includes the required information listed below:

a. Your full name, day and evening phone numbers, e-mail and mailing address.

b. If applicable, reinstatement eligibility to the Senior Executive Service and dates held on the SES career appointment.

c. Job titles, salaries, employers' names and addresses, supervisors' names and phone numbers (indicate if we may contact your current and former supervisors), starting and ending dates and hours per week of unpaid or non-paid work experience that relates to this vacancy.

d. Specifics on how your education meets the requirements outlined in the Qualifications section above. You should also include any job-related training courses, special skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards and publications.

Questions related to the position or required documents may be directed to Ms. Jean M. Fifer at (410) 636-7098 or

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date. You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


Candidates must submit a copy of their college transcripts reflecting possession of the above mentioned required education.


Applicants who are currently serving under a SES career appointment must provide a copy of Standard Form 50-Notification of Personnel Action that documents career appointment to the SES, or applicants who are graduates of OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Programs must provide proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification.


USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 410-636-7262
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
1900 Half St., S.W.
Attn: Human Resource Service Center Headquarters
Washington, DC
Fax: 410-636-7262


A panel of Senior Executive Service and equivalent executives will determine the highly qualified candidates. Highly qualified candidates may undergo interviews and a reference check. Once a selection is made, the selectee's application will be forwarded through the Department of Homeland Security to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless the selectee is a current SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

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