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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor (General), GS-0905-13/14

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1406-SE-PW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$81,823.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013




This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.




1 vacancy - Norfolk, VA, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens. Position is in the Excepted Service.


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.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Community Services Command, Chesapeake, VA.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires travel.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).


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As a primary responsibility the incumbent serves as legal advisor to the United States Coast Guard Community Services Command (CSC) headquarters, including the Coast Guard Exchange System and the Coast Guard Morale, Well-being, and Recreation program, located in Chesapeake, VA, and its subordinate field entities located throughout the world.  The incumbent, in coordination with other Coast Guard legal offices and consistent with the business rules of the Coast Guard Judge Advocate General, provides primary legal support, including advice, representation, and litigation support in the full range of traditional Coast Guard administrative law practice.

Being a CG Civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG Team. Typical work assignments include:

*  Rendering advice to, and preparing/reviewing documents for the CSC on matters involving civilian employee grievances and all facets of federal civilian and non-appropriated funds employment law; reviews and evaluates employment discrimination complaints arising at the CSC. 

*  Serving as CSC’s primary point of contact for appropriated and non-appropriated fiscal law, and taxation law issues, including review of proposed actions for possible applicability of the Anti-Deficiency Act and other fiscal law requirements or prohibitions.

*  Providing advice in all phases of contractual activities involving procurement of goods and services used in support of CSC requirements.  Reviewing contract bids for legal sufficiency; approving the action of the contracting officer with respect thereto.  In cases requiring submission to higher level Coast Guard Acquisition authority, provide legal expertise in drafting and reviewing the statement of facts and recommendations made by the contracting officer.  Review claims submitted by contractors for contractual relief under the provisions of the Contract Disputes Act..

*  Management of the CSC Standards of Conduct/Government Ethics Program, including interpreting Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Standards of Conduct and other over arching ethics regulations in relation to day-to-day and specific situations involving CSC personnel.  Prepare and conduct annual ethics training for CSC personnel concentrating on application of the above standards in a government retail environment. Coordinates dissemination and review of financial disclosure statements (i.e., SF 450 and SF 278) for applicable CSC employees.  .

*  Initiating, preparing, and reviewing documents and correspondence pertaining to the legal aspects of acquisition of interests in real property, including leases, conveyances, and management and disposition of real property.

*  Providing advice on legal aspects of security and law enforcement matters, both military and civilian; working closely with Loss Prevention & Security department to ensure proper procedures are followed. 

*  Reviewing appellate level cases under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA); may assist in litigation before U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal in LHWCA cases.

*  Reviewing and providing advice in connection with Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act issues.


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All candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school; AND, must be a member in good standing of the bar of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia; AND, have at least one full year of specialized experience as a practicing attorney (equivalent in nature to the next lower level in the Federal service for the grade level applied for), where such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. 

GS-13: Applicants must have a least one full year of experience as a practicing attorney that is equivalent to the duties performed at the GS-12 level.

GS-14: Applicants must have a least one full year of experience as a practicing attorney that is equivalent to the duties performed at the GS-13 level.

The types and complexity of cases and the work involved in handling them are evaluated to determine the experience and performance level of the applicant.

"Specialized experience" is experience that should include duties, which encompass the provision of administrative law advice, preferably in the area of real property and environmental law.

NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered.

This position has a positive education requirement. All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school; AND, must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.



Qualified candidates will be rated by comparing each candidate's qualifications to the skills and experience pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience, education, training, awards, and performance will be considered.


The following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) are of particular importance to the position to be filled, and applicants must provide specific detailed information in these areas as part of their application.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities must be addressed in a document separate from the resume and submitted as part of the application package.


 1. Knowledge of all legal aspects of labor law, including specifically federal civilian and non-appropriated funds employment law.


2. Knowledge of fiscal law as it relates to both appropriated and non-appropriated funds expenditures in the non-appropriated funds instrumentality context.


3. Knowledge of procurement law, including procurement of goods and services with both appropriated and non-appropriated funds. 


4. Ability to effectively communicate orally, including ability to explain legal issues and principles, counsel clients, and negotiate with legal professionals, both internal and external to the agency, and members of the general public to resolve disputes.


5. Ability to effectively communicate in writing, including writing documents in a clear and concise manner on technical and legal issues with people of various backgrounds.


 6. Ability to work independently to evaluate the factual and legal issues involved in a case, develop a sound legal approach, conduct necessary research using available legal research resources, including Westlaw, online federal resources, and develop a final work product within required deadlines.  

NOTE: Qualified candidates may be invited for an interview. Final selection will be made on the basis of relevant experience, education, training, performance appraisal, job-related awards, interview, and the skills and experience identified above.

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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."


Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579 USC 552a.) The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Sections 3302 and 3361. Selection is contingent upon proof of U.S. Citizenship. Applicants should be available for employment within 30 days of the date they were officially offered the position.

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

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.

If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all
legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor.  However, promotion to the full performance level is not
guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources.

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

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 703-872-6330. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation.


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Applications packages for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.


In order to receive full consideration, you must submit items 1 through 7 below:

1. A resume or any other written format of your choice which clearly identifies the following information: *Job Information-Announcement number, title and grade. *Personal Information- Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email address if available, day and evening phone numbers (with area code), country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian series and grade held, if applicable. *Education- College or University name, city and state, major(s)and type and year of any degrees received. *Work Experience- job title, duties and accomplishments, current and former (within the last 10 years) employers' names and addresses, current and former supervisors' names and phone numbers where available, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary, and indicate whether your current supervisor may be contacted. *Other Qualifications- job-related training courses (title and year), skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, and special accomplishments.

2. A copy of your J.D. or LL. B transcript.

3. Responses to each of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities cited within Evaluation Section of this announcement. (Please see How You Will Be Evaluated)

4. Applicants must submit ONE unedited legal writing samples; sample must not exceed 10 pages. This sample must demonstrate the applicant's ability to persuasively present relevant facts, applicable law, and arguments in support of the position being advocated.

5. Your most recent federal performance appraisal if you are a current federal employee.

6. For current or former Federal civil servants, a copy of a SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action, to verify civil service status or reinstatement eligibility and time in grade.

7. Applicants claiming veterans' preference must submit a copy of their DD-214 or DD-214 worksheet to receive consideration.

8. You will be required to submit proof of current membership, in good standing, with the appropriate licensing authority of any state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia prior to any formal job offer.


None of the application documents will be returned.

In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard offers Career Transition Assistance Placement (CTAP) coverage to Attorneys within the Department of Homeland Security. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. If you are eligible under CTAP, you must submit a copy of your certificate of surplus status, certificate of expected separation, or your specific Reduction-in-Force notice establishing your eligibility under CTAP, a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, series, grade level and duty location. You must clearly indicate the grade from which you separated or declared surplus.


USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
Office of Civilian HR (CG-1211SE)
4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 800
Stop 7130
Arlington, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


For additional information regarding this vacancy, you may call Lieutenant Commander Dawn Murray, Staff Attorney at the Legal Service Command, Mission Support Law Division, 757-628-4201, email address:


For technical assistance within the system, please contact USCG Applicant Support at 866-656-6830, email address:

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