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Job Title:  Supervisory Attorney Advisor (General)
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Defense Logistics Agency
Job Announcement Number:  DLADG-13-832784

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,628.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 08, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Philadelphia, PA United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


America's Logistics Combat Support Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is part of the Department of Defense (DoD).  DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war.  It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized. The duty location will be in the Office of General Counsel-Troop Support, located in Philadelphia, PA.


  • See Conditions of Employment for requirements related to this position.


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To perform the duties as a Supervisory Attorney Advisor (General), PD#H200076, Incumbent serves as the Chief Counsel for the Office of the Chief Counsel, Defense Logistics Agency, Troop Support, a Primary Level Field Activity (PLFA), located in Philadelphia, PA. In support of DLA’s mission, DLA-Troop Support is responsible for providing effective and efficient support to the combatant command warfighters and other customers with food, clothing and textiles, construction and equipment, medical, and hardware solutions to achieve DLA’s global mission. Troop Support is routinely involved in strategic-level contracting valued in the billions of dollars annually. DLA Counsel-Troop Support is the largest legal office of the Agency’s PLFAs with 42 authorized full-time employees (FTEs). It is currently organized under three divisions (two supply chain divisions and a Programs Division), with an authorized staff of five (5) GS-15 supervisory attorneys (including the Chief and Deputy Chief Counsel), eight (8) GS-14 attorneys, twenty-three (23) GS-12/13 attorneys, two (2) GS-11/12 FOIA/Privacy Act Specialists, three (3) Paralegal Specialists, and one legal assistant. Incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Deputy General Counsel, DLA, an SES, and general supervision of the General Counsel, DLA, also an SES. Incumbent provides and supervises the provision of legal advice and services to the Command on all matters involving worldwide operations and programs. Incumbent supervises and performs both advisory and trial duties and must be skilled in both areas of specialization. Represents the Office of the Chief Counsel at meetings conducted by the DLA-Troop Support Commander, Deputy Commander, and/or other senior staff, and participates in the planning and implementation of DLA Troop Support objectives, programs, policies, procedures and operations. . Serves as the DLA Troop Support Office of Counsel primary point of contact, as well as the principal authority and advisor for complex and unusual precedent setting legal issues in the fields of Acquisition and Procurement Law (including fraud and contract-related litigation) Law, Employment Law, Fiscal Law, Labor Law, Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, Standards of Conduct, Ethics, International Law, and Operational Law.


This is a supervisory position; candidates must have demonstrated or shown the potential to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to accomplish the strategic goals and plans of the enterprise. A supervisor should have traits of leadership, positive thinking, genuine interest in people, initiative, decisiveness, tact and courtesy, fairness, integrity, teaching ability, and self-confidence. A supervisory probationary period may be required. Applicants should describe any experience or responsibilities which could be used in relation to the supervisory requirements of this position.


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To qualify, you must possess professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies required to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES section of this announcement.  The QUALITY of experience will be evaluated and screened to determine how closely or to what extent your experience, education and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position.  Your resume must demonstrate you have the competencies and quality of experience necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level. 


The principal selection factors for this position are as follows:

Incumbent is responsible for providing advice and counsel on all legal and business issues to the DLA-Troop Support Commander (O-7), Deputy Commander (SES), Senior Acquisition Executive (SES), and other senior officials, to include the military Directors of the five supply chains (Clothing and Textiles, Medical, Industrial Hardware, Construction and Equipment, and Subsistence). Provides authoritative legal opinions, oral and written, on a broad range of complex legal issues and problems requiring knowledge and experience in a broad range of legal areas. The incumbent is required to interpret extremely complex and difficult legal questions and resolve complex factual issues to ensure they comply with laws, regulations, and policies affecting operational activities worldwide, including labor-management relations, contract law, fiscal law, fraud, criminal investigations, Congressional inquiries, DoD Inspector General Hotline complaints, Standards of Conduct, Ethics, and the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, International Law, and Operational Law.


Provides legal advice and counsel: Exercises professional and supervisory authority and directly manages all legal matters handled by the office, to include the following major areas: Acquisition and Procurement law, Standards of Conduct and Ethics, Fiscal Law, International and Operational law, Labor and Employment law, Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, and litigation and alternate dispute resolution programs. Other areas of practice include Installation Law, Environmental Law (including property and hazardous waste disposal), and Health and Safety Law.


These responsibilities require strong skills in the areas of alternative dispute resolution techniques, litigation strategies, expert testimony, and extensive research to provide effective leadership and guidance to subordinate attorneys. Direction and oversight requires exceptional mastery of law and the ability to coordinate and integrate a number of critical highly technical aspects of a wide range of laws, regulations and policies that affect DLA Troop Support mission execution around the world. Provides guidance and direction to subordinate attorneys in the effective preparation of oral arguments and written briefs that support the Agency, PLFA, regional clients, and the Department of Justice when representing the Agency in Federal Court in trial court or in preparation for an appeal. Discusses and makes decisions designed to resolve significantly difficult cases worked by subordinate attorneys. Incumbent meets with all the attorneys periodically to review cases and procurement actions that are unique, complex and possibly precedent setting. Prepares or is personally responsible for the oral and written legal advice to support the client and mission. Researches and applies statutory law, case law, regulations and other legal authority. Analyzes legal issues and provides advice on how to accomplish the mission consistent with law, regulation, and policy. Ensures all legal advice provided by the office is consistent with and supported by applicable Federal and State laws, decisions or courts, boards and agencies.


Representation: Chief Counsel represents or arranges for representation of the Agency in the federal courts and administrative forums through which disputes are handled, including the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. District Courts, and Courts of Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the Government Accountability Office, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Federal Labor Relations Authority.


Leadership/Development/Mentorship responsibilities: Responsible for all educational and developmental activities and programs undertaken by the legal office to ensure that all personnel maintain and advance their areas of expertise, better understand the nature of the organization and clients they serve, realize their full potential and are prepared when appropriate opportunities for advancement are available and, consistent with the DLA General Counsel’s policy, ensure the office personnel receive the appropriate rotational and cross-training opportunities. Constantly mentor, guide and encourage office personnel in their professional development and career progression. Ensure the appropriate on-the-job training and orientation of newly assigned attorneys.


Management/Administrative responsibilities: Supervises all assigned attorneys and paralegals. Incumbent provides the full range of supervisory duties. Sets work plans and schedules. Ensures reasonable equity of the performance standards and rating techniques. Makes determinations to resolve issues and exercises authority to approve and certify all staff official travel, purchases made with the government purchase card, time and attendance submissions. Performs the following supervisory personnel management functions: assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, difficulty of assignments, and capabilities of employees; provides technical legal oversight; develops performance standards; evaluates work performance of subordinates; and provides recommended ratings of record; interviews candidates for subordinate positions, recommending hiring, promotion or reassignments; takes disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands; identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing and/or arranging for needed development and training. Makes decisions on technical and personnel problems presented by subordinate supervisors; review evaluations of nonsupervisory employees rated by subordinate supervisors; assures reasonable equity of individual performance objectives, standards and ratings among subordinate organizations; recommends performance awards and salary bonus distribution for subordinate employees; evaluates subordinate supervisors; Provides recommendations to the Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel on hiring subordinate attorneys, supervisory attorneys and administrative staff.


1. The ability to lead, manage and oversee a large full-services legal organization engaged in a broad range of Agency legal practice and programs.


2. In-depth Knowledge of three  or more of the following legal practices and program areas: acquisition law; fiscal law; standards of conduct and ethics; personnel, EEO and labor law; administrative law; procurement fraud; international and operational law; alternatives disputes resolution; litigation; environmental law; and FOIA and Privacy Act matters.


3. The ability to work effectively with a diverse, senior client base and to serve as a member of the PLFA's leadership team in ensuring mission success.


DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:  The following will be used to help rate and ranks eligible candidates:

1.  Breadth and depth of legal experience in multiple organizations and at multiple levels. A mix of experience at more than one PLFA, base, post, operating location / installation (example: Major Service Command, Combatant Command, Headquarters Military Staff Service, Joint Staff, Defense Agency), is highly desired.


2.  In addition to a Juris Doctorate (JD), an advanced degree in law or related professional field is highly desirable.


Applicant must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar of the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia.


Security Clearance:  This position is designated Non-Critical Sensitive.  If selected, you must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.  If you are unable to obtain this level of security clearance (as a result of undisclosed or disclosed background issues), within a reasonable period of time (as defined by the Agency), the employment offer may be withdrawn.  In addition, incumbent is subject to periodic re-investigation to maintain security eligibility in accordance with DoD 5200.2-R.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS):  Authorized

Relocation (Government Home Sale) Expenses:  Not Authorized

Work Schedule:  Full Time

Tour of Duty:  Set Schedule

Overtime Work:  Occasionally

Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel:  Occasionally

Security Requirements: Critical Sensitive/Secret
Drug Testing Designated Position:  Yes

Fair Labor Standards Act:  Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position:  No

Emergency Essential:  No

Financial Filing Statement:  Required

Supervisory Probation: Required
Completion of Supervisory Certification Program: Required

Reemployed Annuitant:  Does Not Meet Criteria

The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at:


Selection(s) will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position.

Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated based on the application package submitted.  An oral interview may be conducted with some, none, or all candidates, depending upon the relative qualifications of the applicants.


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Excepted Service Position:  This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. 


No FEAR Act Information:  On May 15, 2002, Congress enacted the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002, which is known as the No FEAR Act.  DLA provides No FEAR information to current employees, former employees, and applicants for employment to inform them of the rights and protections available under Federal antidiscrimination, whistleblower protection and retaliation laws.  The No FEAR notice can be found at


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Applications must be submitted ON-LINE via USAJobs by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of the announcement.

Only complete application packages will be considered.  Applications that fail to meet these requirements will not be considered.

At a minimum, applicants MUST submit the following information: 

1.  A general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment and supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s).

2.  A narrative statement specifically describing the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

3.  A copy of your most recent performance appraisal. (if applicable)

4.  A copy of your law school transcript.  Applicants should provide proof of their relative class standing with their application package when possible. 

5.  A statement regarding your bar status and standing.  You must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

6.  A statement as to whether or not you have ever been found by a tribunal to have committed any crime or other act reflecting upon your suitability to practice law.

7.  A short writing sample (no more than 10 pages double-spaced).

8.  If applicable, supporting documentation for veteran's preference.

9.  If applicable, supporting documentation for military spouse preference.

Applications will NOT be accepted or considered if sent by mail of facsimile.  Only on-line applications will be considered.

Contact Information:

Mr. (CW4) Justin Lawrence

Phone:  (703)767-6060



The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee).  Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide:


Jose A. Cavazos
Phone: (717)770-5008
TDD: 800-654-5984
Agency Information:
DLA Human Resources Services New Cumberland
2001 Mission Drive Suite 3
New Cumberland, PA


Once your complete application is received, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


EEO Policy Statement


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.



Reasonable Accommodation


Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Veterans Information


There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their submissions.


Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 14, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed.  (SF-15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at


Legal and Regulatory Guidance


Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.


Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.


Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.


False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.


Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. 

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