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Job Title:Attorney Advisor (General)

Agency:Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Job Announcement Number:CFTC-DMO-2013-0036

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

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$74,962.00 to $156,935.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 11, 2013 to Tuesday, February 26, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
20581View Map


We will accept applications from all US Citizens. 


With an expanded mission and authority including oversight of the swap markets, the CFTC continues to protect the American public by promoting market integrity, transparency and preventing and prosecuting fraud, manipulation and other abuse in the futures and options markets. Please visit to learn more about the CFTC.

As an Attorney Advisor (General) in the Division of Market Oversight you will contribute directly to a range of activities that promote the fairness and integrity of derivatives markets, and promote an effective flexible regulatory environment responsive to evolving conditions. You will address and analyze a wide variety of issues related to derivatives markets, Including the oversight and regulation of registered entities, such as designated contract markets, swap execution facilities and swap data repositories and registered foreign boards of trade.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service


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Participating in planning and conducting rule enforcement reviews (RERs) of regulated markets for compliance with core principles. As either a member or leader of a RER team, developing questions for interviews of senior officials of the regulated market, participating in or leading on-the-record interviews of those senior officials, reviewing documentation, developing recommendations, drafting RER reports, and presenting findings to the Commission.


Reviewing applications to become a registered entity or registered foreign board of trade, and reviewing submissions by registered entities of new or amended rules or programs to ensure compliance with applicable core principles and CFTC rules, regulations and policies.


Addressing legal and policy issues and problems related to futures and swaps trading and the CFTC's oversight programs for regulated markets and swap data repositories by identifying Issues and solving problems, and providing guidance to others both within and outside the CFTC.


Drafting regulations, acceptable practices, no-action letters, policy statements, and interpretations of market- related issues for adoption by the CFTC.


Reviewing requests for approval of rules and rule certification filings to ensure conformance with the Act, Commission policies and regulations.



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CT-11: Candidates with a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar membership and either Superior Academic Achievement or 1 year of relevant legal experience after completion of law school. The following educational activities may be substituted for the year of required experience at this level: top third or above of law school graduating class; significant achievement on law review; moot court participation; relevant law school course work; law clerk experience with a major law firm, federal judge, U.S. Attorney’s or Federal Public Defender’s Office, or Federal agency; or superior legal writing ability as evidenced by current legal publications or the equivalent.


CT-12: In addition to the grade 11 educational qualifications (e.g., J.D.), candidates with a L.L.M or advanced degree in economics, business, etc., OR  2 years of relevant legal experience after completion of law school. Must have bar membership.


CT-13: Candidates with a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar membership and 3 years of relevant legal experience after completion of law school.


Education: Successful completion of a full course of study (JD) in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Bar Membership: Currently an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as JD and Bar membership information (institution name, state for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will result in an incomplete application.


Candidates should possess the following:


Skill in research and analysis of sophisticated legal issues, as well as excellent written and oral communications skills.


Knowledge of commodities and/or related law and regulation, financial markets, economics, corporate law, general administrative law, government ethics, FOIA, Privacy Act requirements and/or antitrust law.




This job is being filled under a Schedule A hiring authority 5 CFR 213.3102 and is excepted from the competitive civil service. You will be evaluated and deemed either eligible or ineligible based on the relevance and quality of your experience and education, bar membership, and on the desired qualifications described above.  All eligible applicants will be further evaluated by subject-matter experts. 

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We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, ten Federal holidays, life insurance, free dental, medical benefits, Life Cycle/Wellness Fund, telework, flexible work schedules and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Explore the major benefits offered to CFTC employees at


Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.


Trial Period. You will be subject to a two year trial period.




EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, 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.


The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.


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YOU MUST APPLY ONLINE. Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.


  • JD and Bar membership details.
  • Writing sample illustrating relevant experience.


Larry Mack
Phone: 202-418-5013
Fax: 202-418-5521
Agency Information:
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Three Lafayette Centre
1155 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-418-5521


Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”

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