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Job Title:General Attorney

Agency:Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Job Announcement Number:OGC-GLEL-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 15, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013




Full-time - This is a Permanent Excepted Service Appointment Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
20005View Map


All U.S. Citizens and Nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)


This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, General Litigation and Employment Law Group.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized for this position, if applicable.

Marketing Statement:

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has a distinguished and important mission in protecting America’s pensions.  At PBGC, you will use your skills in accounting, auditing, business, finance, law, actuarial science, or information technology and more, to protect the retirement income of nearly 44 million hardworking Americans.  Our work is challenging, compelling, and important.  Whatever your background or expertise, you will find your future at PBGC exceptionally rewarding because the work you perform will have a daily impact on the lives of relatives, friends and neighbors.  It will be like no other career choice you have explored.

We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals.  You will be both challenged and supported, so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider PBGC and start making a difference today!

If you are interested in a challenging career with great benefits, training, and strong growth potential, we strongly encourage you to apply for the XXXXXXXX (insert job title) today!


  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
  • 2 year trial period required unless met during prior Federal service
  • Applicants selected for employment will be required to complete an OF-306
  • Travel: less than 20%


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As a General Attorney in the General Litigation and Employment Law Group of the Office of General Counsel (OGC), you will:


Support OGC’s mission by providing legal advice and counsel for the Director, the Corporation, and its constituents on employment law issues such as employment and personnel, labor management relations, and equal employment opportunity matters.


Oversee internal investigations of alleged violations of laws, regulations, or policies in anticipation of litigation.   


Investigate complex facts; research issues extensively; review pertinent laws, legal opinions and precedents; and draft memoranda on sensitive matters, outlining cases and explaining and justifying the application of legal principles, recommendations, and conclusions. 


Prepare cases for litigation including drafting all motions, memoranda, briefs and other pleadings stating the facts, analyzing the legal issues, identifying policy concerns, and justifying the legal action. 


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

In order to qualify for this position, you must possess a J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

In addition to the education requirement, you must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a State, a Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

In addition to the education requirement, you must also possess the following in order to qualify for this position:

GS-14: at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13). This experience must include demonstrated expertise litigating and advising management on complex and/or sensitive issues arising under the laws governing Federal employment, including, for example, equal employment opportunity, labor relations, merit systems principles, and other personnel matters such as grievances, disciplinary and adverse actions.


Category Rating is being used for this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your resume and cover letter to determine the quality and extent to which your background (experience, education, training, etc.) relates to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

1.      Lead attorney experience researching, writing and editing formal documents (briefs, memoranda of law and similar documents) involving complex matters related to employee and labor relations and personnel law, including disciplinary and performance issues, in anticipation of litigation;


2.      Lead attorney experience rendering legal advice, guidance and training with respect to questions, regulations, practices, and other matters involving complex issues related to employee and labor relations and personnel law, including disciplinary and performance issues;


3.      Lead attorney trial/evidentiary hearing experience litigating complex issues related to employee and labor relations and personnel matters, including disciplinary and performance issues before administrative and judicial tribunals including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), arbitrators and U.S. District Courts;


4.      Lead attorney experience negotiating and drafting agreements and other legal documents;


5.      Lead attorney experience with electronic discovery principles, techniques, and obligations;


6.      And experience using the principles, concepts, and methods of legal research and reference resources such as directives, computerized reference sources (Westlaw or Lexis), court and/or administrative decisions and precedent cases, decisions, and legal opinions which bear on particular legal issues.

Based on that evaluation, we will place you in one of the following categories- 1) Gold; 2) Silver; 3) Bronze.
If, after your application has been rated by the Subject Matter Expert, you are found to meet none of the KSAS listed above, you will be placed in the Bronze category.
The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Gold) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

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Visit Federal Employee Benefits for information on the major benefits offered. Visit PBGC Employee Benefits to learn more about PBGC specific benefits.


To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Schedule A appointing authority for persons with disabilities;  the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities.

PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC’s Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 326-4000 ext. 3637 or TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4000 ext 3637.


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In order to be considered, submit all of the required information (including your supplemental documentation) before midnight EST on the closing date.  

If you are not able to apply online or require reasonable accommodations, contact Brandy Pelham on (202) 326-4000 ext. 3177 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.   

For TTY/TDD users, call the Federal Relay Service toll free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4111.

Please complete all the steps in the online application process at USAJOBS (  You may make updates to your information at any time prior to midnight EST on the closing date of this announcement.

*  Register with USAJOBS, which will store your information and resume. You will only need to complete this step once.
*  Locate and review the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS. Click the Apply Online link and then select a resume to submit with your application.
*  Click on Apply for this Position Now. You will be redirected to our online system.
*  Complete or review the online core questions, which determine the types of positions you are eligible for.
*  Specify which series and grade(s) you wish to be considered for.  
*  Complete the online vacancy questions, then click "Finish". You will continue to the Vacancy Documents page.
*  Submit each of the documents that apply to you by upload, USAJOBS, or fax according to the instructions provided.   
*  Click "Next," and you will see an overview of your responses. To finish, click "Finish."


RESUME (REQUIRED): You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience qualification requirement and competencies so that we can determine your qualifications for this position. Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.

LAW SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT(S) (REQUIRED): This position has a basic education and experience requirement. You must submit transcripts to verify that you meet this requirement. Information on the specific education requirement can be found under the Qualifications and Evaluations tab in the vacancy announcement. Your transcripts should include course titles, school name/location, date completed, grades, and number of credits earned. Applicants who obtained their qualifying education outside of the U.S. and its territories must provide proof that their degrees have been validated as equivalent to a degree conferred by a college or university in the U.S. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application; however, you must bring official transcripts with you on your first day if you are hired.

PROOF OF BAR MEMBERSHIP (REQUIRED): This position requires you to be an active member of the bar (of any jurisdiction) and in good standing. You must submit proof of your membership to verify that you meet this requirement.

WRITING SAMPLE (REQUIRED): Each applicant must submit an original sample of their unedited written work that does not exceed ten pages in length (double or single spaced). The writing sample should demonstrate legal analysis.  A filing with either the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), an arbitrator, or a U.S. District Court is preferred but not required.

COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION FORM (OPTIONAL) Please complete and submit the form "Demographic information on Applicants" .This form is used to determine if our recruitment efforts are reaching all segments of the population, consistent with Federal equal employment opportunity laws. Your voluntary responses are treated confidentially and are not released to anyone who can affect your application, or to the public.


Brandy Pelham
Phone: 202-326-3177 ext. 3177
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
1200 K Street NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will receive confirmation that we have received your resume. Save this and any other receipts you receive via email or fax. We will inform you of the status of your application via the email address you provided in your registration.   

You may check the status of your applications by clicking on the My USAJOBS tab at the USAJOBS website.

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