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Job Title:Supervisory Attorney-Advisor

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Office of the Solicitor

Job Announcement Number:EX-13-SOL-05

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

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$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 28, 2013 to Sunday, March 24, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


U.S. Citizens; ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area; Non-Citizens as allowed by law. This is an Excepted Service position. The job will be filled through an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a one-year trial period.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission: to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces. The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

We are seeking a talented attorney to serve as the Department of Labor’s senior supervisory legal advisor specializing in appropriations and fiscal law. The person selected will supervise a team of specialized attorneys and lead our appropriations law practice, and serve as Co-Counsel for the combined "Appropriations and Procurement" practice area.  The person selected will be a supervisory attorney advisor in the Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor (SOL), Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services (MALS). SOL’s mission is to meet the legal service demands of the entire Department of Labor and help ensure that the Nation’s labor laws are forcefully and fairly applied to protect the Nation’s workers. The MALS Division provides the Department of Labor with legal advice and litigation services relating to a variety of governmental and management legal issues, such as appropriations, procurement, labor relations and information law issues, and also serves as the administrative arm of the Office of the Solicitor.


  • Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • This position is outside the bargaining unit.
  • Requires 1 year supervisory probationary period.


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As Appropriations Law Counsel, the incumbent is responsible for the assignment, direction and review of the work of attorneys providing legal services to the Department under statutes and their implementing regulations relating to appropriations, budget and financial management, and organizational authority and delegations.  The Counsel supervises a team of specialized attorneys and coordinates with other legal offices.Statutes include, but are not limited to the Anti-deficiency Act, the Bona Fide Needs Statute,the Miscellaneous Receipts Statute, and the Purpose Statute.  Legal services include theformulation and coordination of the Department’s response to complex, sensitive,and novel appropriations and budget issues and the preparation of legal opinions necessary to resolve such issues. The incumbent develops and analyzes, for Departmental program and financial management officials,legal and policy options and strategies for budget formulation and execution in conformity with the applicable statutes and regulations.  The Counsel drafts and reviews for legal sufficiency and broad policy implications the Department’s legislative proposals, proposed Secretarial Orders and other directives and documents, including interagency agreements, grants, cooperative agreements, and memoranda of understanding, prepared by DOL and other government agencies.  The incumbent is the primary source of legal advice in the assigned areas of responsibility. The incumbent researches and writes a variety of policy and issue papers and complex correspondence at the request of DOL officials such as the Solicitor, the Deputy Secretary, and Secretary, and as it relates to DOL appropriations, may prepare and review internal and external reports, communications, testimonies and rulemaking comments relating to DOL programs and operations for a variety of audiences such as the Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and the Government Accountability Office.  Key clients are the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Adminstration and Management, the Chief Financial Officer, and various other DOL agencies in the are of federal appropriations and fiscal law. The Counsel, in conjunction with or in the absence of the Procurement Counsel, may also supervise and direct subordinate attorneys in the provision of legal advice and litigation service related to acquisition and financial assistance, contracts, procurement, and intellectual property.  Key clients are the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management,the Chief Acquisition Officer, and various other DOL agencies in the area of federal procurement and grant law.


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Applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the United States; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for this grade level.

At the GS-15 level, this position requires at least five (5) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. One year of general experience may be substituted if the applicant has superior law student experience, such as academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, work of significance on the law school's official law review, special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of moot court competition, membership on the moot court team representing the law school in competitions, full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program, significant summer law office clerk experience, or an LL.M.  At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.  Specialized experience, for this grade level, is experience that has equipped the applicant with the necessary skills and abilities to perform the major duties of this positiion.

Applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.).

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors.  Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise.  A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.

 Evaluation Factors:  

1.  At least five years’ experience as a practicing attorney in a complex and fast-paced professional environment.

2.  Extensive knowledge and at least one year’s experience in federal appropriations law.  Similar knowledge and experience in federal government contracts law, including litigation, is a plus.

3.  Ability to serve as senior advisor on highly complex legal issues and to make programmatic and administrative recommendations consistent with policies.

4.  Ability to effectively communicate with high-level departmental officials, program heads, supervisors and the general public, through oral presentations and written work products.

5.  Excellent legal research, writing and presentation abilities, including strong organizational and analytical skills.

6.  Demonstrated ability to perform supervisory responsibilities as indicated by a high-level of interpersonal skills, experience in leadership or complex project management, and/or past supervisory experience.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above. Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.  The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM. For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES



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Follow the 5 steps below to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the "Questions about this job" section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information! STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Uploaded resumes must include, at minimum, the following information: name, contact information, education, and work experience which includes: month and year employment began and end for each employer, number of hours worked per week, and a detailed description of duties performed. Applicants who fail to submit this information will be considered ineligible for further consideration. STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS) Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed. STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document. STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application. STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date.


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the How To Submit Supplemental Documentation instructions.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. 

- Transcripts:  Transcripts (in English) from an ABA accredited law school must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.  If education was completed at a foreign law school, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information. 

- Transcripts:  Applicants who claim to have met the qualifications requirements by substituting one year of experience for superior law student work or an LL.M. must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.
- Veterans Documents (if applicable):  For Excepted Service positions, Veterans Preference does not apply; however, Veterans' will receive positive consideration. In order to receive positive consideration, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, an SF-15 and VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide.

You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring.

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents:  These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.  


Crystal D. Hart
Phone: 202-693-5284
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Labor, Office of the Solicitor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N2419
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eiligibility. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate. To check the status of your application: Click here. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.  Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or noncitizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-175 (incorporating P.L. 112-10), and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  Selected applicants will also provide documentation verifying the required active membership in a qualifying Bar in Good Standing.


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