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Job Title:Deputy General Counsel

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Joint Services and Activities Supported by the Office, Secretary of the Army

Job Announcement Number:NCAS12DeptyGenCounsel856812

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SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0905-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

Congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities. SIGAR conducts audits and investigations to promote efficiency and effectiveness of reconstruction programs and detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.

 

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), located in Arlington, Virginia, reporting directly to SIGAR’s General Counsel (GC).  As a member of SIGAR’s OGC, the incumbent is subject along with all other attorneys within SIGAR’s OGC to being detailed for various periods of time, on temporary duty, on a rotational basis or otherwise, to one or more of SIGAR’s offices in Afghanistan.  Subject to the general and specific direction of the GC, the incumbent provides legal advice and counsel to SIGAR’s operations in the United States and Afghanistan, to include conformity with applicable law and regulations, and with established SIGAR policies and procedures, and performs other duties relating to SIGAR’s operations and activities, including responsibilities for litigation, investigative, and other legal support services to be performed within and involving SIGAR, as may fall within the authority and responsibility of SIGAR’s OGC and be assigned from time to time by the GC. 

 

Who May Apply

All U.S. Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Overseas travel may be required.
  • Incumbent must be eligible for a SECRET clearance.

DUTIES:

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As a Deputy General Counsel (DGC), the incumbent has responsibility to provide legal advice and services to the SIGAR Inspector General (IG) and members of the IG’s staff, supervises subordinates and ensures the adequacy of legal advice and services provided.  As such, the incumbent is one of the principal OGC experts in SIGAR on all litigation and criminal matters relating to the authority and operations of the SIGAR and/or its IG.

 

Specific major duties and responsibilities of the incumbent include:

 

1. The incumbent regularly renders definitive legal opinions on litigation and investigation concerning the SIGAR requiring the IG's and GC’s personal attention. A substantial number of these opinions are on matters of the greatest significance, requiring decisions by the IG. The incumbent is frequently called upon by the IG (and members of the IG's staff) to give on-the-spot oral opinions and legal interpretations on matters which require immediate decisions concerning potential or on-going litigation matters.

 

2. The IG relies heavily upon legal counsel for assistance in the refinement of broad plans and programs of primary interest, in the development of legal methods and means of accomplishing the desired results, and in assuring the legal sufficiency of all papers which require the IG's approval or concurrence. In this context:

 

(a) The incumbent participates in major planning and policy deliberations at top levels within the Office of the SIGAR, where participants include key officials and other personnel on the IG's staff, all of whom are specialists in various fields within their cognizance. These deliberations occur from time to time and vary in purpose, composition, and frequency depending upon the operational emphasis and other considerations. The incumbent analyzes the plans and procedures presented for consideration, and participate in debates and discussions concerning the merits of proposals, their impact on SIGAR programs, and their effect on established SIGAR procedures at all levels. The incumbent calls attention to legal requirements which must be met or which would limit or prohibit a proposed action. He suggests policy and procedural changes in such proposals to bring them within the limits of existing legal framework (or other legal documents) which would permit adoption of proposals.

 

(b) The incumbent reviews for legal sufficiency all working or completed audits and investigations, proposed audit and investigation directives, instructions, and regulations, and other similar documents or correspondence originating within the Office of the SIGAR ensuring redrafting as necessary. In this connection, the incumbent is frequently called upon to originate or to collaborate in the preparation of such matters.

 

(c) The incumbent also reviews for legal sufficiency all such papers referred to the SIGAR IG for approval or concurrence. If any such papers cannot be approved in whole or in part, the incumbent drafts statements of the IG’s position or ensures that products are redrafted in acceptable form.

 

3. The incumbent advises other top officials within the SIGAR on any legal questions involving the IG's authority or responsibilities.   He/she furnishes legal advice and assistance on questions that arise concerning recommendations made for SIGAR program elements by the IG.

 

4.  The incumbent may be called upon to assist in preparing top officials within the Office of the SIGAR to testify before Congressional committees or independent commissions.   Following formal hearings, the incumbent may also be called upon to represent the organization’s interests in direct dealings with Members of Congressional committees and Committee or commission staffs.   He/she also may be asked to review or prepare the language of proposed legislation, as may be necessary or desirable to further the interests. 

 

5.  In the course of SIGAR’s regular activities, the incumbent renders advice and legal

opinions on matters which have an impact on virtually all substantive and operational programs of the SIGAR, inasmuch as the recommendations of the SIGAR IG directly or indirectly influence the nature, scope, and methods of conducting SIGAR business at all operating levels.   A few examples that are typical of the impact of the incumbent’s legal opinions outside the IG area are:

 

(a)  Investigations:  As a senior member of SIGAR’s OGC, the incumbent is a legal authority responsible for providing legal advice on issues pertaining to criminal and administrative investigations conducted under the purview of the SIGAR IG, including, but not limited to, those involving undercover operations, consensual monitoring, subpoena duces tecum, investigative jurisdiction, law enforcement authorities, and other related matters. The incumbent works with foreign and domestic federal, state and local civil and criminal prosecutive authorities, agencies and officials.

 

(b)  Procurement.  The incumbent is also responsible for providing legal advice concerning audit reports and criminal investigations that focus on the procurement process, as are within the scope of SIGAR’s oversight authority.

 

(c)  Personnel.  The incumbent is responsible for providing legal advice concerning special inquiries into allegations of reprisal, senior official misconduct and sexual harassment.

 

(d)  International Matters.  The incumbent may be asked to provide legal advice on matter of international law and policy, such as matters concerning audit reports that focus on Foreign Military Sales and contracts with foreign contractors.  The incumbent's opinions may result in modifications to Memoranda of Understanding with foreign nations with which the United States does business.

 

(e)  Fiscal Matters.  The incumbent is responsible for providing advice concerning the appropriate funding of contracts, collection of debts, and other fiscal authorities within the scope of SIGAR authority.  The incumbent's opinions may result in the reimbursement of funds to the United States government, or reports of Anti-Deficiency Act violations by external Federal offices and agencies

 

            (f)  Litigation Matters.   As a liaison, the incumbent interfaces with Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Attorneys Offices (USAOs), Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of State (DOS) for all cases identified as requiring litigation, providing responses to complaints and participating in all phases of the discovery process including interrogation of the parties.  The incumbent prepares all litigation reports and legal documents required and drafts motions, pleadings, briefs, and exhibits in support of SIGAR’s position. 

 

(g)  Prosecution Matters.   The incumbent may also be assigned responsibility for analyzing all factors bearing on the advisability of filing suits and determining the SIGAR position where prosecutive action should be initiated.  If action is initiated, the incumbent prepares pleadings for filing with the appropriate court, prepares and tries the case or serves as co-counsel with another attorney representing the United States Government.

 

(h)  In addition to the foregoing, incumbent renders opinions and performs legal work having a decided impact on other substantive areas. These may include but are not limited to property management, contract fraud (both civil and criminal), program fraud, and SIGAR’s commercial activities including real estate leasing and related matters.

 

6. The incumbent will supervise subordinate OGC staff, communicate performance expectations, evaluate performance, and will manage the activities related to the professional development of the staff. 

 

7. The incumbent will support a management culture that empowers employees to excel in their positions; improves the quality of life at the work place; provides fair and equitable treatment in all aspects of personnel management without regard to political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or disability; and ensures proper regard for employees’ privacy and constitutional rights.

 

8. Over and above these regular duties, incumbent analyzes, on behalf of the SIGAR IG, and determines the legal implications of proposals, including legislative proposals, originating outside SIGAR that would have an impact on SIGAR operations.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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The incumbent must have extensive experience as an attorney handling both general and substantively diverse legal matters of considerable complexity. The difficulty of the legal, policy and factual issues within the responsibility of the GC requires a very broad range, as well as depth, of both managerial and professional legal career to date.  

 

In addition to possessing demonstrated professional competence and integrity, as verified by the attestations of prior employers and peers or evidence of comparable dignity and probative value, the incumbent must also have demonstrated, consistently throughout their legal career to date, maturity, sound judgment, highly-refined problem and issue definition and resolution skills, and the ability to fulfill assigned responsibilities in a timely manner under demanding circumstances.

 

The incumbent is also required to respond to matters involving Congress and must possess exceptional judgment and discretion in this regard as well as a thorough understanding of the legislative and oversight process.   The incumbent must have foresight and vision in recognizing the need for new laws, amendments to existing laws, and changes to current policies and regulations.  

 

Applicants for consideration must furnish along with their application a full resume of their professional career to date that is fully compliant with federal resume standards, which includes (without limitation): descriptions of positions held during all prior employments; names, addresses and current contact information of prior employers and direct supervisors; hours worked per week; and accurate salary history information, accompanied by any narrative or other clarifications/explanations that may be necessary to make the information provided not misleading.  Material factual misrepresentations or errors in such biographical career informational materials submitted along with the applications will be grounds for prosecution, and/or immediate dismissal if hired.

 

The incumbent must from time to time access and use classified information in order to fulfill his/her responsibilities, and must therefore qualify for and be granted, and thereafter maintain during his/her incumbency, a minimum security clearance of SECRET, which requirement may be met when first assuming the duties of the position by the issuance of an interim clearance (conditional on the issuance of a final “SECRET” clearance in due course).  In addition, the position has been designated as critical sensitive, and the incumbent may therefore be required, should the IG at any time so determine, to apply for and receive in due course a security clearance of TOP SECRET.

 

The incumbent must complete and submit a financial report as required by the Office of Government Ethics on Form SF-278, within 30 days of their initial entry, annually thereafter, and within 30 days of their termination of employment with SIGAR.  


The incumbent must be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state or territory of the United States (including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or any other territory of the United States), as evidenced by a Certificate of Membership in Good Standing of such bar that has been issued within six (6) months preceding the date of his/her application for consideration (which may be a faxed or otherwise reproduced exact copy in lieu of the original certified copy).

 

The incumbent must also be a graduate of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association, as evidenced by a Juris Doctor or equivalent doctorate-level degree issued by such law school to its graduates, and must have graduated in the top half (50%) of the incumbent’s graduating class from such law school, except for applicants who have actively and continuously practiced law privately or publicly (as a U.S. federal or state government lawyer) for at least fifteen (15) years following their graduation from law school (for whom the continuity and length of their professional experience will substitute for any class standing considerations).   Applicants for consideration applying within fifteen (15) years of the date of their graduation from law school must furnish a certified copy of their law school transcript along with their application (which may be a faxed or otherwise reproduced exact copy in lieu of the original certified copy).

 

 

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

 

Must be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state or territory of the United States (including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or any other territory of the United States), as evidenced by a Certificate of Membership in Good Standing of such bar that has been issued within six (6) months preceding the date of his/her application for consideration (which may be a faxed or otherwise reproduced exact copy in lieu of the original certified copy).

 

Must also be a graduate of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Assoication, as evidenced by a Juris Doctor or equivalent doctorate-level degree issued by such law school to its graduates, and must have graduated in the top half (50%) of the incumbent’s graduating class from such law school, except for applicants who have actively and continuously practiced law privately or publicly (as a U.S. federal or state government lawyer) for at least fifteen (15) years following their graduation from law school (for whom the continuity and length of their professional experience will substitute for any class standing considerations).   Applicants for consideration applying within fifteen (15) years of the date of their graduation from law school must furnish a certified copy of their law school transcript along with their application (which may be a faxed or otherwise reproduced exact copy in lieu of the original certified copy).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.


BENEFITS:

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                             The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.
  • Must from time to time access and use classified information in order to fulfill his/her responsibilities, and must therefore qualify for and be granted, and thereafter maintain during his/her incumbency, a minimum security clearance of SECRET, which requirement may be met when first assuming the duties of the position by the issuance of an interim clearance (conditional on the issuance of a final “SECRET” clearance in due course).  In addition, the incumbent is required to maintain eligibility for a TOP SECRET clearance, the application for and receipt of which may also be (and historically has been) required by the IG, if and as deemed necessary or desirable to the effective performance of the incumbent’s duties. 

  • Overseas travel, including extended travel to Afghanistan, may be included.   In support of this travel, the incumbent would be required to meet minimum standards of fitness for deployment to the CENTCOM region to include possible travel on military aircraft and vehicles, the ability to wear personal protective equipment, including protective mask, ballistic helmet, body armor, and chemical/biological protective garments.

  • Form SF 278.  The incumbent submit an Executive Branch Financial Disclosure Report on SF-278 within 30 days of initial entry, annually thereafter, and within 30 days of the date of termination.

  • Form SF 312.  This position requires the incumbent to complete a Form SF 312, Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement.

  • Incumbent occupies a position that may be considered essential to support of the SIGAR mission.   Failure to remain in a position considered emergency essential may result in separation for the efficiency of the Federal Service (Ch. 75, Title 5 USC; FPM Ch. 752).



  • OTHER INFORMATION:

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    Reemployment of Annuitants:

    Reemployed Annuitants may be eligible for appropriate pay rate for the position without a reduction in pay or of the annuity.  As a result, the salary of the annuitant is not offset by the amount of the annuity received for the period of employment.

    Applicants should send a resume by electronic transmission, to sigar.pentagon.m-s.mbx.jobs@mail.mil or fax 703-602-8753 Attention: Human Resources- Associate General Counsel Announcement.

     



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Application packages must include:

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 856812.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

    2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. 

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.
     

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application
    • You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a SF-50 or DD3434; for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran status, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter as applicable and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.
    • If you are currently serving on active duty: A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.   If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.   For more information about Veteran's

      Preference, please click this link:http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.   Please upload veteran's

      documents under the appropriate category.

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant. These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    W6QWAA SIGAR
    1550 Crystal Drive
    Suite 9000
    Arlington, VA
    22202

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 

      

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

     

    If no email address is provided, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Application Manager.  Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

     

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact: applicanthelp@conus.army.mil


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    Job Announcement Number:

    NCAS12DeptyGenCounsel856812

    Control Number:

    339499100