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Job Title:  Attorney Advisor
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Office of the Secretary
Job Announcement Number:  OS/OGC-2013-0020

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 $155,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 to Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Excepted Service - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20230View Map
All qualified United States citizens.


The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is seeking an attorney with exceptional analytical, organizational and interpersonal communications skills with a demonstrated interest in working on legislation and regulations and at least one of the substantive areas of law within the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce (such as environmental and natural resources law, export controls, patents and trademarks, standards and technology, or international trade and commerce).

The Commerce General Counsel is seeking attorneys at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade level to work for the Assistant General Counsel for Finance and Litigation in the Contract Law Division (CLD) supporting the new First Responder Network (FirstNet).  In February 2012, Congress enacted The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (the Act) of 2012, containing landmark provisions to create a much-needed nationwide interoperable broadband network that will help police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals and other first responders and public safety officials to stay safe and to effectively do their jobs.


The Act created an independent authority within the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and provided $7 billion in funding. FirstNet will hold the spectrum license for the network, and is charged with taking “all actions necessary” to build, deploy, and operate the network, in consultation with Federal, State, tribal and local public safety entities, and other key stakeholders. It is expected that FirstNet will be among the nation’s largest broadband networks.


In addition to supporting FirstNet, the Contract Law Division attorneys support all other Department of Commerce components in all aspects of their acquisition of goods and services.  These components include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Census Bureau and a host of other varied organizations. The Contract Law Division is seeking attorneys with a strong background in wireless telecommunications to assist First Net in establishing the network.  Duties include, reviewing statements of work and requests for proposal, assisting in negotiating and advising in awarding carrier-to-carrier, managed service, and other agreements, advising the FirstNet Board of Directors, advising on real property transactions including purchase, lease and license agreements and advising on other legal aspects needed to build and operate the network.  The attorney will also be responsible for handling, as appropriate, bid protest and contract claim litigation arising out of FirstNet’s procurement and real property activities.

A one year probationary/trial period may be required for this position.


  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Investigations and clearances must be completed prior to appointment.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
  • Must be registered for selective service, if applicable (


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The incumbent works on cases or legal issues of extreme complexity characterized by one or more of the following: 1) extremely complex and difficult legal or factual issues requiring a high order of legal endeavor with the incumbent often having to balance conflicting interests; 2) matters that can have the effect of substantially broadening or restricting the activities of an agency or have an important impact on a major industry whose economic position affects the health and stability of the general economy; or 3) the matter involves, directly or indirectly, very large sums of money and are frequently vigorously contested by extremely capable legal talent.  Performs a variety of legal duties relative to cases or legal issues of extreme difficulty as characterized by one or more of the traits described above.  The incumbent may act as the primary legal counsel to a significant operating program or in adversarial proceedings where legal questions posed are of an extremely complex nature.  Where the incumbent is reviewing applications for specific governmental approval or protection, the types of applications reviewed will have one or more of the characteristics outlined above.  The incumbent will have the final approval authority relative to the application and will normally review and approve the work of lower graded attorneys.


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General Professional Experience: Applicants must also meet these minimum qualifications of professional legal experience following law school: 

For GS-14: J.D. degree, bar membership and four years of professional attorney experience. For GS-15: J.D. degree, bar membership and five years of professional attorney experience. Applicants must meet the General Professional Experience requirements set forth above and the below grade-specific specialized experience by the closing date of the announcement.  Specialized experience is defined as in-depth experience in commercial transactions involving the wireless telecommunication industry.  GS-14:  Specialized experience in acquisition aspects of wireless telecommunications law; demonstrating independent ability to analyze proposals and negotiating positions, preparation of legal memoranda, and counseling and advising clients or constituents on complex acquisition issues related to wireless telecommunications.  GS-15:  Specialized experience in acquisition aspects of wireless telecommunications law demonstrating creative, independent ability to analyze proposals and negotiating positions, preparation of legal memoranda and counseling and advising clients or constituents on highly-complex acquisition issues related to wireless telecommunications

Applicants must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

For recent law school graduates, bar membership is not required for initial appointment to a limited-term law clerk position, which will be converted to an attorney position upon obtaining bar membership within 14 months.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Must be able to verify law school and employment record and active bar membership in good standing (mandatory).  A copy of your law degree and license as a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will refer your application to the hiring manager and you may be invited for an interview. Evidence of the required knowledge, skills and abilities should be present in your resume, optional cover letter or supporting documentation. Please do not provide a separate written response.  Your application will also be reviewed for the following competencies: 

  • Experience or demonstrated interest in federal procurement law, federal real property law and compliance with environmental statutes is highly desirable but not necessary.
  • Favorable consideration will be accorded demonstrated oral communication, writing and analytical skills, an ability to assimilate large amounts of material quickly and an ability to balance a diverse workload as well as meet short deadlines.  Excellent people skills are an absolute must, as the attorney must work effectively with a large number of different clients.

Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment.

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at 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 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 by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact: Christine Covington, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-3041 or email at


A complete application consists of the following: 1. Resume showing relevant experience; 2. cover letter that addresses demonstrated interest and qualifications (optional); 3. a legal writing sample (preferably of 10 pages or less); 4. most recent performance appraisal, if applicable. 5. certificate of bar membership and proof of good standing. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including starting and ending dates formatted in (mm/dd/yy) for each employer along with the number of hours worked per week; job title; duties and accomplishments; employer's name and address; and supervisor's name and phone number.  If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Special instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. For additional information please visit: You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.  


Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Rm 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are: 1. Application Received or Application Incomplete; 2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement not met; 3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and 4. Selected or Not Selected.  By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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