Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: Office of the Secretary
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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 (www.sss.gov).