Qualifying Experience: At the time of application, applicants must be licensed to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any territorial court established under the Constitution. An applicant must have, in the aggregate, at least five years of public contract law experience consisting of serving as an attorney or judge in:
- Proceedings before any Federal agency boards of contract appeals or comparable Federal, State, or local administrative bodies;
- Actions in courts of record involving public contract issues fully comparable to those in proceedings before agency boards of contract appeals, or in fully comparable formal proceedings before Federal, State, or local administrative bodies; or
- Advising on public contracts, or teaching or writing on the subject of public contract law.
In the determination of whether public contract law experience involving State or local contracts is qualifying, a direct comparison is made between the subject matter of such experience and the subject matter commonly involved in the practice of Federal public contract law. At least two years of the qualifying experience in public contract law must have been of a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-15 grade level or above. Remuneration is not considered in the making of this comparison.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
This position is a critical-sensitive national security position. If selected, you will be required to undergo a single scope background investigation and the GSA security office must grant you a Top Secret national security clearance. Applicants do not need this level of clearance in order to apply. If you are not a GSA employee, the security office must grant the clearance before we can hire you unless a pre-appointment waiver of this requirement is approved.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 will be required to complete a certification document confirming their selective service status.
If selected, you will be required within 30 days of your initial appointment and annually thereafter to complete the OGE Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, as well as monthly financial transaction reports, to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interests and your position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Office of Executive Resources (OER) will review each application for the requisite documents and to determine if the application meets the minimum qualification requirements. If an application is missing any of the required documents or the applicant's background and experience, as demonstrated in the application, does not meet the minimum qualification requirements, the applicant will be assigned a rating of "ineligible." An applicant assigned a rating of "ineligible" will be notified of this rating and given the right to appeal it, within ten days of receipt of written notice, to the CBCA Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any such appeal will be considered by the Chairperson of the CBCA, and the applicant will be notified by the CBCA Registrar.
Once it has been determined that an applicant meets the minimum qualification requirements, a further review of the applicant's work experiences and accomplishments will be conducted as described below. All of these functions will be carried out by a panel of three Board Judges selected by the Chairperson of the CBCA.
- Rating Factors. An applicant must demonstrate the ability to conduct hearings in a dignified and orderly manner; prepare clear and concise statements of fact, law, and decision; and exercise the sound judgment, judicial temperament, and poise required for successful performance. The following rating factors are considered:
Using an established crediting plan, the panel will rate, in writing, each applicant as highly qualified, qualified, or minimally qualified, under each of the four rating factors listed above. The panel will contact references for, and interview, applicants who are rated as qualified or highly qualified, as defined in the crediting plan, under at least three of the four rating factors.
- Knowledge of public contract and procurement law and knowledge of the Federal rules of evidence and procedure;
- Ability to understand and interpret law, and to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate evidence and find facts;
- Ability to communicate concisely and clearly and to preside at meetings, conferences, and hearings; and
- Ability to make independent decisions in a fair and impartial manner, to make and write prompt decisions, to manage time efficiently, and to operate in a collegial environment.
- References/Interview. Using a written questionnaire, the panel will contact at least two persons familiar with each eligible applicant's qualifications to evaluate the applicant's experience, knowledge, and abilities. The panel will then interview each eligible applicant.
- Final Rating. Based upon the panel's evaluation of the application, recommendations from the applicant's references, and the panel's interview with the applicant, the panel will rate each eligible applicant as "average," "above average," or "outstanding." Candidates will then be placed on the register of eligibles for consideration for selection. Note regarding application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the CBCA considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are eligible for veterans' preference, you are encouraged to include that information in your cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-15, or other substantiating documents) to your submission. Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide.
Each applicant will be notified of his/her eligibility status by OER and will remain on the register of eligibles for two years. Upon expiration of the two-year period, an applicant may submit a supplemental resume in order to remain on the register for an additional period of two years. At the discretion of the CBCA, the applicant may be re-interviewed and references may be re-checked at any time. To preview questions please click here.