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Come join the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board!

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Board) is an independent agency in the executive branch chartered with the responsibility of providing recommendations and advice to the President and the Secretary of Energy regarding public health and safety issues at Department of Energy (DOE) defense nuclear facilities.  The Board reviews and evaluates the content and implementation of health and safety standards, as well as other requirements, relating to the design, construction, operation, and decommissioning of DOE’s defense nuclear facilities to ensure that these activities are carried out in a manner that protects the public, workers, and the environment. 
As Deputy General Counsel, you will be a senior legal officer and advisor to the Board and will supervise the operations of the Office of the General Counsel.  You will be responsible for conducting Board hearings and court litigation, reviewing Board documents for legal sufficiency, and enforcing the applicable sections of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (as amended), and other relevant statutes.  As directed by the General Counsel, you will represent the Board before Congressional Committees in hearings on proposed legislation, in investigations, and in interactions with the press and the general public.  In addition, under the direction of the General Counsel, you will be responsible for managing legislative matters and the Board’s Ethics and Alternative Dispute Resolution programs.

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Applicants who are members of the Senior Executive Service will retain their current rate of basic pay, if higher than $165,300, if selected for the position.”


• Manage a highly-trained professional legal and support staff engaged in a wide range of legal issues.

• Provide expert advice and counsel to the Board on legal, ethical, and policy questions arising from the conduct of Board activities; advise the Board on procedural and substantive questions of law.  Formulate and recommend the Board’s position regarding difficult and complex legal problems and issues that may be controversial and of significant public interest.

• Lead and/or participate in investigations and reports to the Board on those investigations.  Jurisdictional questions may involve a broad variety of questions of interpretation of state or Federal statutes, and legislative history.  Assist Board Members in conducting public hearings. 

• Prepare regulations on behalf of the Board; and review, analyze, and report to the Board on proposed legislation and bills passed by Congress.  Represent the Board before Congressional committees in hearings on proposed legislation and investigations.

• Direct and coordinate the preparation and review of opinions, memoranda, reports, recommendations, briefs and other documents for the Board on a wide variety of subjects, including:  matters of civil, criminal, and administrative law, policy, and procedures under the statutes governing and administered by the Board; and legal questions arising from the relations between the Board, other Federal agencies, and the public.

• Ensure Board compliance with Federal laws and regulations in a variety of areas, including information and privacy law, administrative law, ethics law, procurement law, fiscal/appropriations law, employment law, and other legal matters related to Federal agency practice.

• Represent the Board in legal disputes in U.S. District Courts to enforce compliance with subpoenas and the Board's rules and regulations; represent the Board in the U.S. Court of Appeals on appeals from suits in District Courts related to these matters.  In association with the Department of Justice, prepare all necessary documents for proceedings before the United States Supreme Court.