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Job Title:  Supervisory General Attorney GS-0905-15
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  U.S. Coast Guard
Job Announcement Number:  13-1669-HQ-RW

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 26, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013
This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens.  Position is in the Excepted Service.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement click here


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, Office of the Commandant and Vice Commandant (CG-09), Judge Advocate General (CG-094), Office of Claims & Litigation (CG-0945) in Washington, DC.


Note:  Currently this position is located at 2100 Half Street, SW, Washington, DC.  In the Summer of 2013, this position will relocate to new facilities being constructed at the historic St. Elizabeths west campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington DC 20020.  The historic campus is currently under renovation and will eventually serve as the new DHS Consolidated Headquarters Campus.  Information on this new site can be found on the Coast Guard web page at, and at GSA's web site This position may be affected by a CGJAG reorganization plan.



  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires travel.
  • This position requires a Top Secret/SCI clearance.


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The incumbent manages an office of sixteen (15) attorneys and support staff to provide services in support of both affirmative and defensive claims and litigation involving USCG activities, Programs or personnel, and represents the agency, its Programs, and personnel in Federal Court. The incumbent also analyzes the facts and legal issues involved in claims against the USCG ad provides advice on applying regulations that limit USCG information and testimony demanded by parties in litigation.


Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.

Typical work assignments include:


* Supervising the daily operations of the office. Selecting, training, evaluating, counseling, promoting, and managing all aspects of civilian and military personnel actions in the offices.

* Delineating areas of responsibility and assigning work. Providing advice and assistance in the performance of the work. Reviewing completed work product.

* Overseeing the gathering and analysis of all the facts and the law, and preparing a litigation report setting forth the USCG's position on issues raised.

* Preparing and presenting cases and ensuring protection of USCG interests. This includes pretrial interviews of witnesses, taking and defending depositions, formulating responses to interrogatories and assisting in the preparation of the trial brief as well as court appearances.

* Providing oversight, advice and policy guidance to offices with delegated claims settlement authority. 


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To qualify for the GS-15 level candidates must have at least 1 full year of specialized experience as a practicing attorney (equivalent in nature to the next lower level in the federal service for the grade level applied for), where such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. (For example, to qualify for the GS-15 level, applicants must have at least one full year of experience as a practicing attorney that is equivalent to the duties performed at the GS-14 level. The types of complexity of cases and the work involved in handling them are evaluated to determine the level at which applicants are performing).


Specialized experience is experience that should have included duties that involve knowledge and application of Claims and Litigations, especially federal laws, international treaties and conventions, executive orders, and precedent; experience supervising, managing, or coordinating teams;  supervising or coordinating the work of attorneys and support staff on projects; experience drafting position papers, letters, memoranda and other documents.


Applicants must posses a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school, be an active member of the bar(any U.S. jurisdiction) in good standing.


This position does have a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.              


Your resume and other applicant information should reflect the breadth of your experience, expertise, and /or training in the following areas:


(1) Demonstrated knowledge and experience working closely with senior leadership on complex legal and policy issues related to actual or potential federal litigation;

(2) Demonstrated knowledge and experience managing or coordinating the performance and activities of attorneys and support staff or teams that include attorneys and support staff;

(3) Demonstrated knowledge of and broad experience with Administrative Procedure Act (APA), federal laws, international treaties and conventions, executives orders, and directives;

(4) Demonstrated knowledge and experience preparing or directing the preparation of legal opinions on questions of law;

(5) Demonstrated knowledge and experience ensuring the quality of attorney work product; and

(6) Demonstrated knowledge and oversight of the type of legal advice required by a large and complex organization or agency like the US Coast Guard and experience related to federal court litigation  involving such an organization.



Your qualification for this position will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire and other required documents as part of the application process for this position.


All the information you provide may be verified by or review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, including the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process.



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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits."


Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.


This is a supervisory position, under provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act, first time supervisors and/or managers will be required to
serve a one-year trial period.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6329.  Decisions on granting
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation


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Applications for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


In order to receive full consideration, you must submit:


1. A resume or any other written format of your choice which clearly identifies the following information:

* Job Information-Announcement number, title and grade.

* Personal Information- Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email address if available, day and evening phone numbers (with area code), country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian series and grade held, if applicable.

* Education- College or University name, city and state, major(s)and type and year of any degrees received.

* Work Experience- job title, duties and accomplishments, current and former (within the last 10 years) employers' names and addresses, current and former supervisors' names and phone numbers where available, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary, and indicate whether your current supervisor may be contacted.

* Qualifications- job-related training courses (title and year), skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, and special accomplishments.

2. A copy of your J.D. or LL.B. transcript.

3. A legal writing sample, not to exceed 10 pages.

4. You will be required to submit proof of current membership, in good standing, with the appropriate licensing authority of any state or the District of Columbia prior to any formal job offer.

5. Information related to the skills and experience listed under the Evaluations section above, may be done on a separate document, or incorporate it within your resume.


You may find general application information and other forms at the website of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management,

None of the application documents will be returned.


In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard offers Career Transition Assistance Placement (CTAP) coverage to Attorneys within the Department of Homeland Security. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. If you are eligible under CTAP, you must submit a copy of your certificate of surplus status, certificate of expected separation, or your specific Reduction-in-Force notice establishing your eligibility under CTAP, a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, series, grade level and duty location. You must clearly indicate the grade from which you separated or declared surplus.


USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
4200 Wilson BLVD STE 800
Attn: Human Resource Service Center Headquarters
Arlington, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


For information regarding the receipt of your application, you may call Capt Stephen McCleary, 202-372-3815.

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