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Job Title:Supervisory Attorney-Adviser (Contract)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Miscellaneous Field Operating Agencies

Job Announcement Number:NCHT13585049944434

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, August 26, 2013 to Monday, March 10, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Pentagon, Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

In this position, the incumbent independently plans, organizes and conducts the work, to include advising orally and in writing senior members of the Army Staff, contracting officials, resource managers, and field attorneys on complex, first-impression contract and fiscal law matters. Supervises five military and civilian personnel.

About the Position:
The Contract and Fiscal Actions Branch (w/duty in the Pentagon) is one of three branches within the Contract and Fiscal Law Division, which is the largest division within the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency. The Division is led by an Army Colonel, and includes contract litigation teams and a procurement fraud branch located at Fort Belvoir, approximately 20 miles south of the Pentagon. The incumbent for this Branch Chief position oversees a four-attorney team of contract and fiscal law attorney advisors (2) and Judge Advocates (2), and is supported by a paralegal specialist. While the Actions Branch is primarily responsible for advising HQDA staff members, including the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Army Deputy Chiefs of Staff (G-Staff), and The Judge Advocate General, this Branch also includes lawyers serving as Army Labor Advisor (Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 22), legal advisor to the Army representative on the Defense Acquisition Regulations (DAR) Council, and the Army Tax Advisor. Coordination with attorneys from divisions within the Office of The Judge Advocate General and the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, as well as attorneys in the Army Office of General Counsel is frequent and regular.

The Contract and Fiscal Actions Branch is located in the Pentagon (Arlington, VA) and is easily accessible by POV or public transportation. Within the general commuting area, there is a wide variety of housing options, pristine parks and recreational areas, extensive bicycle paths and walking trails, and shopping centers. At the Pentagon itself, there are numerous eateries, a CVS drugstore, banks/credit unions, a DMV office (Virginia), Best Buy, and a private dental office.

This position is in the excepted service without time limitation and will not be filled by competitive appointment. Service in this position may be fully creditable toward civil service retirement. Any selected applicant who is in the competitive service will be taken out of the competitive service when he or she occupies this position and will compete only with other excepted status employees in the event of a reduction-in-force. He or she, however, remain eligible for reinstatement in the competitive service.

 

Who May Apply:

  • US Citizens

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • See other requirements.

DUTIES:

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  • As Chief, Contract and Fiscal Actions Branch, you are responsible for planning, overseeing, and accomplishing diverse and often first-impression legal work.
  • Assist Army Staff members both during the requirements development stage of an acquisition and during contract administration.
  • Participate actively in policy working groups, Army capabilities portfolio review boards, and other senior-level meetings.
  • Review new and revised regulations and proposed legislation, commenting on form, substance, and impact.
  • Consult with and advise field Judge Advocates and civilian attorneys.
  • Oversee the conduct of the Army’s Fiscal Law Reach Back Group, supporting deployed Judge Advocates and their commanders.
  • As a senior Army Staff legal advisor, provide advisory and consultant services to Army leadership; contracting officers and specialists; resource managers; and other officials with procurement, fiscal, or related duties.
  • Utilize a complete understanding of fiscal controls, procurement law and regulations, and contract ethics (contacts with industry/contractors in the workplace) to advise and supervise others.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and ablilities (KSAs) associated with the position. KSAs: 1. Demonstrated executive abilities at the agency or corporate level. 2. Knowledge of and experience in providing legal counsel concerning the full range of laws, regulations, policies, directives, orders, and practice applicable to Government contract and fiscal issues, to include the ability to advise about and conduct litigation involving high dollar, high visibility contract protests and disputes. 3. Ability to accomplish complex and multifaceted tasks related to Government contract and fiscal law with minimal supervision and maximum initiative -- to include development of policy and guidance, training, and the ability to operate in a fast-paced environment in support of deployed personnel. 4. Skilled in analytical thinking, performing legal research, applying the laws and regulations to the facts and the ability to provide insightful guidance, oral and written, on all aspects of acquisition and fiscal law functions to senior DoD officials, commanders, contracting officers, training sessions, and deployed personnel.

NOTICE OF VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Army considers veteran’s preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the type of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at www.opm.gov

TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: Applicants currently employed as an attorney by the federal government must have completed one year of time-in-grade at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.

The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:

EDUCATION: An applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD)

BAR MEMBERSHIP: Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

EXPERIENCE: Applicant must have three or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Graduation from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.


 

Other Requirements:  Click here for more information.

  • If you are male AND if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • You may be required to serve one year in a trial/probationary status.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Must file an annual Financial Disclosure Statement. 
  • Position requires a Secret Clearance.
  • Business travel is required approximately 10% of official duty time.
  • Moving expenses NOT authorized 
  • Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.
  • You may claim Military Spouse Preference.
  • Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at time of application.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Resumes will be evaluated for basic qualification requirements and for the skills needed to perform the duties of the position, as described in this vacancy announcement and identified by the Selecting Official for the position.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.



OTHER INFORMATION:

  • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf.
  • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)
  • To successfully claim veteran's preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
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    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 16, 2013 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.





    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    1. Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Official law school transcript and an official statement of relative standing in class. Photo static copies of documents are acceptable when applying but certified documents must be furnished before entering duty.
    3. Official certificate showing that you are a member in good standing of the bar, together with a sworn [notarized] statement from you that your fitness to practice law or conduct as an attorney has never been challenged in any jurisdiction to the best of your knowledge, or if either has been challenged, a sworn [notarized] statement concerning the facts and circumstances and any other explanation that you consider appropriate may be submitted. As an alternative to a sworn [notarized] statement, a declaration under penalty of perjury may be submitted in the following format: “I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct...executed on (date)... (your signature)." (28 U.S.C. 1746). The statement and certificate must be dated within three months of the date the application is submitted. The statement and certificate are required to be submitted by all applicants to include attorneys currently appointed to positions under the qualifying authority of The Judge Advocate General, Army (including active duty Army Judge Advocates).

    Examples of writing skills as demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda, or letters. These examples should total no more than ten pages in length. Extracts of selected sections of larger documents are acceptable.


    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
    NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    • To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 944434.
    • Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 16, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

    • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire.
    • Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
    • Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than yourself. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected, to confirm your eligibility.



     

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (000)000-0000
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    DA NCR HQDA
    HQDA Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    2530 Crystal Drive
    Taylor Bldg 8th Floor
    Arlington, VA
    22202

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once this announcement closes, your application/resume package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the experience and/or education requirements found in the vacancy announcement. If you are found to be qualified, your application/resume may be referred to the selecting official for selection. If your application/resume is referred to the selecting official, you may be contacted for an interview, however, this is optional. If you are selected, you will receive a tentative job offer.

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. If no email address is provided, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Application Manager. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Central Resume Processing Center at usarmy.apg.chra-ne.mbx.applicanthelp@mail.mil, or (410) 306-0137.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    NCHT13585049944434

    Control Number:

    349713700