Job Overview


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office within the Department of Interior (DOI) whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout DOI. The OIG conducts investigations, evaluations, and audits in order to enhance effectiveness and efficiency and to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DOI programs and operations.

This position is located in the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).   The General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice and services to the Inspector General with respect to: (1) audits, evaluations, inspections and investigations of the DOI's programs, operations and employee conduct; (2) the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA); (3) investigation of employee complaints; (4) reports to Congress; and (5) the government ethics program. 

The incumbent serves as a Pathways Law Clerk Intern within the OIG, OGC, under the supervision of the General Counsel. The incumbent will work on legal issues of moderate complexity where established or easily determinable facts and clearly applicable precedents are involved.


The Law Clerk (Trainee) performs a variety of duties such as: researching legal issues; drafting letters, memoranda, and legal documents for review and approval by a senior OGC attorney.   The incumbent personally conducts research on applicable laws, regulations, policies, case law, criminal proceedings and civil matters. Based on the specific facts and relevant legal research, the incumbent prepares memoranda or reports outlining the facts and legal issues involved, explaining the application of legal principles and precedents, and justifies recommendations or conclusions.

The incumbent researches, compiles, and presents facts and evidence in support of memoranda and recommendations for administrative and judicial hearings and/or trials. Incumbent reviews and processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by determining whether the OIG has responsive records and conducting legal analysis to determine what should be disclosed. Incumbent resolves conflicts between apparently conflicting case law and determines whether courts have ruled on particular matters or existing decisions have been changed, modified, overruled, or reversed.

Incumbent reviews relevant legislation, proposed and current policies, procedures, regulations, policy manuals, and other DOI and OIG guidance for comments or citations; incumbent studies federal statutes, court decisions, Comptroller General opinions, and legal publications to keep abreast of trends and changes in policies, procedures and precedence relating to acquisitions and financial assistance awards.