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Job Title:Attorney (Contract)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Logistics Agency

Job Announcement Number:DLAEnergyG-14-986147-RB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Thursday, November 14, 2013 to Wednesday, December 04, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


3 vacancies in the following location:
Fort Belvoir, VA View Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


America's Logistics Combat Support Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is part of the Department of Defense (DoD).  DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war.  It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.  The duty location will be in DLA Counsel-Energy located in the DLA Headquarters Complex at Fort Belvoir, VA.


  • See Conditions of Employment for requirements related to this position.


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To perform duties as an Attorney (Contract), PD# H1U2941, the incumbent will be required to serve as a Senior Contracts Counsel for a DLA Acquisition Supply Chain. Provides legal advice and assistance on supply chain contract matters for supply, logistics and acquisition support of items managed by the supply chain, including appeals to the Federal courts and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) and protests to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) or the Court of Federal Claims. These contracts cover the acquisition of supplies and services in excess of $20 billion annually for a broad range of petroleum, natural gas, electricity, missile fuels, coal products, storage contracts, and privatization of utility distribution systems on behalf of DLA customers. Acts as team leader and manages the distribution of work among contract team attorneys and assures that work is accomplished in an accurate, responsive, and timely manner. Prepares complete, accurate, and legally sound responses to Congressional inquiries in contract matters. Participates in the DLA Contract Practice Group, seminars and other GC teaming arrangements, as requested. Occasional TDY travel may be required.


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To qualify, applicants are require to meet the following minimum qualification requirements:


1)      The first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.);


2)      Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia; AND


3)      You must possess professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies required to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES section of this announcement. The QUALITY of experience will be evaluated and screened to determine how closely or to what extent your experience, education and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Your resume must demonstrate you have the competencies and quality of experience necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level.

The principal selection factors for this position are as follows:


1.     LEGAL ADVICE AND COUNSEL. Advises and assists the supply chain Acquisition and Policy offices in the preparation of applicable policies, clauses, and format relating to the acquisition process implementing Federal Statutes, Federal Acquisition Regulation(FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Defense Logistics Agency Directive (DLAD), DLA Energy Procurement Instruction (DEPI) and changes thereto.  Reviews acquisition procedures at the supply chain and provides recommendations/comments concerning the legal aspects of proposed changes in the FAR, DFARS, DLAD and DEPI. Assists the DLA legal member of the Defense Acquisition Regulatory Council (DARC) as and when requested. Provides comments to DLA on the legal impact of proposed laws and regulations.


·         Provides advice and counsel on special or major procurements and on major Agency procurement initiatives. Such procurements are typically characterized by extensive negotiations over a considerable period of time with high level officials, negotiation of special contract terms and provisions, and involving a substantial expenditure of funds. These procurements are frequently of particular interest to the supply chain Director and HQ DLA, due to their far reaching impacts on public and private interests. Provides advice concerning contract support for contingency operations and contracting for overseas fuel and storage requirements. Identifies and assists in implementing legal means to provide or obtain logistics support to or from other nations, which may involve drafting, negotiating, and reviewing arrangements under Acquisition and Cross Service Agreements and other international agreements. Provides legal advice based on knowledge and interpretation of regulations and policies on all legal questions relating to the solicitation, negotiation, award, administration, modification, enforcement, and termination of contracts at the supply chain to include advice relating to the Trade Agreements Act and other foreign purchase restrictions, small business and HUBZONE determinations and set-asides, contingent fees, import duties and customs restrictions, Government furnished property, qualified products, environmental law, taxes, and fiscal law.


·         Advises senior acquisition management officials on laws, regulations, directives, and policies related to contract formation and administration issues. Provides legal advice, counsel, and recommendations to supply chain officials on specific contract matters and post award issues likely to result in litigation. Reviews and coordinates on decisions by contracting officers concerning contract claims by either the contractor or the Government, contract terminations, breach of contract actions, revocation of acceptance of defective material, and re-procurement of defaulted supplies.


·         Prepares timely responses to Congressional inquiries received at the supply chain. Identifies legal issues raised by inquiry; researches background, evaluates complaint; determines if corrective action is required, advises operating officials to initiate such action and reports steps taken; when no corrective action is necessary, provides written explanation as to why it is not required. These matters are often complex, are generally sensitive, and require special attention because of the Congressional interest. Congressional inquiries are signed or approved by the Commander or the Director of DLA. Reviews FOIA requests and provides advice on proposed responses, including those where an exemption from disclosure is asserted. Prepares timely responses to DOD Hotline inquiries related to non-fraud contract issues. Provides legal advice on fiscal issues to ensure compliance with fiscal law as well as reviewing issues to ensure the Anti-Deficiency Act , bona fide needs statute, purpose statute, and relevant law hasn’t been violated.


2.     LITIGATION SUPPORT AND ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR). Prepares responses to protests and appeals by defense contractors to GAO and the ASBCA. Identifies legal issues raised by protest or appeal; researches and states factual background; provides written analysis, including citation of applicable authority and precedents; advises operating officials if corrective actions are indicated; evaluates protest disputes and appeals for suitability of ADR; recommends denial of protest or appeal to GAO or the ASBCA when Government's case is defensible. Responds to, and initiates discovery. Represents the supply chain at GAO protest hearings and ASBCA hearings. GAO and ASBCA decisions on these protests and appeals serve as precedent for, and often impact, contracting decisions Government-wide. Contractors involved in these protests and appeals are often represented by major law firms, and the solicitations/awards and claims often involve contracts worth millions of dollars. For proceedings in Federal Courts, drafts pleadings, memoranda of fact and of law, and briefs for use by the cognizant attorney in the Department of Justice and Office of United States Attorney and may participate personally in courtroom proceedings when so requested by the Department of Justice. When necessary, prepares appellate briefs and other documentation.


3.     COORDINATES AND DIRECTS CONTRACT TEAM. As the senior attorney responsible for legal support to a major directorate, operational mission or program area, or on Agency initiatives, provides team leadership to other attorneys assigned to the same program area.


·         Based on knowledge of individual work assignments, distributes incoming work and reviews work as required. Assures that adequate progress is maintained in consideration of workload, established schedules and priorities determined by higher authority. Provides guidance and assistance to attorneys on highly complex and unusual or precedential issues. Estimates and reports to supervisor on expected timeframes of work completion and maintains records of workload performance and work-hour expenditures. Prepares material for briefings and leads discussions on new developments to keep team current on changes taking place. Evaluates relative urgency on special projects or other matters requiring attention and established priorities in terms of overall workload commitments.


Security Clearance:  This position is designated Non-Critical Sensitive.  If selected, you must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.  If you are unable to obtain this level of security clearance (as a result of undisclosed or disclosed background issues), within a reasonable period of time (as defined by the agency), the employment offer may be withdrawn.  In addition, incumbent is subject to periodic re-investigation to maintain security eligibility in accordance with DoD 5200.2-R.



Permanent Change of Station (PCS):  Not Authorized

Relocation (Government Home Sale) Expenses:  Not Authorized

Work Schedule:  Full Time

Tour of Duty:  Set Schedule

Overtime Work:  Occasionally

Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel:  Occasionally

Security Requirements:  Non-Critical Sensitive w/Secret Access

Drug Testing Designated Position:  Yes

Fair Labor Standards Act:  Exempt

Financial Filing Statement:  Required

Bargaining Unit Position:  No

Emergency Essential:  No

Reemployed Annuitant:  Does Not Meet Criteria

The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:

For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at:


Selection(s) will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position.


Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated based on the application package submitted.  An oral interview may be conducted with some, none, or all candidates, depending upon the relative qualifications of the applicants.


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For a list of benefits, please see:


Excepted Service Position:  This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. 


No FEAR Act Information:  On May 15, 2002, Congress enacted the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002, which is known as the No FEAR Act.  DLA provides No FEAR information to current employees, former employees, and applicants for employment to inform them of the rights and protections available under Federal antidiscrimination, whistleblower protection and retaliation laws.  The No FEAR notice can be found at


Reasonable Accommodation

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Legal and Regulatory Guidance


Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.


Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.


Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.


False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.


Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.


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Applications must be submitted ON-LINE via USAJobs by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of the announcement.


Only complete application packages will be considered.  Applications that fail to meet these requirements will not be considered.


At a minimum, applicants MUST submit the following information: 


1.  A general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment and supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s).


2.  A narrative statement specifically describing the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.


3.  A copy of your most recent performance appraisal. (if applicable)


4.  A copy of your law school transcript.  Applicants should provide proof of their relative class standing with their application package when possible.


5.  A statement regarding your bar status and standing.  You must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.


6.  A statement as to whether or not you have ever been found by a tribunal to have committed any crime or other act reflecting upon your suitability to practice law.


7.  A short writing sample (no more than 10 pages double-spaced).


8.  If applicable, supporting documentation for veteran's preference.


9.  If applicable, supporting documentation for military spouse preference.


Applications will NOT be accepted or considered if sent by mail of facsimile.  Only on-line applications will be considered.


Contact Information:

Mr. (CW4) Justin Lawrence

Phone:  (703)767-6060



The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee).  Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide:


Jose A. Cavazos
Phone: (717)770-5008
TDD: 800-654-5984
Agency Information:
DLA Human Resources Services New Cumberland
2001 Mission Drive Suite 3
New Cumberland, PA


Once your complete application is received, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


EEO Policy Statement


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.



Veterans Information


There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (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 types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at

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