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Job Title:  Attorney Advisor
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Office of Justice Programs
Hiring Organization:  Office of Justice Programs
Job Announcement Number:  JP-14-007

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
Thursday, October 31, 2013 to Thursday, November 14, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens


The Bureau of Justice Assistance's PSOB Program allows the DOJ to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty by providing federal death and disability benefits, and educational assistance to the spouses and children of fallen and catastrophically injured officers.

This position is located in the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and performs those duties of counsel to the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program that may be specified in any OJP Order relating to such duties. The incumbent is well versed in the statutes, orders, rules, and regulations applicable to the adjudication of Federal claims, and is responsible for providing legal advice to the Assistant Attorney General for OJP, the BJA Director, and to the officers, appointees, contractors, and staff of the PSOB Program on the adjudication of PSOB death, disability, and education claims. The incumbent is expected to conduct legal research, to develop legal advice, and to reach legal conclusions. The incumbent is expected to have experience working with public safety officers and/or national public safety organizations. The incumbent has knowledge of the mission, structure, and overall responsibilities of public safety agencies at the state and local level.

This job is being filled at many locations nationwide. Click through to Avue to select the specific location(s) for which you are interested in applying.


  • Selective Service registration is required, as applicable


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Reviews claims filed under the PSOB Act to render legal advice to PSOB deciding officials as to the legal sufficiency of PSOB claims and as to whether the proposed adjudication of claims is legally supported under the PSOB Act and implementing regulations, affording due deference to the finders of fact in factual determinations.

Reviews and advises on matters concerning the legality of any obligation or claim presented for approval, certification or payment, including as provided for in DOJ Order No. 2110.39A.

Ensures that the language of claim determinations is legally sufficient in articulating the legal and factual grounds for the claim determinations.

Assists with the PSOB deciding officials and PSOB Program staff in obtaining relevant information related to claims from state, local, and Federal agencies, as well as healthcare providers, including through the use of administrative subpoena power.

Serves as the principal attorney in charge of legal matters regarding claims filed under the PSOB Act.

Oversees and manages the process for legal review of the PSOB claims. Responsible for training legal personnel assigned to the PSOB Program, and for the management, assignment, supervision and efficiency of the work of legal personnel.

Reviews and edits the work product of legal personnel assigned to the PSOB Program, ensuring legal and factual accuracy and Program consistency.

Performs legal research in connection with issues that arise in particular claims of the Program and advises on Federal laws and regulations, rules and policies of the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies, opinions of the Agency's General Counsel, the common law, administrative law, and state laws (among others).

Prepares and renders well-reasoned and thorough legal advice, as required, for claims before the Program.

In coordination with the BJA and PSOB Directors, recommends policies and develops procedures and regulations to implement the PSOB Act.

Develops briefs, opinions, and work products pertaining to PSOB claims and determinations. Addresses extremely complex and difficult legal matters which require applying a high order of original and creative legal thought.

In collaboration with the OJP General Counsel, prepares litigation reports that arise out of the processing and adjudication of PSOB claims and assists DOJ litigating divisions in bringing and defending lawsuits related to the processing and adjudication of such claims.

In coordination with the BJA and PSOB Directors and General Counsel, reviews and provides guidance and advice to the OJP Office of the Chief Financial Officer on PSOB-related submissions to the provisions of the President's Budget, including Office of Management and Budget data-call submissions and DOJ spend plans.

Develops policies and procedures to streamline the PSOB legal review process and improve the timeliness of PSOB claim determinations.
Provides guidance to national public safety organizations, survivor groups and the public about the PSOB laws and regulations.
Assists the BJA and PSOB Director in responding to inquiries and correspondence regarding the PSOB Program.

Prepares materials, guide books, and updates to websites to educate stakeholders and the public about the PSOB Program and the PSOB claims process.

Special Requirements: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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Applicant must possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree and be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction). In addition, applicant must have five years of post J.D./LL.B. experience, four years of which were in the specialty area of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Applicant must have experience working with the public safety officers community, victim services and/or national public safety officers organizations.


Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations in a specialty legal field.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Knowledge of federal, state, local and administrative laws and procedures.

Strong legal research and writing skills.

Ability to perform legal analysis and provide sound legal advice.


You must be a graduate, with an LL.B. or J. D. from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association, or a State Accredited Law School.


The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


You will be evaluated based upon the qualifications and information provided in your application and/or the responses to questions you provide during a structured interview if referred to the selecting official. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. If an applicant does not submit the requested application materials, the Office of Justice Programs will evaluate the applicant based on the information available, which may result in the applicant not receiving full consideration. Application materials will not be returned.


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OJP offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Selectees may be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Government housing is not available.

Recruitment bonus is not authorized.

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

This position is eligible to telework.

OJP has partnered with the Vida Fitness Center, which is conveniently located in the Verizon Center for your physical fitness needs. In addition, OJP offers on-site fitness centers at various DOJ locations within the downtown areas, most of which are located within walking distance. OJP also offers credit union services; ATM machine is located on-site. We also have a health unit and an on-site nurse for your usage and convenience.

Transit Benefits: To defray your commuting cost, we are pleased to offer the Employee Transit Benefit Program which allows eligible employees to receive up to $240 per month tax-free.

Service Credit for Non-Federal Experience: The Federal Workforce Flexibility Acts allows newly hired employees to be granted credit for previous military or private sector experience directly related to the position for which hired. This non-Federal experience may be counted as service time for annual leave accrual purposes upon appointment. For additional information, please contact the human resources representative identified on this announcement.


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Applicants must submit a detailed resume (highlighting relevant experience), cover letter, a writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and attorney bar certification to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs at:

Documents are to be emailed to the address above in Adobe, Word, Wordperfect, Excel format.

Applications must be received by 11:59pm EST on the closing date of the announcement.


Detailed resume (highlighting relevant experience), cover letter, a writing sample (No longer than 10 pages), and attorney bar certification.

Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:
Vacancy Indentification Number - JP-14-007
Full name, mailing address and day/evening telephone numbers with area code.
Country of Citizenship
If ever employed by the Federal Government, please indicate the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
Education - High school name and address, date of diploma or GED; Colleges and/or Universities attended with address; Major Field of Study; Type and year of degree(s).
Work Experience - For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying: Job Title, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's name and address, Supervisor's name and phone number, Starting and Ending dates of employment, Salary, and indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications - Certifications and Licenses, Honors, Awards, Publications, Memberships, etc.


Joe Avue
Phone: 8004070147
Agency Information:
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, Dist of Columbia


Once your application is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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