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Job Title:  Supervisory Attorney, GS-905-15 NF
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  OIG-2014-0002

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, November 01, 2013 to Thursday, November 14, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Arlington, VA   View Map
This job is open only to National Science Foundation (NSF) employees on permanent competitive or excepted service appointments.


If you are intrigued by the idea of working at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education, then the National Science Foundation is the place for you.  In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
More about NSF.

This is a supervisory position located in the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations (OI), at the National Science Foundation.  The OIG is an independent organization with law enforcement authority under the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended and conducts independent and objective audits, investigations, and other reviews to support NSF in its mission.  OI provides leadership, coordination, and recommendations for policies to ensure economy, efficiency, and effectiveness and integrity in the administration of NSF programs and operations.  OI's responsibility is to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse and to prevent, detect, and investigate cases involving misconduct in science.  Within the OIG, the OI is responsible for conducting investigations and completing special projects and proactive investigative reviews related to NSF programs and operations.


  • U.S. citizen
  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations - see tab above
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


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The Supervisory Attorney-Advisor perform's the following duties:
* Supervises a team of investigative attorneys who, along with criminal investigators and investigative scientists, conduct investigations concerning civil and criminal violations of Federal laws and research misconduct.
* Conducts legal analyses and assistance in the conduct of special projects, multi-disciplinary reviews, outreach and other investigative and analytical efforts. 
* Serves as investigative attorney or case lead for specific investigations.
* Plans, implements, and guides national investigative programs.
* Develops draft policies, criteria, and procedures to resolve complex investigations and complete special projects.
* Develops and implements training strategies to implement new policies, criteria and procedures.
* Prepares and presents lectures at training sessions on federal criminal and civil procedures and policies.
* Renders expert testimony in judicial and administrative proceedings concerning federal criminal and civil investigations.
* Evaluates specific situations on the basis of current law, specific court decisions, and policy to determine appropriate investigative techniques.
* Conducts face-to-face and telephonic interviews to obtain information.
* Independently plans, organizes and conducts extremely difficult and complex investigations of alleged or suspected violations of federal criminal and civil laws and administrative regulations.
* Testifies before grand juries, courts and administrative hearings on investigative results.
* Prepares comprehensive and cohesive investigative reports.
* Recommends appropriate corrective measures, policy changes, and new techniques.
* Assists the Office of Investigations managers in planning, developing, and implementing management goals.


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All candidates must meet the following basic requirement:
* Have graduated from an accredited law school with an LL.B., J.D. or equivalent;
* Be an active member in good standing of the bar in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia;
* Have at least five years of legal experience in the area of federal criminal and civil law; and
* Have demonstrated experience in conducting investigations in an Inspector General Office.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement described above candidates must have the following specialized experience: one year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the federal service, that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position including experience serving as an attorney providing legal advice and assistance to an Inspector General, or an equivalent client in two or more of the following areas:
(1) conduct of audit, investigation, and management functions;
(2) legal analysis of criminal law, procedure, and investigations;
(3) legal analysis of civil fraud and investigations;
(4) legal analysis of public corporations;
(5) supervision of investigative teams composed of attorneys and/or criminal investigators conducting investigations of criminal and civil violations of federallaws;
(6) conduct of presentations to and investigations under Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including preparation of evidence for trials;
(7) management of and/or assistance to other investigative attorneys or investigators in planning investigations; and
(8) other matters relevant to an Inspector General's mission to conduct, supervise, and coordinate audits and investigations.
The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. Years of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in “Qualifications."

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.


You will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. All candidates who meet the basic requirements described in the Qualifications section will be considered best qualified applicants and will be sent forward to the selecting official. All application materials and interviews, if conducted, will be used in the final evaluation and selection process.

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A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the
Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking
    Public transportation subsidy
    Child Development Center on-site
    Child care subsidy
    Flexible working hours
    Physical Fitness Facility on site
    NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    Health Services Unit on site
    Employee Assistance Program


Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.


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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


There are no required documents.


Jim Tingwald
Phone: 703-292-5325
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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