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Job Title:  Attorney-Advisor (General), GS-0905-11
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  CI-OARM-OT-2014-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 14, 2013 to Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Any U.S. citizen may apply.


Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be.  We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA.  See more about us here:

This position is located in Suspension and Debarment Division (SDD), Office of Grants and Debarment (OGD), Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM), Washington, DC.  For more information on this office, visit their website: 
This position is in the excepted service.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply)
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements ( see Qualifications Section).


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At the entry level of this position, you will: 
-Participate with the Director, Suspension and Debarment Division (SDD), senior attorneys and investigators in the investigation of alleged misconduct on EPA projects.
-Review applicable program, procurement, and/or assistance regulations; pre-award and funding documents, administration, and technical reports. Correspond and coordinate with appropriate program officials, Office of General Counsel and Offices of Regional Counsel, Office of Inspector General, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Department of Justice, and other offices or agencies as necessary; participate in witness interviews; and analyze findings.
-Develop and prepare Action Referral Memoranda (ARMS) to the agency's Suspension and Debarment Decision Officials for issuance of notices of suspension and/or proposed debarment.
-Develop, prepare and present the Government's case before the Suspension and Debarment Decision Officials in Matters in Opposition proceedings.
-Negotiate and prepare compliance/settlement agreements with opposing parties for endorsement by the Suspension and Debarment Decision Official, ensuring that all EPA and other Federal interests are addressed and protected.
-Assist senior staff in the development of regulations, policies, and procedures for the management of the suspension and debarment program for the Division, Offices of Regional Counsel, and others as appropriate.
-Assist senior staff in preparing responses to inquiries by EPA, congressional, federal, state, local, and private sectors concerning EPA compliance cases, policies, and procedures.
-Assist senior staff in preparing training courses and rendering general assistance to EPA, other Federal departments and agencies, and State and local officials in the suspension and debarment regulations and procedures.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.


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You need a degree as described below to qualify for this position.
In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least
one year of specialized experience related to this position as described
To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need one year of full time professional law experience defined as providing legal advice and counsel at federal, state, or local agencies or in private practice.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your
competencies in the following areas:  
-Ability to negotiate and litigate legal cases, matters and disputes to a successful resolution.
-Ability to interpret and communicate Federal statutes, rules, and regulations as they pertain to legal instruments involving major industries or state, local, or foreign matters.
-Ability to communicate information orally.
-Ability to communicate information in writing.
-Skill in dispute resolution and negotiation such as consultation, mediation, and facilitation.

You must have a LL.B. or J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association.
As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement.  However, if you are selected, you must provided official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA.  More information on verification of education can be found here:
You must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and must maintain active status/good standing as a member of the bar of one  these jurisdictions. 

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation.  Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.
If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.
If you are selected, you must complete a one year trial period.


You only need to meet the qualifications for this position to be referred for consideration.  Questions provided in this vacancy announcement are for informational purposes only.
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Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit
.  To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.


This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.  The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.
EPA participates in e-Verify.  E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information
This position is not the bargaining unit.
If you have part-time work experience, read this: (
If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA.  Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the
right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all
required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.   To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the
USA Jobs document portfolio feature.

If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement.

For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application
package is received, go to


Documents to be submitted on-line:

-Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section.  In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.  
-Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire.
-College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.
-Bar Membership/Law License -Required to submit documentation showing active bar membership in good standing/law license.
-Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.

Additional information can be found on our web site:


Michelle Bullock-Smith
Phone: 513-569-7825
Fax: 513-569-7826
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Office
26 West Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH
Fax: 513-569-7826


You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account.  You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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