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This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC).  OGC serves as the chief legal advisor to the Agency's senior management and program offices, providing legal analysis and support on Agency rules and policies, guidance documents, permits, response actions, and legislation.  OGC lawyers, together with attorneys in the Department of Justice, represent the Agency in court challenges to Agency actions, appeals of enforcement cases, and Supreme Court litigation.

Attorneys in OGC advise on issues relating to EPA's statutory authorities and programs, including those under the Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; issues arising under general statutes applicable to federal agencies; international instruments; and general issues of environmental and administrative law. These positions are located in Washington, DC.

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This position is in the excepted service. 
Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.  However, this position is covered for the purpose of federal retirement and benefits.


Under the administrative supervision of the Associate General Counsel, at the entry level of this position, you will:

- Provide advice and counseling in support of all EPA Headquarters program offices on a broad array of legal matters arising under environmental and general law issues.

- Act as legal counsel to EPA on issues and be responsible for representing EPA in proceedings filed before the courts.

- Assist the U.S. Department of Justice in defending EPA in litigation filed against the Agency in federal courts.

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.

Relocation Authorized

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