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Job Title:  General Counsel
Agency:  Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Job Announcement Number:  PH-JC-14-1077388

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $167,000.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 07, 2014 to Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


The U.S. Access Board (or U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board) is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.  It operates with about 30 career civil service staff and a 25 member governing board of cabinet level representatives from Federal departments and public members appointed to fixed terms by the President. Key responsibilities of the Board include:

-Developing and maintaining accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, medical diagnostic equipment, and for electronic and information technology,

-Providing technical assistance and training on these guidelines and standards, and

-Enforcing accessibility standards for federally funded facilities.

This is an excepted service position.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must have an active Bar membership.
  • You must have a law degree.


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You will serve as the General Counsel for the U.S. Access Board. In this capacity, you will:

-Serve as the agency's senior legal official and advisor, and function as the recognized expert in accessibility law within the Federal government;

-Serve as the senior level subject matter legal expert in a highly specialized, critically important area of the law affecting broad elements of both the private and public sectors;

-Serve as the Access Board's chief in-house attorney, with additional roles as a policy advisor to the Board and member of the senior management team.


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Law Degree: You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association in possession of a J.D. or LL.B. degree (law degree). (You must provide a transcript to document this).

Bar Membership: You must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. (You must provide a copy in your application to document this).

Qualifications Requirement:

You must have at least seven years of legal experience, which may include, for example, the private practice of law, practice in a government legal office, or a judicial clerkship. This experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.  You must have experience:


-In providing legal advice, guidance, and representation to Federal agencies in areas such as Federal employee relations, (including EEO, MSPB, OWCP, etc.), Federal procurement laws and regulations, criminal, civil or administrative investigations and litigation.


-Experience in providing legal support and advice to others on a range of legal matters involving programs, functions, and activities of an organization.(Your resume must clearly show how you meet this experience requirement. Please make sure that relevant experience is listed first in you resume.)

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


-Knowledge of laws governing the Access Board, including: the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, section 502 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and sections 508 and 510 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended.

-Knowledge of accessibility guidelines and standards under: The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 and Section 502 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended; The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; The Telecommunication Act of 1996; and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended.

-Knowledge of federal legislative and rulemaking processes including applicable Executive Orders and OMB Circulars and guidance related to legislative and regulatory review and clearance, and the development of regulatory impact assessments and cost benefit analyses.

-Knowledge of applicable federal laws and regulations related to, procurement, appropriations, human resources management, equal employment opportunity, ethics, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, administrative law, and accessibility law.

-Ability to provide legal and policy advice in complex administrative legal problems (written and argued clearly, succinctly, and persuasively).

-Ability to represent the agency in judicial and administrative proceedings, as well as interagency and executive branch meetings and negotiations.

-Ability to lead other attorneys and staff.

-Ability to manage a varied workload with competing priorities and work requirements.



If you meet the qualifications, you will be rated and ranked under Category Rating procedures . The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best-Qualified; Highly-Qualified; and Qualified.  The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position as listed above.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans' preference see

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 
         - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education

         - Bar membership documentation.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1077388

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 21, 2014  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

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