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Job Title:  Attorney Advisor
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Justice, Office of the Inspector General
Hiring Organization:  Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General
Job Announcement Number:  OIG-2014-08

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Thursday, March 27, 2014 to Thursday, April 10, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens, Full or Part time schedule available
Top Secret


Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!!

The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG), one of the premier federal inspector general offices, performs audits, evaluations, investigations, and special reviews of the personnel and programs of the DOJ components including the FBI, DEA, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Marshals Service, ATF, and the U.S. Attorneys' Offices. The OIG's mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct, and promote integrity, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in Department programs and operations. The OIG carries out its responsibilities with a nationwide work force of investigators, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff. OIG employees are provided with an array of benefits, outstanding development and training opportunities, and the opportunity to earn various forms of monetary and honorary recognition for significant contributions to the success of the OIG's mission. We are seeking motivated, dedicated, and talented professionals. If you are ready for a rewarding career with a dynamic organization, we encourage you to apply for this position with the OIG. The featured position of Attorney-Advisor is located in the OIG's Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC's function, generally, is to provide legal advice and counsel on a broad range of topics to the IG and to OIG management and staff.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel for training, or case-related travel may occur once or twice per year.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Top Secret Security clearance.
  • Must be a member in good standing of a US Bar.
  • Must submit to drug test and receive a negative result before appointment.
  • Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Incomplete applications will be marked ineligible. (See How to Apply)
  • You must have at least 5 years of work experience after law school.


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If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for providing critical advisement and technical services in support of the OIG's core oversight mission. Typical work assignments include:

1. Providing legal opinions or memoranda on complex and difficult issues of law relevant to general OIG operations or to particular OIG audits, investigations, inspections, or reviews, which encompass criminal, national security, ethics, and other issues.

2. Engaging in meetings, personal contacts, and telephone conferences with top legal and administrative personnel in the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, on important legal and policy questions and issues.

3. Acting as the principal attorney in charge of the preparation and presentation of cases before administrative bodies, and serving as the OIG's liaison with the litigating DOJ component in litigation to which the OIG is a party.

4. Analyzing and preparing recommendations for OIG responses to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and reviewing OIG reports for Privacy Act protected and proprietary information to clear such reports for public release.

5. Consulting and coordinating with OIG investigators in preparing recommendations for suspension and debarment actions by the Department against financially irresponsible parties doing business with the Department.


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This position is available for Full or Part Time permanent employment.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the defined duties that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform this job. Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related, such as at the Department of Justice or other government agency, an office of inspector general, or an office of general counsel whether in the public or private sector.

Examples of Specialized experience include: providing legal opinions or memoranda on complex and difficult issues of law; reviewing and preparing recommendations for responses to subpoenas and other requests for production of materials; in depth knowledge of FOIA rules and regulations; and conducting litigation, including trying cases, before administrative bodies.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

You must address the following Mandatory Technical Competencies in a separate word document and upload the document along with your resume and any other supporting materials to your application. Please limit your response to 1 page for each competency. We will use this as a writing sample as well, please do not attach additional writing samples.

1. Extensive litigation experience, including drafting and filing legal briefs or memoranda as well as presenting evidence in proceedings before courts or administrative tribunals, with demonstrated abilities in the areas of written and oral advocacy.

2. Extensive experience analyzing complex legal issues, making statutory interpretations, and developing sound and supportable legal recommendations and arguments.

3. Thorough knowledge of legal principles and federal law, including familiarity with the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, employment law, contract law, and federal ethics regulations.

4. Demonstrated ability to represent an organization professionally and articulate the organization's position at meetings and in interactions with high-level officials, and to coordinate with internal and external offices.



Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Applicants who advance in the selection process to a personal interview will be requested to provide references.  In addition, after an applicant has been interviewed, the OIG reserves the right to contact the applicant's current or former supervisors.  The OIG will inform applicants before contacting references, or current or former supervisors.


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The Department of Justice 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:


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: .


Veteran Preference:   If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé.  


In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of 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 shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See


EEO Statement:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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You must apply through the USA Staffing on-line job application system at (, 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 Thursday, April 10, 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.


  • A current resume
  • A separate document addressing the four Mandatory Technical competencies which are defined in the Questionnaire and in the Requirement section of this vacancy announcement.
  • Documentation showing you are currently a member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
  • Veteran preference documentation, if applicable.
  • SF-50, if applicable.

If you do not submit these documents by the closing date of the announcement, you will be deemed ineligible for this position.

Writing samples are NOT needed with your application. If we require a writing sample we will request it from you at a later stage in the application process.

Submitting Documents

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


To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement.  Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s), you may fax your supporting documents by following the procedures outlined below:

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1076408.

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 Thursday, April 10, 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 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.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  


Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:  


Not using the special cover page mentioned above.


Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number


Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


Kate E. Doss
Phone: (202)353-2254
Agency Information:
DOJ Office of the Inspector General
1425 New York Avenue
Suite 7000
Washington, DC


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

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