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Job Title:General Attorney

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Logistics Agency

Job Announcement Number:DLAAvnG-14-1086111-RB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$59,155.00 to $109,608.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 31, 2014 to Monday, April 21, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Richmond, VA View Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates






America's Logistics Combat Support Agency

This is an entry-level attorney position. Interested candidates are urged to read and follow this complete announcement, especially the qualifications and evaluation and how to apply tabs. Only complete application packages will be considered.


The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is part of the Department of Defense (DoD).  DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war.  It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized. The duty location will be in the DLA Counsel-Aviation office in Richmond, VA.  DLA Aviation is the DLA lead center for Aviation parts and supplies.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel May Be Required


  • No


  • See Conditions of Employment for requirements related to this position.


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As a General Attorney, PD#47940, 62470, 47930,  you will be responsible for the following duties:


Selectee(s) will serve as Assistant Counsel for the DLA Office of Counsel serving DLA Aviation, under the direction of a DLA Aviation Associate Counsel. Selectee will provide legal advice, counsel, and representation to managers and supervisors in the areas of personnel, labor, and equal opportunity law. He or she also provides advice on a wide range of administrative law matters including the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, fiscal law, ethics, contract fraud, installation law, and law enforcement questions. In addition, he or she will provide advice in the area of contract law focusing especially on simplified acquisitions. Legal and policy advice will cover all areas of contract formation, including but not limited to, contract authority, delegations, source selection, socioeconomic issues, competitive sourcing, commercial item contracting, contract review, protests, FOIA, pricing and fiscal law. Selectee(s) also will provide legal advice and representation on contract administration matters, such as changes, performance, delivery and quality, terminations, alternative dispute resolution, and contract litigation. Selectee may be required to provide legal representation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Representation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit System Protection Board (MSPB), and Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) also may be required. The above duties will be performed in a developmental capacity if position is filled at the GS-11 or GS-12 level. 


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This position may be filled at the GS-11, GS-12 or GS-13 level. The full performance level is GS-13. To qualify, all levels require the following minimum qualification requirements:


1)     The first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.);


2)     Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia; AND


3)   In addition to 1 and 2 (listed above), each grade level has the following qualifications requirement:


At the GS-11 level, one of the following requirements must be satisfied:


a. One year of professional legal experience.

b. The second professional law degree (Master of Laws (LL.M.)) provided it required 1 full academic year of graduate study.

c. Superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by:

·         Academic standing in the upper third of the attorney's law school graduating class,

·         Work/achievement of significance on one of the attorney's law school's official law

reviews or journals, or

·         Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school (e.g., membership in

the Order of the Coif, winning of a moot court competition, or membership on the moot court team

that represents the attorney's law school in competition with other law schools).

            d. Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-time, intermittent, or casual participation.

            e. Significant summer law office clerk experience, or

            f. Other evidence of clearly superior accomplishment or achievement.


At the GS-12 level, one of the following requirements must be satisfied:


a.     Two years of professional legal experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level.

b.    The second professional law degree (LL.M.) plus 1 year of professional legal experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level.

c.     In unusual cases, advanced educational attainments substantially beyond those required for work at the GS-11 or equivalent level, and the education clearly indicates ability to perform work of the type to be assigned.


At the GS-13 level, must have professional legal experience in excess of 2 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of this position. 


In accordance with DODI 1442.2 (Personnel Actions involving Civilian Attorneys), Promotion for this position is based on the individuals time, performance and mastery of skills at the required grade and only with approval of the designated official (DLA General Counsel) in accordance with the applicable regulation.


The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for competencies needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES section of this announcement.  The QUALITY of experience relates to how closely or to what extent your experience, education, and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position.  Your resume must show you have the competencies necessary to successfully perform the work of the position at the appropriate level.  Salary will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement based on the complexity of work to be performed, the selectee's experience, education, training, and availability of funds. 


The principal selection factors for this position are as follows:


   a. Analytical/legal ability (including issue identification, legal research, analysis of options, risk

analysis, creative problem-solving).


   b. Oral and written communication skills.


   c. Interpersonal skills and client relationships, and the ability to interact well with senior officials on controversial and sensitive issues.


All qualified and eligible candidates will be considered without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, or other non-merit factors.

Work Schedule:  Full Time

Tour of Duty:  Set Schedule

Overtime Work:  Occasionally

Security Requirements:  Non-Critical Sensitive w/Secret Access

Drug Testing Designated Position:  Yes

Fair Labor Standards Act:  Exempt

Financial Filing Statement:  Required

Bargaining Unit Position:  No

Emergency Essential:  No

Reemployed Annuitant:  Does Not Meet Criteria

The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:


NOTE:  You must provide proof that you are a current active member in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S.

commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.


Security Clearance:  This position is designated Non-Critical Sensitive.  If selected, you must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.  If you are unable to obtain this level of security clearance (as a result of undisclosed or disclosed background issues), within a reasonable period of time (as defined by the agency), the employment offer may be withdrawn.  In addition, incumbent is subject to periodic re-investigation to maintain security eligibility in accordance with DoD 5200.2-R.


Selection(s) will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position.


Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated based on the application package submitted.  An oral interview may be conducted with some, none, or all candidates, depending upon the relative qualifications of the applicants.


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For a list of benefits, please see:


Excepted Service Position:  This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. 


No FEAR Act Information:  On May 15, 2002, Congress enacted the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002, which is known as the No FEAR Act.  DLA provides No FEAR information to current employees, former employees, and applicants for employment to inform them of the rights and protections available under Federal antidiscrimination, whistleblower protection and retaliation laws.  The No FEAR notice can be found at


EEO Policy 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

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.


Veterans Information

There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their submissions.


Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed.  (SF-15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at


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Applications must be submitted ON-LINE via USAJobs by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of the announcement. 

Only complete application packages will be considered.  Applications that fail to meet these requirements will not be considered.

At a minimum, applicants MUST submit the following information:

1.  A general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment and supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s).

2.  A narrative statement specifically describing the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

3.  A copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

4.  A copy of your law school transcript.  Applicants should provide proof of their relative class standing with their application package.

5.  A statement regarding your bar status and standing.  You must provide proof that you are a current, active member of a bar of the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

6.  A statement as to whether or not you have ever been found by any tribunal to have committed any crime or other act reflecting upon your suitability to practice law.

7.  A short writing sample (No more than 10 pages double-spaced).

8.  If applicable, supporting documentation for veteran's preference.

9.  If applicable, supporting documentation for military spouse preference.

Applications will NOT be accepted or considered if sent by mail or facsimile. Only on-line applications will be considered.

Contact Information:

Mr. (CW4) Justin Lawrence

Phone:  703-767-6058



The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee).  Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide:


Joseph A. Boone
Phone: (717)770-5247
TDD: 800-654-5984
Agency Information:
DLA Human Resources Services New Cumberland
2001 Mission Drive Suite 3
New Cumberland, PA


Once your complete application is received, the most highly qualified candidates will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.



Legal and Regulatory Guidance

Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed.


Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.


Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.


False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.


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. 

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