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Job Title:  Attorney- Advisor (General)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  DHS Headquarters
Job Announcement Number:  DHSHQ14-1081221-GC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 17, 2014 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS. 

As an Ethics Attorney Advisor, the individual selected for this position will serve in the Office of the General Counsel, Ethics Law Division, as an ethics legal advisor to management and employees of DHS Headquarters as well as supporting the implementation and administration of the Department's Ethics Program for its diverse operating components, including the Coast Guard, Secret Service, Customs and Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Transportation Security Administration.
Attorneys in the Ethics Law Division implement the government-wide standards of ethical conduct program and the financial disclosure program for government employees. The position involves advising and training DHS employees on the application of the government ethics rules, including conflict of interest statutes (18 USC 201-209), Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 CFR 2635), Executive Branch Financial Disclosure (5 CFR 2634), and Executive Orders, such as Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel (EO 13490) and supporting financial disclosure reporting. The Ethics Division also provides advice to employees regarding political activity and gifts to the Department and coordinates with other legal divisions and programs on a wide variety of matters.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC).

This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period.  Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Financial Disclosure Form is required.


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As an Attorney Advisor you will:

  • Provide advice, interpretations of law, and guidance on the application of the conflict of interest statues, U.S. office of Government Ethics regulation, and other legal authorities to DHS officials and programs.
  • Provide ethics training to DHS personnel.
  • Provide legal review and guidance to employees regarding financial disclosure reporting and support program administration.
  • Coordinate with other attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel and in DHS operational components on the application of government ethics rules.
  • Advise on ethics implications of legal policy making determinations that significantly affect DHS.
  • Provide independent legal advice and guidance on Federal government ethics rules related to DHS operations and activities.
  • Draft, review, and interpret Departmental authorities, directives, and instructions.


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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:

OGC will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate’s qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

For this position, specialized experience is experience providing legal advice and supporting implementation of an Executive Branch Standards of Conduct program, to include experience administering and reviewing financial disclosure reports and presenting standards of conduct training.

Applicants must have 5 or more years of relevant post-JD experience.

Please visit OPM’s web site at for additional information on this topic.

Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.


Applicant must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level

The qualifications requirements must be met by 11:59 on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 which is the closing date of this announcement.



Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this Non-Critical Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX , document your responses to the assessment questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX coversheet found here.
Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

To view the online questionnaire,View Assessment Questions.

Note: Failure to reflect your responses to the questionnaire in your resume will reduce your chances of being referred to the selecting official.

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Your resume and other applicant information must reflect your length of experience and/or training in the following areas:

  1.  Demonstrated  experience providing legal guidance and training to Federal personnel in support of an Executive Branch agency Standards of Ethical Conduct and Financial disclosure  program. 
  2. Knowledge and demonstrated experience advising Federal personnel on the application of statutes and executive branch regulations pertaining to standards of ethical conduct for government employees.
  3. Demonstrated experience advising employees about their financial disclosure obligations and reviewing financial disclosure reports pursuant to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics regulations at 5 C.F.R. Part 2634.
  4. Demonstrated experience developing and presenting Standards of  Ethical Conduct training to government employees.


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The Department of Homeland Security offers 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 address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here:


Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS-15.

This position may be filled at the GS-13, GS-14, or GS-15 level. If selection is made at the GS-13/14 level, promotion to the  GS-14/15  level may occur without further competition.

Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form. 

Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.

Veterans, Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX found here , document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX coversheet found here.

Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


1. Your résumé.
2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
3. A legal writing sample (for which the applicant was the primary author) not to exceed 10 pages.
4. Are you a veteran? Submit a copy of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) that shows your type of discharge and character of service and/or documentation of service connected disability.   Click here for more veterans' information.
5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?


  • a copy of your agency notice,
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
  • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, duty location and full performance level.

6. Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade.


Tamara Williams
Phone: (202)357-8500
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
Washington, DC


The process of consideration of applicants may take several weeks.

Notification Process:
  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. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. 

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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