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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor

Agency:Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Job Announcement Number:FRTIB-14-DE-037-1115590

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,621.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 to Friday, May 23, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-12/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans.  We are seeking a champion for its continual improvement.

The FRTIB is an Independent Federal Agency responsible for administering the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).  We help Federal employees and members of the Uniformed Services retire with dignity by providing benefits similar to private sector qualified retirement plans.  The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans. 

 Mission - Our Core Purpose

Administer the TSP solely in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries

Core Values - What We Stand For

Participant-Focused
Integrity
Efficiency

The FRTIB is looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual to provide legal research and prepare written or oral analyses, which contribute to the legal position and support the opinions of the General Counsel of the Agency. These duties involve legal matters that relate to the implementation of the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 that may impact upon the Board's statutory responsibilities to TSP participants and beneficiaries, and that contribute significantly to the quality and integrity of the legal proceedings and programs of the Agency.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Approx 5%

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below):

DUTIES:

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The major duties of the position are:

 

· Performs specialized and complex tasks or assignments involving review and understanding of complex facts, identification of relevant issues, legal research, and interpretation and application of statutes, proposed legislation, rules, and regulations relating to tax law, FERSA, ERISA, and administrative law, or such other legal matters as assigned by the General Counsel or the Deputy General Counsel;

 

· Identifies additional research and facts needed to reach an opinion or to give advice on assigned issues;

 

· Develops and presents sound and well-reasoned written opinions and oral arguments in support of position;

 

· Conducts research of laws, regulations, policies, legal texts, and cases applicable to complex issues concerning investments, taxes, insurance, FERSA, distributions, loans, death benefits and related questions that are without precedent in previous Agency actions;

 

· Reviews policies, procedures, regulations, technical manuals and other agency publications to ensure compliance with legal requirements of applicable statutes and other pertinent legal authority;

 

· Resolves questions regarding the effect of proposed legislation or changes in Agency policies or regulations; develops legal opinions and proposed legislative/regulatory changes to ensure compliance with governing statutes;

 

· Represents the Agency on legal matters, questions, and issues confronting the Agency;

 

· Participates in negotiations and conferences to provide facts and legal advice about Agency programs and existing or proposed legislation affecting Agency operations;

 

· Drafts regulations implementing Agency programs.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the specialized experience as described below:

 

Specialized Experience: Experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and is equivalent to the next lower grade level.

The Specialized Experience is defined as experience which involved professional law experience.

Examples of professional legal experience includes: analyzing legal issues affecting federal regulatory matters and questions of law and fact; conducting legal research on authorities and precedents on points of law; studying and researching complex statutes, legislative proposals, and regulations affecting the operations and functions of an agency; and reviewing issues, policy statements and guidance, rulemaking proceedings, public notices, briefing materials, data requests, and memoranda or reports outlining the facts and legal issues.


You must provide your transcripts to support your educational claims.  Transcripts may be unofficial copies, but they must come from an accredited college or university, and they also must include the courses' names and number of credit hours.  To search the database of accredited institutions visit: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx

 

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 U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

  

Education may not be substituted for experience at this grade level.

ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE DATE THE REFERRAL LIST IS ISSUED.

 

YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION IF IT LACKS ANY OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS UNDER THE "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" TAB.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-14 grade level and may be filled at the GS-12, GS-13, or GS-14 grade. Applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD) from that institution, must have been admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. You must have experience in providing legal advice and counsel to a federal or state government, or in private practice.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 of this position.  If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
 

Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.

Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position.

Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.
 

If you are among the Best Qualified candidates, your application may be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possibly, an interview.

All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:

Legal Advice, Legal Research and Analysis, and Written Communication.  

 

Applicants will be evaluated on the following knowledge, experience and competencies:

Knowledge and experience in some of the following areas: qualified retirement plans; Fiduciary Law, Administrative Law, ERISA, Tax Law applicable to pension plans; Ethics in Government Act, as amended and Standards of Conduct for Employees in the Executive Branch; Government Procurement Law; and Federal personnel/employment law.

To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link View Assessment Questions.

If your final rating places you among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

  Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for this position if any of the application is incomplete. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Retirement System.  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board also has agency specific benefits including flexible work schedules and the possibility of student loan repayment.


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 https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

 

Alternate work schedule options may be available.

 

Limited Telework may be available after you have come on board.

 

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.  Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

 

Direct deposit: Direct deposit of pay is required.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (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 this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified means, you must meet all the minimum qualification standards listed above and be assessed and assigned the rating of at least Well-Qualified to receive special selection priority.

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.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

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 http://www.sss.gov/

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in the "Required Documents" section.  For more information regarding veteran's preference please go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

Relocation incentives:  No relocation expenses will be paid for this position. 

Probationary Period: One-year trial/probationary period may be required.

Background Suitability Investigation: Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a Federal suitability or security clearance.

Temporary Duty Travel: TDY for this position is 5 percent.

Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade.

Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit my Answers button at the end of the process.

It is strongly recommended you use the USA JOBS Resume Builder for your resume format.

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

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 1115590.

 

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View.
2. Print 1203FX form to provide your response to the questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm1203fx.pdf, and
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.

The complete application package must be submitted by Friday, May 23, 2014.

NOTE: If all required documents are not received by the closing date, you will be rated ineligible, and your application will not move forward to the selection official.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please be advised, the following documents are required even if you are already a current Federal or FRTIB employee:

1. Resume (Please include on your resume the experience you wish to be considered for the review of your qualifications, the dates of employment with month and year, and hours worked per week). Resumes that do not contain all of the necessary information to determine qualifications may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.  Your latest resume submission is the one that will be used to determine your qualifications. 
2. OF-306, please visit http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/OF.asp for a fillable OF-306 form.

3. Responses to questionnaire.

4. A writing sample.

5. You must submit documents verifying your eligibility along with your application package.  These documents may include, but are not limited to: SF-50, Veteran’s Preference documentation e.g. DD-214 or equivalent, terminal leave orders, SF-15, VA letter, etc; ICTAP documentation, e.g. RIF separation notice along with last performance rating or appraisal; Bar Association Credentials; and College Transcripts – this will be necessary since the position has an education requirement, or if you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience, or solely on education.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FRTIB Personnel
Phone: (202)942-1600
Email: PERSONNEL@TSP.GOV
Agency Information:
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
77 K Street NE
Suite 1000
Washington, DC
20002
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 the office for a possible interview.

 

Once this process has been completed, you will receive notice via email (or by mail if no email address was provided during the application process).  This process is generally completed within 4-6 weeks.


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Job Announcement Number:

FRTIB-14-DE-037-1115590

Control Number:

369321200