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Job Title:General Attorney, GS-905-14/15 (Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General)

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:OIG-2014-0018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 to Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Federal employees currently appointed to a position in the excepted or competitive Federal civil service.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
More about NSF.

This is an attorney position located in the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Management, Legal and External Affairs, at the National Science Foundation. 

Pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, OIG has a major impact on Foundation programs and operations. The IG and his/her professional staff provide leadership and coordination, and recommend policies designed to promote Foundation programs and operations. The OIG's duties include preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse. It accomplishes this by conducting and supervising audits, inspections, and investigations relating to the programs and operations of the Foundation. As mandated by statute, the OIG keeps the Director and Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration of such agency activities and the necessity for and progress of corrective action.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizen
  • Background investigation.
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  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

DUTIES:

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The Office of the Inspector General is recruiting an attorney to resolve difficult legal and factual issues, to participate in policy-making determinations that affect OIG operations, the Foundation, and members of the public, and to deal with agency officials, officials and attorneys at other agencies, legislative aides, and members of the public. Specific duties include the following:

1. Handles a wide range of legal and policy issues, such as those involving the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, appropriations law, Federal employment, ethics, as well as Inspector General authority and functions.

2. Performs legal analysis and research including analysis of Federal statutes, Executive Orders, Comptroller General opinions, and court decisions; follows up with necessary conferences and consultations; prepares memoranda and opinions as necessary, and maintains direct and continuing liaison with managers and staff within OIG, NSF, and others affected to ensure understanding of the legal position.

3. Evaluates relevant legislative and regulatory proposals and prepares comments for the OIG.

4. Prepares responses to requests seeking OIG records under the Freedom of Information Act.

5. In accordance with delegated authority, reviews and certifies mandatory financial disclosure filings pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act.

6. Handles short term projects/special reviews focused on matters of concern to the Inspector General, NSF, Congress or the public. Duties may include active participation in IG community working groups.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All candidates must meet the following basic requirement:
* Have graduated from an accredited law school with an LL.B., J.D. or equivalent;
* Be an active member in good standing of the bar in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia;

In addition to meeting the basic requirement described above, to qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have at least four years of legal experience in the areas of Federal civil and/or administrative law, with at least one year of such experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service that provided you with with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.

1. Broad Knowledge of Federal personnel law, ethics laws, appropriations law, and matters relevant to an Inspector General's mission.

2. Demonstrated experience analyzing complex legal issues, legislation or regulations, and providing independent legal advice orally and in writing to senior level management.

3. Demonstrated ability to conduct and oversee short term projects, which involve coordinating with other internal and external offices, and which result in recommendations for legal compliance or improvements in programs and operations.         

In addition to meeting the basic requirement described above, to qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have at least five years of legal experience in the areas of Federal civil and/or administrative law, with at least one year of such experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service that provided you with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.

1. Broad Knowledge of Federal personnel law, ethics laws, appropriations law, and matters relevant to an Inspector General's mission.

2. Demonstrated experience analyzing complex legal issues, legislation or regulations, and providing independent legal advice orally and in writing to senior level management.

3. Demonstrated ability to conduct and oversee short term projects, which involve coordinating with other internal and external offices, and which result in recommendations for legal compliance or improvements in programs and operations.         


You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in “Qualifications."

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. All application materials and interviews, if conducted, will be used in the final evaluation and selection process.

In addition, you must submit a separate narrative statement addressing your possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. Applications submitted without the separate narrative statement will receive no further consideration for this position.

1. Broad Knowledge of Federal personnel law, ethics laws, appropriations law, and matters relevant to an Inspector General’s mission.

2. Demonstrated experience analyzing complex legal issues, legislation or regulations, and providing independent legal advice orally and in writing to senior managers.

3. Demonstrated ability to conduct and oversee short term projects, which involve coordinating with other internal and external offices, and which result in recommendations for legal compliance or improvements in programs and operations.
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BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide 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 proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

NOTE: THE AUTOMATED APPLICATION TOOL IDENTIFIES A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS THAT MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR THIS POSITION BUT ARE NOT ACTUALLY REQUIRED.  THE DOCUMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW ARE THE ONLY ONES REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB. ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS LISTED ARE OPTIONAL.

1.  Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing current appointment to a position in the competitive or excepted Federal civil service.

2. Veteran's Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15): If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" and the documentation required by the SF-15. (Please note:  An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans' preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.)

You must submit proof of meeting the basic education requirement described in the QUALIFICATIONS paragraph.  Therefore, you should submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met. 

You must submit proof that you are an active member in good standing of the bar in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia

You must submit a written narrative addressing your possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities described in the qualifications paragraph.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jim Tingwald
Phone: 703-292-5325
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Email: jtingwal@nsf.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
22230
US
Fax: 703-292-7478

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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Job Announcement Number:

OIG-2014-0018

Control Number:

375632100