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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.


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.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

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

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