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Job Title:  Attorney-Adviser (General) GS-0905-12/13/14
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of the Interior
Job Announcement Number:  OS-EW-14-MM1187748

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$75,621.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 14, 2014 to Friday, August 29, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Are you interested in joining - 

--An agency whose mission includes protecting and preserving America’s special places, such as the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, or the Grand Canyon?  

--An agency whose responsibilities touch the lives of all Americans, and contributes to the Nation’s environmental quality, economic vitality, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders? 

The Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences.  We are seeking individuals who share a passion for our country’s most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training, and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission.

The Department of the Interior:

·         Manages one in every five acres of land in the United States.

·         Operates more than 800 dams and irrigation facilities.

·         Oversees water projects that irrigate lands generating 60 percent of our Nation’s vegetables.

·         Manages lands and waters that generate one-third of the Nation’s domestic energy supply.

·         Undertakes research and provides scientific information to advance our knowledge of our surroundings.

·         Serves American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities.

·         Works with States to restore abandoned mine land sites and protects communities.

·         Manages 388 national park units and 542 wildlife refuges.

·         Employs over 75,000 individuals at approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states who work with thousands of state, local, and public interest groups to help cities and towns address their natural resource needs.


The Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA or the Board) is an appellate review body that exercises the delegated authority of the Secretary of the Interior to decide public land disputes arising from the implementation of various statutes by the Department of the Interior. Its administrative judges decide appeals from bureau decisions relating to the use and disposition of public lands and their resources, including a wide variety of matters including mining claims, oil and gas disputes, royalty under-reporting, surface coal mining permits, geothermal leasing rights, rights-of-way and other use permit appeals, and Equal Access to Justice claims.  Located within the Department's Office of Hearings and Appeals, IBLA is separate and independent from the Bureaus and Offices whose decisions it reviews 

If selected for the position, you will review cases and prepare draft decisions and orders, both procedural and substantive, in cases that are on appeal before the Board.  As an Attorney-Adviser (General), you will participate in all phases of legal work incident to the Board’s review and disposition of the Board’s docket of appeals.

This position is in the Excepted Service under the authority of 5 CFR, section 213.3102(d), Schedule A.  Competitive Civil Service status is not acquired under this appointment.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens
  • This position is subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Relocation expenses not authorized
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit


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As an Attorney-Advisor (General) at the GS-14 grade level, you will review case files and write draft decisions and orders presented in the Board’s docketed appeals.  Your duties will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Reviewing case files and performing legal research.
  • Identifying relevant procedural and substantive legal issues as well as material issues of fact.
  • Monitoring the status of cases to ensure the timely submission of pleadings, adequacy of service, and ripeness for review.
  • Drafting orders resolving issues raised in motions or other requests.
  • Drafting clear and concise decisions in which the legal issues are identified, factual background summarized, salient contentions of the parties presented, and the rationale is persuasive and legally sound.
At the GS-12 and GS-13 level, your assignments will include the above duties but with greater supervision, and will be specifically designed to prepare you for advancement to the next higher level without further competition.  Advancement to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed, and depends on (1) your having demonstrated an ability to successfully perform at the next higher level, to the satisfaction of the immediate supervisor; and (2) your having satisfied all legal and regulatory requirements for advancement.


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Minimum Qualification Requirements

You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association AND you must (1) have at least one year of professional legal experience following law school graduation, OR (2) have a second professional law degree, OR (3) meet one of the following criteria:

a. Academic standing in the top one-third of my law school graduating class.

b. Graduated with academic honors.

c. Significant participation on the law school's law review.

d. Significant participation in the law school's moot court competition.

e. Significant participation in a clinical legal aid program.

f. Significant summer law office clerk experience.

g. Other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.

GS-12 Qualification Requirements

You must meet the minimum qualification requirements, AND be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar, AND have at least 1 year of professional legal experience.

GS-13 Qualification Requirements

You must meet the minimum qualification requirements, AND be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar, AND have at least 2 years of professional legal experience.

GS-14 Qualification Requirements

You must meet the minimum qualification requirements, AND be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar, AND have at least 3.5 years of professional legal experience.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement (Friday, August 29, 2014)

Education: You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association

Veteran's PreferenceDoes not apply  

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


How You Will Be Evaluated: We will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure you have met the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the questionnaire (View Assessment Questions).


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Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.      

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office. 


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 29, 2014 to receive consideration.

§  To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

§  Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

§  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

§  To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

§  To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Applicants must submit a resume and law school transcripts.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.   To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1187748.

2.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 29, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.   Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.   Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3.   Fax all six pages of 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.


Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is available at Your application package must include:

• Resume showing relevant experience and education.
• Most recent SF-50, if applicable (not an Award SF-50) reflecting career or career-conditional tenure (this applies only to current or former federal employees).    
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX
• Law school
 transcripts are required. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time. 

• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA. (please see job summary section)
• Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority.

Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.

 NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans preference.

 If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority you must submit proof of this eligibility by the (Friday, August 29, 2014) of the announcement in order to receive consideration.



Human Va Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1454
Agency Information:
Office of the Secretary
1849 C Street
Washington, DC
United States


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.  

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