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These positions are located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC serves as the chief legal advisor to the Agency’s senior management and program offices, providing legal analysis and support on Agency rules and policies, guidance documents, permits, response actions, and legislation. OGC, together with attorneys in the Department of Justice, represent the Agency in court challenges to Agency actions, appeals of enforcement cases, and Supreme Court litigation.
For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-general-counsel-ogc
These positions are in the excepted service. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status; however, this position is covered for the purpose of federal retirement and benefits.
Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.
If you are selected, you will be expected to report to work as soon as practical, but no later than thirty (30) days from the date you receive a final job offer. Extension of this reporting requirement may be granted only under extraordinary circumstances.
At the entry level of this position, you will, under the daily supervision of an attorney adviser:
- Analyze complex, legal, scientific, engineering and other information and interpret the significance of this data under prevailing legal principles, as expressed in statute, regulations, and case law. Based on these analyses, the incumbent will prepare legal documents, including briefs, for administrative and judicial proceedings which will contain analysis of the complex scientific, technological, legal, or other issues relevant to the matter at hand.
- Conduct legal research in connection with legal questions pertaining to the pollution programs and is responsible for interpreting and applying statues, rules and regulations relating to the provisions of appropriate Acts and other pertinent laws, regulations; court legal documents and textbooks. In this capacity, the incumbent prepares tentative drafts of letters, memoranda, and legal documents for use by attorneys in the preparation of opinions, legislative reports, briefs, and other documents; compiles legislative history in connection with pending legislation.
- Prepare cases for filing by drafting complaints, orders to show cause, indictments, preliminary motions, and supporting affidavits and briefs; prepare drafts or pleadings and motions in connection with cases in litigation, and participate in pretrial hearings.
- Use personal contacts to include program officials, prospective witnesses, and other persons having knowledge of the facts involved in the problem or case under study. The incumbent obtains information and legal references pertinent to the problem at hand, studies the legal precedents and prepares recommendations for review by the attorney under whom the incumbent works. As part of these contacts, the incumbent will attend conferences with representatives of other Federal agencies, industry, state and local governments and congressional committees for the purpose of fact gathering and to gain experience.
- Perform other duties as required
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Any U.S. citizen may apply
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