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    USDA is a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, affordable, nutritious and accessible food supply; forest and range lands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world, then the USDA is for you.

    There are 5 Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Divisions in Washington, D.C. comprised of attorneys, and administrative and professional staff. They are the Civil Rights, Employment and Labor Law Division, General Law and Research Division, Natural Resources and Environment Division, Marketing Regulatory, and Food Safety Programs Division, and International Affairs, Food Assistance, and Farm and Rural Programs Division. 

    To learn more about our agency, our exciting mission, vision and guiding principles, please click here to view the Office of the General Counsel website

    Pay Scale:
    The above salary reflects the pay range from GS 11 Step 1 to a GS 14 Step 10. 

    This position starts at the GS-11 level only however, the full performance level is a GS-14.  Below are the salary ranges for each grade level.

    GS-11:  $68,036.00 - $88,450.00
    GS-12:  $81,548.00 - $106,012.00
    GS-13:  $96,970.00 - $126,062.00
    GS-14:  $114,590.00 - $148,967.00 

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    As an Attorney you will be responsible for the following:

      • Conducting legal research and advising agency officials and OGC attorneys on legal questions, preparing pleadings, motions, briefs and other related documents, determining the nature of action along with the legal issues involved and the most effective course of action and the most advantageous legal strategies.
      • Serving as legal counsel to officials and agencies within the Department of Agriculture including: Farm Service Agency, Rural Development (Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Rural Business Service), Food and Nutrition Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency, the Forest Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Departmental Administration, Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and National Agricultural Statistics Service, and other USDA agencies within the states served by this office.
      • Advising USDA agency officials and other Departmental employees on complex legal questions or factual issues and recommending final action on many matters regarding litigation.
      • Conducting research to ensure any advice is based on sound understanding of relevant facts and law, anticipating significant foreseeable consequences of advice and recommend actions to ensure that decisions made and actions taken are practical, effective, legally sound and supportable.
      • Conducting and assisting with litigation in conjunction with other attorneys in OGC and the Department of Justice to prepare pleadings for federal, state or administrative tribunals, preparing witnesses in preparation for trials or hearings, participating in pre-hearing conferences, mediation or negotiation, and preparing documents related to the relevant facts and law at issue. Example of actions include: programmatic claims made in District Court proceeding proceeding de novo or record review; administrative actions before various administrative tribunals; and defense of personnel actions taken by the Agency.
      • Negotiating with highly skilled and knowledgeable opposing counsel while acting within the parameters of delegated authority consistent with statutory authority and agency policy and objectives.
      • Reviewing agency reports, documents, and policy statements for legal sufficiency; conducting all legal research related to the above matters; and acting as legal advisor to the administrative officials of the Department.
      • Planning, organizing, and conducting independent activities required in furnishing the legal services assigned.
      • Reviewing and drafting documents related to a wide variety of real property issues involving all USDA agencies: e.g., the acquisition, purchase and disposal of real property, easement acquisition, review of title commitments/title insurance, boundary disputes, title claims, leasehold issues, securing and disposal of encumbered property

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel depends on the needs of the office.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0905 Attorney

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