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    With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department's Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys licensed in forty states, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department's diverse and wide-ranging mission.

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    • This is an excepted appointment not-to-exceed 2 years, for which all qualified applicants, with or without Federal status, may apply and be considered. This appointment may be extended for additional periods of time without further competition.
    • The Office of the Solicitor has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty location identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this location on a regular and recurring basis.
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    As an Attorney-Advisor (General) with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Rocky Mountain Region, Federal and Indian Royalties Section, located in Lakewood, CO your specific duties will include:

    1. Provide a full array of legal services to the offices and programs of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) with particular emphasis on legal issues related to the appropriate interpretation and implementation of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (FOGRMA), 30 U.S.C. §§ 1701-59; the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, 30 U.S.C. §§ 181 et seq.; and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), 43 U.S.C. §§ 1331-1356b. Accordingly, some familiarity with the federal laws governing the leasing of federal and Indian minerals and the accounting for, and collection and disbursement of, royalties from federal and Indian mineral leases is highly desirable. Moreover, familiarity with the general principles of federal Indian law is preferable.

    Regularly work with ONRR to develop and formally promulgate regulations implementing FOGRMA; regularly represent ONRR in administrative appeals before the Hearings Division of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Hearings and Appeals and before the Interior Board of Land Appeals; and regularly provide litigation support to the Department of Justice when rules, administrative decisions or actions are challenged in federal court.

    Provide both oral and written advice to ONRR on a wide variety of matters, including questions related to the Administrative Procedure Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Accordingly, some knowledge of federal administrative law is highly desirable for this position.

    Assist ONRR and the Department of Justice in developing, reviewing, filing, and proving up the United States’ claims in bankruptcy proceedings of entities whose assets include interests in federal or Indian mineral leases.

    2. Coordinate with colleagues and other offices in the Office of the Solicitor to ensure that legal advice provided is consistent and uniform and reflects the priorities of the Department of the Interior and the Secretary of the Interior.

    3. Review proposed legislation and testimony on proposed legislation related to the ONRR’s offices and programs and assist with responses to Congressional document requests.

    The incumbant will report directly to the Assistant Regional Solicitor for Royalties; will meet regularly with the Assistant Regional Solicitor to discuss pending matters; and will keep the Assistant Regional Solicitor apprised of all potentially controversial matters or matters of national significance.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Average 1-3 days per month

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    U.S. Citizens

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