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    This position is located in the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is one of the largest of the National Office divisions in the Office of the Solicitor of Labor (SOL). The Division is responsible for the legal work arising out of the Department's administration and enforcement of, and the performance of related legal activities under, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) as amended, and the antidiscrimination provisions contained within the International Safe Container Act of 1977; the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982; the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986; and the Seaman’s Protection Act, as amended by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. This includes providing legal advice to Departmental officials; assisting in the conduct of litigation by the SOL field offices; conducting litigation before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and federal district and appellate courts; providing legal services in connection with rulemakings to safety and health standards; representing the Department vis-à-vis other Federal agencies, the legislative Branch, states, private sector groups, and members of the public; reviewing state plans; and providing legal services in connection with OSHA's voluntary programs and compliance assistance efforts.

    The General Attorney works in the OSH Division under the direction of the Counsels for Standards, Regional Litigation and Legal Advice, or Appellate Litigation, as appropriate. Counsels assign projects and provide general guidance and background information, including policy considerations and suggested approaches. The General Attorney assists the Counsel for Standards by providing legal advice to OSHA in connection with the development and promulgation of occupational safety and health standards and guidance documents. The General Attorney also works with the Counsels for Regional Trial Litigation and Legal Advice to provide legal advice to OSHA programs, such as State Plans, whistleblower protection, medical records, and federal agency safety and health, and in OSH Act litigation arising in SOL field offices. In addition, the General Attorney assists the Counsels for Appellate Litigation on difficult and sensitive appellate cases by analyzing factual and legal issues, drafting pleadings and briefs, making recommendations to senior attorneys regarding conflicting or novel opinions of law, evidentiary matters, and court procedure, and representing the Secretary of Labor in oral arguments before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the federal courts of appeals. The complexity of the work and the degree of independence expected of the General Attorney increase from the GS-12 to the GS-14 level.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

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    0905 Attorney

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/525927900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.