This position is a part of Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General.Learn more about this agency
As an Attorney Advisor (General) you must be an active member of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S.territory, or the District of Columbia.
This position is part of the DoD OIG Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). As an Attorney Advisor your typical work assignments may include:
- Conduct sensitive and complex investigations into allegations of misconduct against employees within the OIG.
- Legally analyze complex legal and factual issues to identify applicable rules and standards, determine whether facts support credible allegations of misconduct, and recommend appropriate course of action.
- Conduct legal research to identify each legal element of possible violations.
- Conducts preliminary inquiries to determine whether the facts and allegations have merit.
- Develop investigative action plan and implements approved investigative plan.
- Legally analyze evidence to determine sufficiency of evidence and whether allegations are substantiated.
- Draft concise, coherent reports detailing the allegation(s), facts, standards, legal analysis, and conclusion
- Evaluate facts, circumstances, and misconduct in the context of current policies and procedures and recommend revisions or improvements to prevent future misconduct.
- Examine and evaluate proposed legislation and DoD and OIG policies and instructions to determine impact on OPR operations and authority and to contribute to policy development.
- Develops and maintains professional working relationship with OIG component leadership and employees in an effort to become a trusted, objective resource for all.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel up to 10% for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
- This is an Excepted Service position.
- The incumbent must adhere to the DoD Standards of Conduct
- Position has been designated Secret; incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
- This is an Excepted Service position and an applicant receiving such an appointment does not acquire competitive civil service status.
- Federal employees currently serving in the Competitive Service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the Competitive Service by accepting an offer of employment in the Excepted Service.
- If you have not previously successfully completed a trial or probationary period with the Federal Government in a similar position, you will be required to serve a two year trial period.
- Incumbent is required to submit a financial disclosure form (OGE-450) at time of appointment and annually.
- Organizational entities with the DoD are not required to conduct drug testing for DoD civilian employees moving by transfer or reassignment from one DoD Testing Designated Position (TDP) to another TDP with no break in service within the DoD,
- Incumbent is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with DoD OIG.
- To meet the basic requirements, you must possess a J.D., LL.B., or LL.M degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
- Applicants must be an active member, in good standing, of the bar of the highest court of a state, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia, and be permitted to engage in the practice of law.
Specialized Experience for GS-14 level: You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service or at an equivalent level. Specialized experience is defined as independently planning and conducting complex investigations, analyzing evidence, and drafting legally supportable conclusions. Specialize experience can also include being a legal advisor for complex criminal or administrative investigations as well as having significant trial experience in criminal or administrative trials. In either case, the candidate's experience must include analyzing evidence for legal sufficiency and drafting documents that clearly, concisely, and logically present facts, analyses, and conclusions that are legally supported.
Also include a writing sample demonstrating your legal analytical abilities must be submitted as part of your application package, for which you must be the principal author. It should not exceed 10 double-spaced pages.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.All qualifications and time-in-grade (if applicable) requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Education: Based on an Information Memo from Henry Shelley, Jr., General Counsel at OIG OGC, dated 9-OCT-2012, OCG has determined that certified academic transcripts are unnecessary, as graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association is a requirement in all fifty states before someone can take the examination to be licensed to practice. OCG believes that a current Letter of Good Standing from any of the State Bar Associations is sufficient to fulfill the requirement of proof that the applicant graduated from law school, in lieu of an academic transcript.
There is no substitution of education for experience at this level.
NOTICE OF VETERANS' PREFERENCE
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (see below) to their submissions.
- You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit a written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what they condition of discharge is thought to be.
- If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
- If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans' preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
Submission of a resume alone is NOT a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional form/s and/or supplemental materials. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.
Military retirees seeking to enter civil service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they are within 180 days following their official date of retirement (5 United States Code 3326.)
Priority Placement Program (PPP) Military Spouse Preference (MSP) eligible candidates will receive priority consideration at the full performance level only.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Administrative Law
- Information Analysis
- Interpersonal Skills
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
- Resume, showing relevant experience. Your resume must include: where you worked, job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week, and salary. If you submit a resume with inappropriate material, e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
- Writing Sample: A writing sample demonstrating your legal analytical abilities must be submitted as part of your application package, for which you must be the principal author. It should not exceed 10 double-spaced pages.
- Bar Membership/Certificate of Good Standing: Submit proof that you are a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, you must submit proof of your current membership. If a certificate is not available by the closing date of the announcement, you may certify to your status as an active member in good standing in responding to the assessment questionnaire. You will be required to submit a current Bar Certificate prior to appointment.
- Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees must submit a copy of their most recent completed annual performance appraisal received within the past 18 months. The performance appraisal must include the final rating, signed and dated by a supervisor. If a completed performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, you must submit an explanation as to why it is not available at the time of your application submission. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted. **Current DoD OIG serviced employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your Performance Appraisal.
- Are you a current or former federal employee? A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action documenting current Competitive (#1 on block 34 of SF-50) position occupied. If the position currently occupied is Excepted Service (#2 on block 34 of SF-50), you must provide an SF-50 that provides proof that you've held a permanent position with career or career-conditional status, unless your Excepted Service appointment qualifies you for appointment through an interchange agreement or miscellaneous authority. If currently occupying an excepted service VRA, provide an SF-50 documenting your current Veterans Recruitment Appointment. PLEASE NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e., cash or time off award) that does not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position will not be accepted. **Current DoD OIG employees ONLY: you do NOT need to submit a copy of your SF-50(s).
- Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable): Submit a DD-214, member copy 4 indicating the most recent dates of service, character of service and type of discharge. To claim 10% or more disability, submit a VA certification letter in addition to a DD-214 (If selected, a completed and signed SF-15 will be required prior to your entrance on duty.). Future military retirees can submit a "Statement of Service" only if retirement DD-214 or proof of transitional leave is not yet available. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e., honorable).
- If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces within 120 days or your release date certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply to access the online application.You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply.If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package.You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted.Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position.Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.
If you are unable to apply online, you must request an alternative application which is available from the
Human Resources Office. Please contact Shaunte Jackson at 703-604-9635 or Shaunte.Jackson@dodig.mil~ to obtain an alternative application.
Agency contact information
AddressDODIG - FRONT OFFICE
4800 MARK CENTER DRIVE
ALEXANDRIA, VA 22350
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.
This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill similar positions in other organizations with in the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.
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