You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, AND meet the minimum qualifications as stated below:
1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or
2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND
3. Specialized professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual's background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:
OGC will assess qualified applicants by comparing each candidate's qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.
For this position, specialized experience includes experience
providing legal advice and support on matters related to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Executive Orders (EOs) 12866 and 13563, and other laws and EOs applicable to the federal regulatory process. Experience is typically in or related to the work of the position as described in the Duties section above. APPLICANTS MUST HAVE AT LEAST FIVE (5) YEARS OF RELEVANT POST-JD EXPERIENCE.
The DAGC provides legal counsel related to DHS and component regulatory actions. The DAGC analyzes complex legal and factual issues, provides counsel to senior officials, and supervises attorneys who perform such duties. This position furthers the DHS mission by supporting the management and development of the Department's regulatory program.
The DAGC interacts with regulatory personnel within DHS (both in headquarters offices and components) and within the federal government (including the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and other Executive Branch regulatory agencies). The DAGC also represents DHS and OGC publicly to present and speak on matters related to administrative law and regulatory practice.
RLD manages the regulatory process for DHS and its components, and advises on legal and economic matters associated with the Department and component regulations. RLD assists the Regulatory Policy Officer with his duties under Executive Order 12866, and RLD is the primary point of communication with OIRA for the clearance of "significant" regulatory actions and "significant" guidance documents under Executive Order 12866.
The incumbent must possess excellent legal analysis and writing skills, and strong communication skills.
Prior work experience with the federal regulatory process is strongly encouraged.
Substitution of education in lieu of specialized experience may not be used for this grade level.
Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.
All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Selectee may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will (not) be paid.
Promotion Potential: This position is being filled at the full performance level.
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.
The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans
, Peace Corps
, and persons with disabilities
possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
Application of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Homeland Security considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.