Closing Date: 12th August, 2022


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The incumbent will serve as an Attorney-Adviser within the bureau ethics team in the Departmental Ethics Office, specifically for the USGS Branch.

Salary Range: GS-13 $106,823 (step 1) to $138,868 (step 10); GS-14 $126,233 (step 1) to $164,102 (step 10)
NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Departmental Ethics Office, USGS Branch, located in Reston, VA your specific duties will include:
  • Serving as a legal adviser advising on all legal issues pertaining to Government ethics, including criminal conflict of interest laws, Executive Branch Standards of Conduct and the Hatch Act and the DOI supplemental regulations;
  • Reviewing public and confidential financial disclosure reports, providing cautionary guidance, and recommending appropriate action;
  • Providing ethics training to covered USGS employees;
  • Writing opinions for the Designated Agency Ethics Official and Deputy Ethics Counselor as appropriate in response to requests from current or former USGS employees;
  • Ensuring that information regarding possible violations of law is referred to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) as required, referring other matters for OIG investigations as appropriate and providing technical assistance to the OIG in the analysis of potential ethics violations;
  • Recommending possible disciplinary or remedial actions to program officials arising out of OIG reports of investigation;

Conditions of Employment:
  • Key Requirements:
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Must be an active member of the bar.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a 2-year trial period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
  • Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
  • If selected you may be asked to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
  • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
  • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.

Basic Qualification Requirements:
  • Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.

To qualify for a GS-13 applicants must possess at least 3-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
  • To qualify for a GS-14 applicants must possess at least 4.5-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
  • For any of the grades indicated above you can substitute one year of experience with any of the following:
  • have a second professional law degree; OR
  • meet any of the criteria indicated below:
  • academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;
  • graduation with academic honors;
  • significant participation on the law school's law review;
  • significant participation in the law school's moot court competition;
  • significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;
  • significant summer law office clerk experience; or
  • other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.

Candidates should have excellent oral communication, writing, research and analysis skills, and the ability to work effectively with other people, and exercise sound judgment.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

  • 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.
  • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .

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