Closing Date: 7th July, 2022


This position is located in the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG); Office of General Counsel (OGC). The incumbent serves as an Attorney-Advisor (General) and is responsible to prepare advisory opinions, and to provide legal guidance, advice, and legal representation for the Inspector General and DoD OIG leaders and staff.

  • As an Attorney- Advisor, the incumbent will work primarily as a member of the Employment Law and Ethics Team supporting OIG leaders, managers, and staff on matters involving employment law, discrimination law, and personnel management.
  • Provide legal advisory services and litigation support to Agency clients, primarily in the field of employment law.
  • Provides legal advice to supervisors and managers on employment matters, such as discipline and performance issues.
  • Provides legal support and advice concerning various programs such as the Ethics in Government program, and reviews and certifies OGE 450 forms (Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports).
  • Responsible for the preparation and presentation of cases on the Agency's behalf before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Federal courts, and other forums.
  • Assists in representing the OIG in federal courts.
  • Provides training for supervisors.
  • Providing legal advice and counsel regarding matters of general law.
  • Incumbent may be assigned other duties consistent with the duties normally associated with the fields of administrative and employment law.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Position has been designated as Critical Sensitive. Incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see .
  • Prior to entry on duty or at some point thereafter, new DoD civilian employees MAY be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19, subject to such exceptions as required by law.
  • More details regarding vaccine requirements can be found at Selected candidates will receive further information during the job offer process.
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
  • 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.
  • Current DoD civilian employees are not required to submit to drug testing if moving from one Testing Designated Position (TDP) to another with no break in service, unless deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis.
  • The incumbent must adhere to the DoD Standards of Conduct.
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Relocation expenses not authorized.
  • If you have not previously completed a trial period with the Federal government in a similar position, you will be required to serve a two-year trial period.
  • All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 calendar days of the initial issue date of the referral list.
  • 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.

Basic Requirements:
  • 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.
  • Must have at least three (3) years of specialized experience as a practicing attorney in the field of Federal labor, employment, personnel, or discrimination law and regulations.
  • IMPORTANT: You must provide the following supporting documentation prior to appointment: An official, current certificate from a State agency demonstrating that he or she has active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia and is permitted to engage in the active practice of law. All certifications must be dated no more than 120 days prior to appointment. (In most states, you can obtain this certification, usually referred to as a Certificate of Good Standing, from The Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Services). Failure to submit all of the proper documentation will result in removal of your application from consideration.

In addition to the basic requirements noted above, resume must document the specialized experience listed below:
You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience in the practice of law at the GS-14 level in the federal government or an equivalent level, including but not limited to the private practice of law. You must have comprehensive specialized knowledge sufficient to perform legal work and provide opinions of impact on employment law, including equal opportunity law, discipline, and performance matters. You must also have comprehensive knowledge sufficient to represent the agency in cases before administrative tribunals and other forums involving employment and discrimination law matters. You must have substantive knowledge sufficient to advise agency officials on ethics matters and programs associated with employment in the Executive Branch.

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: Based on an Information Memo, dated 9-OCT-2012, the Office of General Counsel (OGC) 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.

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