Closing Date: 8th February, 2023


This position is in the Office of Mission Support, Office of Grants and Debarment, Suspension and Debarment Division. About Office of Mission Support

This is an office-centered position--you must physically report to the duty station stated in this announcement on a regular basis. Partial work-from-home flexibilities may be authorized.

At the entry level of this position, you will:
  • Receive and review referrals of potential Suspension and Debarment (S&D) actions from EPA officials, other federal departments and agencies, and state and local governments to draft recommendations for appropriate administrative action to protect the public interest by ensuring federal procurement and nonprocurement activities are conducted with responsible entities.
  • Work with senior Debarment Counsel on case strategy development and execution, and depending on the type of proceeding, participating in meetings with the targets of S&D actions (Respondents), drafting written responses, and making recommendations to the Suspension and Debarment Official (SDO) based on an analysis of the full administrative record.
  • Draft and negotiate Administrative Agreements (AAs) with Respondents for endorsement by the SDO, ensuring that all EPA and other federal interests related to a Respondent's responsibility are addressed and protected.
  • When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses. NOTE: Career ladder promotions are not automatic, and all eligibility and qualifications requirements must be met in order to progress to the next grade level.

Conditions of Employment:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • You must self-certify annually and in writing that you hold an active bar membership.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year trial period.

In addition to the educational requirements, you must meet the minimum grade-specific qualifications as described below:
  • To qualify for the GS-11 level, you must have either:
  • an LL.M. degree
  • OR
  • at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as: understanding and applying complex statutory and regulatory requirements and procedures; to digest, synthesize, and summarize complex and lengthy administrative records, hearing transcripts and briefs or similar materials; to resolve difficult and often novel factual and legal issues in accordance with applicable statutory, procedural and other legal requirements or precedents; and to communicate effectively complex factual and legal issues orally and in writing.

completed superior law student activities while earning a J.D. degree. Superior law student activities include:
  • (A) Academic standing in upper third of law school graduating class;
  • (B) Work or achievement of significance on law school's law review;
  • (C) Special high-level honors for academic excellence, such as election to Order of the Coif;
  • (D) Winning of a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team representing the law school in competition with other law schools;
  • (E) Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program or significant summer law office clerk experience; or
  • (F) Other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement, as determined by the hiring office and documented in writing for the case file.

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

You must (1) possess a J.D. or LL.M. degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university or equivalent apprentice experience as allowed per state law, (2) be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and (3) be an active member of the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction in good standing.

For information about accreditation requirements, visit EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

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