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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
Attorney-Adviser (General)
Open Period:
04/17/2019 - 05/01/2019


GS - 0905 11/12/13
USD $69,581 - USD $128,920
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Ami Grace-Tardy


Hiring Path:
• Excepted service
• Open to the public
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
About the Agency

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of the General Counsel is seeking an attorney to provide legal support and advice on legislative matters throughout DOE; legal counsel and rulemaking support to programs throughout DOE on administrative requirements for developing DOE rules, directives, and other applicable policies; and legal support to the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and for other DOE energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and activities.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

5% or less.


The successful candidate will have three primary responsibilities in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation and Energy Efficiency.  First, the successful candidate will provide legal analysis, advice and assistance on matters and problems that arise in the development of highly visible legislative and regulatory proposals, focused on energy conservation standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment.  The successful candidate will develop, draft, review, participate in negotiations and provide comments on legal documents primarily concerned with DOE's responsibilities in this program area.  Regulatory responsibilities include reviewing DOE regulations to ensure compliance with applicable enabling statutes and other statutes governing the regulatory process.

Second, the successful candidate will provide legal analysis and advice as program counsel for certain other programs within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  This analysis and advice will span several statutory authorities and will require coordinating legal advice among several offices within DOE's Office of the General Counsel.

Third, the successful candidate will also be responsible for compiling and maintaining the Department's contribution to the government-wide Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and De-Regulatory Actions, compliance by the Department with executive orders concerning regulatory reform and budgets and liaison responsibilities with the office of the Federal Register.

Qualifications and Evaluations



All candidates must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and must be a current member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


A preliminary background investigation must be completed before a new employee can begin work.  Current federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background investigation.  If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement).

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Relocation expenses will not be provided.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required.
  • Education Requirements:

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

    Specific experience is defined as professional legal experience, which enabled the candidate to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work relevant to a specific legal component. 


    As demonstrated in your resume and any supporting statement of experience, you will be evaluated on your ability to draft regulatory proposals and legal memoranda, conduct legal research and present cogent legal arguments.  A premium is placed on communication and analytical skills, capacity to assimilate large amounts of material quickly, and ability to balance  diverse workload.  Knowledge of administrative law, the Office of the Federal Register's Document Drafting Handbook and Office of Management and Budget procedures for reviewing regulations is highly desirable.  Prior government experience is useful.


    GS-11: Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform legal work.

    GS-12: Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work.

    GS-13: Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work and one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.   

    Benefits and Other Info

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    Other Information:

    This is an excepted service position where appointees must serve a one-year trial period.  Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.  For more informaton, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site.

    Relocation expenses will not be provided.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:



    Please submit your application to Ami Grace-Tardy at 

    A complete application should include a cover letter and a current resume with 3 references, and a writing sample sufficiently complex in nature to demonstrate the applicant's skills in the qualifications for this position.

    Required Documents:

    You must have a bar membership and professional law degree.  You do not need to provide official documentation at the time of application; official proof of bar membership and law degree will be requested if selected.

    • 1. SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION WHICH INCLUDES YOUR RESUME and all required supplemental documents in order to be considered.

    • 2. Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Energy considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their online application.  If applicant is eligible to claim a 10-point preference, the applicant must also submit an SF-15 and any other proof that the applicant is eligible for a 10-point preference.  If you are currently on active duty, you must submit an official statement of service from your command or other official documentation that proves that your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  You can find additional information on veterans' preference at VET GUIDE

    Next Steps:
    Once completed applications are received an evaluation will be performed and the most qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  A selection is expected to be made within 60 days.  Notification to non-selected candidates is optional, but not expected.