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Announcement Number:
SOL-2019-0036
Hiring Agency:
INTERIOR, Office of the Solicitor
Position Title:
Attorney-Adviser (General), GS-0905-12/13/14, KD-Exc Svc
Open Period:
02/12/2019 - 02/26/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0905A 12/13/14
Salary:
USD $81,548 - USD $148,967
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Kristen Davis
703-648-7463
kjdavis@usgs.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is an Permanent Excepted Appointment. 
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This attorney position will focus on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and providing advice and guidance to the Office of the Solicitor in regards to FOIA. 

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Mostly local travel

Duties

As an Attorney-Adviser (General) within the Office of the Solicitor, Division of Administration, located in Washington, DC , some of your specific duties will include: 



  • Overseeing the intake of highly complex Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests; determines level of requirements, provides guidance on release and/or redaction requirements;

  • Reviewing and analyzing requests for applicability under FOIA;

  • Provides advice and guidance to attorneys throughout the Office on applicability of requests, policies and procedures;

  • Monitors the entire life-cycle of the FOIA request to ensure thoroughness, accuracy, and completeness of actions;

  • Composing a variety of written correspondence and maintains a complete and accurate case file of records;

  • Prepares and organizes FOIA summaries, reports, and statistical analyses, and provides input and recommended changes leading to the successful resolution of complex FOIA matters;

  • Establishing Office processes and procedures regarding the intake, research, data retrieval, and final disposition of FOIA requests;

  • Reviewing and interpreting new legislation, recent court decisions, Congressional initiatives, Department of Justice issuances, etc., and providing on application of FOIA to the Department’s myriad functions;

  • This position requires strong research skills and ability to effectively communicate both orally and written. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?



  • 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.

  • If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification of compliance upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure.

  • 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.

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.
  • Education Requirements:
    • 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: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.
    Evaluations:
    --The information and materials you provide will be used to evaluate that you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position. 

    --Basis of Rating:  Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.
    Qualifications:

    Basic Qualification Requirements
    Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND applicants 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.

    Applicants must also meet one of the following:
    --possess at least 1-year of professional legal experience following law school graduation; OR
    --have a second professional law degree; OR
    --meet any of the criteria indicated below:
    (a) academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;
    (b) graduation with academic honors;
    (c) significant participation on the law school’s law review;
    (d) significant participation in the law school’s moot court competition;
    (e) significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;
    (f) significant summer law office clerk experience; or
    (g) other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.

    GS-12/13/14:
    In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements described above, applicants must also have the following additional years of professional legal experience for the grade level indicated:


    --GS-12 = 1 year


    --GS-13 = 2 years


    --GS-14 = 3 ½ years


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

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:
    Other Information:

    • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    • DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.  

    • THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    --Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.

    --Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement:
    1) Click the blue "Apply Online" button.
    2) If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile.
    3) As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application.
    4) Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen.
    5) Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy.
    6) Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below.
    7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.
    Required Documents:

    --A 1-2 page cover letter is desired expressing your interest and qualifications for this position.


    --You must provide information in your resume regarding the state in which your active Bar membership is held.   


    --If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

    --If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

    --Required documents may be:
    1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information")
    2) uploaded directly from your desktop
    3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').

    --Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    Next Steps:
    --We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.