Overview

Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Inspector General, Investigations Division, Washington, DC.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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Responsibilities

Serves as an Investigator Attorney in the FCC's Office of Inspector General, focusing on Commission programs, particularly on the Universal Service E-Rate, High Cost, Low Cost and Contributor programs and on the TRS program. Other duties include, conducting, directing, planning, organizing and managing investigations of fraud, waste or abuse in the Universal Service programs and FCC programs. Where appropriate, incumbent works with and supports Department of Justice attorneys and FBI agents in pursuing civil and criminal abuses of Commission programs, especially Universal Service programs.

The incumbent provides expert investigative assistance in the conduct of investigations, including developing and implementing plans for investigations, identifying and interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence; recommending issuance of, preparing and reviewing request for and responses to subpoenas; and issuing formal written opinions on investigative and audit matters.

The incumbent coordinates the presentation of investigative findings to appropriate FCC officials and/or to the Department of Justice or to Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations for, respectively, administrative or prosecutorial determination. Cooperates with other law enforcement officials and serves as a witness when necessary.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Bar Membership Required
  • FCC Employees Only
  • Education-Transcripts Required

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must:

-Currently be employed in the Federal Communications Commission in positions serving under career, career conditional, or excepted service (Schedule A appointments under authority 213.3102(d)-Attorneys) appointments.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

General Experience: None

Selective Factor: None

Professional Law Experience: Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience in or equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

For this position at the GS-15 level, applicants must possess at least four years of professional law experience and at least one year of that experience must be specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal Service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:

  • Providing legal advice and analysis in highly complex investigations that include auditing initiatives which relate to USF programs, such as schools and libraries, high cost, low cost and rural health care;
  • Collecting and analyzing documentary evidence and drawing conclusions about the quality of evidence which is used to prove criminal, civil or administrative violations;
  • Drafting, analyzing and editing investigative reports and other decisional documents;
  • Leading witness interviews, both with preparation and on an impromptu and unscheduled basis; and
  • Conducting briefings and interacting with various levels of law enforcement agencies.
  • PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: 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

    You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Education requirements include: a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.

    Additional information

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    All candidates will be considered without regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, nondisqualifying physical or mental handicap, age, or any other nonmerit factor. THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

    All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions and/or do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible. Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy
    questions.

    There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

    1. the core questions
    2. the vacancy questions
    3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts); and
    4. your resume.

    Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions provide supplemental documents and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process

    You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):

    • Knowledge of the policies, rules and regulations relevant to the Universal Fund Service programs.
    • Ability to communicate orally on issues related to in-depth legal research.
    • Ability to communicate in writing in order to produce legal documents.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    ***ALL SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE FCC'S HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ONCE YOU APPLY TO THIS VACANCY YOU WILL BE PROMPTED BY THE SYSTEM TO EITHER UPLOAD DOCUMENTS OR PRINT FAX COVERSHEETS – THE FAX NUMBER WILL BE LISTED ON THIS SHEET. IF FAXING, ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED SHOULD BE FAXED SEPARATELY ON THE FAX COVERSHEET PROVIDED. ONCE FAXED, YOU SHOULD RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION WITHIN AN HOUR. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION, YOUR FAX HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RECEIVED AND YOU SHOULD FAX AGAIN.

    IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FAX THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT 418-0130 PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.***

    Supplement Documents Required:

    Employees must provide a legible Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal.

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