Overview

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. This position is located in the DOL, Office of the Solicitor, Plan Benefits Security Division.

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This position is located in the Plan Benefits Security Division (PBSD), of the Office of Solicitor (SOL), U.S. Department of Labor. PBSD is responsible for providing legal advice and litigation services to Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) relating to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), including amendments to ERISA under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and the Federal Employee Retirement Security Act (FERSA).

In PBSD, we have a group of regulations attorneys dedicated to providing legal services in support agency rulemaking and legal opinions and advice on a broad array of ERISA and related legal and legislative issues. We also initiate and conduct complex and sophisticated litigation brought by the Department to enforce ERISA. These cases are brought to protect the interests of workers and retirees in their pension, health benefit, and other employee benefit plans covered by ERISA. They are brought in the federal courts throughout the country and often involve expert testimony and large volumes of documents which sometimes run into the millions of pages. In collaboration with the Solicitor General, PBSD is responsible for the appeals of these cases, and those brought under ERISA by regional offices of SOL, as well as for filing amicus curiae briefs in the federal appellate courts and Supreme Court on important ERISA issues. PBSD also supports the Department of Justice in defensive cases brought against DOL officials and those challenging agency action and regulations in the area of ERISA.

PBSD is comprised of a talented, hard-working group of approximately 40 attorneys and paraprofessional support staff members with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. PBSD seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. PBSD fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

The incumbent serves as a regulations attorney in the Division of Plan Benefits Security, which is one of the headquarters divisions reporting to the Solicitor of Labor. The Division is responsible for providing legal advice and services to Department officials, particularly the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), other representatives of the executive and legislative branches, participants and beneficiaries of employee benefit plans, industry groups, unions, plan administrators, and the public relating to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). As a staff attorney, the incumbent will be responsible for assignments involving the drafting, preparation, and/or review of regulatory material under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), including amendment to ERISA made by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, as well as reviewing proposed legislation, ERISA-prohibited transaction exemptions, ERISA advisory opinions, and other legal guidance. Duties will require the incumbent to develop and maintain collegial relationships with client staff and to provide clear and concise advice to senior Departmental officials on difficult and complex matters.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing legal advice and opinions to the client agency, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) regarding the Administrative Procedure Act and other laws affecting agency rulemaking and other activities. Regulatory projects and advisory opinions often affect important segments of the economy such as the banking, insurance, and investment industries.

The incumbent may also prepare and argue appellate and amicus briefs in the federal courts, and prepare factual and legal analyses of potential ERISA violations that the Secretary is investigating.

To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the U.S.; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.

GS-13, two (2) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

GS-14, three (3) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in analyzing regulations and providing legal advice.

Note: An LL.M may be substituted for a maximum of one year experience.

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