Overview

Duties

Summary

The incumbent works with special agents to conduct investigations concerning administrative, civil, and criminal violations of Federal laws.

THESE POSITIONS ARE IN THE EXCEPTED SERVICE.

INCUMBENT MAY BE PROMOTED NONCOMPETITIVELY PROVIDED WORK AT THE HIGHER LEVELS CONTINUES TO EXIST, AND THE INCUMBENT HAS DEMONSTRATED THE ABILITY TO PERFORM IT AND PROVIDED FURTHER THAT TIME-IN-GRADE AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.

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Responsibilities

  • The incumbent works with special agents to conduct investigations concerning administrative, civil, and criminal violations of Federal laws.
  • The investigations are extremely sensitive, complex, and often time-critical and are criminal, civil, and administrative in nature.
  • The duties of the position include acting as part of the Office of Counsel for Investigations and Enforcement staff, and providing legal expertise to investigations staff during both the planning and execution phases
  • Reviews incoming allegations that are delicate, sensitive and/or potentially controversial in nature to determine investigative merit.
  • Identifies the issues to be investigated, the policy and/or operating procedures that are applicable, and recommends the most appropriate course of action.
  • The Senior Investigative Counsel provides guidance to other Investigative Counsel, special agents, and others in areas such as: compiling and analyzing documents and testimony.
  • Interviewing witnesses and subjects; preparing memoranda of interviews and reports of investigation; making recommendations for policy changes, civil or administrative action, or criminal prosecution.
  • Investigations involve intensive document reviews. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing the most complex allegations and producing clear and thorough written work.
  • The incumbent confers with and assists U.S. Attorneys throughout the United States in preparing information and evidence for trials.
  • Assists: the Deputy Counsels the Director of OIG?s Office of Quality Review and Professional Responsibility, State Attorney General's Offices, District Attorneys, the Securities and Exchange Commission as necessary.
  • The incumbent drafts Investigative Subpoenas as necessary. Prepares legal briefings for presentation to case agents and senior management.
  • The Senior Investigative Counsel assists special agents in conducting investigations into breaches of ethics or laws involving SSA and OIG programs, including developing work plans to establish methodology of the investigation.
  • Identifying and questioning witnesses, gathering evidence, reviewing productions, assessing venue and jurisdiction, and drafting complaints and charging documents.
  • The Senior Investigative Counsel assists in the preparation of reports of complex investigations, as well as briefing memorandum for SSA OIG management. Prepares memoranda of fact and law, advising for or against prosecution.
  • Writes memoranda of law, client correspondence, or notes after researching statutory and case law.
  • The Senior Investigative Counsel is responsible for outreach to the highest levels of law enforcement, prosecutorial bodies, regulatory bodies and industry leaders. He/she is responsible for discussing and promoting the mission of SSA OIG.
  • Is responsible for participating in the preparation and execution of internal training to SSA OIG employees within the Office of Counsel for Investigations and Enforcement and others as deemed appropriate.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
  • Selectees are required to serve a 2 year trial period.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • Applicant must submit proof of Active Bar Membership.
  • Applicant must submit Law School Transcript with degree and date conferred.

Qualifications

Positions will be filled in the Excepted through the use of Schedule A 213.3102(d) appointing authority. Competitive examining procedures will not be conducted. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements shown above.

Applicants must possess a law degree and currently be an active member of the bar. You must be duly licensed, authorized and eligible to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, District of Columbia or US Territory. This is a continuing requirement of the position.

In addition to the above, applicants must also meet one of the following requirements:

KSA:

  • Ability to analyze information to identify critical issues and develop recommendations.
  • Knowledge of the legal system and established processes, and an established expertise of the laws, regulations and precedents.
  • Ability to present ideas and conclusions, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to develop and implement organizational policies and procedures and provide technical guidance to others.

Applicant must have experience as conducting extremely sensitive, complex and often time-critical investigations of allegations of administrative, civil and criminal violations, and internal and external misconduct involving an organization programs and providing legal expertise to investigations staff. During both the planning and execution phases of the most complex investigations regarding a wide variety of allegations. Including reviews incoming allegations that are delicate, sensitive and/or potentially controversial in nature to determine investigative merit.
Applicant must be duly licensed, authorized and eligible to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a U.S. Territory.

To be considered, applicants must provide proof that they are authorized to practice law. Such proof can include a current active bar card, a screen print from a bar web site that reflects you are an active member of the bar or a letter/certificate from the bar certifying that you are licensed and authorized to practice law. Being an active member of the state bar association is not the same as being an active member in good standing of the state bar.

TRANSCRIPTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO SUBSTANTIATE POSSESSION OF THE REQUIRED AND CLAIMED EDUCATION. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS (INCLUDING SCREEN PRINTS FROM YOUR SCHOOLS WEB PORTAL) ARE ACCEPTABLE FOR INITIAL APPLICATION; HOWEVER, YOUR TRANSCRIPT MUST SHOW A DEGREE AND CONFERRED/AWARDED DATE PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT . SELF-PREPARED TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT.

YOU MUST SUBMIT THE DOCUMENTS ACCORDING TO THE PRESCRIBED APPLICATION SUBMISSION DETAILS AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CLOSING OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT. DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED VIA EMAIL OR REGULAR MAIL.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks at GS-13.

Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

Additional information

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov .

Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be compared to the requirements for the position. It is your responsibility to include all information in your application that is needed to evaluate your qualifications and determine if you meet the requirements for the position. If there is insufficient information, your application will be found ineligible.

Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10929340

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

You must submit supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) . Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit the Vet Guide .

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS : The Office of Personnel Management has published the end date for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as August 31, 2010. To receive veterans' preference for service during the Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom era, you must have served for more than 180 days between September 11, 2001 and August 31, 2010 OR be in receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. The updated CFR language is available here . Other qualifying eligibility for preference (e.g., disability) remains unchanged.

PROOF OF EDUCATION : If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts with the course title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To qualify, the degree must be from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education completed in a foreign institution must be certified as equivalent to coursework completed at a U.S. college or university. Certification of equivalency must be submitted at the time of application. For a list of Credential Evaluation Services, log on to: Credential Evaluation Services
(http: www.edupass.org/admissions /evaluation.phtml)

PROOF OF CURRENT BAR MEMBERSHIP : Proof of active Bar Membership (e.g., screen print of your profile from a bar web site which reflects your name and active status, a letter from the bar certifying that you are licensed and authorized to practice law, OR copy of a recent bar card.) Being an active member of the state bar association is not the same as being an active member in good standing of the state bar.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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