Overview

Duties

Summary

The Inspector General provides leadership and coordination and recommends policies for activities designed, to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations as well as to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in such programs and operations.  The incumbent of this position will work in the Office of Counsel for the Immediate Office of the Inspector General located in Washington, D.C. 


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Responsibilities

APPLICATION LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 100th application, or at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.  

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The Inspector General of the Department of Education heads an independent and objective organization responsible for audit, investigation, and other inspection services related to programs and operations of the Department. The Inspector General provides leadership and coordination and recommends policies for activities designed, to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations as well as to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in such programs and operations.

The Office of the Inspector General consists of the following five components:

  • Immediate Office of the Inspector General
  • Investigation Services
  • Audit Services
  • Management Services
  • Information Technology Audits and Computer Crime Investigation

As a General Attorney, GS-0905-15, you will work in the Immediate Office of the Office of Inspector General (OIG), as the lead or principal attorney on audits, investigations, inspections, or other legal matters characterized by one or more of the following: 1) extremely complex and difficult legal or factual issues requiring a high order of legal endeavor, with the incumbent often having to balance conflicting interests; 2) matters that can substantially broaden or restrict the activities of OIG or have an important impact on the Department or other Federal Government operations, or on State, local, or private educational programs or activities or organizations throughout the Nation; or 3) matters that are frequently vigorously contested by extremely capable legal talent, and often involve, directly or indirectly, very large sums of money.  You will provide advisory services with audits and investigations, employment law, OIG operations and activities, including recognizing and resolving independent concerns.  In addition to this, you will advise on federal contracts and agreements, appropriations, ethics, whistleblower matters and FOIA/Privacy Act issues.

As the lead attorney on a particular audit, investigation, inspection, or other legal matter characterized by one or more of the traits described above, or as counsel to a major OIG component posing complex legal questions, the incumbent is responsible for the analysis of the legal issue in question, the development of the strategy to deal with the legal issue, and the content and means of delivery of the completed analysis of the legal issues.  At this level, the incumbent typically deals with the top management of the OIG as well as the top management or attorneys of the Department or of other private and public organizations.  At this level, the incumbent may independently decide a broad array of procedural or substantive issues for presentation to an administrative board, court, member of Congress or senior congressional staff, senior Administration officer, or senior Department officials, where the incumbent is an expert in the procedural and substantive aspects of the case, audit, investigation, inspection, or other matter, and drafts critical guidance, advice, or presentations that are central to the disposition of the substantive aspects of the matter.

  

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Travel may be required to various regional components of the Department.


Supervisory status

No


Promotion Potential

15