This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), CG Judge Advocate General & Chief Counsel, Office of Regulations & Administrative Law (CG-LRA), Washington, DC.
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As an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Regulations and Administrative Law, you will advise on the application of the Administrative Procedure Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Congressional Review Act, and Regulatory Flexibility Act as well as related laws and executive orders. You will provide legal counsel, advice, and drafting assistance in preparing regulatory documents covering the full range of the USCG's program and responsibilities. These programs include commercial vessel safety, recreational vessel safety, environmental protection, merchant personnel licensing, ports and waterways safety and security, bridge administration, aids to navigation, and Outer Continental Shelf activities.
USCG civilians are valuable members of the USCG team. Typical work assignments include:
- Providing legal advice, guidance and drafting assistance, and opinions with respect to the substantive and procedural requirements of the USCG's public rulemaking conducted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.
- Evaluating the facts, ascertaining the applicable law, and preparing a finished professional work product suitable for publication in the Federal Register..
- Providing legal advice and drafting related to the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
- Reviewing memoranda, policy guidance, directives and other documents originating in other USCG offices for legal sufficiency, and resolving relevant legal questions.
- Ensuring compliance with USCG rulemaking policies, practices, and procedures and recommending changes to improve the rulemaking process or to conform to developments in administrative law.
- Reviewing proposed legislation and regulatory documents prepared by the DHS and other agencies for legal sufficiency and impact on USCG programs and preparing comments or position papers reflecting the USCG's views on these documents.
Occasional travel – Infrequent travel may be required.
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school;
Must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.
To qualify for the GS-13 level position, must: have successfully completed at least one full year of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, as reflected in the nature and complexity of case work and legal issues for which responsible, the level of responsibility exercised, and the degree to which such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of this position.
To qualify for the GS-14 level position, must: have successfully completed at least one full year of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service as reflected in the nature and complexity of casework and legal issues for which responsible, the level of responsibility exercised, and the degree to which such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of this position.
Note: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered.
This position has a positive education requirement.
All Candidates must possess a J.D. or LL.B degree from an accredited law school; AND, must be a member in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.
If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's web site at click here
Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.
DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here
Recruitment incentives may be authorized.
If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor. However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.
The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6328. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Qualified candidates will be rated by comparing each candidate's qualifications to the skills and experience pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience, education, training, awards, and performance will be considered. The following factors are of particular importance to the position to be filled, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas as part of their application. These areas must be addressed in the resume or an additional document submitted as part of the application package
1. Knowledge of administrative law in order to conduct research, discuss legal issues and prepare draft decisions involving a broad scope of matters, especially involving Federal rulemaking. Examples addressing specialized experience in Federal rulemaking and Federal Advisory Committee Act issues are particularly valuable.
2. Skill in drafting regulatory provisions, identifying appropriate regulatory and non-regulatory options to achieve policy goals, assembling supporting analyses, and evaluating and responding to public comments.
3. Ability to effectively communicate legal concepts and issues in written form. We request a writing sample. Any written communication, or selection of communications, is an acceptable writing sample so long as it demonstrates the ability to apply law to facts and to convey legal advice. The writing sample must not exceed 10 pages in total.
4. Ability to effectively communicate orally to discuss legal issues with more senior attorneys as well as other high-ranking military and civilian officials.
NOTE: Qualified candidates may be invited for an interview. Final selection will be made on the basis of relevant experience, education, training, performance appraisal, job-related awards, interview, and the skills and experience identified above.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
In order to receive full consideration, you must submit:
1. A resume or any other written format of your choice which clearly identifies the following information:
* Job Information – Announcement number, title and grade.
* Personal Information – Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email address if available, day and evening phone numbers (with area code), country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian series and grade held, if applicable.
* Education – College or University name, city and state, major(s) and type and year of any degrees received.
* Work Experience – job title, duties and accomplishments, within the last 10 years, with the dates (month and year) of employment. Applicants selected for an interview may be asked to provide references, including contact information current and former supervisors.
* Qualifications – job-related training courses (title and year), skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
2. A copy of your J.D. or LL.B. transcript.
3. A legal writing sample, not to exceed 10 pages.
4. You will be required to submit proof of current membership in good standing of the appropriate licensing authority of any state, territory of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or District of Columbia bar.
5. Information related to the skills and experience listed under the Evaluations section above may be provided in a separate document, or incorporated within your resume.
You may find general application information and other forms at the website of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, www.usajobs.opm.gov .
None of the application documents will be returned.
In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard offers Career Transition Assistance Placement (CTAP) coverage to Attorneys within the Department of Homeland Security. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. If you are eligible under CTAP, you must submit a copy of your certificate of surplus status, certificate of expected separation, or your specific Reduction-in-Force notice establishing your eligibility under CTAP, a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, series, grade level and duty location. You must clearly indicate the grade from which you separated or declared surplus.
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.