Supervisory Attorney-Adviser (General) – Washington D.C.




This position is in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation, and Energy Efficiency which is responsible for overseeing the Department of Energy's legislative and regulatory programs, and legal matters related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking an attorney to serve as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulation who is the principal assistant and senior legal specialist to the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation, and Energy Efficiency on legislative and regulatory matters, and who directly supervises a staff of attorneys and support personnel responsible for providing legal services with respect to these matters. The incumbent of the position:

Assigns work taking into account skills and abilities of the staff and monitoring work performance. Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.

Provides analyses, interpretations, guidance, assistance and opinions on a variety of legislative actions and issues that are extremely complex, controversial, sensitive, unusual, and highly publicized involving DOE and related legislation and regulation that may substantially broaden or restrict DOE activities, and have an important impact on major energy and related industries and the public. Analyzes, clarifies, interprets and resolves the most complex and delicate legislative and regulatory issues or problems; e.g., those which influence the ability of DOE to act in very basic and fundamental ways, and/or which involve large amounts of time and money in operations, human and other resources, research and development, negotiations, etc.; have widespread interest; and/or are opposed by extremely capable legal talent and other powerful entities.

Consults with operating and management officials in various DOE offices to provide guidance, legal assistance and support; to identify and to further delineate legal issues; and to obtain additional information needed in performing complicated legal research and developing legal documents. Negotiates and reconciles differences of opinion with operating officials. Confers with staff members of the Office of the Secretary to outline efforts in reaching compromises of viewpoints with DOE officials.

Makes determinations and recommendations in the development of legislation and regulation; drafts legislation and regulation and other documents utilizing data, research, opinions and proposals developed; and recommends revisions to existing legislation and regulation. Presents and defends drafts of legislation and regulation, recommendations, and proposals to concerned DOE officials. Counsels and advises senior and mid-level program officials on evaluating legislative and regulatory proposals. Aids those who testify at Congressional hearings. Provides consultation and advice to less experienced attorneys and paralegals working on matters involving the evaluation, development, and drafting of legislation and regulation. Reviews legislation proposed by Members of Congress and other Federal agencies to determine the effect on DOE activities in terms of projected effects on complex and sensitive DOE programs, policies, procedures, methods of operation and related laws. Analyzes bills that have been approved and prepares recommendations concerning the approval or veto of these measures that affect DOE programs and activities. Consults potentially impacted program activities on their views and opinions; and prepares consolidated comments incorporating the views and opinions of such program activities.

Provides legal counsel on rulemaking matters and administrative process. Provides assistance on drafting rulemaking documents and required analyses to support the issuance of rulemakings. Plans and conducts the Department's Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda and Annual Regulatory Plan and assists program offices with developing reasonable times schedules for the issuance of rules. Facilitates coordination of rule review with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. Provides coordination and monitoring of the Department of Energy's rulemaking process. Reviews and comments on rulemaking and regulatory activities of DOE or other agencies to ensure adequate consideration of DOE legislative concerns and to assess the impact of those activities on DOE's statutory missions or policies; and prepares detailed analyses.

Performs or oversees extensive legal research of complex and often controversial legal issues, analyzes legal problems and situations in light of research performed and makes recommendations on the revision of existing laws, the review of legislative proposals of other agencies and the formulation of provisions of laws to be recommended for enactment by Congress. Prepares reports, memoranda and formal drafts for Congressional committees and OMB, which concern pending bills of significant importance to DOE programs and activities and significant regulations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Less than 10 days per year.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
15 – This position has no further promotion potential beyond the GS-15 grade level.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Relocation expenses will not be provided.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required.


All candidates must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and must be a current, active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


New supervisors are required to complete 80 hours of supervisory training of which 40 hours must be completed during your first year as a supervisor.

New supervisors are required to complete one year supervisory probationary period.

If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement).

If selected, you must self-identify if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee as OPM approval is required prior to finalizing your selection.


GS-15: Must have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and active membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and at least four years of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work, plus, at least one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.


You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Specific experience is defined as professional legal experience, which enabled the candidate to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work relevant to a specific legal component.

Additional information

This is an excepted service position where appointees must serve a one-year trial period. Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated to determine the relevance and quality of your education and experience and whether you meet the minimum qualifications required and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. When describing your experience, please provide examples that demonstrate your ability to do the work of the office described above, including a description of the complexity of the knowledge you possess, the level of the people you interacted with in your current or most recent position, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, and the degree of supervision in any current or most recent position. Your answers will be validated against information provided in your resume, including your paid or volunteer experience, education, training, or certifications.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must have a bar membership and professional law degree. You do not need to provide official documentation at the time of application; official proof of bar membership and law degree will be requested if selected.

  • 1. SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION WHICH INCLUDES YOUR RESUME and all required supplemental documents in order to be considered.
  • 2. Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Energy considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their online application. If applicant is eligible to claim a 10-point preference, the applicant must also submit an SF-15 and any other proof that the applicant is eligible for a 10-point preference. If you are currently on active duty, you must submit an official statement of service from your command or other official documentation that proves that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You can find additional information on veterans' preference at VET GUIDE

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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