Overview

Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Administrative Law Division, Washington, DC

Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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Responsibilities

The incumbent serves as a principal senior attorney in the Office of General Counsel, Administrative Law Division and is responsible for independently handling complex ethics matters. He/she has responsibility for issues under arising the FCC’s government ethics programs, including: 1) financial disclosure programs and reviews; 2) ethics counselor program training, advice and assistance; 3) post-government employment program advice and assistance; 4) gift acceptance programs, including gifts of travel; and 5) gifts to the Commission and its employees. He/she reports to the Assistant General Counsel (Ethics).

Prepares opinions and furnishes advice on a wide variety of ethics issues arising under applicable laws and regulations, including post-employment restrictions, standards of conduct and conflict of interest issues, and issues associated with employee contact with prohibited sources.

Responsible for advising on specific ethics issues, including: (1) gifts offered to the agency under section 4(g)(3) of the Communications Act; (2) the hiring of student interns under 5 C.F.R. part 308 and staff exchanges with universities, state and local governments, under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act; (3) approval of events that fall within the “widely-attended gathering exception to the prohibition on Federal employee’s accepting gifts from outside sources found in Subpart B of the Office of Government Ethics’ Standards of Ethical Conduct (5 CFR 2635); (4) the FCC regulations requiring employees to obtain prior approval for the outside practice of their profession (5 CFR 3901.102); and (5) avoiding conflicts of interest. Responsible for participating in the review of OGE Form 450s (Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports) filed by Commission employees and of OGE Form 278s (Public Financial Disclosure Reports) filed by senior Commission employees, the Chairman and Commissioners.

Reviews ethics matters as codified in the criminal conflict of interest laws, the government-wide Standards of Ethical Conduct, the Commission’s supplemental standards and other employee conduct-related rules, the Communications Act, and ethics-related aspects of other applicable laws and regulations (e.g., Federal Travel Reimbursement Program, Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, and the Government Employees Training Act).

Provides oral and written legal advice on ethics and general law matters which can be Commission-wide in scope and often involve difficult, complicated, delicate, and novel issues requiring sound judgment. Incumbent applies knowledge of FCC procedures, administrative law, and communications law as appropriate in his/her analysis of ethics-related issues, and coordinates advice with other attorneys in the Office of General Counsel as appropriate.

Reviews the work of the Program Analysts assigned to the Administrative Law Division’s ethics team.

Conducts legal research using appropriate source materials, confers with staff specialists, and is responsible for analyzing all data and information researched. Based on interpretation of Commission policy, precedent, and other relevant factors, the incumbent determines appropriate Commission positions, and drafts recommendations and decisional items.

Travel Required

Not required


Supervisory status

No


Promotion Potential

15


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