<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />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. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />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. <br /><br />We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />The Office of the Inspector General consists of the following five components:<br /> <ul> <li>Immediate Office of the Inspector General</li> <li>Investigation Services</li> <li>Audit Services</li> <li>Management Services</li> <li>Information Technology Audits and Computer Crime Investigation</li> </ul> <br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Travel may be required to various regional components of the Department.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 15 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>State Bar Membership</li> <li>Must be a U.S. Citizen</li> <li>Males 18 and over must be registered with the Selective Service</li> <li>May be subject to serve a one-year trial period</li> </ul> <br /><br />You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.<br /><br />Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. We will consider all qualifying experience, including any volunteer experience.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Specialized Experience for the GS-15:<br /><br />One year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:<br /><br />1. Experience conducting federal employment litigation or advising on federal employment litigation including EEOC and MSPB matters.<br /><br />2. Experience advising on matters involving several of the following areas — the Inspector General Act, federal education related laws and regulations, criminal, civil and administrative investigations, information security, government grants and contracts law, appropriations law, and federal ethics law.<br /><br />3. Experience advising on, or processing or litigating, FOIA or Privacy Act requests and administrative appeals. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email Iworked.gov to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email). <br /><br />Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment. <br /><br />Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.<br /><br />Financial Disclosure: This position requires a financial disclosure.<br /><br />Telework: This position is telework eligible.<br /><br />Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the excepted service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your application and documentation submitted to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will refer the best qualified candidates to the Selecting Official of the job for further review and consideration. You will be evaluated to determine if you meet qualifications required, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities associated with this position as defined below. Please be sure to give examples in your resume and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of people you interacted with, and the complexity and sensitivity of the issues you handled.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />You must submit (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS):<br />•A resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire.<br /><br />•Proof of bar membership – i.e., providing a copy of a bar membership card<br />If you are claiming Veterans' Preference you must submit:<br />•A copy of your DD-214 that shows active service and character of discharge, member copy 4 (Separated Members only); OR<br />•A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days from the date of application (Current Active Duty Members only); AND/OR<br />•The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) AND all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference; AND/OR<br />•Proof of Sole Survivorship Preference (e.g., certificate of death or 100% disability as a result of serving in the armed forces). <br />Veteran's Preference:<br /><br />•Writing Samples<br /><br />Department of the Education attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Education considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor consideration in the attorney hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation, e.g., SF-15, DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation.<br /><br />Please Note: If an applicant is deemed "Best Qualified" and is referred for this position a writing sample, transcript, and/or list of references may be required of selected applicants at later stages in the selection process. In addition to this, two most recent writing samples will be required. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.