What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
This position can be located either in Washington, DC or Bloomington, MN. This is NOT a permanent telework position. The selectee would be expected to report to an office location within one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Pay will be set accordingly based on the grade and duty station the selectee would be reporting to.
As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of General Law, Torts Practice Branch, your specific duties will include:
The Torts Practice Branch serves as the principal point of contact for Dept of Justice (DOJ) components, such as the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and DOI bureaus on a number of legal issues arising under the FTCA. The branch works closely with and assists Justice Department attorneys to represent the DOI in federal civil litigation, including but not limited to litigation holds, electronic discovery, document production, and oral and written discovery. In addition, they assist in litigation development and settlement strategy and evaluation.
Providing legal advice and counsel in handling administrative claims and associated federal civil litigation filed pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1346(b), 2671-2680.
Drafts settlement memorandums and settlement concurrences and approvals for DOI bureaus and offices and DOJ, respectively.
Makes appeal recommendations on all adverse judgments entered in FTCA cases and also provides comments on FTCA-related Congressional legislation that may have an impact on taxpayer liability.
Comprehensively researches novel areas of law and provides legal memoranda as requested by client bureaus and the Department of Justice. Providing well organized and well researched written products under tight deadlines.
Works closely with clients from the U.S. Geological Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Bureaus of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
Serves as a legal adviser handling employee claims for loss or damage to personal property while in the scope of the employee’s employment pursuant to DI-570.
Advises senior Departmental and Bureau officials on tort matters and litigation, and advising on liability risks and policies.
Occasional travel – Occasional Travel