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Position to be filled in any of the duty stations listed. This is NOT a 100% telework position – the selectee(s) will be expected to report to one of the Offices in the locations identified above. Salary based on the location of the position.

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As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, your specific duties will include:

  • Serves as the Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs (AS-IA) Deputy Ethics Counselor.  Supervise a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Team and a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Team of Ethics Specialists.  Sets work requirements and ensures quality and consistent ethics program service delivery to AS-IA/BIA/BIE employees nationwide. 
  • Serves as the AS-IA/BIA/BIE senior expert in the provision of authoritative written and verbal advice to all levels of leadership, managers and employees on complex issues and problems involving traditional and emerging ethics subjects, including but not limited to: outside employment; employee gift acceptance; fundraising; gift authority; obtaining approval for employees to serve, in their official capacity, as officers/board members for outside organizations; lobbying; political activities; use of Government affiliation, official position and title; nepotism; use of government property, time, and information; gambling; and post-Government employment.
  • Serves as an AS-IA/BIA/BIE-wide subject-matter expert on a wide range of complex, often unprecedented, and highly sensitive ethics issues and problems that may significantly impact operations.
  • Ensures that ethics requirements are considered in the development of AS-IA/BIA/BIE-wide policies.
  • Leads AS-IA/BIA/BIE’s electronic FDonline financial disclosure system and the public financial disclosure reporting process (OGE 278 and 450). Oversees the communication with filers, reviews and approves (as required) public and confidential financial disclosure reports.
  • Oversees the development, implementation, administration, and monitoring of the effectiveness of the AS-IA/BIA/BIE ethics training programs, in accordance with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and Departmental regulatory requirements, and ensures the training meets the unique needs of AS-IA/BIA/BIE managers, technical personnel, and other employees.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of an ethics internal communications plan to keep AS-IA/BIA/BIE employees continuously informed about the ethics rules.
  • Ensures that ethics program files, correspondence, advisory opinions, memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and waivers, new employee certifications, and training records are adequate to meet or exceed OGE program review (audit) requirements.
  • Works with other components of the DOI Departmental Ethics Office and the Office of Inspector General in the investigation of violations of ethics-related criminal statutes and regulations. Ensures that appropriate reporting, corrective and follow-up actions are taken as required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Average 1-2 nights per month

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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