Defense Contract Audit Agency ATTORNEY-ADVISOR (GENERAL) in Fort Belvoir, Virginia
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This position is in the Excepted Service.
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- Responsible for providing legal advice and services to include litigation support, contract law, fiscal law, and claims.
- Serves as liaison between the Agency and trial attorneys form the Department of Justice, other DoD components, and other federal agencies in litigation involving or of interest to DCAA.
- Participates in depositions and trials where DCAA employees are witnesses or are providing support to the primary trial attorney.
- Renders written opinions and oral advice on legal matters involving complex, technical, and sensitive legal questions that may result in expenditures or claims of large sums of money and may be contested by counsel from corporations and law firms.
- Evaluates existing and proposed legislation having a direct or indirect impact upon the Agency's mission, program, policies, procedures, regulations, or operations.
- Reviews DCAA directives, regulations, instructions, technical manuals, and other DCAA publications prior to final issuance to ensure issuances are legally sufficient and supported by law and regulations.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S Citizen as verified through E-Verify Program.
- You must meet the posted education requirement.
- Performance Appraisal - See Additional Information Section.
- Background Investigation - See Additional Information Section.
- Drug Testing - See Additional Information Section.
All qualification and time-in-grade (if applicable) requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
You must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp.
Basic Requirement: Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in good standing (any jurisdiction). Applicants must possess excellent academic and professional credentials, and outstanding professional references.
GS-11 -In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level which is directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: assisting senior Attorney with providing legal advice and services in areas of contract law, fiscal law, contract cost and pricing, use of Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques and, assisting senior Attorney with providing legal advice and services to management and individual staff members.
GS-12 - n addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level which is directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: Experience assisting senior Attorney with providing legal advice and services in areas of contract law, fiscal law, and contract cost and pricing, use of Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques, and experience assisting senior Attorney with providing legal advice and services to management and individual staff members.
GS-13 - In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level which is directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: Experience providing legal advice and services in areas of contract law, fiscal law, contract cost and pricing, use of Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques, and experience serving as a representative for an Agency providing legal advice and services to management and individual staff members.
GS-14 -In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 level which is directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: Experience providing professional legal advice and services in areas of contract law, fiscal law, contract cost and pricing, use of Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques, and experience serving as a representative for an Agency providing legal advice and services to management and individual staff members.
Volunteer Experience: 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 to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Basic Education Requirement: Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in good standing (any jurisdiction). Applicants must possess excellent academic and professional credentials, and outstanding professional references.
There is no substitution of education for the specialized experience.
DCAA has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security and thrift savings; health, life and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. DCAA employees enjoy our business-casual dress code, flexible work schedules, transit subsidies, and the opportunity to telecommute.
Initial Trial Period: You will be required to serve an initial trial period of 2 years if one has not already been completed.
Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov).
Performance Appraisal: If you are a current Federal employee, you must be rated fully successful or higher on your current performance rating to be eligible for promotion. You may be asked to provide a copy of your performance appraisal during the evaluation and selection process.
Background Investigation: All selectees will be subject to a personnel security investigation which must be favorably adjudicated for occupancy of a sensitive position and/or access to classified information. If you are selected for a critical/special sensitive position, you will be subject to a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). For a critical sensitive position, you must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility at the Top Secret level. For a special sensitive position, you must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility at the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) level AND you will be subject to a random counterintelligence scope polygraph.
Drug Testing: If you are given access to classified information, you will be subject to random drug testing. If you are selected for a critical/special sensitive position, you will be placed in a drug testing designated position. You must pass a drug test before your assignment to such a position and you will be subject to random drug testing subsequent to your assignment.
Notice of Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at http://www.opm.gov/.)
If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will initially be reviewed to determine whether you meet the minimum eligibility and qualifications requirements. If you are qualified, you will then receive a numeric score based on the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position listed below. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications, you will be assigned a rating commensurate with your background. Your final score will be used to determine if you are among the best qualified candidates. Competencies:
- Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
Background checks and security clearance
- Required Documents
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Resume - Each period of Federal experience must reflect the grade level of the position and whether the assignment is permanent or temporary. Your resume must document your specialized experience at the next lower grade level.
- Assessment Questionnaire
- Other supporting documents a. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action - Unless you are a current permanent DCAA employee, current and former Federal employees must provide their most recent SF-50 or the SF-50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis. b. College Transcripts c. Certifications d. Veterans Preference Documentation - DD-214 Member Copy 4, Standard Form 15, Veterans Administration letter. e. ICTAP - Agency notice f. Military Spouse Preference - Spousal Travel Orders g. Other documents identified in this announcement
WARNING: Failure to submit a complete Application Package including all required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. Once your application is "processed", you can review your submitted materials. It is your responsibility to verify that information you entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. Neither Human Resources nor the Selecting Official will modify your submitted documents and information.
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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How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.
Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. 1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents. 2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application. 3. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
You can preview the Assessment Questionnaire here:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10148558
Agency contact information
DCAA - HEADQUARTERS 8725 John J. Kingman Rd. Ft. Belvoir, VA US
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Once your application is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email. You will subsequently receive an email notice of your rating and whether you were referred to the hiring manager as best qualified. Qualified candidates eligible for non-competitive reassignment, repromotion, change to lower grade, transfer or reinstatement will also be referred. You may be contacted for an interview. You will be notified when the selection process is complete.
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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/492823700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/05/2018 to 03/19/2018
Salary: $68,036 to $148,967 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 14
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent