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Office of the General Counsel Position Announcements

Current Openings:

General Attorney, Ethics (Washington, DC)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for General Attorney for its Washington, DC Ethics Office.

Series & Grade: GS-0905-15

Salary Range: $128,082-$160,300/ Per Year

Open Period: April 28, 2016 – May 31, 2016

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Locations: Washington, DC

Who May Apply: All groups of qualified individuals

Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation

Supervisory Status:  Yes

Job Summary:

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice in a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization’s various agencies and divisions.

OGC is comprised of three principal subcomponents: the Immediate Office, the Headquarters Divisions and the Regional Offices. Each Headquarters Division is led by an Associate General Counsel and each of the ten Regional Offices is led by a Chief Counsel. The eight (8) Headquarters Divisions consist of the following: the General Law Division (GLD), Children, Families and Aging Division (CFAD), Ethics Division (ETH), Civil Rights Division (CRD), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Division (CMSD), Food and Drug Division (FDD), Legislation (LEG) and Public Health Division (PHD). The ten (10) Regional offices are located in the following cities; Region I-Boston, Region II- New York, Region III-Philadelphia, Region IV-Atlanta, Region V-Chicago, Region VI-Dallas, Region VII-Kansas City, Region VIII-Denver, Region IX-San Francisco and Region X-Seattle.

OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of high-quality candidates.


This is a supervisory attorney advisor position (GS 15) in the OGC Ethics Division. The incumbent will supervise and train a team of attorneys providing legal services to senior leadership across HHS on federal ethics laws. Topics encompassed by the position include federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, and procurement integrity provisions. The incumbent will also supervise attorneys giving legal advice on anti-lobbying restrictions, and Hatch Act political activity restrictions. Ethics Division attorneys work closely with the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in advising and clearing new Presidential appointees in the Senate confirmation process and also provide, in consultation with state bar authorities, guidance on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. The selectee for this position will also handle direct client advice on all of the above ethics related topics to senior leaders in HHS. The incumbent will provide training on various topics related to federal ethics requirements and must be an expert in this substantive area with strong public speaking skills.

Qualifications Required:

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed on this announcement. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

The following are required qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school
  • Have at least five years’ experience after law school as a practicing attorney
  • Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia
  • Candidates must have strong writing, oral, and analytical skills and be adept at working with and advising clients. Knowledge of federal ethics law, professional responsibility rules, political activity restrictions, procurement integrity law, or related subjects is required
  • Experience leading attorneys or managing staff will also be considered a plus
  • Preference is given to candidates with strong academic achievement; outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills; superior legal writing and research ability and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, and public service

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel
  •  Proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice in the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia The successful candidate must submit official law school transcripts
  • Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action
  • E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant
  • Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required
  • Two-year trial period may be required
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid
  • This position is in a bargaining unit

Instructions to Apply:
Please submit the following documents to to receive full consideration by 11:59p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Cover letter addressed to the OGC Ethics Division Hiring Team
  • Resume (must include education, including name of undergraduate and law school, degree received, and date graduated); date admitted to bar and jurisdiction; a general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment and supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s)
  • Two legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages)
  • Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references

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Content last reviewed on April 29, 2016