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Office of the General Counsel Position Announcements

General Attorney

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for a General Attorney position in its General Law Division.

Who May Apply: This vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens and may be used to fill multiple positions.

Duty Station: Washington, DC 

Salary Range:  $63,091-$138,136

Open Period: October 16, 2014 – November 6, 2014

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.


This is a General Attorney position for the Procurement, Fiscal and Information Law Branch in the General Law Division. The Office is seeking attorneys with experience in federal procurement and contract law. The incumbent will advise contracting officials on all aspects of the source selection process and contract administration, including the application of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and other federal statutes and regulations regarding federal contracting.  The incumbent will litigate bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as well as Contract Disputes Act claims before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.  Other duties will include advising agency officials on other general and administrative law topics.  Familiarity with other general law areas (e.g., federal appropriations law and federal information law) is desirable.

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:

  • You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
  • You must have been admitted to a bar in one of the highest courts of a State, U.S.

Commonwealth, U.S. territories, or the District of Columbia and be in good standing.

  • Possess substantial familiarity with federal procurement and contract law and related litigation. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with 5 or more years of federal procurement and contracting law experience; outstanding client counseling skills; superior legal writing and research ability with a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.

Conditions of Employment:

Must maintain active bar membership in good standing throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel.

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.

One-year probationary period may be required.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.

Instructions To Apply:

To be considered for this position, you must submit the electronic copies of the following documents to by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of this announcement:

  • Cover letter
  • 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.)
  • References (at least three professional)

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Content last reviewed on October 28, 2014