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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 Dallas, TX office.

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

Duty Station: Dallas, TX

Salary: GS-11 to GS-14

Open Period: November 4, 2014 to December 22, 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. 

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).  

This is a General Attorney position located within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Region VI, Dallas, TX. The incumbent serves as an Assistant Regional Counsel, providing a full range of legal services to the various clients that include the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Indian Health Services (IHS), Office for Civil Rights, and the Office of the Regional Director (ORD).   The incumbent provides advisory services covering a broad range of legal matters including health care law (Medicare and Medicaid), employment law, Indian law (Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA)), Federal civil rights laws, and the Federal Tort Claims Act.  The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of litigation including trial and motion practice, settlement, analysis, and recommendation as to the proper course of action.  The incumbent may litigate complex cases requiring original interpretation or application of administrative law, judicial decisions, and regulations, extensive research, and sophisticated analyses.  The incumbent also represents the Department before administrative boards including the Departmental Appeals Board, and assists Department of Justice and Assistant United States Attorneys in federal court litigation arising under assigned areas. The incumbent may also represent the Department during contract negotiations and disputes under the ISDEAA, in administrative litigation involving complex legal and factual issues arising from termination, suspension, and exclusion actions regarding HHS Federal programs and other enforcement activities. 

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 healthcare law, regulations and policy; Indian law; employment law; administrative or federal court litigation. Preference is given to candidates with significant litigation experience; strong academics; outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work in a cooperative and collegial manner with colleagues and supervisors; superior legal writing and research ability; and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must maintain an active bar membership and be in good standing throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • 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 may be in a bargaining unit. 

Instructions to Apply:
Please submit the following documents to to receive full consideration by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the 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 and supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s)
  • Legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
  • Law school transcripts, if graduated from law school within the past five years
  • Proof of bar status and standing. You must provide proof that you are a current, active member , in good standing of a bar of the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • References (at least three professional).
  • Applicants with a law degree who have not passed the bar may be hired as a Law Clerk, and converted to the General Attorney position upon passing the bar.  If hired as a Law Clerk, admission to the bar must be completed within 14 months of the date of appointment to the position.

If qualifying as a Law Clerk and not yet admitted to the bar, must provide proof of admission within 14 months of the date of appointment to the position.

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Content last reviewed on November 17, 2014