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Office of the General Counsel Position Announcements

Chief Counsel, Philadelphia, PA - Region 3

General Attorney, Civil Rights Division

General Attorney, Civil Rights Division (HIPAA)

General Attorney, Ethics Division


Chief Counsel, Philadelphia, PA - Region 3

Series & Grade: 0905, GS-15

Salary Range: $123,775-$158,700

Open Period: June 22, 2015 – July 6, 2015

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: N/A

Duty Locations: 1 vacancy in the following location: Philadelphia, PA

Who May Apply: This vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens.

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, Region III, in Philadelphia, is home to nine attorneys and two support staff.

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

Duties:

This is the Chief Counsel position in HHS, Region III, Philadelphia, PA.

The incumbent serves as the Chief Counsel in charge of the HHS Office of the General Counsel, Chief Counsel’s Office, Region III, in Philadelphia, PA. The person in this position is responsible for determining, directing and coordinating the legal services for all programs and responsibilities required on behalf of the Department and its constituent agencies.

Serves with respect to the legal aspects of the formulation, coordination, revision and execution of programs on a departmental level, as staff adviser to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsels.

Consults with and assists U.S. Attorneys in the investigation, preparation, presentation and conduct of both criminal and civil litigation growing out of the Departmental activities. Provides authoritative advice, guidance, interpretations and recommendations concerning legal matters to representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Justice, the Solicitor General and others.

Writes, reviews and clears legal opinions, briefs, pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, etc., on important and significant matters.

Responsible for legal services on business management activities and administrative operations, including procurement, contracting, personnel and claims by and against the Department.

Drafts, reviews and clears important letters, policy statements, and similar communications by regional office officials on program matters which require particular sensitivity to and judgment concerning legal, public relations or State relations implications.

Responsible for the overall planning, organization, and formulation of procedures of the HHS Region III Regional Office of the Office of the General Counsel and for the supervision of the work of the office/region and in the selection, assignment, utilization and evaluation of professional and clerical staff.

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.
  • You must demonstrate five (5) or more years of professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. Such experience can include determining, directing and coordinating legal services; supervising the overall planning, reporting and budgeting for an office or comparable experience; overseeing civil litigation, drafting, reviewing and approving letters, policy statements and similar communications. The experience must be comparable to the GS-14 grade level in the federal government. Preference is given to candidates with significant litigation experience; strong academics; outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills; superior legal writing and research ability and 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.
  • 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
  • OGE Form 278 Public Financial disclosure Report must be completed and required annually
  • Two-year trial period will be required
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid
  • This position is not in a bargaining unit

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following documents to Frankie.Green@hhs.gov 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 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)

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General Attorney, Civil Rights Division

Salary Range: $63,722 - $139,523/ per year

Open Period: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 to Friday, July 17, 2015

Series & Grade: GS-0905, GS-11 thru GS-14

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Locations: 1 vacancy in the following location: Washington, DC

Who May Apply: All groups of qualified individuals

Security Clearance: Public Trust - Background Investigation

Supervisory Status: No

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.

HHS is seeking an attorney to join the OGC Civil Rights Division. The Division provides legal advice and services to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which enforces laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, disability, age, and sex under various statutes, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. OCR also enforces the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act.

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

Who May Apply: This vacancy is open to all groups of qualified individuals.

Duties:

The attorney will provide legal advice and services to OCR on civil rights issues with a primary focus on the enforcement and administration of Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in certain health programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, and disability. The attorney will be responsible for providing assistance to OCR and regional civil rights attorneys in investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination, and taking enforcement action. The attorney will also provide legal advice to OCR on civil rights program initiatives, guidance documents, and regulatory activities.

We are seeking to fill the position at the GS-11 or GS-14 level ($63,722 – 139,523), depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be located in Washington, D.C. and reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available. The candidate must have at least one year of legal experience post bar.

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 experience working with the HIPAA Rules; strong organizational, interpersonal, legal writing, and legal research skills; and a commitment to professionalism and public service

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must maintain active bar membership 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 is not in a bargaining unit

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following documents to ogccrvacancy@hhs.gov 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 preferably related to federal non-discrimination laws)
  • 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 of a bar of 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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General Attorney, Civil Rights Division (HIPAA)

Salary Range: $63,722 - $139,523/ per year

Open Period: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 to Friday, July 17, 2015

Series & Grade: GS-0905, GS-11 thru GS-14

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Locations: 1 vacancy in the following location: Washington, DC

Who May Apply: All groups of qualified individuals

Security Clearance: Public Trust - Background Investigation

Supervisory Status: No

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.

HHS is seeking an attorney to join the OGC Civil Rights Division. The Division provides legal advice and services to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which enforces laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, disability, age, and sex under various statutes, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. OCR also enforces the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act.

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

Who May Apply: This vacancy is open to all groups of qualified individuals.

Duties:

The attorney will provide legal advice and services to OCR on issues related to the enforcement and administration of the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. The attorney will be responsible for supporting OCR’s resolution of potential HIPAA violations by covered entities and business associates, including reviewing OCR documentation, and working with regional civil rights attorneys involved in HIPAA investigations, settlement negotiations, and administrative and judicial enforcement. The attorney will also provide legal advice on various OCR regulatory activities; on program initiatives, including the HIPAA audit program; on HHS, other Federal agency, and Congressional initiatives affecting health privacy; and on guidance documents related to the HIPAA Rules, including the application of HIPAA to emerging technologies.

We are seeking to fill the position at the GS-11 or GS-14 level ($63,722 – 139,523), depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be located in Washington, D.C. and reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available. The candidate must have at least one year of legal experience post bar.

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 experience working with the HIPAA Rules; strong organizational, interpersonal, legal writing, and legal research skills; and a commitment to professionalism and public service

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must maintain active bar membership 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 "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 not in a bargaining unit

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following documents to ogccrvacancy@hhs.gov 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 preferably related to HIPAA)
  • 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 of a bar of 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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General Attorney, Ethics Division

Salary Range: $63,722 - $139,523 per year

Open Period: Monday, June 22, 2015 to Friday, July 31, 2015

Series & Grade: GS-0905, GS-11 thru GS-14

Position Information: Full Time

Promotion Potential: Yes

Duty Locations: 1 vacancy in the following location: Washington, DC

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

Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation

Supervisory Status: No

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.

Duties:

This is an advisory-attorney position (GS 11/12/13/14) position in the Ethics Division. The incumbent will provide legal services involving federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, procurement integrity provisions, lobbying rules, 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 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. Although the positions will have generalist ethics responsibilities, depending upon staffing needs, the positions may be focused on providing these services to a principal client agency, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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 experience working with federal non-discrimination laws; strong organizational, interpersonal, legal writing, and legal research skills; and a commitment to professionalism and public service

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must maintain active bar membership 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 is not in a bargaining unit

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following documents to OGCEthicsVacancy@hhs.gov 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 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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