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Office of the General Counsel Position Announcements

Associate General Counsel, Ethics Division, and Designated Agency Ethics Official

Job Announcement Number: HHS-OGC-ES-15-1366619

Salary Range: $121,956.00 to $183,300.00 / Per Year

Open Period: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 to Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Series & Grade: ES-0905-00

Position Information: Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)

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

Who May Apply: All groups of qualified individual

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 citizens.

Who May Apply: 

This vacancy is open to all groups of qualified individuals. 

To view the vacancy announcement for this position (HHS-OGC-ES-15-1366619), visit the following link:


General Attorney

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for general attorney positions in its Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) 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 or Baltimore, MD

Salary Range: $63,722-$107,325

Open Period March 16, 2015 – April 17, 2015

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.


These are General Attorney positions in the CMS Division’s Program Integrity, Program Review, and Litigation Groups.  CMS Division staff attorneys provide a broad range of legal services for several of the HHS’s grant and public benefit programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP.  The Division also advises CMS on many Affordable Care Act (ACA) initiatives, including those implemented by the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center).  Attorneys in  the Program Integrity and Program Review Groups work closely with the Department and client agencies to advise on the legality of, and the legal risk associated with policies, regulations, guidance documents, and significant correspondence.  Program Integrity attorneys also advise CMS regarding the Stark law and other authorities that protect the financial integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and they will counsel CMS’ Innovation Center regarding program integrity safeguards for various payment reforms, including those for which certain fraud and abuse laws may be waived. In addition, Program Integrity attorneys support the OIG and DOJ in False Claims Act litigation. Litigation attorneys will defend CMS in federal court litigation, including both direct representation and in support of Department of Justice representation. Our litigation caseload spans a broad range of complex topics, including high profile Medicare reimbursement and coverage matters, and defense of Medicaid and ACA regulations and policies.  Program Review attorneys provide advice to CMS and HHS on a wide range of subjects, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA, specifically, Innovation Center models.

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.
  • Attorneys applying for positions in the Program Review and Program Integrity Groups must possess substantial familiarity with healthcare law and regulations. Attorneys applying for positions in the Litigation Group must possess familiarity with the APA.  Preference is given to  candidates with strong academic credentials, significant regulatory and administrative law experience, and superb writing skills. Ideal candidates for the Litigation Group should have significant litigation experience or a demonstrated interest in litigation.  For the Program Integrity Group positions, corporate and health care transactional experience is a plus.  All candidates should have outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills 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.
  • 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 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Cover letter (please include a statement specifying which group (Litigation, Program Review or Program Integrity) you are applying for)
  • 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)
  • One to two legal writing samples
  • Law school transcripts, if you 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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