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Office of the General Counsel Position Announcements



Assistant Regional Counsel

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.  For more information about the Department’s mission, please visit the HHS website at  The HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in Region 5 (Chicago) seeks one or more licensed attorneys committed to supporting the development and implementation of the HHS programs by providing comprehensive legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the Department’s various agencies and divisions.  For additional information about OGC’s mission, please visit our website at

A collegial office comprising twenty-seven (27) attorneys and six support staff, attorneys in the Chicago office are expected to work independently and as a team with more than 400 OGC colleagues around the nation.  The incumbent of this position will provide legal advice and litigation services to the agencies within HHS Region 5, particularly the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Public Health Service, the Indian Health Service, the Administration for Children and Families and the Office for Civil Rights.  For this position, we especially prefer applicants who demonstrate exemplary legal writing and oral advocacy abilities, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and display a capacity to work with diverse individuals and groups.

This position will be filled at the GS-11, GS-12, GS-13, or GS-14 level (current salary range is approximately $63,538 - $139,115 annually), depending on experience and qualifications.  Reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.  Applicants must be a licensed attorney who is admitted to practice law in the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, or a federal court.

To be considered, please provide a cover letter of no more than 950 words that discusses each of the following competencies:

  1. General Legal – Writing ability, analytical and problem-solving skills, and experience preparing legal briefs and/or memoranda;
  2. Litigation – Litigation experience before Federal trial and appellate courts and/or administrative bodies;
  3. Laws and Regulations – Experience in applying statutes, regulations, and policies; and
  4. Client Advice and Relationships– Experience providing oral and written advice and ability to relate effectively with clients.

In addition to your cover letter please include a resume, writing sample (15 pages or less), and a law school transcript (if you have practiced less than five years) to:

Reg V Hiring   OR

Caroline Bloom, Secretary to the Chief Counsel
US DHHS Office of the General Counsel
233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601

Closing date: Applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by April 11, 2014.

HHS is an equal opportunity employer.  A background investigation will be conducted on any applicant who is hired.

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Advisory-Attorney (Several Positions)

The Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking to fill several advisory-attorney positions (GS 11/12/13/14) for its Ethics Division, which provides 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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The duty station for the positions may be at the HHS headquarters in Washington, DC, or at an Ethics Division satellite office in Silver Spring, MD.

Candidates must have strong writing, oral, and analytical skills and be adept at working with and advising clients. Knowledge of federal or state government ethics law, professional responsibility rules, political activity restrictions, procurement integrity, or related subjects is preferred, but recent law graduates and other attorneys with a strong interest in the subject matter will be considered. Knowledge of food and drug law, or the legal framework for health and social services programs, will be considered a plus. Salary currently ranges from $63,091

(Grade 11, Step 1) to $138,136, (Grade 14, Step 10), depending upon experience.

This is an open continuous announcement. The first deadline for application packages will be April 10, 2014. Review of applications will begin after this date. All applications received on or before this date will receive first consideration. After this deadline, applications will be considered as needed on a rolling basis until the vacancies are filled. To be considered, applicants must email to the following items: (1) a cover letter summarizing relevant experience; (2) a résumé; (3) a list of three references; (4) law school transcripts (required only if the applicant has graduated within the last five years); and (5) two writing samples. Those individuals who are unable to submit materials electronically may send hard copies to Elizabeth J. Fischmann, Deputy Associate General Counsel, Attention: Linda Conte, Operations Specialist, HHS/OGC/Ethics Division, Room 710-E, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201.

These career positions are in the Excepted Service under a Schedule A appointment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. If selected, an applicant must submit, prior to appointment, (1) an SF 85P, Questionnaire for Public Trust Positions; (2) a copy of the applicant’s state bar card or a certificate of good standing from all jurisdictions in which the applicant holds an active license to practice law; and (3) within thirty (30) days of entrance on duty, an OGE 450 Confidential Financial Disclosure Form. HHS is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke-free workplace.

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