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Current Openings:


General Attorney Advisor - Region VI Office (Dallax, TX)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for one or more General Attorney Advisors in its Region VI – Dallas 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 RANGE: $68,994 - $151,061

OPEN PERIOD: November 16, 2020 to December 16, 2020

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking an attorney to join its Region VI - Dallas office. OGC- Region VI provides comprehensive legal services to almost all components within HHS.

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

For additional information about OGC’s mission, please visit our website at:  http://www.hhs.gov/ogc/index.html

DUTIES:

This is a General Attorney Advisor position in the HHS Dallas Regional Office. The attorney will be expected to provide a variety of legal services to one or more Department components in the region, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the Indian Health Service (IHS), on matters which often require coordination with other components of the Department, other OGC offices, or the U.S. Department of Justice. Attorneys may represent the agency in litigation against hospitals, nursing homes, health plans, clinical laboratories, and other health care providers to enforce compliance with federal requirements; aid in the recovery of misspent Medicare, Medicaid, and federal grant funds; counsel health care providers and administrators at over 20 IHS-operated hospitals and health care facilities throughout the region on a range of issues related to patient care and hospital operations; advise OCR in the investigation and resolution of unauthorized uses and/or disclosures of personal health information by health care entities; and represent the agency in hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and the National Labor Relations Board. Attorneys must be able to work independently and as a team with the 400+ OGC colleagues across the nation. Demonstrated experience or familiarity in federal court or administrative litigation or negotiations and/or a government law background would be helpful.

This position will be filled at the GS-11, GS-12, GS-13, or GS-14 level ($68,994 - $151,061) depending on experience and qualifications. The positions will be located in Dallas, TX. Reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.

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 Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
  • Possess proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • Possess substantial familiarity in one or more of the following areas: civil litigation, employment law, or health care law.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and be eligible to practice law before the highest court of a State, U. S. Territory, U. S. Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
  • 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: Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • A confidential OGE Financial disclosure statement will be required.  
  • https://www2.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/Resources/Financial+Disclosure
  • Two-year trial period may be required.
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This position is not in a bargaining unit.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to OGCDallasHR@hhs.gov by 11:59pm of the closing date of the announcement to receive full consideration:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position and highlighting any relevant experience
  • 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)  Legal writing sample (5-10 pages preferred)

General Attorney - Region 10 Office (Seattle, WA)

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 Region 10 office.

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

DUTY STATION: Seattle, WA

SALARY RANGE: $70,120 - $153,527 (GS-11 to GS-14)

OPEN PERIOD: July 8, 2020 - until filled; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting July 22, 2020.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking an attorney to join its office in Seattle, Washington.  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 department's various agencies and divisions.

OGC Region X-Seattle provides comprehensive litigation services (both administrative and judicial litigation), legal advice, counseling, and negotiation services in virtually every area of Department programs, with an emphasis on services to those HHS agencies that have staff present in the Region 10 states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. We have a collegial office with eight (8) attorneys and two administrative legal resources staff. Attorneys are expected to work independently and as a team with more than 500 OGC colleagues around the nation.

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

For additional information about OGC's mission, please visit our website at: http://www.hhs.gov/ogc/index.html

DUTIES:

This is a General Attorney position in the OGC-Region X office, located in Seattle, Washington. The incumbent may be asked to serve any of the client agencies within HHS. Attorneys in OGC-Region X provide legal advice and litigation support to the Department in complex matters requiring extensive research and sophisticated analysis of administrative law, judicial decisions, and statutes and regulations. Attorneys must be competent in a wide range of legal skills, including analytical and problem-solving skills, experience preparing legal briefs and/or memoranda, experience in applying statutes, regulations, and policies; and experience providing oral and written advice, and the ability to relate effectively with clients.

We are seeking to fill the position at the GS-11 to GS-14 level ($70,120 - $153,527) depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be located in Seattle, WA, and reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Your resume, cover letter, and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed in this announcement. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

The following are required qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
  • At least one year of legal experience post bar admission.
  • Proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice in the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • The capacity to work with diverse individuals and groups: outstanding legal writing and research ability; superior organizational and time management skills; and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and the eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a state, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, 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 EVerify 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.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to OGCR10-Hiring@hhs.gov using the subject line "General Attorney Advisor" in the forwarding email. To receive full consideration, submit all materials as soon as possible; applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until filled:

  • Provide a cover letter of no more than 2-pages addressing the required competencies to:

    Pamela Parker
    Office of the General Counsel, Suite 1620
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region 10
    701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1600, MS/10
    Seattle, WA 98104

  • 3-7 page legal writing sample that highlights your analytical and writing skills.
  • 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 (full and part time)).
  • If you are a current Federal employee, please provide a copy of your last performance appraisal.
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references.

General Attorney Advisor - Ethics Division (Washington, DC, Rockville, MD and Bethesda, MD)

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

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

DUTY STATION(s): Washington, DC, Rockville, Maryland and Bethesda, Maryland

SALARY RANGE: $72,030 - $157,709

OPEN PERIOD: Open until filled (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on July 13, 2020)

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking an attorney to join its Ethics Division. The OGC Ethics Division runs one of the largest and most complex federal sector ethics programs. If you are passionate about public integrity and federal ethics laws, have an eye for very detailed work, and want to join a collegial, diligent and dedicated legal team, this may be the job for you. The OGC Ethics Division is responsible for the management and operation of the HHS federal sector ethics program. Attorneys in the Ethics Division provide legal advice and services to HHS employees on matters relating to federal criminal conflicts of interest statutes, federal and HHS standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements for federal employees, procurement integrity provisions, and federal anti-lobbying and political activity restrictions.

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

For additional information about OGC's mission, please visit our website at: http://www.hhs.gov/ogc/index.html.

This is an open continuous announcement. The first deadline for application packages will be July 13, 2020. 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

DUTIES:

The incumbent will serve in an advisory attorney position (GS 11/12/13/14) in OGC's Ethics Division and provide professional legal services involving federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, procurement integrity provisions, lobbying rules, and political activity restrictions. The work may involve providing detailed legal guidance to senior staff, engaging in complex and difficult legal research assignments involving new emerging authorities, unusual legal problems and/or highly sensitive information.

The incumbent will provide legal advice and guidance to the Associate General Counsel Ethics Division (or designee) and to employees of HHS on matters covered by the Ethics in Government

Act, the Federal Criminal Conflicts of Interest statutes and the government-wide Standards of Ethical conduct and related regulations. The incumbent will also provide guidance to prevent and/or determine possible violations of law, rule or regulations and to recommend appropriate corrective action to address ethics violations.

Ethics Division attorneys work closely with senior HHS officials, other HHS OGC attorneys, and may work with the White House Counsel's Office and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in clearing new political appointees for a conflict free appointment or in addressing specific recusal obligations required by law, rule or regulations. This often includes detailed work reviewing highly complex financial disclosure reports and portfolios to identify and resolve potential conflicts of interest.

The incumbent will also develop and present interactive training on various topics related to federal employee ethics requirements and the financial disclosure program at HHS. The incumbent will also plan and participate in ethics program oversight reviews, report writing, and follow-up. The duties may also include serving as liaison with the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) and participating in the referral of cases to OIG when necessary to address ethics violations. On occasion, the incumbent may work on press or Congressional inquiries related to the ethics program and FOIA responses. Overall, the incumbent will focus on HHS-wide, federal ethics program administration and compliance and will provide legal guidance and advice that aims to improve the administration of ethics throughout the entire department.

The duty station for the positions may be at the HHS headquarters in Washington, DC, or at an Ethics Division Satellite Office located in Rockville or Bethesda, MD.

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 to be hired into an attorney-advisor position.
  • Proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice in the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • Possess an understanding of financial instruments and ethics law. Attorneys that demonstrate a strong interest in the subject matter and have knowledge of the legal framework for health and social services programs will be considered.
  • Candidates must have superior legal writing and research ability; outstanding oral, analytical and interpersonal skills and be adept at working directly with clients and staff members; candidates must demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and public service.

PREFERRED QUALICATIONS

In addition to the required qualification, preference will be given to candidates that meet any of the following:

  • Preference will be given to Candidates that have at least three years of demonstrated professional legal experience practicing law at a large law firm, corporation, or in government;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with strong academic achievement; outstanding interpersonal skills; superior legal writing and research ability and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism and public service, for example, experience gained through a federal or state judicial clerkship, prior government service, law review or activity where outstanding legal writing explaining and/or advocating points of law are demonstrated;
  • Knowledge of federal government ethics laws, political activity restrictions, procurement integrity, or related subjects is preferred.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and the eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a state, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Upon final job offer from HHS Office of Human Resources, 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 will 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.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.
  • Salary currently ranges from$72,030 (Grade 11, Step 1) to $157,709 (Grade 14, Step 10), depending upon experience.

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 addressed to the OGC Ethics Division Hiring Team explaining your interest in the HHS ethics program.
  • 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 legal writing sample.
  • Law school transcripts only if graduated from law school within the past five years.
  • Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in 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.

General Attorney Advisor – Region IX Office (San Francisco, CA and Sacramento, CA)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for one or more General Attorney Advisors in its Region IX –San Francisco office, with a focus on employment or health law.

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

DUTY STATION: San Francisco, CA and Sacramento, CA

SALARY RANGE: $75,515 - $165,346

OPEN PERIOD: OPEN UNTIL FILLED

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 HHS, providing quality representation and legal advice on 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, Headquarters Divisions, and 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 Region IX- San Francisco office provides litigation services, programmatic advice, and training on a wide range of legal issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, employment and personnel, the Indian Self-Determination Education and Assistance Act, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, civil rights, HIPAA, Head Start, and requests for information. Attorneys in OGC-Region IX may provide legal services to any agency within HHS; most work involves the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Indian Health Service, and the Office for Civil Rights. OGC-Region IX covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the six U.S.-affiliated Pacific jurisdictions of Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. OGC-Region IX also serves as the primary legal advisor to the Indian Health Service California Area, Navajo Area (including the Gallup Indian Medical Center), Phoenix Area (including the Phoenix Indian Medical Center), and the Tucson Area.

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

For additional information about OGC's mission, please visit our website at: http://www.hhs.gov/ogc/index.ht ml

DUTIES:

This is a General Attorney Advisor position in the HHS OGC-Region IX San Francisco Office. The attorney will be expected to provide a variety of legal services to one or more Department components in the region, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office for Civil Rights, and the Indian Health Service, on matters which often require coordination with other components of the Department, other OGC offices, or the U.S. Department of Justice.

Attorneys may represent the agency in litigation against hospitals, nursing homes, health plans, clinical laboratories, and other health care providers to enforce compliance with federal requirements; aid in the recovery of misspent Medicare, Medicaid, and federal grant funds; counsel health care providers and administrators at over 20 Indian Health Service operated hospitals and health care facilities throughout the region on a range of issues related to patient care and hospital operations; advise the Office for Civil Rights in the investigation and resolution of unauthorized uses and/or disclosures of personal health information by health care entities; and represent the agency in hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and the National Labor Relations Board. Attorneys must be able to work independently and as a team with the 400+ OGC colleagues across the nation.

Demonstrated experience or familiarity in health law, employment law, federal court or administrative litigation or negotiations and/or a government law background would be helpful. Attorneys may litigate before the HHS Departmental Appeals Board, EEOC, MSPB, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, or Interior Board of Indian Appeals.

This position will be filled at the GS-11, GS-12, GS-13, or GS-14 level ($75,515 - $165,346) depending on experience and qualifications. The positions will be located in San Francisco, CA or Sacramento, CA. Reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.

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 Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
  • Have at least (3) three years of experience after law school as a practicing attorney.
  • Possess proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Demonstrated experience in federal employment law
  • Demonstrated experience as a litigator (federal or administrative)
  • Demonstrated experience in health law
  • Demonstrated experience working with tribal organizations or government organizations
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and be eligible to practice law before the highest court of a State, U. S. Territory, U. S. Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
  • 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:Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • A confidential OGE Financial disclosure statement will be required. https://www2.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/Resources/Financial+Disclosure
  • Two-year trial period may be required.
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This position is not in a bargaining unit.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to OGCR9Hiring@hhs.gov to receive full consideration:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position and highlighting any relevant experience
  • 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)
  • Legal writing sample (3-5 pages preferred)

National Complex Litigation Attorney – National Litigation Division (Washington, DC)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for a National Complex Litigation Attorney position in its National Litigation 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 Nationwide - An applicant may have a primary office at, and work from, one of OGC's 10 regional offices, which are: Boston (Region 1), New York City (Region 2), Philadelphia (Region 3), Atlanta (Region 4), Chicago (Region V), Dallas (Region 6), Kansas City (Region 7), Denver (Region 8), San Francisco (Region IX), and Seattle (Region 10).

GRADE: GS-13/15

OPEN PERIOD: This is an open continuous announcement. The first deadline for application packages will be Friday, December 14, 2018.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel will be recruiting for multiple positions under this announcement ranging from GS-13 to GS-15. OGC's newly-formed National Complex Litigation Division (NCLD) serves as the in-house counsel for the Department on large, complex cases from across the HHS litigation portfolio, which runs the gamut from nationwide class action litigation against HHS programs operated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), to administrative litigation challenging health care privacy or other enforcement actions by HHS components such as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), to disputes involving tens of millions of dollars in grant funding administered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ACF. In addition, the NCLD serves as the in-house counsel for HHS on matters that involve consent decrees or court-ordered external monitors.

NCLD litigators will report directly to the Immediate Office of the General Counsel (IO), and will work closely with the Associate General Counsels (AGCs) and program attorneys from the other OGC Divisions: CMS; Children, Family and Aging; Civil Rights; Food and Drug; and Public Health. They will also work closely with attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

The workload for NCLD litigators may include direct representation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in administrative forums, or in federal court as Special Assistant United States Attorneys (SAUSA) (including in cases delegated by the U.S. Department of Justice).

NOTE: This is an open and continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies through the closing date listed. This announcement may close on the listed closing date or when all positions are filled, whichever comes first. Applications received by Friday, December 14, 2018 will receive first round consideration.

The National Complex Litigation Attorney position is for attorneys with at least four years of complex litigation experience. Neither law students nor attorneys with less than four years of complex litigation experience will be considered for the position.

We are seeking to fill the position at the GS-13 to GS-15 level, salary will be determined based on locality, which will be adjusted based on the appointed location.

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

For additional information about OGC's mission, please visit our website at: http://www.hhs.gov/ogc/index.html

DUTIES:

  • Brief the IO and AGCs on new court filings and orders.
  • Develop litigation strategy together with DOJ and HHS stakeholders.
  • Draft or review and comment on draft pleadings, motions, and memoranda of law.
  • Work with DOJ to prepare HHS witnesses declarations, or prepare HHS witnesses to provide deposition, hearing, or trial testimony.
  • Prepare responses to discovery requests and manage document collections, reviews, and productions.
  • Perform the litigation functions described above in direct representations of the Secretary in administrative forums or federal district court.
  • Conduct internal investigations regarding program compliance and advise the IO, AGCs, and HHS program clients regarding the same.
  • Work with DOJ and HHS program clients to present documents and information to court-ordered external monitors for program compliance.

Travel Required

  • 20% or less
  • NCLD attorneys in regional offices will likely have to travel to Washington, D.C. for meetings at least quarterly (travel will be reimbursed).
  • NCLD attorneys in Washington, D.C., or OGC regional offices will likely have to travel to other locations to attend depositions, hearings, or other proceedings.

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.
  • Proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice in the highest court of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • Complex litigation experience, preferably at a large law firm or in government, is required.
  • At the GS-13: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LLB from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and two or more years professional legal experience post bar admission. *Preference will be given to candidates who possess three years of professional legal experience post bar admission.
  • At the GS-14: You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LLB from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and three or more years professional legal experience post bar admission. *Preference will be given to candidates who possess four years of professional legal experience post bar admission.
  • At the GS-15: You will be a supervising attorney. You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or LLB from an accredited ABA law school, active bar status in good standing, and four or more years professional legal experience post bar admission. *Preference will be given to candidates who possess eight years of professional legal experience post bar admission.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and the eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a state, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, 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.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service - http://www.sss.gov
  • 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.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service.
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
  • Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No
  • Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No
  • Telework Eligible: Yes

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to OGCIOVacancies@hhs.gov using the subject line "National Litigation Attorney" in the forwarding email. To receive full consideration, submit all materials by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Cover letter addressed to the Office of the General Counsel Hiring Official, including a statement of interest.
  • 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(s) name(s) and telephone number(s). You may add a notation asking to be notified prior to OGC contacting the listed supervisor.
  • One legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages).
  • Law school transcripts if graduated from law school within the past five years.
  • Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in state, U.S territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (law clerk applications not accepted for these jobs).
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Content last reviewed on November 16, 2020