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Current Openings:


Attorney Advisor – Regional Office (Denver, CO)

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

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

DUTY STATION:  Denver, CO

SALARY RANGE:  $67,956 - $148,794

OPEN PERIOD:  August 21, 2019 – September 11, 2019

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 Region VIII office in Denver, Colorado.  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 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: https://www.hhs.gov/ogc/index.html

DUTIES:

The primary focus of the attorney will be to provide legal advice and services to the Indian Health Service (IHS), which delivers health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives.  OGC Region VIII provides a wide range of legal services to program administrators and health care professionals operating IHS programs located in the Great Plains and Billings Area Offices.  This includes negotiating compact or funding agreements under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), handling a variety of employment and personnel actions, representing the agency before various administrative tribunals, assisting the Department of Justice in matters involving the agency in federal district courts and United States Courts of Appeal, and handling a variety of other legal issues.

Alternatively, the attorney may also be assigned work for other agencies within HHS.  The work requires the development and application of the knowledge of HHS statutes, rules, regulations and similar materials, civil procedure, and the general principles, rules and guidance in other related areas of law.  The attorney conducts administrative litigation on behalf of the Secretary.

We are seeking to fill the position at the GS-11 to GS-14 level ($67,956 - $148,794) depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be located in  Denver, CO.  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 (JD) from an accredited ABA law school.
  • Have at least one year of experience after law school as a practicing attorney.
  • 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.
  • Candidates must also have exemplary legal writing, oral advocacy abilities, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and display a capacity to work with diverse individuals and groups.
  • It will be a plus for candidates to have demonstrated experience with federal Indian law.

 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.
  • 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.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to OGC_R8@HHS.gov. To receive full consideration, submit all materials 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 (full time or part time) and supervisors name and telephone number(s))
  • Law School Transcript
  • Legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references

General Attorney Advisor – Region VI Office (Dallas, 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: $66,831 - $146,332 

OPEN PERIOD: August 6, 2019 – September 7, 2019 

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 ($66,831 - $146,332) 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.
  • Have at least (1) one year 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.
  • 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)

Deputy Chief Counsel – Regional Office (Dallas, TX)

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for its Deputy Chief Counsel position in its Dallas Office.

WHO MAY APPLY:  This vacancy announcement is open to OGC employees only.

DUTY STATION: Dallas, TX

SALARY RANGE: $132,402 - $166,500

OPEN PERIOD: August 6, 2019 – August 28, 2019

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel is seeking a Deputy Chief Counsel for its Dallas Regional Office. The Deputy Chief Counsel will be expected to perform supervisory duties of staff within the regional office and to manage the legal services provided to one or more Department components in the region.  The Dallas Regional Office provides legal services to almost all the regional components of HHS, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Indian Health Service (IHS).  Work matters 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 proceedings before the Equal  Employment Opportunity Commission, the   Merit Systems Protection Board, and the National  Labor Relations Board.

We are seeking to fill this position at the GS-15 level ($132,402 - $166,500) depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be located in Dallas, TX.

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

INTRODUCTION:

The Deputy Chief Counsel reports to the Chief Counsel and is one of two principal advisors to the Chief Counsel, along with being a member of the Region’s Senior Leadership Team. The Deputy Chief Counsel works closely with the Chief Counsel in directing and coordinating the office’s legal services provided to the Department’s programs and constituent agencies. The legal matters often involve significant financial and operational considerations, are extremely complex, and are often precedent setting.

MAJOR DUTIES:

The Deputy Chief Counsel will:

  • Participate with the Chief Counsel in the overall planning, organization, and formulation of policies and procedures for the Regional Office;
  • Perform supervisory oversight of attorneys, paralegals, and administrative support staff, including performance appraisals, and assess and address staff training needs;
  • Supervise the assignment and review of work in designated subject matter areas, and ensure that the legal analysis, legal positions, and litigation strategies are of high quality and are consistent with HHS and OGC policies and directives;
  • Ensure that HHS' interests are vigorously represented in all litigation before the federal courts, administrative tribunals, and state courts; and
  • Manage communications with agency officials on legal matters to ensure that client needs are identified and met.

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.
  • You must have been admitted to a bar in one of the highest courts of a State, U. S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia and be in good standing.
  • You must have federal litigation experience.
  • All candidates should have strong academic achievement; outstanding organizational, time management, and inter-personal skills; superior legal writing and research abilities, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.
  • Have five years of experience in the practice of law or its equivalent.
  • Have one year of legal experience which is directly related to the position being filled and equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in Federal service.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and be eligible to practice law before the highest courts of a State, U. S. Commonwealth, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia throughout employment.
  • 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.
  • A financial disclosure statement will be required.
  • A two-year trial period may be required.
  • A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. ü This position is not in a bargaining unit.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY:

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

  • Cover letter.
  • A Qualifications Statement not to exceed 4 pages that provides a description of your experience and qualifications with respect to each of the following:
    1. Administration and managerial skills: Ability to participate in the overall planning, reporting and budgeting for an office, as well as in the assignment of work, setting priorities and the hiring, utilization and evaluation of professional and administrative staff to assure that the region is doing its best to perform its mission and meet the client's need for service;
    2. Litigation experience:  Previous litigation experience and the ability to effectively develop litigation strategy for the defense and prosecution of matters having broad impact;
    3. Supervision and training skills:  Ability to manage and supervise the work of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff of various grades and levels of experience, as well as to facilitate the effective training of less experienced attorneys and non-attorneys; and
    4. Client relationship skills:  The ability to effectively relate to officials of the client units, to maintain your role as an attorney among non-attorneys, and to represent the agency in dealing with individuals outside the Department.
  • If you are a current Federal employee, please provide a copy of your last performance appraisal and a copy of your latest SF-50.
  • Resume (must include educational background, including name of undergraduate and law school, degree received and date graduated; date admitted to bar and jurisdiction; and a general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment, supervisor name(s), and their telephone number(s).
  •  A legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages.
  •  Law school transcripts showing date conferred.
  • Proof of bar status and standing.  You must provide proof that you are a current, active  member of a bar, eligible to practice in the highest court of a State, U. S. Commonwealth, U. S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.
  • A minimum of three professional references.

General Attorney Advisor – Region IX Office (San Francisco, 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.

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

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

OPEN PERIOD: July 10, 2019 – Open until filled

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 IX - San Francisco office. OGC-Region IX 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.ht ml

DUTIES:

This is a General Attorney Advisor position in the HHS San Francisco 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 ($73,905 - $161,817) depending on experience and qualifications.  The positions will be located in San Francisco, 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.
  • 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 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)

Attorney Advisor – Public Health Division (Rockville, MD and San Francisco, CA)

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

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

DUTY STATION: Rockville, MD and San Francisco, CA

SALARY RANGE: $69,581 - $152,352 (Rockville, MD)
$75, 515 - $165,346 (San Francisco, CA)

OPEN PERIOD: July 8, 2019 – August 29, 2019

JOB SUMMARY:

The IHS branch provides legal advice to the Indian Health Service as it delivers health care to American Indians/Alaska Natives through more than 500 health care facilities. For more information, please see the IHS website at http://www.ihs.gov. IHS legal matters can be grouped into four major areas. First, attorneys provide legal advice on the implementation of various health care programs. Second, attorneys work closely with agency staff who negotiate contracts with tribes for health program administration. Third, attorneys defend challenges to agency actions before administrative law judges and assist the Department of Justice with cases brought in Federal court. Fourth, attorneys review the implications of proposed legislation on the IHS health delivery program.

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

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

DUTIES:

The Office of the General Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services seeks to hire a permanent Attorney to fill a vacancy in the Indian Health Service (IHS) Branch of the Public Health Division. The Attorney must have excellent written communication skills, a demonstrated interest in administrative, health, Indian law or government contract law and the ability to work in a cross-cultural environment. The applicant must be licensed to practice law in at least one state. Specific experience with any of the following Acts is considered helpful: Titles XVIII or Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), or the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Contract Disputes Act (CDA), or a contracting/accounting/finance background. An interest in negotiation and/or litigation would be beneficial.

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.
  • Have at least one year of experience after law school as a practicing attorney
  • 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.
  • Excellent written communication skills; a demonstrated interest in health, Indian, and government contract law; and the ability to work in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with the following laws: The Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act; The Indian Health Care Improvement Act; and the Snyder Act.
  • Litigation Experience.
  • Outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.

The following are preferred qualification:

  • Experience as a law clerk with a Federal court judge or Federal Administrative law judge.

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, nonselection 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.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:

Please submit the following documents to the address below to receive full consideration by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

Department of Health and Human Service
Office of the General Counsel/Public Health Division
Attn: Gail Williams
12501 Ardennes Avenue, Suite 301
Rockville, MD 20852
Email: Gail.Williams2@ihs.gov

  • Cover letter (must also include (1) their interest in public service, (2) their experience in health care, Indian, and/or administrative law, (3) their litigation ---experience, including with document collection and discovery, and (4) any financial or accounting background or 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 and supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s)
  • Legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
  • 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)

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).

General Attorney Advisor – Ethics 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 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:  Washington, DC

SALARY RANGE:  $68,036 - $148,967

OPEN PERIOD:  This is an open continuous announcement. The first deadline for application packages will be April 30, 2018.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking two attorneys to join its Ethics Division. The Division provides legal advice and services to HHS on matters relating to federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, procurement integrity provisions, lobbying rules, and political activity restrictions. The vacancies are in the Ethics Division, Advice and Policy Section.

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:

The selectee will serve in an advisory-attorney position (GS 11/12/13/14) in the OGC, Ethics Division. The incumbent will provide legal services involving federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, the Ethics in Government Act, 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 senior HHS officials and other HHS OGC attorneys to provide high-quality written and oral legal advice and counseling to prospective, current, and former employees and to program ethics counsellors on various topics related to federal ethics requirements in a fast-paced environment. The selectee may be asked to draft responses to Congressional and press inquiries related to the ethics program. In consultation with state bar authorities, the incumbent may also provide guidance on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. Attorney advisors have generalist ethics responsibilities and provide focused services to a portfolio of principal HHS agencies.

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.
  • Have at least one year experience after law school as a practicing attorney
  • 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 knowledge and understanding of the federal laws promoting transparency in government and preventing public corruption.  Preference is given to candidates with strong academic achievement; superior legal writing and research ability.
  • Candidates should have outstanding organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills.
  • 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 (with a year or more of legal practice experience) and other attorneys with a strong interest in the subject matter and a comittment to public service will be considered. Preference is given to candidates demonstrating substantial familiarity with federal ethics laws, federal financial disclosure procedures and rules, political activity restrictions for federal employees, conflict of interest analysis, or providing legal services to clients or governmental entities on related topics.  Knowledge of the legal framework for health and social services programs will be considered a plus.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing 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.
  • 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 OGCEthicsVacancy@hhs.gov using the subject line “Ethics Advice Attorney” to receive full consideration by 11:59p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:

  • Cover letter addressed to the OGC Ethics Division Hiring Team
  • 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)
  • Two legal writing samples
  • 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
  • Three professional references with names and contact information
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