Supervisory Attorney

US Other Agencies and Independent OrganizationsWashington, DC

Duties

Summary

The Supervisor is responsible for directing the work of staff members engaged in conducting high-profile investigations and reviews, The investigations and reviews may originate with requests from the Inspector General, Congress, whistleblowers. They may include special investigations or reviews covering all activities, operations, as well as individuals and organizations having official dealings with SSA. They are is also responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct by employees.


Responsibilities

  • Reviews allegations referred to OI, makes an initial assessment of the potential legal issues and likely complexity, and either
  • Assigns the allegation to a staff member for development, refers the allegation to another OIG component or to SSA for further consideration, or closes the allegation, as appropriate.
  • Directs and oversees the assignment of work to OI staff including all aspects of investigations and reviews and any associated reporting internally to SSA or to the public.
  • Meets with staff to discuss relevant laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, and to advise on investigative plans, conduct of the investigation, and any reporting thereon.
  • The incumbent varies the degree of intervention and direction according to the needs of individual staff and the importance and complexity of the legal and policy issues involved in specific matters.
  • Reviews written work products from staff with the Counsel serving as the second review level. Reviews work for accuracy and completeness and ensures that all staff work product is clear.
  • Plans and conducts administrative and special investigations, reviews, and special projects covering all activities, operations, and personnel of SSA and personnel of OIG, as well as individuals and organizations having official dealings with SSA.
  • Develops investigative work plans, gathers and reviews evidence, drafts investigative subpoenas, interview summaries, and reports of investigation,
  • identifies and questions witnesses, coordinates and consults with criminal prosecutors on referrals of criminal violations and the development of information and evidence for trial.
  • Advises other attorneys, investigators, auditors and others in the conduct of investigations and reviews that originate from a variety of sources, including the IG, Congress, whistleblowers, and the media.
  • Develops and prepares reports of complex investigations, as well as briefing memoranda for SSA OIG management, SSA management, Congress, and the public.
  • Prepares memoranda of fact and law, including advising for or against prosecution in areas of concern to the office.
  • Drafts memoranda of law, correspondence, and other pleadings and briefings after researching statutory and case law.
  • Analyzes and reviews policies, procedures, regulations, technical manuals, and other agency publications for legal sufficiency.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

None

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

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  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship required.
    • Selective Service Registration: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov
    • Background and/or security investigation may be required.
    • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results.
    • Federal employees must be in good standing.
    • Federal employees must have a successful performance rating.
    • Selectees may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
    • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
    • Official Personnel Folders will not be reviewed.
    • Requests for copies of application documents will not be accepted.
    • All application forms submitted become the property of SSA Human Resources.

    Qualifications

    Positions will be filled in the Excepted Service through the use of Schedule A 213.3102(d) appointing authority. Competitive examining procedures will not be conducted. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements shown above.Applicants must possess a law degree and currently be an active member of the bar. You must be duly licensed, authorized and eligible to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, District of Columbia or US Territory. This is a continuing requirement of the position

    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-14 level, or equivalent, which is in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such specialized experience as serving as a Supervisor in an Office of Investigations, Office of the Inspector General. The Supervisor is responsible for directing the work of staff members engaged in conducting high-profile and sensitive investigations and reviews, as well as participating in those investigations and reviews. The investigations and reviews may originate with requests from the Inspector General, Congress, whistleblowers, or through other sources.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks at GS-14

    Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Applicant must be duly licensed, authorized and eligible to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a U.S. Territory.

    To be considered, applicants must provide proof that they are authorized to practice law. Such proof can include a current active bar card, a screen print from a bar web site that reflects you are an active member of the bar or a letter/certificate from the bar certifying that you are licensed and authorized to practice law. Being an active member of the state bar association is not the same as being an active member in good standing of the state bar.

    TRANSCRIPTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO SUBSTANTIATE POSSESSION OF THE REQUIRED AND CLAIMED EDUCATION. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS (INCLUDING SCREEN PRINTS FROM YOUR SCHOOLS WEB PORTAL) ARE ACCEPTABLE FOR INITIAL APPLICATION; HOWEVER, YOUR TRANSCRIPT MUST SHOW A DEGREE AND CONFERRED/AWARDED DATE PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT . SELF-PREPARED TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT.

    YOU MUST SUBMIT THE DOCUMENTS ACCORDING TO THE PRESCRIBED APPLICATION SUBMISSION DETAILS AT THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CLOSING OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT. DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED VIA EMAIL OR REGULAR MAIL.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will only be accepted from applicants eligible for one of the following categories.

    • Federal employees currently serving under career or career conditional appointments;
    • Federal employees currently serving under the following types of appointments: Schedule A, Reg. 213.3102 (U) appointments for individuals with disabilities;
    • Former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement (i.e., those who have career status or separated from a career-conditional appointment less than 3 years ago);
    • Current or former Federal employees
    • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles (i.e., Preference-eligible veterans OR veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service).
    • Federal employees serving under excepted service appointments with competitive service compatibility (e.g. Postal Service, Foreign Service, an agency with an interchange agreement, etc.) may be eligible to apply. Please visit Excepted Service Appointments with Competitive Service Compatibility for more information.

    Position to be filled under the provisions of the Management Officials Promotion Plan. The best-qualified list for this vacancy may be used to fill the same or similar positions in a component(s) under the same Deputy Commissioner. Additional selections may be made within 6 months of the date the best qualified list is issued.

    LOCALITY PAY: Salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Candidates currently receiving a higher locality pay than the office applied for are advised that should they be selected, they will lose entitlement to the higher locality pay.

    OTHER NOTES:

    Selected employee is subject to the completion of a 1-year probationary period for a supervisory position unless the employee served in such a position before August 11, 1979, or has completed one.

    The selectee will be required to file an OGE form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, in accordance with 5 CFR section 2634, subpart i.

    This position is eligible for telework

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    This is a critical sensitive position. The selected employee will be required to complete a Standard Form 86, Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions, in order to have the appropriate investigation conducted, unless the employee has been previously certified eligible to occupy a position at this level.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

    • Knowledge of legal system and established processes and an established expertise in relevant laws, regulations and precedents.
    • Ability to lead and supervise teams, including providing technical direction on complex legal matters and feedback on work product.
    • Ability to develop, ensure legal sufficiency of, and implement organizational policies and procedures, including communicating with the organization regarding changes and the implications of those changes.
    • Ability to devise investigative and enforcement strategies, lead and conduct all aspects of complex investigations, and coordinate investigative activities with internal and external stakeholders and partners.
    Applicants will be assessed using the rating criteria listed in the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11103136

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    National security

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    RESUME
    Your resume must provide all of the information necessary to make qualifications and eligibility determinations (e.g., experience related to your qualifications for this position, grade levels and dates of your current and prior positions, etc.). SSA employees may submit an SSA-45.

    Your resume must specifically demonstrate, in your own words, the possession of the required experience related to the minimum qualifications, selective placement factors and/or evaluation criteria. Information that is copied or restated language from the vacancy announcement, rating criteria, KSAs and/or position description will not be considered. If this occurs, you may lose consideration for one or more grade levels or found ineligible.

    PROOF OF EDUCATION
    See information provided in the Education section of this announcement for details and requirements.

    SF-50
    If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that that reflects your grade/step, possession of time-in-grade (e.g., a Within-Grade Increase or Promotion/Reassignment dated more than one year ago), and career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service. You may need to submit more than one SF-50 to prove possession of time-in-grade. Current SSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50.

    If you are a former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must also submit your separation SF-50 showing your separation was not for performance or conduct reasons.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL
    If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. You must also include an explanation if you have changed agencies and have not yet received a performance appraisal from your new agency. If you are a new Federal employee who has not yet received a performance rating, you must upload an explanation.

    Current SSA employees and VEOA applicants are not required to submit performance appraisals.

    VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA)
    If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit your DD-214 (member 4 copy) and any other documentation demonstrating your preference eligibility, such as a disability letter.

    NOTE: If you are a current Federal employee eligible under VEOA, you are subject to the time-in-grade requirement and must submit an SF-50 as required above.

    INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP)
    If you are applying for selection priority under ICTAP, you must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility: a separation notice; a Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting your separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


Help

This job is open to

  • Military spouses

  • Veterans

  • Federal employees - Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

Clarification from the agency

Current or former Federal employees and veterans eligible under VEOA only. Please see additional specific information on who may apply in the Additional Information section. The posting will close after 100 applications are received.

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