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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Counselor to the Inspector General
Open Period:
01/19/2017 - 02/10/2017


ES - 0905 00
USD $124,406 - USD $187,000
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Applicant Call Center


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All qualified U.S. citizens. 
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent, Career Reserved
Marketing Statement:
The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) mission is to serve veterans and the public by conducting effective oversight of the programs and operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs through independent audits, inspections, and investigations.

OIG is organized into three line elements: the Offices of Investigations, Audits and Evaluations, and Healthcare Inspections; along with the Office of Contract Review and the Office of Management and Administration. In addition to the Washington, DC, headquarters, OIG has offices located in more than 30 cities throughout the country.

Recruitment / Relocation Incentive: A recruitment / relocation incentive up to 25 percent may be offered.

Noncompetitive Consideration:  Current career Senior Executives, Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certified graduates of Senior Executive Service (SES) candidate development programs, and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility will be considered for noncompetitive appointment.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Allowable relocation expenses, excluding Guaranteed Home Sale, will be made to any eligible applicant selected from outside the commuting area.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.


As the Counselor to the Inspector General, you will be responsible for using a demonstrated understanding of or familiarity with the workings of the Department of Veterans Affairs to:

·    Provide legal and policy recommendations based on research, analysis, and the evaluation of the results of OIG reviews and investigations and expert information.

·    Serve as a senior advisor to the Inspector General on issues that affect the success of the OIG's programs, projects and priorities.

·    Review and edit OIG reports and correspondence requiring the Inspector General's approval. These materials include OIG audits, inspections, investigations, special reviews, seminannual reports, Congressional reports, and other reports.

·    Develop strategies that best serve the agency's interest, make independent decisions, and provide instructions and guidance in order to implement OIG strategies.

·    Serve as a representative of and advocate for the OIG's work, programs, legal proceedings, and resource needs with appropriate external groups, including Congress, senior VA officials, the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and outside organizations.”

Qualifications and Evaluations

Current career Senior Executives, QRB-certified graduates of SES candidate development programs, and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility are not required to address the executive core qualifications. They are required to address the technical qualifications.
Key Requirements:
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Education Requirements:
    Education Requirements: Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school and bar membership.
    All applicants will be evaluated by a panel of senior executives to determine the degree to which they possess the above qualifications.
    Mandatory Qualifications Requirements: To meet minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following technical and executive core competencies. These competencies would typically be gained through experience, education, and training that reflects progressive development and achievement in managing a Federal legal program for a nationwide organization. An individual’s total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

    A. Technical Qualification – All applicants must include a narrative statement showing how their knowledge and experience relates to the following technical qualification. The narrative statement should not two pages for each qualification.
    1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with Federal criminal and civil laws, rules, regulations, and court decisions; Federal litigation practice; employee relations issues; and privacy laws.

    B. Executive Core Qualifications – All applicants, unless noted below, must include a narrative statement, not to exceed 10 pages, with no more than two pages for each of the following qualifications:
    1. LEADING CHANGE - Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
    2. LEADING PEOPLE - Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
    3. RESULTS DRIVEN - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
    4. BUSINESS ACUMEN - Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
    5. BUILDING COALITIONS - Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
    In addressing these mandatory qualifications elaborate on your accomplishments, experience, training, education, and awards, highlighting the problems solved and work objectives met, i.e., the results of your effort and evidence of your success. Do not repeat entries from your narrative work history. More information concerning the executive core qualifications may be obtained on the Internet at:

    Benefits and Other Info

    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:
    Other Information:
    1. Citizenship:  The selected applicant must be a United States citizen.  Proof of citizenship will be required prior to selection.
    2. Drug Testing:  All applicants tentatively selected for an SES position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.  After appointment, the selectee will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
    3. Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period:  Persons newly selected for career appointment to the SES must have their executive core qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
    4. Mobility:  Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment across geographic, organizational, and functional lines.
    5. Background Investigation:  This position is designated as critical sensitive and requires a background investigation and favorable adjudication for a Secret clearance.
    6. Financial Disclosure:  Senior Executives are required to comply with the Ethics in Government Act, as amended, which requires the submission of a financial disclosure statement, SF 278, upon assuming an SES position, annually, and upon separation from employment.
    7. Reasonable Accommodation:  VA OIG provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.  The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.
    8. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    VAOIG has partnered with the Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service to provide certain personnel services to its organization.  Fiscal Service's responsibilities include advertising vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday).  If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. 

    VAOIG provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
    To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
    You will be re-directed to VAOIG's CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents.  To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.

    To complete, you must click the “Finish” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.
    Required Documents:
    All applicants are required to submit:

    1. A resume that includes:
    • Vacancy announcement number and title of this position
    • Full legal name, mailing address, country of citizenship, and date of birth
    • For experience, include name of employer, dates of employment, job title, salary, grade level if in the Federal Service, start and end dates, and a description of your duties and responsibilities. You may also include relevant volunteer work. Please indicate if we may contact your present employer.
    • Name, location, and date of colleges attended, and type and date of degree
    • Name of the State or District of Columbia bar to which admitted and date of membership
    • Description of training, honors, and awards relevant to the position
    2. Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment. Forms may be obtained on the Internet at    (Note: This form is NOT required for current VAOIG competitive service employees.)

    3. Most recent performance appraisal.  (Note: This form is NOT required for current VAOIG competitive service employees.)

    4. A copy of your law school transcripts. (Official transcripts will be required if selected.)

    4. Your narrative statement concerning the mandatory qualifications.

    5. If applying for noncompetitive consideration, please include a copy of Standard Form 50, Notice of Personnel Action, showing appointment to an SES career position. (Note: This form is NOT required for current VAOIG competitive service employees.)

    6. QRB-certified candidates must also submit proof of certification.
    Next Steps:
    You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application within 3-5 days of receipt. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you will be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will be notified in writing of the final disposition of your application after a selection has been made.