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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
Position Title:
Attorney-Advisor (General)
Open Period:
02/26/2020 - 03/10/2020


GS - 0905 11/12/13/14
USD $72,030 - USD $157,709
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Career/Career Conditional
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Applicant Call Center
(304) 480-7300


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
U.S. citizens or U.S. Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world and we make diversity of thoughts and inclusion a core value. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Counsel, Washington D.C. The incumbent serves as Senior Counsel and is responsible for providing legal opinions, advice, and counsel on all programs and legislative activities of the Bureau and reports to the Treasury General Counsel through the Assistant General Counsel (General Law and Ethics).  The major responsibilities of the Bureau are defined in Title 31 of the United States Code.



Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

6 to 10 nights per year.


The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

-As Senior Counsel, the incumbent has responsibility for the most difficult and complex legal issues arising in connection with the operations of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Since assignments may be in any area of the agency's responsibilities, the incumbent must have substantive knowledge of the Bureau's operations, Federal procurement law, Federal labor and employee relations law, and matters arising from the agency's personnel management program.

-Perform exhaustive and detailed research on complicated legal matters and recommend a course of action to the Chief Counsel and, on occasion, to Bureau senior management officials.

-Analyze, research and reach conclusions on extremely difficult and complex factual, legal, and policy issues; apply the pertinent laws, regulations, decisions and such other precedential materials as may be available to him/her in order to reach his/her conclusions; and examine problems on which the Bureau Director, the Chief Counsel, or other senior Bureau officials will act.

-Draft legal opinions in memorandum or letter form addressed to the various Bureau offices served by the Office, to pertinent Departmental offices, or to other agencies, Federal and States, or members of the public.

Qualifications and Evaluations


 The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector or volunteer service. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:  A background investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for disqualification in the hiring process. The background investigation process conducted by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is very thorough.  Therefore  it is imperative that applicants exercise candor and honesty when answering background questionnaires, especially as it relates to arrest, employment, education, finances, illegal drug use, and/or other criminal history.  Falsification discovered in security documents or during the background investigation process may result in an immediate negative suitability determination or immediate revocation of your interim clearance (if applicable).

Key Requirements:
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • Education Requirements:

    The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated among others regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position.

    Since this is an Excepted Service position, a non-rated method of evaluation will be used. We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements. Competitive examining rules for rating and ranking do not apply.

    There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

    Referral:Candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements will be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possible interview.


    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education Requirements for the 0905 series:

    Law Degree: Applicants must possess a J.D. or LL.B from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA)


    Bar Membership: Applicants must currently be an active member in good standing of the bar in any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Applicant must provide proof of bar membership.

    Specialized Experience: For the GS-14, you must have 24 months of pertinent legal experience at the GS-13 level, or equivalent level of difficulty in the Federal service or private sector, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.

    -Examples of such experience might include: Considerable experience in acting as an agency or client representative in administrative or judicial proceedings, preparing drafts of legal briefs for complex judicial or administrative proceedings, advises on matters involving general law to include personnel and labor law.

    For the GS-13, you must have 18 months of pertinent legal experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent level of difficulty in the Federal service or private sector, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.

    -Examples of such experience might include: Experience assisting an agency or client representative in administrative or judicial proceedings, preparing drafts of legal briefs for judicial or administrative proceedings, research matters involving general law to include personnel and labor law.  

    For the GS-12 you must have 12 months of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent level of difficulty in the Federal service or private sector that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.

    -Examples of such experience might include: acting as an agency or client representative in administrative or judicial proceedings; preparing drafts of legal briefs for court proceedings; drafting legal memoranda regarding effects of proposed legislation or regulations; and drafting briefing papers on complex legal issues for senior government officials or private sector clients. 

    For the GS-11 you must be a law school graduate with a J.D. degree and be admitted to the bar. In addition, you have to have one of the following:

    - 52 weeks of experience as a practicing attorney at the GS-09 level, or equivalent level of difficulty in the Federal service demonstrating outstanding written and analytical work; OR
    - Held a judicial clerkship; OR
    - Have an LL.M. degree that required one full year of graduate study; OR
    - Have superior law student work or activities. 




    Benefits and Other Info

    Agency Benefits:

    Our comprehensive benefits are very generous.  Our benefits package includes:               

    - Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
    - Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
    - Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
    - A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
    - A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.
    - Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:

    Other Information:

    - We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. 
    - This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    - We offer opportunities for telework.
    - We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
    - The facility typically shuts down annually between Christmas and New Year's Day.  As such, all BEP employees must take leave for work days during the shutdown period.

    - A one year probationary period may be required.
    - Public Trust – Background Investigation will be required.
    - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
    - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9.  Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    - Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment.
    - Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) 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. 

    BEP 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 BEP'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.

    For additional information on how to apply, please visit the Partnership for Public Service’s Go Government website.

    Required Documents:

    A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents.  Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). 

    All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing.  (Cover letters are optional.)  To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé.  We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation. In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent.  An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

    A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    Applicant must provide proof of bar membership.

    Next Steps:
    To check the status of your application for this position, please follow these steps:

    1. Login to your USAJOBS account, select the "Applications" section and click on the vacancy you would like to view and have already applied for. 

    2. Under "application status," click "additional application information" and you will be taken to the CareerConnector website where you can check your application status.  The "additional application information" link may not be available if your application status says "Unavailable." This indicates that your application is not complete. 

    If the "additional application information" link is not available and the vacancy is still open, you can click on the job announcement and "Update Application" to be taken back to the CareerConnector portion of the application. 

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.