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US Department of Defense Seeking for Attorney

Posted on: 1 Jul 2019 185 views
: Attorney
: JD
: 3

Cover Letter

Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not required for employment consideration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional Details field.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure. Band 03 $69,581 - $128,920 PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are authorized. Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit

Position Summary

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Attorneys provide legal advice and representation to ensure that NGA accomplishes its mission in compliance with applicable laws. They ascertain facts, analyze issues, apply legal authorities, render opinions, and advocate Agency positions. Attorneys work cooperatively with others within the office, the Agency, the Intelligence Community, the DoD, and the U.S. Government. Attorneys perform legal research and writing, counsel clients, and represent the Agency before legal forums. They oversee and direct Agency programs.

Additional Position Info

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Counsel (OIGC) seeks a highly qualified attorney in the field of administrative investigations. Position provides timely, accurate, and practical legal advice and representation to ensure NGA OIG accomplishes its mission in compliance with applicable laws. NGA is a national intelligence agency and a Department of Defense combat support agency whose mission is to provide geospatial intelligence to military forces as well as in support of national policy decision makers. It is a fast-paced, mission-oriented, technologically advanced work environment that is essential to the security of the nation. The primary purpose of this position is to provide legal advice and assistance to the investigative staff directed by the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations (AIGI) and to provide authoritative expertise in legal matters and in the analysis and evaluations of the ramifications of OIG investigative (OIGI) activities. Participates in policy-making determinations that affect OIGI. Interacts with NGA officials and its Office of General Counsel; officials and attorneys of other Intelligence Community Inspector Generals offices, the Department of Defense Inspector General office, and other U.S. Government Inspector General offices; Department of Justice (DoJ) attorneys; legislative aides; and members of the public as needed. Provides legal advice on issues relating to investigations and other critical OIGI activities, which require the incumbent to address the intricacies of criminal, civil, and administrative laws, practices, and procedures. Participates in investigations and reviews correspondence and other written products produced by the OIGI staff to ensure legal sufficiency. Analyzes and recommends solutions to difficult legal and factual issues. Participates, in consultation with supervising attorney, in policy and procedural determinations that affect OIGI operations. Develops, coordinates, and maintains effective relationships with NGA officials, DoJ attorneys, and counterpart attorneys in other government organizations. Will conduct original legal research, involving difficult problems of law by examining Federal and state statutes, Executive Orders, court decisions, legislative hearings and committee reports and by analyzing factual, technical, and legal issues in support of OIGI activities. Communicates orally and in writing with attorneys and non-attorneys on legal matters. In consultation with supervising attorney collaborates with investigators, auditors, NGA attorneys, DoD IG attorneys, DoJ attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, and others in support of OIGI activities. Provides legal support to all components of the OIG in the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and other statutes, implementing regulations, and Executive Orders. Performs other duties as assigned. To be successful, the attorney must possess a service-oriented attitude towards clients; maintain a proactive perspective toward the practice of law; have the highest standards of professionalism; and thrive in a collegial work environment where everyone's views are respected and valued. This position may be eligible for an INCENTIVE: The selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment, based on budget availability. To receive the incentive, the selected candidate must sign a service agreement depending on the approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the government.

Mandatory Qualification Reqs

MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement: 1. Demonstrated ability to manage legal workload that supports investigations and other critical Office of Inspector General activities. 2. Demonstrated ability to evaluate pertinent facts; research, analyze and apply laws, rules, and regulations; and execute legal strategies. 3. Demonstrated ability to provide timely, accurate, and practical legal advice to enable an organizational mission consistent with applicable laws. 4. Demonstrated experience collaborating with others (i.e. clients and colleagues) to enable effective and proactive resolution of legal and policy matters. 5. Understanding and/or exposure to administrative law matters including human relations policies, procedures and programs, administrative law, litigation, fiscal law, ethics, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and Privacy Act matters. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Must be a member in good standing of a bar of a U.S. state or territory, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Highly Desired Skills

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 1. Experience practicing law, post licensure, for at least 3 years. 2. Experience applying critical thinking to complex problem identification, analysis and resolution to provide superior legal research and legal writing. 3. Experience providing legal advice and counsel in support of the U.S. Military, Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, or other U.S. Government agencies, and work on TS/SCI level assignments. 4. Outstanding communication skills, orally and in writing. 5. Adept at dealing with ambiguity by adapting to new demands or information and handling situations with multiple variables and unknowns, especially where there is little judicial precedent or case law. 6. Understanding and/or exposure to the inspector General Act of 1978, as amended.

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Who Can Apply

External Applicants Only

How To Apply - External

Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process. ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards. - U.S. Citizenship Required - Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) - Polygraph Test Required - Position Subject to Drug Testing - Two Year Probationary Period - Direct Deposit Required

DCIPS Disclaimer

NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices. This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in your application.

How Will I Be Evaluated?

APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages: 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at [email protected] The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Job Requirements

You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

  • Open & closing dates

     07/01/2019 to 07/27/2019

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    IA 03

  • Salary

    $69,581 to $128,920 per year

  • Appointment type

    Permanent - This is a permanent position.

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - Full Time

  • Location: Springfield, VA

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