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Attorney-Adviser Contract

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Department Of Defense

Arlington Heights, IL

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This position requires the selectee to be at least 18 years old and be able to obtain and maintain favorable Department of Defense (DoD) suitability and security determinations as a prerequisite to employment. DCMA's offer of employment is conditional until the selectee passes a drug screen (if required), pre-employment security interviews, appropriate credit checks, a criminal background record and identification check, and the Department of Defense exercises its discretion to grant the selectee a favorable security determination. An employment offer DCMA management extends prior to security determination is merely tentative, and DCMA expressly reserves the right to rescind the tentative employment offer at any time before the selectee's start date. Clearance decisions may take 90 days or longer. The regulation governing suitability for Federal employment is at Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 731, and DOD's Personnel Security Regulation can be found at Title 10, CFR part 154.

The pay band NH-04 includes the General Schedule grade equivalent to GS-14/15.

Other initiatives under the Acquisition Demonstration Project include simplified classification, streamlined hiring process and expanded developmental opportunities.

This position is in the Excepted Service

The Defense Contract Management Agency is an Equal Employment Opportunity Agency.


Serves as Attorney Advisor to all segments of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) offices within the geographic area, including Central Region staff and local Contract Management Offices, with responsibility for:

Rendering oral and written advice to individual clients and to other attorneys within the Region, to protect all legal rights of the Government;

Supporting other attorneys within the Region by providing specialized expertise, knowledge of Agency-level concerns and information, and backup resource capability;

Keeping other Region attorneys advised of developments in the law (recent decisions, regulatory and statutory developments);

Reviewing administrative or contractual actions of the Contracting Officers including termination settlements, equitable adjustments, add-on procurements and property matters with unilateral determinations thereon;

Advising on reports of various investigative agencies or procurement activities, alleged conflict of interest, suspected fraud, security issues;

Providing legal counsel on questions of law and policy as required by Region and local Contract Management Offices, and the effect of such operations on other DCMA activities.

Assisting with investigation and processing appeals to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals or Claims Court under the Disputes article.

Request for contract adjustment under P.L. 85-804, claims to the General Accounting Office and litigation in Federal and state courts.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Business travel is required 5% of the time.

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

0905 Attorney

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Conditions of Employment

Must file an annual financial statement.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a NCS- No Access security clearance. Personnel security investigation required.


Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected.

All U.S. Citizens and Nationals with allegiance to the United States


Qualification requirements for Attorney positions can be found in DoD directive 1442.2, Personnel Actions Involving Civilian Attorneys.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications clearly reflect that all qualification requirements are met.

Applicants are evaluated on quantity/quality of their relevant experience/education.


Selection will be based on the judgment of the selecting official as to which applicant is best qualified to perform the duties of the position. The breadth and depth of relevant experience and knowledge, and the quality of past performance, will be the primary considerations used for selection. Professionalism, analytical abilities, organizational skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills will be considered during the selection process. A selection panel may be used and oral interviews may be conducted with all, with some, or with none of the applicants, solely at the option of the selecting official.

Important selection factors include:

in-depth knowledge of: (1) acquisition law and demonstrated legal analytical ability including past legal experience advising on defense acquisitions, including specialized legal experience with contract administration and business integrity issues; and (2) fiscal law related to defense contracting.

Desirable selection factors are:

(1) a demonstrated excellence in communication skills, including written and oral communications, client relations/customer support and interpersonal skills; and (2) recognized proficiency as an advocate; including the ability to balance competing interests and provide alternative course of action to advance agency interests.

The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration.

Applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD) from that institution.

Bar Membership:

An applicant must currently be an active member, in good standing, in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

Applicant must have professional legal experience in excess of 3 years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Basis for Rating:

Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position.



If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

Two year trial/probationary period may be required.

Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.

May require overtime work.

Relocation Incentive is not authorized.

Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.

Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

You must include the announcement number on your application.

U.S. Citizenship is Required

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required



Bargaining Unit:


Law License and Bar Certification of Active Bar Membership in Good Standing is Required

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications,

and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during

the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Basis for Rating:

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Quality of experience relates to how closely or to what extent an applicant's background and recency of experience, education and training are relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the announced position. Candidates must have the knowledge skills, and abilities and competencies to perform the work of the position at the appropriate level successfully.

Notice of Veterans Preference:

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.

If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.


A current resume.

Law School Transcripts:

an official transcript of the applicant's law school records with an official statement of his relative standing in his class, if obtainable; unofficial transcripts may be submitted initially along with a statement that you have requested your official transcript from your law school.

Bar Membership :

an official certificate or other documentation showing active membership, in good standing, of a qualifying legal bar; if you have requested it from your state Bar, so indicate.

Sworn statement:

a statement that their fitness to practice law or their conduct as an attorney have never been challenged. If fitness or conduct has been challenged, a statement explaining the circumstances must be provided.

Selection Factors:

Narrative statement that addresses the Important Selection Factors (see Factors stated in the job announcement)

Writing Skills:

An example of writing skills demonstrated by a legal brief, memorandum, letter, etc. (ten pages or less). Limitation should be adhered to and writing samples in excess of ten pages should not be submitted.

Performance Appraisal:

A copy of the applicant's most recent performance appraisal (or an explanation of why a performance appraisal cannot be provided).

1. Your resume:

Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the selection factors described in this announcement.

If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.

For additional information see:

What to include in your resume.

You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: For current employment verification, SF-50, DD3434 or other federal agencies official Notification of Personnel Action equivalent (Note: SF-52 or agencies Request for Personnel Action is not acceptable); For MSP claims PCS orders and marriage certificate; For verification of Veteran status, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.2. Other supporting documents:Cover Letter, optionalFuture Military Retirees*: You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document** OR a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

2. Other supporting documents:

Cover Letter, optional

Future Military Retirees*:

You are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document** OR a copy of your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

Future Separation from the Military*:

You are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy) OR certification document** OR a copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your terminal leave request (if applicable). You will be required to provide your DD Form 214(Member 4 Copy) upon issuance.

Active duty military members who are selected may not be appointed unless on terminal leave or already separated from the armed forces.

** The certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The Statement of Service must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters, AND the Statement of Service letter must include your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge, Character of Service (i.e. honorable), and, if applicable, when your terminal leave will begin.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

Review our benefits

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.

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