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    About the Position: Sacramento, home to the world's second largest urban forest (behind Paris), sits just two hours between both San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. America's best bike trail runs along the American River from the center of town up to Gold Country. The wineries of Napa and Sonoma, national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia, the beach and the mountains, are only a day trip away. It's got big city amenities, but a small town feel.
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    • Serves as a General Attorney in the Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, Office of Counsel.
    • Gives legal advice, support and assistance to the Commander, Deputy Commanders, Division and Staff Office Chiefs.
    • Prepares memoranda, reports, legal documents and advisory opinions.
    • Responsible for handling the full range of complexity in cases dealing primarily with contract law, including, but not limited to: contract formation; contract performance; post contract performance; contract industrial relations.
    • Serves as a functional expert for the district in legal issues involving Procurement Fraud matters and processing suspension and debarment proceedings.
    • Serves as the Trial Attorney representing the government before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
    • Prepares the appeal record and necessary pleadings and motions, and prepares and presents the Government's case in formal adversarial hearings.
    • Decides legal arguments to raise or avoid, witnesses to call, and makes decisions on legal tactics and strategies.
    • Responsible for development of facts personally directing investigations by engineers and other specialists.
    • In complex cases, takes charge of a team of attorneys and other specialists, and is responsible for all phases of the case.
    • Uses Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods, and endeavors to settle or otherwise resolve claims and appeals, or any appropriate portion which lends itself to the ADR process.

    PLEASE NOTE: This position is a TERM position. It is temporary and may be extended up to a maximum of six years.
    Position may be filled by temporary promotion not to exceed 5 Years.
    Position may be filled by temporary reassignment not to exceed 5 Years.
    Competitive temporary promotion may be made permanent without further competition.
    Position may be converted to permanent without further competition.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - Business Travel (TDY) is approximately 20% of the time.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • Requires current membership in good standing of a bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
    • Incumbent is required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement upon entry into position and annually.

    Who May Apply: US Citizens

    In order to qualify, you must meet the experience and education requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

    Basic Requirement for General Attorney:

    Degree: 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).

    In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

    Specialized Experience: Two or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. This experience was acquired after being admitted to the bar. Examples of this experience are: (1) Experience in formation and litigation of government contracts; (2) Demonstration of skill and ability in analyzing facts, ascertaining laws and giving opinions, stating facts and legal issues; and (3) advising officials such as contracting officers on all aspects of the procurement process, including drafting special agreements and unusual contract clauses.


    Graduate from an ABA-Accredited Law School in the top 25% of the class or have an advance law degree such as an LLM which I may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience and I have two years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. This experience was acquired after being admitted to the bar. Examples of this experience are: (1) independently advising Senior Leaders on all aspects of federal acquisition including the formation and administration of contracts, contract claims and appeals, agency and GAO protests, and the termination of contracts; (2) litigating contract disputes or protests before federal courts, or federal boards of contract appeals; (3) as a Procurement Fraud Advisor independently advising Senior Leaders on all aspects of possible suspension and debarment as well as coordinating a remedies plan with federal law enforcement agencies.

    NOTE: Experience must be documented in your resume.

    Must be a current member in good standing of a bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonweath of Puerto Rico.

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: 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.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
    • This is a Career Program (CP) 56 position.
    • This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit for more information.
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website .

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    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.

    All applicants meeting the qualifications listed above will be referred for consideration. The Selection Panel appointed by the Sacrament District Counsel will review all qualified applicants and their submitted documents for the following attributes:

    1. Knowledge and experience with federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures including research, analysis, and effectively advising in complex areas of federal law such as:
    a) Government Contract Law;
    b) Federal Fiscal Law;
    c) Procurement Faud;
    d) Civil Works Programs;
    e) Military Construction Program;
    f) Real Estate Acquisition and Disposition;
    g) Environmental Law;
    h) Non-contract claims;
    i) Information Law (FOIA and Privacy Act);

    2. Ability to function as a counselor and advisor to staff and management in the District, the Command, and others and to work effectively with other staff management officials within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other governmental entities, with the public, and with private parties.

    3. Ability to balance multiple national (external) and agency (internal) program goals and priorities; ability to review program implementation and results; ability to balance customer programs with legal goals and priorities; and, ability to develop and utilize innovative approaches in solving problems and issues.

    4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse clients and constituencies on varied and complex topics. Please provide a writing sample. WRITING SAMPLES SHOULD NOT EXCEED 10 PAGES.

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  • Required Documents
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    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

    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.

    1. Your resume:
    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience 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 qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • Official certificate showing you are a member in good standing with the bar, together with a sworn (notarized) statement that neither your fitness to practice law nor conduct as an attorney has ever been challenged, OR if either has been challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts & circumstance together with any explanation you may deem appropriate.
    • Examples of writing skills should be demonstrated by legal briefs, articles, memoranda, and/or letters. These examples should total no more than ten (10) pages. Extracts of selected sections or larger documents are acceptable.
    • Three letters of recommendation from other attorneys dated within one year of the vacancy announcement.
    • Official or certified Law School Transcripts will be required before entering on duty. Copies may be submitted initially.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .

    Current Corps of Engineers Attorneys: DO NOT need to provide the following supporting documents:
    • Official or certified Law School Transcripts.
    • Official certificate showing you are a member in good standing with the bar, together with a sworn (notarized) statement that neither your fitness to practice law nor conduct as an attorney has ever been challenged, OR if either has been challenged, a sworn (notarized) statement concerning the facts & circumstance together with any explanation you may deem appropriate.
    • Three letters of recommendation from other attorneys.
    • Proof of U.S. Citizenship.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified." See: Transcripts and Licenses

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

    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.

  • Benefits
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    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 .

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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.

  • How to Apply
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    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/01/2018 to receive consideration.
    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application ( ).
    • Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
    • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center .

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: .

    If you submit an inquiry to the e-mail address listed in the Agency Contact Information below please identify the announcement number of the position in the subject line of the e-mail. This will expedite a response to your inquiry.

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    Sacramento, CA 98134

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    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

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    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

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    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Full time
Sacramento, CA, US