Federal Communications Commission Attorney Advisor in Washington, District Of Columbia
This position is located in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD or Division) of the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB or Bureau). TAPD's primary mission is to advance the goals of universal service set forth in section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the Act), helping to ensure that consumers in all regions of the nation have access to quality telecommunications and information services at affordable rates. Included in these responsibilities is developing policy for and implementing changes in the high-cost, low-income, schools and libraries, and rural healthcare universal service support mechanisms, as well as issues and policies related to the universal service contribution methodology; addressing the numerous and varied petitions related to the universal service mechanisms; providing policy guidance to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC); and responding to the extremely heavy volume of congressional and general correspondence. TAPD also provides federal staff support for the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
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Works on cases or legal issues of extreme complexity. These are characterized by one or more of the following: (1) extremely complex and difficult issues requiring a high order of legal endeavor often require the incumbent to balance conflicting interests; and (2) matters that can have an important impact on the telecommunications industry whose economic position affects major private and public interests.
Acts as the primary legal counsel to a significant operating program, or in adversarial proceedings where legal questions posed are of an extremely complex nature. The incumbent will review and approve work of lower grade attorneys. Participates in administrative or judicial hearings and develops research strategies for legal cases.
Serves as a subject matter expert on Telecommunications Access Policy programs. Provides authoritative advice, review and consultation of such issues to Bureau officials on the Commission’s role in implementing policies and procedures pursuant to section 254 of the Communications Act. Drafts and reviews orders and regulations relating to Universal Service and telecommunications access matters. Identifies and analyzes challenging situations and works with internal and external stakeholders including, but not limited to, Universal Service Administrative Company, Office of Managing Director, Office of General Counsel, Office of Media Relations, service providers, and state commissions. Investigates matters and assesses the best approach for a legal case.
Provides policy recommendations to Division and Bureau Management. Conducts comprehensive review of agency rules and policies to determine applicability to Universal Service and other telecommunications access program needs. Analyzes public comment received and makes recommendation for new rules or modification to existing rules.
Prepares agenda items and proposed memorandum opinion and orders; notice of proposed rulemaking, and other decisional documents.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Employees of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). (Internal Employees/Agency Employees Only).
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Conditions of Employment
- Education and Bar Membership Required.
- FCC Employees Only.
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must:
- Currently be employed in the Federal Communications Commission in positions serving under career, career conditional, or excepted service (Schedule A appointments under authority 213.3102(d)-Attorneys) appointments.
Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.
Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
General Experience: None
Selective Factor: None
Professional Law Experience: Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.
Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Applicants must possess at least three years of professional law experience and have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following: 1) conducting legal research and preparing legal documents; 2) developing research strategies for complex legal issues; 3) writing complex documents such as briefs, issue papers, orders, rulemaking items, and report summaries with analyses and recommendations; 4) making oral presentations, communicating legal research results, and defending legal positions; and 5) experience providing legal guidance to attorneys and other professionals.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Education requirements include: a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
All candidates will be considered without regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, nondisqualifying physical or mental handicap, age, or any other nonmerit factor. THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who do not respond to the application questions and/or do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible. Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions.
There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:
- the core questions
- the vacancy questions
- supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts); and
- your resume.
Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions provide supplemental documents and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process
You will be evaluated for this position on the following Evaluation Criteria:
- Skill in written communication sufficient to prepare complex legal and policy documents.
- Skill in oral communication sufficient to pursue legal issues against opposition.
- Ability to conduct legal research and present results of research.
- Ability to develop research strategies for complex legal issues.
- Ability to review and approve work of other attorneys.
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
- Required Documents
*ALL SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE RECEIVED IN THE FCC'S HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ONCE YOU APPLY TO THIS VACANCY YOU WILL BE PROMPTED BY THE SYSTEM TO EITHER UPLOAD DOCUMENTS OR PRINT FAX COVERSHEETS - THE FAX NUMBER WILL BE LISTED ON THIS SHEET. IF FAXING, ALL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED SHOULD BE FAXED SEPARATELY ON THE FAX COVERSHEET PROVIDED. ONCE FAXED, YOU SHOULD RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION WITHIN AN HOUR. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION, YOUR FAX HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RECEIVED AND YOU SHOULD FAX AGAIN.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FAX THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT 418-0130 PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.*
Current employees are requested to submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, and annual performance appraisal.
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.
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How to Apply
To apply to this announcement go to the website: https://fcc.usajobs.gov
Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information on applying federal jobs, please check this webpage https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/MainPage
If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Federal Communications Commission's Human Resources Office at (202) 418-0130 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts to determine the validity of on-line question.
Agency contact information
Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, District of Columbia United States
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Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications to determine your ranking. The qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493645700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 03/27/2018
Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 14
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time
Appointment type: Permanent