Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Law Degree
Salary: $94,373 -$176,300
Pay Scale and Grade: GS 13 - 15 ($94,373 -$176,300 (based on location)).
Promotion Potential: GS-15
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 2022-1; 2022-2
OIG is seeking an experienced attorney to serve in the Advice Branch to provide counsel primarily related to OIG’s oversight of the FDA and other public health programs. The attorney will provide advice to clients within OIG who are doing work to promote the safety of FDA-regulated food, drugs, and devices that Americans rely on. OIG’s recent oversight of FDA includes its response to the COVID-19 emergency, combating the opioid crisis, fostering drug competition, and curtailing youth tobacco use. The attorney will also provide advice to clients within OIG who are doing work related to HHS’s efforts to promote public health, including OIG’s oversight of the NIH and the CDC.
The Attorney Advisor will be responsible for providing legal advice to OIG regarding various HHS programs, with a primary focus on FDA. Specifically, the Attorney Advisor will:
o Provide legal advice to OIG’s auditors, evaluators, investigators, and other staff; o Provide legal review of audits, evaluations, and other written products created by OIG components; o Train various OIG components about the Inspector General (IG) Act, IG jurisdiction, records access, and laws, regulations and policies pertinent to HHS programs; and o Assist with special inquiries concerning current issues affecting HHS.
Minimum Qualifications Requirements
o Graduation from an ABA accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree; and
o Membership in good standing with a State Bar or the Bar of the District of Columbia.
Specialized Experience for the GS-13 position
o At least two (2) years of post-J.D. legal experience, completed by the time of hire, which may include a judicial clerkship.
o Experience evaluating and addressing legal issues related to the FDA.
Specialized Experience for the GS-14 position
o At least three (3) years of post-J.D. legal experience, completed by the time of hire, which may include a judicial clerkship.
o Experience serving as an authority on legal issues related to the FDA.
o Experience on coordinating and communicating on legal and policy issues relating to the FDA.
Specialized Experience for the GS-15 position
o Applicant must be current Federal employee;
o At least four (4) years of post-J.D. legal experience, completed by the time of hire, which may include a judicial clerkship.
o Experience serving as an authority on legal issues related to the FDA in an independent manner.
o Experience on coordinating and communicating on complex legal and policy issues relating to the FDA.
o Experience developing recommendations on legal issues related to the FDA.
Interested candidates must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Advice Branch Announcement #, by closing date Friday, January 28, 2022, via email to Advice.Resumes@oig.hhs.gov.
o Cover letter describing your interest in a position with OCIG and addressing experience in providing legal advice on FDA related matters and issues; o Resume; o Law school transcript, if graduated from law school within the past five (5) years; o One (1) legal writing sample not to exceed ten (10) pages; o Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in a state, U.S territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; o All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action; o Most recent Performance Appraisal received within the last 18 months and signed and dated by your supervisor. o Names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references; and o Veteran's Preference -If you are claiming veteran's preference you must submit a copy of your DD 214 (https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiringpaths/ veterans/).
Please reference the announcement number, Advice Branch Announcement #, in your email. If you have any questions, please submit them to Advice.Resumes@oig.hhs.gov.
About Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fights fraud, waste and abuse in HHS programs including Medicare, Medicaid, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more. HHS OIG is the largest Federal inspector general's office, employing a nationwide network of auditors, investigators, attorneys, and evaluators to provide program recommendations to decision-makers, distribute educational resources to the industry and public, and investigate cases to root out fraud. HHS OIG conducts critical oversight of programs administered by HHS, promotes public health and safety by recommending improvements, and helps ensure the integrity of these programs by identifying and addressing fraud, waste, abuse, or other misconduct.
The HHS OIG is recognized as one of the Federal Government's best places to work. HHS OIG is the #1 Best Place to Work within HHS and ranked in the top 10% of agency subcomponents (#16 of 411) in the Partnership for Public Service's "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" 2020 rating. For more information, see (http:...//www.bestplacestowork.org).
With a staff of more than 120 professionals, the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) provides all legal services for OIG. The office is divided into six branches. The Advice Branch fulfills the role for OIG similar to the role fulfilled by a typical government general counsel's office. Advice attorneys support OIG's auditors, evaluators, law enforcement agents and its management and policy staff. Advice attorneys handle a wide range of topics, including legal reviews of audits, evaluations and other written products created by the other OIG components, subpoenas, law enforcement questions, employment issues, internal inquiries, ethics, privacy, contracts, and constitutional tort claims. For more information about the HHS OIG, go to http://oig.hhs.gov.