Federal Highway Administration Attorney Advisor in Washington, District Of Columbia

  • Duties



This position is located in the Legislation, Regulations, and General Law Division, Office of the Chief Counsel, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Office of the Chief Counsel is responsible for all legal issues that affect the programs of the FHWA and provides legal support and advice to FHWA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. As an Attorney Advisor, you will work under the direction of the Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation, Regulations, and General Law. You will be responsible for the performance of legal services and coordination of legal activities concerning the Federal Highway Administration’s legislative and regulatory programs, including providing legal reference and legal advice regarding the entire scope of FHWA’s programs. Your work may include drafting and analyzing legislation and amendments to pending Federal legislation; drafting legislation to implement Departmental and Administration initiatives; reviewing and analyzing guidance documents for compliance with OMB Good Guidance principles and statutory authority; drafting, reviewing and analyzing regulatory documents for compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act and other Federal laws and Executive Orders; preparing legislative or regulatory views packages and coordinating the agency review process; and assisting in the preparation of testimony of officials of the Administration or the Department before congressional committees.

FHWA has ranked in the top 10 for the past three years in the “Best Places to Work” survey of federal government employers. FHWA encourages and rewards employee innovation and collaboration, and makes development of its employees a priority. This position is eligible for many programs designed to help the employee achieve work-life balance, including a flexible work schedule and telework.

The ideal candidateis an individual with excellent legal research and writing skills, who can handle and prioritize multiple competing tasks and a diverse workload while maintaining collegial working relationships. This individual has a demonstrated interest in, and work experience related to, the legislative and regulatory process. The ideal candidate will provide a cover letter (maximum two pages) explaining his/her specific interest in this position and highlighting his/her relevant work experience regarding legislation and regulations.

This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

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As an Attorney-Advisor, you will:

  • Draft legislation and amendments to pending Federal legislation based on review of proposals and views obtained.
  • Participate in the development of the legislative initiatives of the Administration and the Department.
  • Review, provide legal advice, and coordinate FHWA comments regarding FHWA, DOT, Executive Branch, and Congressional bills, memoranda, certificates, and policy statements.
  • Assist in the preparation of testimony of officials of the Administration or the Department before congressional committees as necessary, including reviewing and editing briefing materials and preparing summaries of congressional hearings.
  • Prepare legislative or regulatory views packages and coordinate the agency review process for proposed legislation, regulations, and Executive Orders for Congressional Committees and the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Draft and review regulations, guidance, FHWA directives, and related issuances to ensure compliance with current statutes, regulations, and other legal requirements and references.
  • Respond to inquiries regarding rulemaking activities from outside interests, including the Congress, trade associations, and the public.
  • Draft appropriate briefing memoranda, transmittal memoranda, and standard forms to ensure timely and legally sufficient processing of all regulations and guidance, including reviews and clearances.
  • Respond to client requests by providing legal reference, legal support services, and legal advice regarding legislative and regulatory matters.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen.

This position is in the Excepted Service.

For information on the Excepted Service, please visit: Excepted Service Appointing Authorities@*http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/excepted-service/*

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is an Excepted Service position.


This is an *Excepted Service position.*

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • ETHICS/CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT: All employees are subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2635, including restrictions on owning financial interests that may conflict with performance of their duties. Some employees, like those involved in contracting or regulating non-Federal entities, are subject to Executive Branch Financial Disclosure requirements set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 263.
  • TRIAL PERIOD:This is an Excepted Serviceposition. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service. Applicants selected for an excepted service position may be subject to a two-year trial period.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.

To qualify for an attorney position in the federal government, an applicant must have a law degree from an accredited school and must be a current member of the bar in good standing: In addition to meeting the basic requirements for the position, you must also meet the specific requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the GS-12, you must have:

  • A second law degree (LL.M) AND at least one (1) year(s) of professional legal work experience of a progressively responsible nature.


  • At least two (2) years of professional legal work experience of a progressively responsible nature.

To qualify for the GS-13, you must have either:

  • A second law degree (LL.M) AND at least two (2) years of professional legal work experience.


  • Experience - you must have *at least three (3) years professional legal work experience of a progressively responsible nature.*

To qualify for the GS-14, you must have either:

  • A second law degree (LL.M) AND at least three (3) years of professional legal work experience of a progressively responsible nature.


  • Experience- you must have at least four (4) years of professional legal work experience of a progressively responsible nature in the legislation and/or regulations legal practice areas.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

**For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.**



Applicants must be citizens of the United States, possess a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school AND be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Additional information

Managers may exercise discretion to allow a limited amount of regular or task-based telework for this position.

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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.

For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the specialized experience requirements.

Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.

DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT UNREQUESTED DOCUMENTATION. Resumes should only be submitted electronically as part of the application process and are not considered supplemental documents.

  • RESUME - Needs to be created within USA Jobs Resume Builder.It must show relevant experience, education and fully support the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS -Verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series OR an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. The transcripts need not be official.
  • COVER LETTER (Optional)
  • VETERANS: Department of Transportation attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Transportation considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans’ preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with supporting documentation, e.g., SF15, DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation. Unless the vacancy announcement specifically asks for examples of work products, writing samples, letters of reference, pictures, or training certificates, do NOT submit them to the Automated Staffing Office. They will not be forwarded to the official making the selection for this vacancy.
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



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


How to Apply

You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.

If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email us at *Transjobs@dot.gov*

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Agency contact information
Automated Staffing Office







DOT, FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION Submit Application and Documents Online 1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50 Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Next steps

Within two weeks of the vacancy closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will issue certificate(s), or list(s) of applications, which will then be forwarded to the selecting official for further consideration. At this point, you may check online to see if your application was referred by logging in at MYUSAJOBS and clicking on "Applications."

From this point on the selecting official determines all aspects of the hiring process. If they wish to contact you for an interview or for hire, they will do so directly. Otherwise, when a selection is made, we will update your application status online and the Human Resources Specialist for the vacancy will notify you by email.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499819900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/17/2018 to 06/05/2018

Salary: $81,548 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12 - 14

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent