Attorney Advisor
Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Washington, DC

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About the Agency

With an expanded mission and authority including oversight of the swap markets, the CFTC continues to protect the American public by promoting market integrity, transparency and preventing and prosecuting fraud, manipulation and other abuse in the futures and options markets. Please visit to learn more about the CFTC.

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  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered for Selective Service

DUTIES: Back to top As an Attorney Advisor in the General Law Branch, you will:
  • Advise and assist with the resolution of diverse and complicated legal questions that may involve budget, fiscal, and appropriations law; labor relations and Federal personnel matters, including employment policies and equal opportunity laws; the Ethics in Government Act, the Freedom of Information Act; the Privacy Act; the Sunshine Act; the Federal Advisory Committee Act; information sharing, collection, and security issues; procurement, contract administration, and the application of the Federal Acquisition Regulations, as well as the Commissions own authorizing legislation and legislative history.
  • Support the significant agency demand for legal advice and guidance from the General Law Branch.
  • Provide legal guidance in a variety of ways, including informal consultations and e-mails, small and large group meetings, legal memoranda and opinions, and presentations to the Chairman, Commissioners, and Commission staff.
  • Communicate with the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, the Office of Personnel Management, the Office of Government Ethics, the Department of Justice, the General Services Administration, and other federal agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top CT-14: Candidates with a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar membership and 4 years of relevant legal experience after completion of law school.

Technical Qualifications:
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills;
  • Knowledge of general administrative law, with knowledge of budget, fiscal, and appropriations law; labor relations law; personnel law; equal opportunity laws; the Ethics in Government Act; the Freedom of Information Act; the Privacy Act; the Sunshine Act; the Federal Advisory Committee Act; and/or procurement law preferred.
  • Experience and skill in researching, analyzing, and resolving complex questions involving federal law, federal regulations, or orders;
  • Skill in providing agency management with advice and guidance on administrative law questions.

Education: Successful completion of a full course of study (JD) in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Bar Membership: Currently an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants are responsible for citing minimum qualifications such as JD and Bar membership information (institution name, state for bar, and dates) on their respective resumes. Failure to supply details will result in an incomplete application. Relevant experience is defined as an attorney, law clerk, or other legal experience which was obtained subsequent to graduation from law school.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: This job is being filled under a Schedule A hiring authority 5 CFR 213.3102and is excepted from the competitive civil service. You will be evaluated and deemed either eligible or ineligible based on the relevance and quality of your experience and education, bar membership, and on the desired qualifications described above. All eligible applicants will be further evaluated by subject-matter experts.
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BENEFITS: Back to top You can review our benefits at:!benefits.hms?orgId=3&jnum=4338

OTHER INFORMATION: Relocation: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Trial Period: You will be subject to a two year trial period.

EEO Policy Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation: 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.

Financial Disclosure : The selectee will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement upon entrance and on an annual basis thereafter.

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. The law prohibits requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations for employment or other personnel actions for non-political positions. This includes recommendations from Members of Congress, Congressional employees, elected state or local officials, and political party officials and any recommendation based on party affiliation.

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