Attorney Advisor (General), CT-905-11/14
Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Washington, DC

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About the Agency

Apply now for an exciting opportunity at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) as an Attorney Advisor in the Whistleblower Office (WBO). The mission of the WBO is to perform intake, tracking and recordkeeping of whistleblower submissions; oversee the review process of each whistleblowers eligibility; administer the determination process for whistleblower award claims; communicate with whistleblowers and their representatives; and report to the Commission and Congress on the whistleblower program.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has expanded the CFTCs regulatory authority to the swaps marketplace, augmenting the CFTCs mission to protect the American public by promoting market integrity, transparency and preventing and prosecuting fraud, manipulation and other abuse in both the swaps and futures markets.

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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, you will:

Perform intake, tracking and recordkeeping of whistleblower submissions;

Communicate with whistleblowers and their representatives about the law and rules underlying the whistleblower program, including the programs eligibility requirements and information regarding the anti-retaliatory provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act;

Communicate with staff from the Commissions Division of Enforcement regarding the status of whistleblower-related matters, including the level of the whistleblowers assistance;

Communicate with other authorities (e.g., the Department of Justice and other appropriate federal agencies, registered entities, registered futures associations and self-regulatory organizations, and State criminal and appropriate civil agencies) regarding the status of related actions that are based upon information submitted by whistleblowers to the Commission;

Develop records regarding the contributions of whistleblowers; and

Assist the Commissions Whistleblower Award Determination Panel to determine the eligibility of whistleblower award claimants, and the amounts of whistleblower awards.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top CT-11: Candidates with a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar membership and either Superior Academic Achievement or 1 year of relevant legal experience after completion of law school. The following educational activities may be substituted for the year of required experience at this level: top third or above of law school graduating class; significant achievement on law review; moot court participation; relevant law school course work; law clerk experience with a major law firm, federal judge, U.S. Attorneys or Federal Public Defenders Office, or Federal agency; or superior legal writing ability as evidenced by current legal publications or the equivalent.

CT-12: In addition to the grade 11 educational qualifications (e.g., J.D.), candidates with a L.L.M or advanced degree in economics, business, etc., OR 2 years of relevant legal experience after completion of law school. Must have bar membership.

CT-13: Candidates with a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and bar membership and 3 years of relevant legal experience after completion of law school.

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.

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.

Candidates should possess the following:

Skill in research and analysis of sophisticated legal issues, as well as excellent written and oral communications skills.

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=4335

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

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

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