The FCC is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.
This position is located in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Washington, DC. Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- Education & Writing Sample (preferably 5-15 pages)
- Bar Membership
- Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
- Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position
- Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
The incumbent will perform a variety of legal duties necessary to implement and carry out the requirements of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. As such, the incumbent's responsibilities include providing legal advice and services on assignments that are complex and require a high degree of legal analysis. The incumbent must also demonstrate the ability to balance conflicting interests. At the higher level, the incumbent may act as primary legal counsel to a significant operating program where legal questions posed are of an extremely complex nature.
Serves as a subject matter expert on waste, fraud and abuse issues in the various universal service programs (e.g., E-rate, Lifeline, etc..). 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. Identifies and analyzes challenging situations and works with inside and outside stakeholders including, but not limited to, Universal Service Administrative Company, Office of Inspector General, Enforcement Bureau, Office of General Counsel, Office of Media Relations, the service providers, and state commissions. Investigates matters and assesses the best approach for a legal case.
Advises universal service recipients of deficiencies and inconsistencies, and provides recommendations to resolve complex problems discovered as a result of the review and analysis. Complex problems, for example, may include potential violations of any laws, FCC rules, or regulations; mismanagement, waste, or improper use of funds; fraudulent activity; and abuse of authority. Conducts comprehensive review and investigation of agency rules and policies to determine applicability to current program needs, and develops alternatives appropriate to the regulatory environment. Prepares agenda items, and proposed memorandum, opinion and orders, notice of proposed rulemaking, and other decisional documents.
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 in order to be considered for the position. Candidates must have held the next lower grade or have equivalent education and/or experience in the normal line of progression for this position for a least one year.
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 related 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 have a minimum of one year of specialized experience in or equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.
For this position at the GS-13 level, applicants must possess at least two years of professional law experience and at least one year of that experience must be specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service interpreting telecommunications laws and statutes; conducting in-depth legal research; drafting legal documents; and providing input regarding the resolution of legal issues (e.g., waste, fraud and abuse).
For this position at the GS-14 level, applicants must possess at least three years of professional law experience and at least one year of that experience must be specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service interpreting telecommunications laws and statutes, regulations and/or rulemaking documents; analyzing legal issues (e.g., waste, fraud and abuse), including weighing implications, identifying potential problems and proposing solutions; and representing the organization to explain complex or controversial legal issues (e.g., waste, fraud and abuse), or negotiate resolution of problems.
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.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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:
1. the core questions (answered when you register in FCCJobs ;
2. the vacancy questions (answered when you apply for this vacancy. To view the vacancy questions please visit our website at FCCJobs and click on 'Search Public Jobs Now' and view the announcement as well as the vacancy questions;
3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF- 50, SF-15, transcripts); and
4. your resume.
Although this automated application system simplifies the application process by using questions, your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position.
The FCC offers a wide range of employee benefits, including:
Dental & Vision Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Long-Term Care Insurance
Holidays and Leave
Thrift Savings Plan
Alternative Work Schedule
EEO Policy Statement
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement
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