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This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC serves as the chief legal advisor to the Agency’s senior management and program offices, providing legal analysis and support on Agency rules and policies, guidance documents, permits, response actions, and legislation. OGC lawyers, together with attorneys in the Department of Justice, represent the Agency in court challenges to Agency actions, appeals of enforcement cases, and Supreme Court litigation.
Attorneys in OGC advise on issues relating to EPA’s statutory authorities and programs, including those under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; issues arising under general statutes applicable to federal agencies; international instruments; and general issues of environmental and administrative law. These positions are located in Washington, D.C.
For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-general-counsel-ogc
These positions are in the excepted service. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status; however, this position is covered for the purpose of federal retirement and benefits.
Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.
If you are selected, you will be expected to report to work as soon as practical, but no later than thirty (30) days from the date you receive a final job offer. Extension of this reporting requirement may be granted only under extraordinary circumstances.
At the entry level of this position, you will:
- Work under the general supervision of the Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel (OGC), and, as appropriate, under the guidance of one or more practice group leaders. Receive preliminary and established instructions as to methods of approach, source material available, and Agency policy and precedent.
- Provide advice and counseling in support of all EPA Headquarters program offices on a broad array of legal matters arising under environmental and general law issues.
- Act as legal counsel to EPA on issues and be responsible for representing EPA in proceedings filed before courts.
- Assist the U.S. Department of Justice in defending EPA in litigation filed against the Agency in federal courts.
- Conduct research of laws, legal opinions, and precedent cases for complex and difficult legal issues for which the legal issue researched is a segment of an extremely complex case.
- Analyze factual and legal issues presented to determine what further facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable.
- Initiate contacts with program officials and other persons having knowledge of the facts involved in the problem or case under study.
When entering a Federal job at a grade lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work independently, as your career progresses.