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A dedicated, well-trained, highly motivated workforce is a key factor in OIG's success. Join us and embark on a career that will make a difference in the lives of Americans.

As an investigator, you will seek out those committing fraud against vital HHS programs, including Medicare - a program that makes it possible for some of the country's most vulnerable citizens to receive health care. Become a program analyst and evaluate HHS programs to find vulnerabilities for fraud and recommend fixes. Or, put your accounting and financial skills to work as an auditor reviewing billion-dollar Federal programs.

These positions, and many others within OIG, work collaboratively to protect the integrity of HHS programs, improve the health and welfare of Americans and uncover billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers.

Office of Counsel Attorney Positions

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) supports the mission of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services. OIG's 1,600 dedicated professionals promote the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of HHS programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Head Start. The integrity of these programs is evaluated for success, and any fraud, waste or abuse is addressed by OIG.

Office of Counsel to the Inspector General

With a staff of more than 75 professionals, the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) provides all legal services for OIG. The office is divided into three branches: Administrative and Civil Remedies, Advice, and Industry Guidance.

Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch
The Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch (ACRB) represents OIG in all administrative and civil fraud enforcement actions, monitors the compliance of providers under integrity agreements, and defends OIG in administrative appeals. ACRB attorneys initiate and litigate actions seeking civil monetary penalties and the exclusion of health care providers from participating in Federal health care programs because of fraudulent or abusive conduct. In addition, ACRB attorneys work with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop and pursue False Claims Act cases against healthcare providers that defraud the Government. In appropriate cases, ACRB attorneys negotiate and monitor Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIAs) that impose integrity obligations on providers alleged to have engaged in fraudulent conduct.
Advice Branch
The Advice Branch provides day-to-day legal counsel and representation to OIG on a broad array of issues arising in the exercise of OIG's responsibilities. Advice Branch attorneys serving in this "in-house counsel" role handle a wide range of topics, including employment issues, internal inquiries, ethics, information disclosure and privacy, contracts, constitutional tort claims, subpoenas, law enforcement questions, the scope and exercise of the Inspector General's authorities and responsibilities, budget and appropriations, and legal reviews of audits, evaluations and other written products created by other OIG components.
Industry Guidance Branch
The Industry Guidance Branch (IGB) issues advisory opinions, special fraud alerts, special advisory bulletins, and other guidance to health care providers and others on the application of the fraud and abuse statutes to health care business arrangements; engages in outreach activities to promote industry compliance with the fraud and abuse statutes; drafts "safe harbor" and other regulations related to these statutes; provides technical assistance to government officials about the fraud and abuse statutes; and serves as an in-house resource for OIG staff, including investigators and auditors, on the anti-kickback statute, the civil monetary penalties provisions related to beneficiary inducements and gainsharing, the Physician Self-Referral (Stark) Law, and health care business practices.

Careers for Attorneys

OCIG currently has openings for attorneys in four positions. Below is a summary of the positions and a link to the official position announcements. To apply for a position, please follow the instructions included in the position announcement.

The submission deadline for all four positions is FRIDAY, MARCH 27.

Experienced Employment Attorney
The Advice Branch is seeking an experienced employment attorney to focus primarily on representing OIG in administrative employment litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and will work closely with the Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) on any Federal court cases. The attorney will provide advice and counsel to OIG management on a full range of Federal sector employment issues. The attorney may also be called upon to manage and/or lead internal inquiries concerning employee misconduct. Applicants must have at least two years of litigation experience.
Experienced Procurement and Employment Attorney
The Advice Branch is seeking an experienced attorney to focus primarily on providing advice and litigation support for employment and procurement related matters. The attorney will represent OIG in administrative, employment litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and will work closely with the Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) on any Federal court cases. Further, the attorney will provide advice and counsel to OIG management on a full range of Federal sector employment issues. The attorney will also provide legal advice and litigation support for a full range of procurement matters, including but not limited to, assisting with acquisition planning, legal review of contract actions, contract awards, bid protests, contract administration, contract payment issues and disputes as well as contractor performance issues. The attorney may also be called upon to support work of other components of OIG, including providing advice and counsel to auditors, evaluators, and investigators on employment or procurement related reviews. The attorney may be asked to manage and/or lead internal inquiries concerning employee misconduct or other matters. The attorney may also be engaged in developing internal policies and procedures for employment, procurement or other OIG operational matters. Applicants must have at least 3 years of experience advising on and litigating employment and procurement related matters.
Experienced Litigation Attorney
ACRB is seeking experienced litigators to represent OIG in the litigation and settlement of administrative litigation matters involving OIG's administrative sanctions (i.e., civil monetary penalties and exclusions) for false claims, kickbacks, sub-standard quality of care, and other offenses. Applicants should have at least five years of experience in criminal, civil, or administrative litigation, including case development and trial experience. Health care experience is preferred but not required. In addition, applicants should possess strong writing, advocacy, and negotiation skills.
Health Care Attorney
ACRB is seeking a health care attorney in OIG's Philadelphia Regional Office to represent OIG in the litigation, negotiation, and settlement of civil and administrative actions involving false claims, kickbacks, sub-standard quality of care, and other offenses. All applicants should have one to three years of experience in one or more of the following areas: criminal, civil, or administrative litigation; Federal health care program reimbursement; or the development of corporate health care compliance programs and/or the negotiation of OIG corporate integrity agreements. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based upon their knowledge and experience with respect to OIG administrative sanctions (i.e., civil monetary penalties and exclusions), the anti-kickback statute, the Physician Self-Referral (Stark) Law, and the False Claims Act. Applicants should possess strong writing, advocacy, and negotiation skills.

Equal Opportunity and Veteran's Preference Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) / Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non-merit factor. HHS / OCIG welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. HHS / OCIG is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, HHS / OCIG considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must indicate their preference in their cover letter or resume and they must submit supporting documentation (e.g., DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) which verifies their eligibility for preference. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s)). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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Office of Investigations Internship

The Student Volunteer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to augment the workforce in the OIG's Office of Investigations. Student interns gain valuable work experience, apply their educational knowledge to the real workforce, and offer fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to problems. With more than 70 locations to choose from, students have the opportunity to apply during the school semester (while away from home) or during the summer session (when at home). Learn more now

Office of Counsel Legal Clerkship and Externship Programs

The Legal Clerkship and Externship Programs provide law students with the opportunity to work with attorneys in the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG). Law clerks investigate cases with OCIG attorneys, perform legal research, write legal memorandums, and draft briefs.

  • Legal Clerkship Program: The summer clerkships are full-time positions that last approximately twelve weeks from the end of May to mid-August. The summer clerks must be entering their final year of law school after completion of the clerkship. The application deadline for summer clerkships is in mid-September for the following summer.
  • Legal Externship Program: The fall and spring externships are unpaid positions that last approximately the length of the fall and spring law school semesters. Fall and spring externs must be 2Ls or 3Ls participating in a school sponsored, for-credit extern program and work a minimum of 32 hours per week.

Announcements for the OCIG Legal Clerkship and Externship Programs are posted on this website and provide application instructions, deadlines, and additional information.

Recruitment Information

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