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Senior Counsel for Exclusions (Washington, DC)
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Office of Counsel to the Inspector General
Open & Closing Dates
02/24/2020 to 02/28/2020
Pay Scale & Grade
$121,316 to $157,709 per year
About the Office
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. With a staff of more than 90 professionals, the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) provides all legal services for OIG. OCIG attorneys generally work independently as well as in collaboration with other OIG attorneys, criminal investigators and Federal, State, and local partners from around the country to protect HHS programs and beneficiaries.
OIG seeks two highly qualified attorneys with relevant professional experience to serve as Senior Counsel in OCIG at its Headquarters Office in Washington, DC. Each Senior Counsel will be responsible for conducting legal analysis of and advising on all aspects of mandatory and permissive exclusion actions under the authority of sections 1128 and 1156 of the Social Security Act. In addition, each Senior Counsel will manage other responsibilities to support this administrative sanction, which may include the following:
- Advise Reviewing Official(s) on appropriate term of exclusion after reviewing relevant factors and case law;
- Compile and maintain case file of supporting documentation for exclusion actions;
- Review and respond to requests for waivers and reinstatements;
- Draft administrative letters providing notice of exclusion actions;
- Provide timely and effective legal support to other OIG and Department of Justice attorneys defending exclusion appeals before Article III and administrative law judges; and
- Provide accurate and timely updates to published list of excluded individuals and entities.
These Attorney positions are in the Excepted Service.
Please see OIG's web site for more information: https://oig.hhs.gov/about-oig/careers/index.asp
Applicants must possess a minimum of five years of substantive experience related to investigating and analyzing legal support for excluding individuals and entities from participation in Federal health care programs based on various convictions and other reasons specified in the Social Security Act. Applicants should also demonstrate experience reviewing and revising administrative action letters.
Applicants must possess a JD degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member of the bar (in any U.S. jurisdiction).
Occasional travel may be required.
This position is located in Washington, DC. Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Yes as determined by agency policy.
Interested candidates should send a résumé and all other required documents indicated below to Acrb.Resumes@oig.hhs.gov. Please reference the announcement number, ACRB Announcement #3, in your email.
This announcement will be open until 11:59 p.m. on 02/28/2020. Applications must be submitted by that time in order to be considered.
To apply for these positions you must provide a complete application package that includes all of the following required documents:
- Your résumé.
- Proof of current and active bar association membership in good standing.
- Photocopy of law school transcripts.
- Current SF-50 (if external government employee).
Education qualifications for these positions must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. A link to the Department of Education Database of Postsecondary Educational Institution follows: https://ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/home
For male applicants born after December 31, 1959, the applicants must have registered with Selective Service. Both positions are Critical Sensitive Positions, and the successful applicants must submit to and pass a background investigation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Fair & Transparent
OIG is an Equal Opportunity 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, or any non-merit factor. OIG welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. OIG 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, OIG 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 résumé 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. Additional information can be found at the following links.