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Office of Counsel to the Inspector General

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 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.

Job Openings

Advice Branch Announcement #2018-1: Experienced NIH/Device Attorney (Open to Current Federal Employees Only)

About the Office

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) supports the mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services. The OIG is comprised of dedicated professionals promoting the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of programs administered by HHS agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration. The integrity of these programs is evaluated, and any fraud, waste, or abuse is addressed by OIG.

The HHS OIG is recognized as one of the Federal Government's best places to work. HHS OIG ranked in the top 10% of agency subcomponents (#15 of 150) in the Partnership for Public Service's "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" 2017 rating. For more information, see (http://www.bestplacestowork.org).

With a staff of more than 90 professionals, the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) provides all legal services for OIG. The office is divided into three branches: Advice, Administrative and Civil Remedies, and Industry Guidance. The Advice Branch fulfills a role for OIG similar to the role fulfilled by a typical government general counsel's office. Advice attorneys support OIG's auditors, evaluators, law enforcement agents, and its management and policy staff. Advice attorneys handle a wide range of topics, including legal reviews of audits, evaluations, and other written products created by the other OIG components, subpoenas, law enforcement questions, employment issues, internal inquiries, ethics, privacy, contracts, and constitutional tort claims. For more information about the HHS OIG, go to https://oig.hhs.gov.

Job Description

OIG is seeking an experienced attorney to serve in the Advice Branch to provide counsel primarily in two critical areas:

  • OIG oversight of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH has a $31 billion budget, with more than 80% of its funding awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 research institutions;
  • OIG oversight of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) medical device program.

The Attorney Advisor will be responsible for providing legal advice to OIG regarding various HHS programs, with a primary focus on those involving NIH and the FDA's medical device program. Specifically, the Attorney Advisor will:

  • Provide legal review of audits, evaluations, and other written products created by OIG components;
  • Train various OIG components about the Inspector General (IG) Act, IG jurisdiction, records access, and laws, regulations, and policies pertinent to HHS programs;
  • Assist with special inquiries concerning current issues affecting HHS; and
  • Provide legal advice regarding reviews of Departmental IT systems and cybersecurity protections.

This is a career position in the Excepted Service.

Qualifications

Applicants must be current Federal employees.

Applicants must demonstrate three or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, involving the NIH, Federal research grants, the FDA's medical device program, or some combination of the three. Alternative or substitute experience will not be accepted.

Applicants must be graduates of a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants must submit to and pass a background investigation.

Applicants must also be U.S. citizens.

Salary

This position is being advertised at the GS 13/14/15 levels. OIG will determine salary based on the candidate's years of experience, qualifications, and current Federal salary. This position has promotional potential to the GS-15 level.

Travel

Minimal travel may be required.

Location/Relocation expenses

This position is located in Washington, DC. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Application Process

Interested candidates must email to Advice.Resumes@oig.hhs.gov the following items as a single .pdf file: a resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and a cover letter describing your interest in a position with the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General and your legal experience that would qualify you for this position. Please reference Advice Branch Announcement #2018-1 in your email.

If you are selected for this position, you will be required to submit proof of good standing in a State/territory bar and to complete an OGE 450 Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.

If you have any questions, please submit them to Advice.Resumes@oig.hhs.gov.

Application Deadline

This announcement will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Applications must be submitted by that time in order to be considered.

OIG Employment Policies

For male applicants born after December 31, 1959, the applicant must have registered with Selective Service.

OIG 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. 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 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, http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf 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).

Advice Branch Announcement #2018-2: Experienced NIH/Device Attorney (Open to the Public)

About the Office

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) supports the mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services. The OIG is comprised of dedicated professionals promoting the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of programs administered by HHS agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration. The integrity of these programs is evaluated, and any fraud, waste, or abuse is addressed by OIG.

The HHS OIG is recognized as one of the Federal Government's best places to work. HHS OIG ranked in the top 10% of agency subcomponents (#15 of 150) in the Partnership for Public Service's "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" 2017 rating. For more information, see (http://www.bestplacestowork.org).

With a staff of more than 90 professionals, the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) provides all legal services for OIG. The office is divided into three branches: Advice, Administrative and Civil Remedies, and Industry Guidance. The Advice Branch fulfills the role for OIG similar to the role fulfilled by a typical government general counsel's office. Advice attorneys support OIG's auditors, evaluators, law enforcement agents, and its management and policy staff. Advice attorneys handle a wide range of topics, including legal reviews of audits, evaluations, and other written products created by the other OIG components, subpoenas, law enforcement questions, employment issues, internal inquiries, ethics, privacy, contracts, and constitutional tort claims. For more information about the HHS OIG, go to https://oig.hhs.gov.

Job Description

OIG is seeking an experienced attorney to serve in the Advice Branch to provide counsel primarily in two critical areas:

  • OIG oversight of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH has a $31 billion budget, with more than 80% of its funding awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 research institutions;
  • OIG oversight of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) medical device program.

The Attorney Advisor will be responsible for providing legal advice to OIG regarding various HHS programs, with a primary focus on those involving NIH and the FDA's medical device program. Specifically the Attorney Advisor will:

  • Provide legal review of audits, evaluations and other written products created by OIG components;
  • Train various OIG components about the Inspector General (IG) Act, IG jurisdiction, records access, and laws, regulations and policies pertinent to HHS programs;
  • Assist with special inquiries concerning current issues affecting HHS; and
  • Provide legal advice regarding reviews of Departmental IT systems and cybersecurity protections.

This is a career position in the Excepted Service.

Qualifications

Applicants must demonstrate three or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, involving the NIH, Federal research grants, or the FDA's medical device program or some combination of the three. Alternative or substitute experience will not be accepted.

Applicants must be graduates of a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants must submit to and pass a background investigation.

Applicants must also be U.S. citizens.

Salary

This position is being advertised at the GS-13 and GS14 levels. OIG will determine salary based on the candidate's years of experience, qualifications, and current salary. This position has promotional potential to the GS-15 level.

Travel

Minimal travel may be required.

Location/Relocation expenses

This position is located in Washington, DC. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Application Process

Interested candidates must email to Advice.Resumes@oig.hhs.gov the following items as a single .pdf file: a resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and a cover letter describing your interest in a position with the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General and your legal experience that would qualify you for this position. Please reference Advice Branch Announcement #2018-2 in your email.

If you are selected for this position, you will be required to submit proof of good standing in a State/territory bar and to complete an OGE 450 Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.

If you have any questions, please submit them to Advice.Resumes@oig.hhs.gov.

Application Deadline

This announcement will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Applications must be submitted by that time in order to be considered.

OIG Employment Policies

For male applicants born after December 31, 1959, the applicant must have registered with Selective Service.

OIG 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. 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 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, http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf 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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