Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Assistant General Counsel, EM-0905 in Washington, District Of Columbia

  • Duties



This position is located in the Legal Division, Corporate Operations Branch, Corporate and Legal Operations Section, of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

FDIC Executive Managers (EM) not the Senior Executive Service (SES). As an EM at the FDIC, you will provide executive leadership and managerial direction over substantive activities related to planning, developing, executing, and coordinating the Corporation's programs and policies.

Salary reflects a pay cap for this position of $273,400.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

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The incumbent fills the following roles, and supervises, assigns, coordinates and reviews the work of units/groups of staff who perform the related work:

  • Directs the preparation of legal opinions encompassing a broad range of legal and policy issues that impact the FDIC, its employees and its operations, and advises and assists other divisions of the FDIC in connection with corporate-oriented requirements they are expected to fulfill.
  • Oversees timely and legally supported responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as well as interpretations and implementation of the Privacy Act.
  • Oversees the development of uniform policies and procedures relating to the retention, use and payment of outside counsel and other legal support services.
  • Provides legal advice on the drafting, awarding and administering of contracting and procurement activities for the FDIC in general.
  • Maintains a risk management program internal to the Legal Division, focusing on issues as developed from time to time in consultation with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsels, and coordinates with Legal Division sections as needed in connection with handling of Office of the Inspector General and Government Accountability Office reports.
  • Ensures the overall efficacy of the Legal Division’s automated information technology systems, providing assistance to other parts of the Division as needed in connection with their utilization of information technology in furtherance of their respective mission.
  • Exercises overall leadership/supervisory/managerial responsibilities with respect to all Corporate and Legal Operations Section (CLOS) functions and personnel, including supervising subordinate Senior Counsels in all aspects of personnel administration, preparing budget and staffing proposals, and reviewing attorney work product to ensure quality, timeliness, and consistency of legal advice rendered and quality of written work product.
  • Maintains the Advanced Legal Information System (ALIS), the Legal Hold System (LHS), E-Vault search capabilities, E-Discovery search and production capabilities, the Legal web page, and other aspects of information technology as pertinent to carrying out the Legal Division’s mission.
  • Coordinates the Legal Division’s role in dealing with the promulgation or revision of corporate directives, ensuring that the appropriate legal subject matter experts are consulted early in the process and then, at the end of the process, that such legal experts’ input to the directive “owner” has been appropriately taken into account.
  • Serves as the Legal Division central point of clearance for requests to approve the destruction of records in accordance with records retention schedules, coordinating with records and information staff in other divisions and running appropriate due diligence within Legal to ascertain whether such requests should be approved.
  • Under direct delegation from the Chief Operating Officer (and not within the Legal chain of command), serves as administrative supervisor of the OFIA and the administrative law judges of OFIA, chairing the interagency OFIA Oversight Committee (including members from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board and National Credit Union Administration) and overseeing the responsibilities of the FDIC provided for under the interagency OFIA Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Exercises all supervisory responsibilities including, but not limited to; assigning and reviewing work, assessing subordinate supervisors’ and employee performance, providing counseling and coaching as necessary, reviewing and approving leave, and training and travel requests.
  • Supports EEO and diversity principles by promoting a work environment free of discrimination and harassment; taking action to achieve diversity throughout the organization; and supporting activities related to corporate affirmative action employment plans.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All United States citizens.

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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment

Completion of Confidential Financial Disclosure may be required.

Bar membership required.

Employee may be relocated to any duty location to meet management needs.

High Risk Position – Background Investigation (BI) required.

Registration with the Selective Service.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Employment Conditions.


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious spiritual; community; student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Additional qualifications information can be found here.Insert minimum experience qualification requirements for the grade(s) and occupational series of the position(s) being filled.)

In order to qualify for this position, applicants must have at least one year of specialized legal experience at the CG/GS-15 level or above in the Federal service or equivalent. Specialized experience is possession of significant public and/or private legal experience addressing three or more of the following: overseeing/drafting of legal opinions; overseeing/drafting, awarding and administering of contracts; overseeing/leading a risk management program; advising on cybersecurity or information security matters; and, maintenance and efficacy of information technology/case management systems.


There is no substitution of education for the experience for this position.

Additional information

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If selected, you may be required to serve a trial period.

If selected, you may be required to serve a supervisory/managerial probationary period.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your resume will be reviewed, including the online assessment questionnaire, to assess your ability to perform this job.

The competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) you will be assessed on are listed below. Qualified applicants will be further evaluated by a Subject Matter Expert and placed into one of three categories. Top ranked candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration.

Candidates who are eligible for veterans' preference will receive consideration.

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nowledge of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and implementing regulations, and the ability to apply this knowledge in opinions and legal policy decisions involving highly complex issues.

  1. Knowledge of general corporate law, administrative law, including the Administrative Procedures Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and related regulations, and Executive Orders, Office of Management and Budget memoranda, and other governmental issuances that may affect the FDIC.

  2. Knowledge of contracting methods; lease and /or facilities acquisitions, contractor ethics issues, and procurement of goods and services.

  3. Knowledge of risk management principles and ability to adapt risk management program to emerging risks and evolving priorities of the agency.

  4. Knowledge of computers and information systems and their use in litigation and administrative adjudicative procedures.

  5. Management and supervisory experience with respect to activities that involve work of a highly technical nature having a major impact on the Corporation functions.

You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs. Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, click here. (Note: Veterans should submit the Member 4 copy of the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - or other copy showing the type of discharge/character of service [e.g., Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions, etc.] along with any other required documents.)

SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: If you are applying for consideration under special appointing authorities for people with disabilities, you will be required to provide proof of disability documentation to specify that you are a person who (1) has a severe physical disability; (2) an intellectual disability; or (3) a psychiatric disability . Severe physical disabilities include but are not limited to blindness, deafness, paralysis, missing limbs, epilepsy and dwarfism. The documentation does NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history or need for accommodation, however, the letter should clearly state that you are eligible for appointment under this authority. THE DOCUMENTATION MUST HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FROM: (a). Licensed medical professionals; or (b). State or private vocational rehabilitation specialists; or (c). Any Government agency (e.g. VA, etc.) that issues or provides disability benefit. To view sample Schedule A proof of disability letters and for more information on this special appointing authority, click here. Please note that employees hired under this Schedule A hiring authority will be required to complete a Standard Form 256 to identify their disability status.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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Please ensure you have completed the application process by verifying the status of your application on-line to reflect: “Received”. Failure to complete the application process will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered for the position.

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Agency contact information
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Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 3501 Fairfax Drive HRB Executive Services Arlington, Virginia United States

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499774100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/17/2018 to 06/01/2018

Salary: $210,322 to $273,400 per year

Pay scale & grade: EM 00

Work schedule: Full-Time - Excepted Service.

Appointment type: Permanent - Full-Time