JOB: Attorney Adviser with the Bureau of Public Debt, Washington, DC

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Attorney-Adviser (General)
    Department: Department of the Treasury
    Agency: Bureau of the Public Debt
    Sub Agency: Bureau of the Public Debt
    Job Announcement Number: 11-BPD-225X

    SALARY RANGE: $62,467.00 – $97,333.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, August 11, 2011 to Thursday, August 25, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: GS-0905-11/12
    POSITION INFORMATION: Excepted Service Full-time
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington DC Metro Area, DC
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.

    The Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) is a U.S. Department of the Treasury agency. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today’s global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

    BPD borrows the money needed to operate the federal government, accounts for the resulting debt, and provides reimbursable support services to federal agencies. BPD undertakes its mission through a commitment to service, efficient operations, openness to change, and values-based behavior. You can learn more about us at and

    BPD operates in two locations: Washington, D.C. and Parkersburg, WV. Most BPD employees are located in Parkersburg, where we maintain our primary operations and computer center. We maintain a headquarters office in Washington, D.C. The Office of the Chief Counsel has staff in both locations. Our office includes the Chief Counsel, one Deputy Chief Counsel, 13 attorneys, two paralegals, and four office support staff. This announcement is for a position in our Washington, D.C. office. Attorneys in the Office of the Chief Counsel typically work in teams, and you can expect to work extensively with attorneys and clients in both offices. Occasional travel is required.


    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13. You will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    # Advises, performs legal research, and prepares briefings, presentations and legal memoranda on matters requiring the interpretation and application of statutes, regulations, court decisions, Departmental precedents, BPD policies and technical publications involving many fields of law. These fields of law may include securities; banking; electronic commerce; marketing; contracts; negotiable instruments and secured transactions; trusts, wills and estates; estate and gift taxation; corporations; the Federal trust funds and Government Account Series investments; borrowings; appropriations and fiscal law; Federal financial accounting law; ethics; conflicts of law; Federal preemption of State law; Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; the Federal Tort Claims Act; the Administrative Procedures Act; administrative law, personnel, labor relations and equal employment opportunity (EEO); procurement; debt collection; Government Losses in Shipment Act (GLISA); constitutional law; and fraud and forgery.

    # Reviews forms and correspondence prepared for the signature of BPD officials. Ensures that uniform, proper interpretations of statutes and regulations are made and that any recommendations support senior management’s strategic plans.

    # Provides legal advice in disciplinary actions, labor-management relations and EEO. Represents BPD in EEO administrative proceedings. When requested, represents BPD in cases before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Government Accountability Office. Conducts discovery and prepares pleadings and briefs. Recommends, negotiates and drafts settlement agreements.

    # Provides technical assistance and information to the U.S. Department of Justice by preparing litigation reports, pleadings, affidavits and briefs. Generally assists the U.S. Department of Justice, when requested, in litigating cases in which BPD is a party, or in which a BPD official was/is named in an individual capacity and is represented by the Department of Justice.

    # Drafts legislation, regulations, notices and publications involving United States securities transactions and other facets of BPD operations.

    # Reviews for legality and form, responses to Congressional inquiries; procurement solicitations; contracts; compromises and termination of debt collection actions, Federal tort claims and claims for replacement presented under GLISA. Analyzes State, Federal and foreign laws and regulations when examining wills, trust instruments, articles of incorporation, bonds of indemnity and court orders in connection with securities transactions.

    # Participates in BPD, Departmental and inter-agency working and task force groups. Prepares and reviews position papers and other documentation for negotiations between BPD senior officials and their counterparts. Attends professional securities, banking, electronic commerce association(s) meetings in order to gather and disseminate information pertaining to recent legal developments affecting BPD’s operations.

    # Provides legal advice and counsel in the initiation and conduct of audits and investigations.

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