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Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
5 days ago


The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for multiple General Attorney positions in its Children, Families, and Aging Division (CFAD).

Who May Apply:  This vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens and may be used to fill multiple positions. Positions to advise on child care programs will be dependent on enactment of the Build Back Better legislation.

DUTY STATION: Washington, DC



SALARY RANGE:  $74,950 - $164,102

OPEN PERIOD:  This announcement is open until May 6, 2022. The first deadline for application packages will be February 4, 2022 and applications received thereafter will be considered if necessary. To be guaranteed consideration, you must submit your application no later than February 4, 2022.


The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports developing and implementing the Department’s programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the Department’s various agencies and divisions. OGC is comprised of three principal subcomponents: the Immediate Office, Headquarters Divisions, and Regional Offices. Each Headquarters Division is led by an Associate General Counsel.

This position is for a General Attorney in the Children, Families, and Aging Division (CFAD). CFAD attorneys provide legal counsel and litigation support to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) within HHS. CFAD maintains a national practice that involves over $64 billion in mandatory and discretionary grant programs and more than 60 unique programs. CFAD attorneys deliver a broad range of legal services that require creative legal thinking and strong communication skills and involve direct client contact and interaction with colleagues throughout OGC and other government offices. This position offers significant responsibility and intellectually engaging work affecting the lives of millions of Americans and offering knowledge and involvement in the human services portfolio across the Department.

OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of high-quality candidates.

For additional information about OGC’s mission, please visit our website at:


Attorneys will provide advice and litigation support primarily based on any of the below portfolios:

  • The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and ACL.
  • The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Unaccompanied Children’s Program.
  • The new Child Care Entitlement and Universal Preschool programs, should the Build Back Better legislation be enacted into law.

The attorney may also work on other matters involving ACF and ACL, including advice and counsel on the administration of grants and cooperative agreements, administrative law, and other applicable legal authorities. The attorney also will represent ACF and ACL in appeal proceedings before the Departmental Appeals Board.

We are seeking to fill the positions at the GS-11 to GS-14 level depending on experience and qualifications. The position will be located in Washington, D.C., and reimbursement for relocation expenses is not available.



Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the position qualifications listed on this announcement. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

CFAD seeks attorneys with superior academic credentials; exceptional research, writing, and interpersonal skills; and demonstrated interest and experience in human services programs affecting the lives of children, families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities. Interest in Native American/Native Hawaiian, aging, disability, unaccompanied children, and early childhood issues is particularly valuable. We encourage applicants to review the programs administered by ACF and ACL to understand the breadth of CFAD’s portfolio.

We are seeking applicants with litigation experience and Federal administrative law experience. Knowledge of or experience with Federal grant law, Federal regulation drafting, Federal civil rights law, and other legal issues presented by ACF or ACL programs is helpful. CFAD will offer preference to individuals with at least two years of legal experience after graduating law school. Current law student applicants will not be considered.

 The following are required qualifications:

  • You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school
  • Active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia
  • Outstanding organizational, time management and interpersonal skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service


  • Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and the eligibility to practice law in the highest court of a state, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia throughout employment in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, the successful candidate must submit official law school transcripts.
  • Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
  • E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
  • Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required. 
  • Two-year trial period may be required. 
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This position is not in a bargaining unit.
  • Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.


Please submit the following documents to Randy Mbakwe at using the subject line CFAD General Attorney Application. To receive full consideration, submit all materials by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement. Failure to submit a full application package may result in rejection of your application.

  • Short cover letter addressed to Judith Haron, Acting Associate General Counsel-Children, Families, and Aging Division. The cover letter need not repeat information in the Statement of Interest.
  • Resume (must include education, including name of undergraduate and law schools, degrees received, and dates graduated; date admitted to bar and jurisdiction; a general description of all past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment, and supervisor name(s) and telephone number(s) – you may add a notation asking to be notified prior to CFAD contacting the listed supervisor).
  • Statement of Interest (no more than two pages) addressing experience and interest in providing legal advice on human services-related matters, including any substantial experience in administrative law, Federal grant law, immigration law, disability or aging issues, and education or early childhood-related work. Also include the strengths you will offer in the role.
  • Two legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages each).
  • Law school transcript, if graduated from law school within the past five years.
  • Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Names and contact information for a least three professional references.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60961492
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Position Title: Multiple General Attorney positions
  • Company Name: Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Role: Legal Counsel
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Salary: $74,950.00 - $164,102.00 (Yearly Salary)

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