Office of Counsel Attorney Positions
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.
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.
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.
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.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Office of Counsel to the Inspector General
Open & Closing Dates
02/10/2020 to 02/14/2020
Pay Scale & Grade
GS 11 - 12
$72,030 to $112,240 per year
Term - 2 Years
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 a highly qualified attorney with relevant professional experience to serve as Associate Counsel in OCIG at its Headquarters Office in Washington, DC. The Associate 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, the Associate 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.
This is a Term Appointment for an initial two-year period, with the potential to extend the position for an additional two years (for a total of four years). Extension of the appointment beyond two years is at the sole discretion of the agency. This position includes full federal employment benefits.
Please see OIG's web site for more information: https://oig.hhs.gov/about-oig/careers/ocig.asp
Applicants must have, at a minimum, 2 years of professional experience practicing law and possess an equivalent period of substantive experience investigating and analyzing complaints of fraud in Medicare or other Federal health care programs. Applicants should also demonstrate experience drafting administrative action letters. Applicants who have experience working with State Medicare Fraud Control Units and licensing boards are preferred.
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. Please Note: A writing sample will be requested of individuals identified as best qualified to be forwarded to the selecting official along with your application package upon referral. Transcript/Barred and in good standing.
This announcement will be open until 11:59 p.m. on 02/14/2020. Applications must be submitted by that time in order to be considered.
To apply for this position you must provide a complete application package that includes all of the following required documents:
- Your résumé.
- A writing sample, not to exceed 10 pages.
- Proof of current and active bar association membership.
- Photocopy of law school transcripts.
- Current SF-50 (if external government employee).
Education qualifications for this position 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 applicant must have registered with Selective Service. This is a Critical Sensitive Position, and the successful applicant 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.