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Supervisory General Attorney (Tax), Deputy Area Counsel (CT)

Company: The Department of the Treasury
Location: hartford
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Accepting applications
Open & closing dates
04/12/2021 to 05/03/2021


Pay scale & grade
GS 15

$131,889 to $172,500 per year

Appointment type
Permanent - Excepted Service Appointment

Work schedule




The Office of Chief Counsel of the IRS, the largest tax law firm in the country, is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team and gain valuable experience in a legal environment. Our mission is to serve America's taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. It's a great place to work and a family-friendly atmosphere.

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This position is located in the Office of Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Criminal Tax). The Deputy Area Counsel serves within the Office of the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Criminal Tax) and is responsible for the effective supervision, management, and performance of legal services in support of Criminal Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, within an assigned geographic area. The incumbent has been delegated authority by the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Criminal Tax) to provide legal advice and support to Cl Director, Field Operations, and Special Agents in Charge (SAC's) at all stages of the criminal investigation; to supervise the Senior Counsels and Criminal Tax Attorneys within his/her area; and, in the absence of the Area Counsel, to act in his/her place.

  • The incumbent works with the Area Counsel (Criminal Tax) in coordinating with Cl Director, Field Operations, and Special Agents in Charge to ensure proper levels of legal advice and support; with other Area Counsels (Criminal Tax); with Criminal Tax Division Counsel; and, with the Department of Justice to ensure national consistency of legal advice. Identifies and alerts Criminal Tax senior management of emerging issues, problems and areas of non-compliance.
  • Within guidelines established by the Area Counsel (Criminal Tax): establishes and monitors performance measures and program goals for providing legal services within the Criminal Tax Division; manages field operations and staff, including Senior Counsels and Criminal Tax attorneys within his/her assigned area and resolves problems in the operation of field offices; elevates appropriate issues as necessary to assure IRS-wide consistency of resolution; and implements the Criminal Tax Division unit strategy and goals that enhance compliance with the tax laws.
  • The incumbent assists the Area Counsel (Criminal Tax) in managing the legal operations of the Area offices. This includes: ensuring attorneys provide legal advice to Cl throughout the entirety of an investigation and properly review special agent's reports recommending prosecution; ensuring that all legal services are provided in .a timely and responsive manner, which might entail personally providing formal written legal advice; ensuring appropriate legal support is provided by Senior Counsels and CT attorneys to the Department of Justice during the investigation and prosecution of criminal violations of the tax, tax-related and money laundering laws; and, making recommendations to the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Criminal Tax) concerning defending or appealing lower court decisions in criminal cases.
  • The incumbent assists the Area Counsel (Criminal Tax) in working with the Cl Director, Field Operations and Special Agents in Charge to ensure national consistency, yet retain local expertise; in maintaining close coordination with the Cl Director, Field Operations and Special Agents in Charge, or as appropriate, with the United States Attorneys, officials of the Department of Justice and other law enforcement agencies; in providing day-to-day legal advice to the Cl Director, Field Operations, Special Agents in Charge, and other Cl personnel within the geographic area; and, in providing timely, quality support through field advice, training, and other initiatives.
  • The incumbent assists the Area Counsel (Criminal Tax) to implement and to evaluate operational policies and procedures designed to improve the delivery of legal services.
  • Coordinates with other functions of the Office of Chief Counsel and the Internal Revenue Service on civil tax matters that might effect or be effected by matters under criminal investigation.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 5% or greater

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment".
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
  • Applications will be accepted on-line via Career Connector.
  • If unable to apply on-line please contact careerconnectorhelp@do.treas.gov
  • Public Trust-Background Investigation required

  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Must prepare an annual OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.
  • Subject to a 1-year trial period (unless already completed).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • If selected, you will be required to submit an original Certificate of Good Standing from your State Bar.

Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and a background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

To qualify for this position at the GS-15 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience, equivalent in scope and effect to the GS-14 level.

You must possess the following specialized experience which is in, or directly related to, the work of the position to be filled. Specialized knowledge and experience includes the following: Demonstrate comprehensive professional knowledge of criminal tax law, financial crimes offenses, the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, criminal and civil forfeitures, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, off-shore banking, undercover operations, and criminal provisions of the Internal Revenue Code as they relate to criminal tax programs.
  • Candidates must be admitted to practice law before the highest court of a state or territory of the United States; the District of Columbia; or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • One year of legal experience plus three years of professional legal tax experience refers to full-time work after admittance to the bar. Part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
  • Experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or through Volunteer Service.
  • GS-15: You must have been at the GS-14 level for 52 weeks. (time-in-grade requirement).
  • To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.


To qualify for this position at the GS-15 grade level, you must possess a J.D. and have one year of general legal experience plus three years of specialized cybercrimes, criminal tax, tax-related crimes, or financial crimes experience, equivalent in scope and effect to the GS-14 level. An LL.M. degree in the field of the position (tax) may be substituted for one year of general legal experience listed above. 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.

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a non bargaining unit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

The salary range indicated in this vacancy includes base pay only. Salary will be set with respect to the location of the position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume and responses to the online questions and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a "not qualified" determination.

Applicants will be considered based on their overall background as it relates to the position to be filled. All application materials and interviews, if conducted, will be used in the final evaluation and selection process.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, the Executive Resources Branch will assess your overall specialized knowledge and experience as it relates to the position to be filled, compare it to the other applicants' knowledge and experience and determine the candidate best qualified for the position. The board may or may not conduct interviews. You will be notified of the outcome.

Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the experience described in your application.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Drug test required


Required Documents

All applicants must submit the following documents: 1) Memorandum of Interest summarizing your interest in the position. 2) Resume detailing your relevant qualifications and specialized knowledge and experience. 3) A copy of your most recent official performance appraisal, or a progress review. 4) Current Chief Counsel Employees Only a Supervisory Report (ERB Form 1-88, Rev 4/2011) regarding your suitability for the position as completed by your current or most recent supervisor. You are responsible for notifying your supervisor that this report must be received no later than five workdays after the closing date of this announcement.

A complete application includes (1) a resume, (2) vacancy question responses, and (3) submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of Chief Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.

CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment

- Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" or "2" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)

- Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade; submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

- Submit a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If the performance appraisal is not dated within the last 12 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

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.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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

Keywords: The Department of the Treasury, Hartford , Supervisory General Attorney (Tax), Deputy Area Counsel (CT), Other , hartford, Connecticut

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