The Associate General Counsel for the Office of Ethics, Appeals and Personnel Law (OEAPL) supervises and provides legal services pertaining to the programs and functions relating to personnel and ethics law. The incumbent serves as a legal advisor to the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer; and all Assistant Secretaries as related to employment law matters and ethics needs. The Office of Ethics, Appeals, and Personnel Law, which the Associate General Counsel supervises and manages, consists of two divisions: the Personnel Law Division and the Ethics and Appeals Division. Each Division is headed by an Assistant General Counsel who reports directly to the Associate General Counsel. The activities assigned to each Division are as follows:
1. Personnel Law Division The Personnel Law Division provides advice to HUD program and field offices on an array of Federal personnel laws and regulations related to discriminatory employment practices, whistleblower protection actions, labor relations, adverse actions, personnel actions, employment grievances and garnishments. The Division represents the Agency in administrative hearings and other proceedings before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). The Personnel Law Division also serves as the agency's liaison to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) in matters related to investigations of OSC complaints. Additionally, the Division serves as Agency Counsel and assists Assistant United States Attorneys defending employment cases filed against the agency in Federal Court.
2. Ethics and Appeals Division The Ethics and Appeals Division provides advice and counsel to principal staff, management officials, and HUD employees on extremely confidential and sensitive issues, to ensure they adhere to the highest ethical standards. These issues relate to employee standards of conduct, financial disclosures and the criminal conflicts of interest under federal law. The Division also provides counseling, training and legal opinions on political and official travel, the Hatch Act, gift acceptance and post-government employment restrictions. The Ethics and Appeals Division provides oral counsel and written advisory opinions on the applicability of Federal Criminal Conflict of Interest statutes, the Executive Branch Standards of Ethical Conduct, HUD’s Supplemental Standards of Conduct, the Hatch Act, the HUD Reform Act, and other related authorities. The Division works closely with HUD's Office of Inspector General, the Chief Human Capital Officer, and the Personnel Law Division in connection with employee disciplinary matters involving alleged ethics violations. The Division carries out an ambitious ethics training program for HUD employees and works closely with program offices to assure that the HUD Reform Act’s provisions are adhered to in all activities related to the Department's grant assistance programs. The Division manages and reviews all Public and Confidential Financial Disclosure reports filed by designated HUD employees. In a highly confidential manner, the Division works with the Office of Government Ethics and the White House Office of Counsel to review the financial holdings of prospective presidential nominees for senior Department positions in order to avoid any actual or prospective conflicts-of-interest. This Division is tasked with streamlining the bureaucratic process associated with all ethics matters and to assure the responsiveness of the office to issues raised by the Secretary, Assistant Secretaries, the Department, and outside recipients and users of HUD programs. The Division also provides advice and guidance to the Secretarial Designee who has the authority to render opinions on appeals of certain Administrative Law Judge decisions. Additionally, the office is responsible for handling appeals of FOIA decisions.
Must be a US Citizen.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.
A one-year SES probationary period required if not previously completed.
Must meet Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs).
Will be required to completed a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278.
As a basic requirement, you must have progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability. This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-government organization. Your experience should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions. If your experience does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined to be qualified for this position
About U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the Nation's housing agency committed to strengthening the Nation's housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.