Employer: The Federal Communications Commission
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: August 8, 2022

7.22.6 – The Federal Communications Commission Office of Communications Business Opportunities is seeking an Attorney Advisor to join its team that ensures the agency complies with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, as amended. The incumbent will also assist with developing creative outreach activities to educate and encourage the small business entities in the communications industry to participate in the Commission’s notice-and-comment proceedings.

FCC Job Announcement Number: ATTY-OCBO-2022-002
Vacancy Open Period: 07/05/2022 –08/06/2022
Series/Grade: GS – 0905B 14
Salary: USD $126,233 – USD $164,102
Work Schedule: This is a full-time position. Work schedules, including telework, are at the discretion of the supervisor, consistent with agency policy and reentry planning.

Promotion Potential: GS-15
Telework Eligible: Yes
For More Info:

Gwenisha Lawrence

Hiring Path:

• Excepted service
• Open to the public

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: Open to the Public-All US Citizens
Security Clearance Required: Not Required
Appointment Type: Permanent
Summary: This position is in the Office of Communications Business Opportunities, FCC located in Washington, DC.


Supervisory Position: No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
Travel Required: May require occasional travel.


• Incumbent must often quickly assess legal and policy implications involved in each FCC rulemaking proceeding, determine Commission and Bureau objectives, and confer with and provide assistance to other FCC bureau/office professional staff in devising strategies that best implement the agency’s objective to promote competition and innovation for small businesses, women- and minority-owned businesses in the communications industry.
• The incumbent works as a member of the Regulatory Flexibility Act team that analyzes all Commission notice and comment rulemakings; edits initial and final regulatory flexibility analyses, or final certifications, if applicable.
• The incumbent reviews and edits Small Entity Compliance Guides, collaborating with the author(s) of the final order, pursuant to Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.
• Incumbent is the lead advising attorney to ensure the agency conducts the annual 10-Year Review of Rules pursuant to Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
• Incumbent may assist with creating outreach events, educational videos, and written materials targeted for women-owned and minority-owned businesses in the communications industry.
• Other duties as assigned include conducting legal, regulatory, and market data research to support OCBO’s policy recommendations and various outreach programs that encourage small businesses to participate in FCC proceedings.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Key Requirements:

• Active Bar Membership Required
• Education-Transcripts Required
• US Citizenship
• Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation
• Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable
• Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
• You must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position
• Writing Sample Required
Refer to Educational requirements outlined within the “Qualifications” section.


All candidates will be considered without regard to political or religious affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap, age, or any other non-merit factor. THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. Applicants who do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible.

There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

1. the core questions
2. supplemental documentation (e.g., SF-50, transcripts, bar membership); and
3. your resume.

Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions provide supplemental documents and submit resume.

You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):

• Knowledge of communications policy, law, and regulation
• Skill in written and oral expression sufficient to translate complex legal issues in plain English that are understandable to the general layperson
• Ability to handle multiple assignments and coordinating with several bureaus/offices which is often strict to statutory time constraints.
• Ability to communicate orally, reading and writing in Spanish is preferred, but not required.

Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
In order to be deemed as “BEST QUALIFIED” candidates must meet both the educational requirements AND the Specialized Experience.

A. Education
You must meet the minimum basic educational requirements for Attorney positions. Education requirements include: a professional law degree JD, LL.B., and/or LL.M.
NOTE-If you do not provide a transcript at the time of application, a transcript will be required to be provided at the time of selection.

B. Specialized Experience
Applicants must have a minimum of three years of professional law experience, and a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:
Experience interpreting and applying communications laws, statutes, regulations; Conducting in-depth legal research; Developing research strategies for diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI) issues affecting small businesses; Drafting complex legal documents that include briefs, issue papers, and report summaries with analyses and recommendations; Making oral presentations and communicating research results to other professional and managerial personnel in other bureaus or offices; Representing an organization and communicating its policy and/or legal position; Experience in analyzing complex legal and technical issues in rulemaking documents, including weighing implications, identifying potential problems and proposing solutions; experience drafting comprehensive legal documents; communicating and interacting with individuals at varying levels of authority.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed. If you are a male over age 18 who was born after December 31, 1959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job.

How to Apply: To apply to this announcement and to review the list of Required and Supplemental Documents, as well as Benefits Offered, Veterans Information, EEO and Reasonable Accommodations Policy Statements, go to the website: https://fcc.usajobs.gov/