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Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulatory Affairs Law


The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Office of Chief Counsel, Pipeline Safety Law Division, is seeking a dynamic individual to serve in a permanent, supervisory position as the Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulatory Affairs Law at our headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The attorneys in this division provide legal advice and support for all PHMSA rulemakings, guidance, and other administrative law matters. This division provides legal services and representation of PHMSA's safety programs with a primary focus on advising PHMSA program offices regarding compliance with procedural and substantive requirements of PHMSA's organic safety statutes, the Administrative Procedure Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and executive orders and guidance.

Duties include:

  • Manage the activities and work product of the staff attorneys and other personnel within the Regulatory Affairs Law Division.
  • Research, or supervise the research of, each of statutes, legal opinions, policies, regulations, guidance, case law, and historical PHMSA and Department practice, on matters for which the Regulatory Affairs Law Division is responsible, including those involving complex or high- profile issues of law or policy.
  • Serve as a supervisory attorney for the Regulatory Affairs Law Division and an authoritative resource within PHMSA on matters for which the Division is responsible, including those involving regulations, guidance, and pertinent procedure.
  • Serve as a liaison, or supervision of the liaison, with stakeholders within PHMSA, the Department, OMB, and other pertinent stakeholders, on matters for which the Regulatory Affairs Law Division is responsible. The position represents PHMSA in meetings and conferences with representatives of other Federal Government executive departments and agencies, State regulatory officials, industry, and the public on matters for which the Division is responsible.
  • Prepare, or supervise the preparation of, briefs, memoranda, and pleadings or filings in administrative proceedings and court cases involving PHMSA regulations and guidance.
  • Review and comment on the accuracy and significance for PHMSA regulatory oversight activities of draft legal materials including legislation, hearing testimony, Departmental regulations and guidance, and regulations and guidance of other Federal agencies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors.

The Ideal Candidate

This position is perfect for an experienced supervisor in a busy legal office in the federal or state government or in the private sector (e.g., as a partner, counsel, or senior associate at a law firm). The incumbent is responsible for managing the activities and work product of the staff attorneys and other personnel within the Regulatory Affairs Law Division, and in so doing exercises strong program and project management skills (to include the creation and management of action plans, milestone tracking, and identification of need for supplemental resources) in ensuring the timely development and delivery of legally sound, high-quality work product. The incumbent, as a supervisory attorney, performs those duties in a manner demonstrating independence, initiative, creativity, precision, accountability, knowledge of Federal administrative law, understanding of the content and technical bases for PHMSA safety regulations, as well as superior judgment and strategic thinking.

Who May Apply

This job is open to the public. Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen. This position is in the Excepted Service. For information on the Excepted Service, please visit: Excepted Service Appointing Authorities.

You must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have a professional law degree (LLB or JD); AND must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a State, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, visit our Attorney Vacancies webpage.

Additional Information:

  • This supervisory position is available immediately. Additional information about applying to Federal positions can be found here.
  • This position is located in Washington, D.C. and is telework eligible. For general information on government-wide telework polices visit:
  • Occasional travel is required (10% or less).
  • A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
  • Hiring incentives may be authorized in accordance with agency policy and if funding is available.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. PHMSA's EEO and Reasonable Accommodation Policies can be found here.
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