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US Air Force Legal Operations Agency


Mid Level

$132.000 - $172.000

27 Apr → 27 May


Job Description



  • Responsible for the independent investigation, adjudication and settlement of multi-million dollar medical malpractice claims against the Untied States under the Military Claims Act (MCA) and the Federal Tor Claims Act (FTCA).
  • Has primary responsibility as subject matter expert in the MLFSC, with demonstrated knowledge of complex medical legal issues, statutes and regulations, such as physician privileging and the Health Care Quality Improvement Act
  • Provides substantial high-quality litigation support to Department of Justice attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys in all 50 states in defense of multimillion dollar, complex and often, precedent-setting lawsuits filed in U.S District Courts against the United States arising from Air Force medical activities
  • Has primary responsibility to provide comment on behalf of the Air Force pertinent to all proposed tort-related legislation



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Centrally Funded PCS: Travel and relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with the JTR AND AFMAN 36-606
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Applicants must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • Incumbent must possess a Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from a law school accredited by the ABA.
  • Incumbent must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a U.S. State or Territory
  • Duties occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station
  • Attorney appointments are subject to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Candidates are not required to have active duty service or veterans? preference to be referred and considered. All qualified candidates who meet the recruitment assessment criteria will be referred to the selecting official.


  • You MUST have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD).
  • In addition, at the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status with a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status.
Qualifications Required at GS-14 or GS-15 Level. General requirements set
forth under paragraph A4.1. In addition, the attorney shall have professional legal experience in excess of three years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Graduate of an accredited law school and admitted to and a member in good standing of a bar of a state or the District of Columbia and have extensive experience in tort law
2. In-depth knowledge of the FTCA, MCA, and other federal tort claims statutes as well as related statutes regulations and case law applying or interpreting the Acts. In-depth knowledge of health-care law topics such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), medical quality assurance, medical privileging issues, to include adverse privileging actions, medical training agreements, reproductive health issues, biomedical ethics, advance directives and end-of-life care issues as well as related statutes, regulations and case law relevant to health law topics. In-depth knowledge of federal Rules of Civil procedure and litigation techniques necessary for the defense of the Air Force in judicial forums.
3. Ability to investigate, effectively evaluate and appropriately settle or defend extremely complex, multi million dollar medical malpractice claims. Must understand medical terminology and be able to work with medical experts. Understands structured settlement concepts and work with financial experts.
4 Tort litigation skills and ability to analyze complaints, motions, and related pleadings to determine applicable law, strengths and weaknesses of the case, courses of action to pursue, and the best possible defense of Air Force interests
5. Ability to prepare litigation reports discussing evidence and legal issues and to propose answers to complaints, to draft pleadings, motions and other documents that are filed in Federal District Court on behalf of the United States. Ability to lead other attorneys responsible for handling medical malpractice litigation or for providing advice on medical law topics. Ability to establish work priorities and delegate tasks
6. Skill in effective written and oral communications

At the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status and in good standing with a bar of the highest court of a State, US commonwealth, US territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status and dated within four months of application.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

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


Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth. The attorney must maintain such bar membership in at least one jurisdiction during the entire course of employment with the Air Force.

Additional information

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Current Federal Civilian employees may apply for temporary and term positions and if selected, a break in service may be required prior to appointment to the position.

Writing Example: Prior to receiving an offer, you will be asked to provide a writing sample demonstrating your legal analytical skills.

120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 11931580

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and restriction from the workplace.

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Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit GSA Bulletin FTR 20-04 here for additional information.

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