Operation Donate With Honor

Every year, many Americans honor the sacrifices made by those who serve in the U.S. armed forces with contributions to charities that promise to deliver needed help to veterans and service members. Most of these charities live up to fundraising promises, but a few attract donations by lying about the support they deliver. This harms well-meaning donors and the many legitimate charities engaged in important work on behalf of veterans and service members.

To protect donors, Attorney General Racine joined the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials from every state today in announcing “Operation Donate with Honor,” a sweeping new education campaign to help donors learn how to spot deceptive solicitations and make sure their contributions actually benefit veterans and service members. As part of this campaign, OAG has partnered on educational materials in English and Spanish and a PSA about spotting charity scams.

If you are considering donating to a charity, here are some tips to make sure you’re donating wisely:

  • Ask for the charity’s name, website, and physical location;
  • Ask how much of any donation will go to the charitable program you want to support;
  • Remember that an organization may not be authentic just because it uses words like “veterans” or “military families” in its name or has reputable looking seals or logos;
  • Search the charity’s name online with the words “scam” or “complaint.” See what other people say about it;
  • Check out the charity’s ratings at the Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Watch, or Charity Navigator;
  • Never pay with cash, a gift card, or by wiring money. Consider paying by credit card, which is the safest option for security and tax purposes; and
  • Read OAG’s free consumer protection resource on how to avoid Charity Scams.

If you believe you have been the victim of a scammer or to report suspicious charitable solicitations, contact OAG at 202-442-9828.

Help us spread the word about smart charitable giving by sharing this blog or our list of tips on Twitter and Facebook!

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

*AMENDED*

 

This position is being reposted. Previous applicants need not reapply; all candidates will be considered.

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:       #18-031

 

 

POSITION TITLE:  

Assistant Deputy Attorney General

(Child Support Services Division)

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:  LX-1

SALARY RANGE:   $135,000 – $150,000

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. 

OPENING DATE:   July 18, 2018

CLOSING DATE:   July 27, 2018

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

   for the District of Columbia

Child Support Services Division

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is outside of the collective bargaining unit.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:   This position is located in the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Child Support Services Division (CSSD). The CSSD is responsible for elevating the well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of families by delivering first-rate child support services that help parents meet the financial, medical, and emotional needs of their children.  

The Assistant Deputy works under the supervision of the Deputy Attorney General of the Child Support Services Division who also holds the title Director, IV-D Program. The Assistant Deputy serves as the Deputy’s alter ego and directs the activities of approximately 200 employees.  The IV-D program is established pursuant to Title 4, Part D of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 651) and is the District’s federally required program which provides parentage support and enforcement services.  The Assistant Deputy independently plans, organizes, and discharges his/her duties, exercises broad authority for the overall direction, development, administration and management of CSSD’s daily operations and consults with the Deputy on policy issues. 

Major responsibilities include but are not limited to:
 

  1. Managing program operations and staff for efficiency and effectiveness of service; identifying barriers to quality services.
     
  2. Preparing reports designed to resolve problems; directing new policy, program modifications or organizational clarity necessary to improve effectiveness of the child support enforcement delivery system.
     
  3. Assessing CSSD legal mandates; interpreting and overseeing technical training;  consulting with CSSD staff on standards and regulatory requirements; and developing an appropriate evaluation process to monitor and/or determine compliance with various provisions;
     
  4. Acting as principal liaison with Federal and other District agencies on legislative matters relating to the child support enforcement system; coordinating the review and development of legislation relating to CSSD’s programs and services; facilitating the development of testimony for presentation before the Council and Congress and responding to legislative questions impacting CSSD and the Office of the Attorney General.
     
  5. Developing the annual budget and multi-year plan to implement the most cost-effective and beneficial strategies to accomplish the mission of CSSD, and to assure that a system for reporting and accountability is established and implemented;
     
  6. Developing partnerships with representatives of other District agencies, judicial agencies, civic associations, schools and the business communities to effectively administer the child support enforcement program;
     
  7. Representing the Deputy on committees or boards, task forces and meetings with professional societies and organizations, interpreting policy initiatives, goals and objectives;
     
  8. Monitoring the automated data processing systems for CSSD; overseeing system-generated data used in federal reports and annual data reports; developing data relative to current and long-range administrative goals, organizational changes, utilization of funds and manpower, management controls, utilization of equipment and space, and professional requirements and interrelations with the OAG and with outside agencies;
     
  9. Planning, directing, coordinating and administering CSSD programs through staff; establishing performance standards; and formulating overall plans for personnel, equipment, space, operating procedures, and training.             
     

QUALIFICATIONS:  The candidate must have managerial experience; knowledge of the federal and local laws and regulations governing the District’s child support program; demonstrated ability to administer contracts; experience in budgeting and reporting; excellent presentation and people skills; and demonstrated ability to form and cultivate relationships with labor unions. The ideal candidate should also have administrative skills such as budgeting, facility maintenance, fleet management, supply management, mailroom oversight, and personnel matters. 

ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

OTHER INFORMATION:  The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

Please see below attachment for details.

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:       #18-040

POSITION TITLE:  

TRIAL ATTORNEY

(Civil Litigation)

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:  LS-14/1 to 14/6

SALARY RANGE:   $114,171 – $133,211

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. 

OPENING DATE:   July 13, 2018

CLOSING DATE:   August 3, 2018

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

   for the District of Columbia

Civil Litigation Division, Section II

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:   The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia seeks an experienced trial attorney for Section II of its Civil Litigation Division.  The Civil Litigation Division defends the District of Columbia in civil lawsuits filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in which plaintiffs seek money damages and/or individual injunctive relief.  The cases primarily are in the areas of personal injury claims (e.g., automobile, police false arrest, assault and battery, slip and falls, inmate claims and medical malpractice), federal constitutional civil rights claims (e.g., Fourth Amendment claims involving alleged unlawful arrest and excessive force), and other civil claims involving special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504 Rehab. Act), as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

The successful candidate will defend the District of Columbia and its executive level agencies, officials, and employees acting within the scope of their employment against civil litigation.  The successful candidate will have an individual caseload of approximately twenty-five active civil cases and may work on various litigation teams.  The incumbent will file pleadings, conduct and respond to written discovery, conduct and defend depositions, file and respond to procedural and dispositive motions, negotiate settlements, and conduct trials and contested hearings.  There is substantial contact with client agencies and individual clients.  The position requires significant civil litigation experience.  Prior civil litigation experience must include trials or evidentiary hearings, motions and discovery practice, taking and defending depositions, and a thorough knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Significant experience in one or more substantive areas where the Division practices (e.g. civil rights law, municipal liability, personal injury tort defense, IDEA litigation, as well as Section 504 Rehab Act and/or ADA litigation) is desired.                                                                

QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must have significant litigation experience, including civil jury trial experience. The successful candidate must have excellent research and writing skills, extensive experience in conducting discovery, including expert discovery, and all aspects of pretrial civil practice, and civil jury trial experience.  The candidate must be able to handle multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment, and be a self-starter.  Prior judicial clerkship experience is highly desirable but not required. 

ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

OTHER INFORMATION:  The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

Please see below attachment for details.

Consumer Alert Banner

Have you recently received a check in the mail in your name from a bank or other financial company that you didn’t request? For many cash-strapped residents, the option to use these checks to pay for unexpected expenses, like a car or home repair, may appear to be a good choice. However, consumers beware, that check may actually be a loan offer that can carry exorbitant interest rates, processing fees, and other charges.  

A growing number of financial companies are mass-mailing checks to consumers across the country, making it easy for them to accept a high-interest loan just by signing the check. Some companies are mailing checks for loans in the amount of $1,200 with interest rates as high as 36 percent. Once the check is cashed, consumers are on the hook to pay back the loan amount to the financial company, plus interest and fees. A recent Washington Post story explored how many cash-strapped consumers are targets for companies offering high-cost loans.

To help you make an informed financial decision about how to choose any loan and how to pay it back, especially those offered in the form of a check, here are six easy steps you can follow:

  1. If you need a small loan, check first with your credit union or bank. Local banks, community banks, and credit unions can provide short-term loans with better rates.  Make sure you check all available offers and find the credit offer with the lowest interest rate and minimum fees.
  2. Read the fine print in loan contracts. By taking out any loan you may be obligated to pay additional fees, penalties, and attorney fees if you fail to pay back the loan.
  3. Check the interest rate. District law caps the annual interest rate on loans at 24 percent. If you find a company trying to charge District residents more than 24 percent, contact our Office of Consumer Protection at (202) 442-9828.
  4. If you are having trouble paying back a loan, contact your creditor or loan servicer. Often, creditors are willing to work with consumers that are making their best efforts to pay back loans. 
  5. Learn more about managing a debt and debt collection. If you are in debt and having issues with a debt collector, please see our consumer guide on debt collection to learn more about your rights and how to deal with a debt collector or lawsuit.

If you have questions about loans, need help managing a debt or dealing with a debt collector, or have a consumer complaint, call our Office of Consumer Protection at (202) 442-9828.

 

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO.    

#20A - 2018

POSITION TITLE:      Paralegal Specialist

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:    CS-950-11

                                                          

SALARY RANGE:      $63,337 – $71,477 per year**

                                          Step 1 to Step 5

 

**This position is currently budgeted to $71,477 per year only.  Offers will not be made outside of this range.

OPENING DATE:            

June 29, 2018

CLOSING DATE:      July 20,  2018

FIRST SCREENING DATE:

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:   

 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

                                             

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT:   Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  None

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

   for the District of Columbia

Civil Litigation Division

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES This position is located in the Office of the Attorney General, Civil Litigation Division. The incumbent will have responsibility for up to fifty cases at a time.  

The incumbent will be responsible for: 

  • Maintaining case files and correspondence
  • Providing assistance to attorneys with the preparation of case files including the preparation of discovery materials to be provided to litigants, the preparation of subpoenas and court notices, and requesting and obtaining necessary documents and information from outside agencies.
  • Preparing a variety of legal documents, including litigation hold letters, written discovery requests and responses, privilege logs and indexes.
  • Performing legal research, including search of statutes, regulations, legislative history, case law and other legal authorities applicable to particular legal matters.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and organizing facts, documents and other evidence.
  • Handling sensitive information, confidential information, and information subject to the attorney client privilege, the attorney work product privilege, and various agency privileges.
  • Attending meetings where relevant legal and factual issues are discussed.
  • Assisting the attorneys in the preparation of government and expert witnesses for trial.
  • Preparing trial notebooks, scheduling witness conferences, preparing trial subpoenas, summarizing deposition transcripts, drafting legal documents and pleadings, preparing and organizing exhibits, and other duties as required.
  • Attending trial and assisting the attorneys as needed.
  • Investigating and becoming familiar with the facts of assigned cases.
  • Establishing and maintaining an effective system of monitoring and tracking cases to insure compliance with all relevant deadlines.
  • Reviewing contents of reports and procedural or policy papers to identify potential problems, and to assure consistency with agency policy.
  • Identifying, defining, and analyzing operational problems and posing options and alternatives to existing procedures.
  • Assisting the OAG FOIA Officer in responding to and tracking OAG’s responses to requests for documents and/or information made to OAG under the Freedom of Information Act. 

QUALIFICATIONS:   Requires strong organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail. Also requires experience with Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw, scanners, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word and Relativity or similar document management software. Experience with Prolaw is also desirable.  To qualify at the DS-11 level, candidates must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the DS-9 level in District Service. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing a variety of analytical paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of the law, the litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Examples of specialized experience include performing the following duties: 1) analyze and evaluates legal decisions and case files to identify relevant issues and potential evidence; 2) conduct legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; composing legal briefs, summaries of analysis and decisions, and pre-trial documents for investigations; 3) interview witnesses and various individuals who can provide insight into cases under review; preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations; and 4) utilize a variety of automated legal research tools. 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION:   A law degree, paralegal certificate, or college degree and at least three years of experience may be as a substitute for total qualification requirements.  In order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

TIME-IN-GRADE RESTRICTIONS:  Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

SUBMISSION OF RANKING FACTORS:  The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process.  All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors.   Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document.  Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievement from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying.  You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that includes the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors.  The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. 

FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.  

Ranking Factor #1:   Skill and relevant experience using Relativity or similar document management software to organize, review and summarize document collections for production or for use by attorneys; skill and experience creating and maintaining production and privilege logs and summaries of relevant documents; ability to use technology to organize or log information, including OAG’s responses to FOIA requests. 

Ranking Factor #2:   Knowledge of the rules governing discovery in civil litigation and general knowledge of legal procedures and the judicial system. Demonstrated experience responding to and propounding written discovery in civil litigation matters. 

Ranking Factor #3:   Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to prepare a variety of documents, including written discovery and responses to discovery, memoranda and reports; ability to discuss issues and findings; and ability to provide information to attorneys, supervisors, other staff and agency personnel  

Ranking Factor #4: Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of operating a personal computer, using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Relativity or similar document management software, database management and case tracking software, etc. and a willingness to learn new technology associated with assigned work tasks.           

Ranking Factor #5:   Knowledge and skill in interpreting, explaining and applying the Freedom of Information Act. Skill in general legal research methods is required to locate relevant rules, statutes and case law precedent. 

HOW TO APPLY:  Candidates should e-mail one PDF file which includes the following, addressed to: OAG.Recruitment@DC.gov by 11:59pm of the closing date indicated above: 

  1. A cover letter;
  2. Completed DC-2000 Employment Application for the District of Columbia Government;
  3. Résumé; and

Responses to each of the Ranking Factors.

Please see below attachment for details.

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:     25-2018

POSITION TITLE:     Supervisory Administrative

                                        Services Specialist

 

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:    MSS-301-14

SALARY RANGE:   $110,000 – $139,000 per year*

 

*Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines.

 

OPENING DATE:       June 29, 2018

                                                

CLOSING DATE:     July 23, 2018

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT:   MSS (At-Will)  Management Supervisory Service Appointment     

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

 

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  None

WORKSITE LOCATION: 

Office of the Attorney General

    for the District of Columbia 

Support Services Division

441  4th Street NW

Washington, D.C.  20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:    One (1)

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

This position is located in the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Support Services Division, Operations Section.  The Support Services Division is dedicated to providing excellent and efficient services to the agency and seeks candidates with a commitment to customer service, strategic planning, and thoughtful management of agency resources.

The incumbent is responsible for supervising the Support Services Division, Operations Section and assigned staff by planning, coordinating and executing a variety of extensive support service functions such as: space management, property management, supply management, inventory management; publishing service, mail service, facilities and equipment maintenance; records retention and disposition; and transportation.

Please see below attachment for detailed description of duties and Ranking Factors.

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:  #24 -2018      

POSITION TITLE:  Paralegal Specialist

 

POSITION GRADE & SERIES: CS-950-11/01

 

 

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: None

SALARY: $63,337

 

Please note that this position is only budgeted to the DS-950-11/01 - $63,337.

OPENING DATE: June 29, 2018

CLOSING DATE: July 20, 2018

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT:  Career Service

Permanent

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:   Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

for the District of Columbia

Family Services  Division

Child Protection Sections

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  Two (2)

 

 

TOUR OF DUTY:  Monday – Friday

8:45 am – 5:15 pm

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the District of Columbia is seeking a Paralegal Specialist for the Family Services Division, Child Protection Section.  The Family Services Division works on behalf of the District’s most vulnerable citizens, abuse and neglected children. The attorneys handle all child abuse and neglect litigation on behalf of the District’s Child and Family Services Agency, from the initiation of a case through finding a child permanent placement.  

Incumbent duties include: 

  • Providing assistance to attorneys with the preparation of case files, including the preparation of discovery materials to be provided to litigants, the preparation of subpoenas and court notices, and requesting and obtaining necessary documents and information from outside agencies.
  • Maintaining case files and correspondence.
  • Maintaining and utilizing a variety of computer programs to include: Microsoft Office Suite, ProLaw, CaseFileXpress, CourtView and FACES.
  • Preparing service documents and subpoena service requests.
  • Drafting a variety of legal documents, including motions to terminate parental rights, written discovery requests and responses, proposed orders and motions.
  • Performing legal research, including search of statutes, regulations, legislative history, case law and other legal authorities applicable to child abuse and neglect law.
  • Creating and managing the foster parent notification list, weekly adoption report and monthly Child Advocacy Center case review documents.
  • Requesting drug test results, birth and death certificates, and child support/paternity documents.
  • Handling sensitive and confidential information, subject to the attorney client privilege, the attorney work product privilege, and various agency privileges.
  • Assisting the attorneys in the preparation of government and expert witnesses for deposition and/or trial.
  • Preparing trial notebooks, scheduling witness conferences, preparing trial subpoenas, summarizing deposition transcripts, drafting legal documents and pleadings, preparing and organizing exhibits, and other duties as required.
  • Attending trials and assisting the attorneys as needed.
  • Establishing and maintaining an effective system of monitoring and tracking cases to ensure compliance with all relevant deadlines.
  • Identifying, defining, and analyzing operational problems, and posing options and alternatives to existing procedures.
  • Performing other duties as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify at the DS-11 level, candidates must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the DS-9 level in District Service. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing a variety of analytical paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of the law, the litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Examples of specialized experience include performing the following duties: 1) analyze and evaluate legal decisions and case files to identify relevant issues and potential evidence; 2) conduct legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; composing legal briefs, summaries of analysis and decisions, and pre-trial documents for investigations; 3) interview witnesses and various individuals who can provide insight into cases under review; preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations; and 4) utilize a variety of automated legal research tools. 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION:  A law degree, paralegal certificate, or college degree and at least 3 years of experience may be as a substitute for the total qualification requirements.  In order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of education attainment at the time of application. 

TIME-IN-GRADE RESTRICTIONS:  Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  

SUBMISSION OF RANKING FACTORS:  The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process.  All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors by submitting responses in the relevant area provided on the DC2000 Employment Application.  Please describe specific achievements, experience, education, training, etc. that demonstrates the degree to which you possess the job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities described in the ranking factors.  The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge.  

FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.  

Ranking Factor #1:  Skill and relevant experience assisting trial attorneys in a fast-paced environment; skill and experience handling multiple tasks with firm deadlines, ability to use technology to organize or log information. 

Ranking Factor #2:  Knowledge of the rules governing discovery in civil litigation along with general knowledge of legal procedures and the judicial system.  Demonstrated experience responding to and propounding written discovery in civil litigation matters. 

Ranking Factor #3:  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to prepare a variety of documents, including written discovery and responses to discovery, memoranda and reports; ability to discuss issues and findings; and ability to provide information to attorneys, supervisors, other staff and agency personnel. 

Ranking Factor #4:  Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of operating a personal computer, utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Abacus, ProLaw or similar database management and case tracking software, etc. and a willingness to learn new technology associated with assigned work tasks. 

OTHER INFORMATION:  A background investigation will be conducted.

Please see below attachment for details.

 

Request for Qualification OAG FY18 H 0007 - Training and Community Outreach Services

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

 

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT NO:      

#18-039

POSITION TITLE:  

TRIAL ATTORNEY

(Consumer Protection)

POSITION GRADE & SERIES:  LS 14/1 to 15/1

SALARY RANGE:   $114,171 – $134,310

 

Salary in this range will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines. 

OPENING DATE:   June 26, 2018

CLOSING DATE:   July 20, 2018

DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

WORKSITE LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General

   for the District of Columbia

Public Advocacy Division

Office of Consumer Protection

441 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001

NO. OF VACANCIES:  One (1)

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:   The District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General (OAG) seeks a trial attorney for its Office of Consumer Protection, which is located in OAG’s Public Advocacy Division (PAD).  

The attorney will work on a range of public interest cases, with an emphasis on civil enforcement of the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act and related local and federal consumer protection laws.  Some of the enforcement work will involve participation in multi-state groups of assistant attorneys general that investigate, litigate, or resolve consumer protection issues on a national scale, including participation on the Executive Committees leading complex, document-intensive investigations.  Other enforcement work will focus on “local” issues pertaining specifically to District consumers or to businesses based in District.  The attorney may also coordinate with attorneys in PAD’s Housing and Community Justice section on enforcement actions that include consumers issues along with housing, wage theft, or civil rights concerns. 

Duties will include, but will not be limited to, identifying areas for investigation, conducting pre-complaint discovery using compulsory process and informal methods, working with expert witnesses, analyzing complex factual and legal issues, negotiating settlements, preparing matters for litigation, litigating cases through trial in D.C. Superior Court or federal district court, coordinating efforts with other District, state, and federal enforcement agencies, drafting and reviewing amicus filings and comments, drafting and reviewing proposed legislation, and engaging in consumer outreach and education activities. 

QUALIFICATIONS:  The ideal candidate should have at least 10 years of prior civil litigation experience, as well as strong legal research, writing, and analysis skills.  The candidate must be able to handle several matters at one time.  Familiarity with consumer protection law, privacy and data breach issues, demonstrated interest in public service work, and creative orientation toward the law are desirable.                                                                

ELIGIBILITY:  The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction.  If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

OTHER INFORMATION:  The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

Please see below attachment for details.

Consumer Alert, Attorney General Karl A. Racine

June 22, 2018

District residents should be on the lookout for scammers impersonating DC Water technicians. These persons are calling consumers and telling them that DC Water staff will be coming to their homes to "check on the quality of their water." This is a scam and no such calls are being made by DC Water. 

If you receive a call from a person claiming to be from DC Water asking to visit your home & check the quality of the water, please do not share any personal information or allow them access to your home.

If you receive a call like this, please report it to DC Water at 202-354-3724 or the Office of the Attorney General at 202-442-9828.

4 Tips to Protect Yourself from DC Water Scam

  1. Ask for ID. Any DC Water employee should have a DC Water and Sewer Authority photo identification card. DC Water does not send technicians to investigate high water usage or test water quality without you requesting the service. Click here to see what DC Water employee uniforms and vehicles should look like.
     
  2. Refuse to give any financial information over the phone if someone calls you saying they are from DC Water. DC Water does accept payments over the phone and the internet, but only share payment information when you initiate the transaction.
     
  3. Report any suspicious activity. If you get a call or email asking for financial information, hang up and report it to DC Water at (202) 354-3600. If someone claiming to be from DC Water shows up at your door asking for access, do not allow them in and report it to DC Water at (202) 354-3600.
     
  4. Check to see if legitimate DC Water employees are in your neighborhood. DC Water does have a meter replacement project underway and you can call (202) 612-3473 to see if the project team is in your neighborhood.