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GAO's Office of General Counsel (OGC) serves GAO and the Congress, following the federal dollar wherever it goes. The scope and depth of our legal expertise is unparalleled in the federal government.

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GAO's Office of General Counsel (02:26)

Attorneys at the Government Accountability Office describe the legal services they provide to support GAO’s mission, and the agency’s summer associate legal honors program.

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OGC Vacancies for Attorney Positions

OGC Vacancy for Natural Resources and Environment, PA-0905-02/03

OGC has a vacancy for 1 full-time attorney with experience for the team of attorneys that provide legal advice and assistance to GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) analyst team. The attorney will work on a wide variety of issues associated with federal efforts to manage our nation’s land and water resources, protect the environment, promote a reliable and environmentally sound energy supply, ensure food safety, manage agricultural programs, meet the nation’s science challenges, and address U.S. and international nuclear security and cleanup. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to Your application must contain 1) a statement that you are a U.S. Citizen; 2) information sufficient to establish that you are a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school and are an active member in good standing of a bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and 3) information addressing the qualification requirements of the position for which you are applying. Regarding the applicable qualification requirements, the position will be filled at the Band II or III Level ( Applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. If your submission is not received by then, or does not contain the required information, it will be rejected.

GAO Attorneys Do Work That Matters

GAO attorneys provide legal advice and services, act as quasi-administrative law judges, serve as experts on federal appropriations law and are in-house counsel to GAO's management. To learn more about what GAO attorneys do, check out our Work That Matters page and our post on GAO's WatchBlog.

Legal Honors Program Helps New Attorneys Develop and Excel

Entry-level attorneys join our two-year attorney development program, where you can start contributing immediately to GAO's work.

GAO Attorneys Have Great Benefits

GAO provides a full range of benefits to all staff, including attorneys.

OGC Externships

Occasionally, OGC may provide opportunities for unpaid externships to individuals who express interest. Externs must be students who are enrolled at least half-time in an accredited law school. Externs arrange with their law schools to earn course credit in exchange for working at GAO. If you are interested in an externship, please submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to In your cover letter, please indicate when you are available for an externship (for example, "fall 2016" or "2016-2017 academic year") and any deadlines associated with your law school's externship program.

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