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Attorney – Office of Program Litigation

Website U.S. Social Security Administration - Office of the General Counsel

The Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel seeks talented & enthusiastic attorneys throughout the U.S. for its Office of Program Litigation.

Social Security touches the lives of millions, providing vital services and a social safety net through disability, retirement, and survivor benefits. Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a modern public service law office with a highly-skilled, engaged, and diverse workforce. We strategically manage a large national workload through effective collaboration & coordination. We offer the opportunity to handle meaningful and challenging legal work, while earning a competitive salary (plus locality pay), a flexible work schedule, and telework. Employees may be eligible to work remotely from home.

OGC’s Office of Program Litigation (OPLit) promotes, advocates for, and protects SSA’s legal interests in federal court litigation involving Social Security benefit programs. OPLit attorneys partner with the Department of Justice and often serve as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys. OPLit attorneys represent SSA in federal district and circuit court appeals that challenge SSA policies and benefit determinations. This is appellate-style litigation requiring strong writing aptitude and an understanding of administrative law.

Attorneys joining OPLit will have significant responsibility for their own caseloads, but also will receive strategic mentoring, training, and support. OGC offers a collegial environment in which both newer and experienced attorneys collaborate to share their expertise.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit your application for OPLit to: Your application must include cover letter, resume, law school transcript, proof of active bar membership, list of professional references, and legal writing sample (max. 15 pages). Veterans: please indicate veteran’s preference in your cover letter and submit a copy of your DD-214 or SF-15.

SALARY INFORMATION: Base Salary: $69,107 – $128,043 (depending on grade and step) plus locality pay based on geographic area. Please refer to General Schedule ( for more information.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy & gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides assistance to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need assistance completing the application, please email the agency at


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