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The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The General Counsel is appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, with the approval of the President. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal service and guidance for all matters that may arise in the conduct of NOAA's missions. The Organization Chart provides additional information as to the Office's structure.

MISSION STATEMENT: The NOAA Office of the General Counsel is a team of professionals advancing the mission and objectives of NOAA by delivering legal services of the highest quality. We are committed to providing sound judgment, thoughtful analysis, and constructive advice through effective communication. In an environment fostering innovation and professional development, we apply the rule of law with integrity, respect for people, and commitment to excellence and the public trust.

VALUE STATEMENTS: Integrity, Innovation, Teamwork, Professional Excellence, Effective Communication, Public Service

GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS: On December 21, 2012, the NOAA Office of General Counsel issued NOAA-wide guidance on compiling Administrative Records.

GENERAL COUNSEL AWARDS: Each year, the Department of Commerce Office of General Counsel and the NOAA Office of the General Counsel recognizes attorneys, paralegals, administrative professionals, line and staff office personnel, and other Federal Agency employees for their exceptional performance and contributions. Information about past award winners can be found at our documents library.

VACANCIES: The Office of General Counsel periodically has legal job openings on a wide variety of issues involving preservation of coastal areas, marine sanctuaries and marine resources. NOAA General Counsel job announcements are made available through the USAJobs web site or NOAA's new NOAA Careers employment information web site.

THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL'S ATTORNEY HONORS PROGRAM: The Office of General Counsel's Attorney Honors Program is designed to recruit highly-qualified law school graduates and judicial law clerks for entry-level attorney positions in our offices in the Washington, D.C., area and six regional offices in Seattle, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Gloucester, MA; Long Beach, CA; Juneau, AK; and Honolulu, HI. Approximately two to four positions are available annually nationwide. For employment beginning in Fall 2015, the application period opened on August 15, 2014, and will close on September 15, 2014. We will accept applications (cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript) for this vacancy as described in the USAJOBS announcement at this link: