Assistant General Counsel

Office of the General Counsel
Attorney
Washington, DC 20535
United States
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About the Office: 

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice to the entire Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI), including the Director, FBI headquarters officials, and agents in the 56 domestic field offices, on a wide range of substantive legal issues. OGC works closely with other elements of the Department of Justice, other members of the Intelligence Community, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and the White House. OGC also assists the FBI in forming partnerships with other federal, state, local and international agencies, as well as private sector entities, in support of FBI operations. The National Security and Cyber Law Branch, which encompasses approximately 100 employees, principally focuses on matters related to FBI's Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Cyber Divisions and is composed of two sections: a Counterterrorism Law Section, and a Counterintelligence and Cyber Law Section.


The FBI's Office of the General Counsel (OGC), National Security & Cyber Law Branch (NSCLB) is looking for experienced and highly qualified attorneys to join its exciting and challenging legal practice. OGC provides legal advice to the entire FBI, including the Director, FBI headquarters officials and agents in the 56 domestic field offices, on a wide range of substantive issues. OGC works closely with other elements of the Department of Justice, other members of the Intelligence Community, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the CIA, and the NSA, and the White House. OGC also assists the FBI in forming partnerships with other federal, state, local and international agencies, as well as private sector entities, in support of FBI operations.


Attorneys working in NSCLB apply their expertise, skills, and education to protect the nation by advising clients on the investigation of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber matters, the gathering of foreign intelligence, and the protection and use of that information during national security criminal and civil proceedings. NSLB attorneys also provide legal support to national security and cyber-related policy and legislative initiatives. Finally, NSCLB plays a critical role in handling compliance, oversight, and training for FBI on the use of national security-related investigative tools.  


The advice NSCLB's attorneys provide is not only important for policy makers and military leaders, it is critical to our nation's security. The legal expertise required of NSCLB's lawyers is not taught in many law schools or practiced in other government agencies, in private firms, or in industry. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability and interest in learning new areas of the law, developing strong relationships with operational clients, and fostering a collegial, teamwork-based work environment.


Mission
 
The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Job Description: 

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.


Key Requirements 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top-Secret/SCI clearance 
  • Selectee will be required to complete form FD-887, Request for Access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)
  • Selectee will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 annually 
  • Some travel is required
     

Applicants should have a demonstrated ability and interest in learning new areas of the law, developing strong relationships with operational clients, and fostering a collegial, teamwork-based work environment.


Major Duties 

GS-13:

  • Conducts legal analysis, including research, related to national security and cyber operations, including Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications; undercover operation proposals; and the protection of classified information during trials involving national security subjects.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and provides input regarding policies and memoranda of understanding related to FBI national security and cyber interests.
  • Reviews and comments on legislative matters pertaining to FBI national security and cyber matters.
  • Drafts written guidance for general FBI dissemination and in implementing statutes, regulations, executive orders, and Attorney General and ODNI guidance related to national security law.
     

GS-14:

  • Provides guidance on national security and cyber operations, including Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications; undercover operation proposals; and the protection of classified information during trials involving national security subjects.
  • Reviews and negotiates policies and memoranda of understandings related to FBI national security and cyber interests.
  • Reviews and comments on all legislative matters pertaining to FBI national security and cyber matters.
  • Issues written guidance for general FBI dissemination and in implementing statutes, regulations, executive orders, and Attorney General and ODNI guidance related to national security law.
     

GS-15: In addition to the above duties;

  • Provides expert-level legal advice directly to internal clients in multiple areas in support of international terrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber investigations.
  • Maintains a close liaison and a collaborative relationship with FBI attorneys within Headquarters and the Field Offices as well as from the Department of Justice National Security Division and United States Intelligence Community.
  • For national security and cyber matters, engages in all aspects of the legislative process, including drafting legislation, providing technical assistance to congressional staff, and preparing executive management for congressional hearings.
  • Advises on and drafts proposed policies of the FBI with regard to national security and cyber matters, and conducts training for FBI personnel on these issues.
Qualifications: 

Please be advised, candidates that are selected for this position must be approved by the Department of Justice.


Please make sure your experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Candidates deemed most competitive will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration.

 All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Governance and Legal Jurisprudence 
  • Analytic Thinking 
  • Communication 


BASIC REQUIREMENT: All applicants must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).

GS-15: Applicants applying for the GS-15 must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.

Specialized Experience

GS-15: Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience (SE) equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14). (In addition to the above specialized experience)

  • Experience providing advice to FBI employees on a variety of ethics and standards of conduct issues including, but not limited to: gifts, conflicts of interest, political activities, teaching-speaking-writing activities, travel, outside employment, employee involvement in outside activities, post-government service employment restrictions, fundraising, misuse of position, ethics training requirements, financial disclosure reporting, and misuse of government time and property.  
  • Experience in the substantive nature of agency programs and activities, missions, policies/objectives, management principles/processes; and

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting both proof of JD degree and proof of good standing with a bar within US jurisdiction by the closing date of the job opening. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.

Education

Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have a LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.) and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).

Salary: 
$134,789 - $164,200
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes the following REQUIRED documents:

  1. Your resume and cover letter 
     
  2. A Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages;
     
  3. Proof of current and active Bar Association Membership
     
  4. Photocopy of Law School Transcripts
     
  5. Current SF-50 (if external government employee)
     

Please Note: FBI employees currently assigned to a General Attorney position do not need to provide Law School Transcripts or Proof of Bar Association Membership.

NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED FOR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

 
How to Apply 

Step 1  - Create a new email and attach all required electronic documents. Include contact information (phone number) and a brief introduction (2-3 sentences) in the body of the email. 

Step 2  - Title the subject of the email using the following format, indicating whether you are an internal or external candidate:
    OGC_[Branch/Section/Unit]_[Vacancy Number]_[INTERNAL/EXTERNAL]

    Example: OGC_NSCLB_CyLU_0916.2

Step 3  - Submit the completed application email to OGC-JOBS@ic.fbi.gov.

What to Expect Next 

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.  No selections will be made until the posting closes. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Internal Applicants Additional Information

 

  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
     
  • Management may select at any grade for which this position has been announced. (if applicable)
     
  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties. (if applicable)
     
  • The selectee will be required to serve a one-year probationary period for initial assignment to a supervisory position. (if applicable)
     
  • Required Leadership Training: All FBI supervisors promoted after January 2013 are required to attend and complete the Leadership Development Program's (LDP) Leading People course before the expiration of their probationary period. Employees who previously attended the Leadership Seminar and other LDP courses are still required to attend Leading People. This four day, instructor-led course will help prepare supervisors for the leadership challenges specific to their new roles. Leading people will be held at the National Conference Center (NCC) in Leesburg, VA. After selection, supervisors will be contacted by an LDP representative for enrollment and provided additional course information at this time. (if applicable)
     
  • Limited Movement: Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to lower grade for a minimum of 12 months. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded. Probationary Employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.
     
  • Candidates will not be considered if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); a Letter of Requirement (LOR); or have failed a PIP or LOR and are currently awaiting the final action by HRD. 
     

 a. A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable."

 b. A Letter of Requirement (LOR) is issued when a supervisor identifies leave abuse and/or when frequent absences negatively impact operations of an office.

  • Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from LEGAT assignment. Employees returning from LEGAT assignments must advise the Staffing Unit, Administrative Unit, and the international Operations Unit of their application to apply.
     
  • Candidates receiving a transfer of physical location, whether at the expense of the FBI or not, will be required to complete a one year commitment to the assignment, prior to moving to a new position at the FBI. The 12-month waiting period begins the day an employee reports for duty at the new location.
     
  • Employees selected for positions at the GS-14 level or higher, as well as employees selected for positions where a transfer of location is required, will be processed through the name check program prior to being notified of their selection.
     
  • Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on a SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):
     

a.    Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
b.    The month/year work began
c.    Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
d.    Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type “Other.”

External Applicants Additional Information

  • The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
     
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
     
  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
     
  • Management may select any grade for which this position has been announced. (if applicable)
     
  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties. (if applicable)
     
  • The selectee will be required to serve a one-year probationary period for initial assignment to a supervisory position. (if applicable)
     
  • If you are hired, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for other FBI job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded. 
     
  • The probationary periods will be served concurrently. (if applicable)
     
  • Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on an SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding): 

 

a.    Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)

b.    The month/year work began

c.    Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)

d.    Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type “Other.”

Reasonable Accommodation Request
The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at REASONABLE_ACCOMMODATIONS@ic.fbi.gov, telephone at 202-324-2158, or FAX at 202-324-3976. Your request will receive an individualized assessment.


Nepotism

Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative's appointment or promotion. 

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process. 

Benefits
The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp
 

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Number of Positions: 
2
Updated February 28, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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