The United States Department of Justice is seeking an experienced attorney to work in the Office of Information Policy (OIP), located in Washington, DC. OIP manages the Department's responsibilities related to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which include coordinating and implementing policy development and compliance government-wide for the FOIA, processing FOIA requests for the Senior Leadership Offices within the Department, adjudicating all appeals from denials by any Department component under the FOIA, and handling the defense of certain FOIA matters in litigation.
The incumbent will perform varied legal work involving the interpretation and application of laws, executive orders, regulations, precedents, and agency practices relating to the FOIA. Specific responsibilities may include:
• Recommending proposed actions to be taken in the adjudication of administrative FOIA appeals by evaluating actions taken by Department of Justice components in processing initial FOIA requests;
• Conducting legal research and providing legal advice involving inquiries and assignments related to the application of FOIA access laws;
• Developing a mastery of assigned area(s) of expertise and updating corresponding section(s) of the United States Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act;
• Providing expert advice and guidance to agency personnel concerning the application of the FOIA;
• Providing instructional training and guidance to various federal Departments regarding compliance with the FOIA; and
• Providing written and oral legal advice to litigators, or periodically serving as litigators in defending certain FOIA lawsuits.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. experience before your start date. (Please note that the time from selection of an applicant to the start date is typically about 2 months.)
Preferred qualifications: It is preferred that applicants have a knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act and have administrative law and/or civil litigation experience.
Note: Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Tentatively-selected applicants must undergo and receive favorable adjudication of a background investigation and urinalysis drug test as a condition of employment. The background investigation process will include a check of the applicant’s credit history, tax record, criminal record, use of drugs, as well as interviews of employers, references, co-workers, personal associates, family members, and friends. Information obtained during the course of the background investigation may impact an applicant’s suitability for employment. Applicants selected for an interview are encouraged to raise questions about the background investigation and suitability adjudication process at that time.
Applicants must be able to qualify for a Top Secret security clearance.
Applicants are required to submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), resume, and a writing sample containing a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work. Please reference OIP-ATY-0618 in your cover letter. Applications must be received by June 30, 2018.
Applicants are encouraged to email applications to: Laurie.Day@usdoj.gov.
Otherwise, please send to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Information Policy
ATTN: Laurie A. Day
Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
1425 New York Avenue, Suite 11050
Washington, D.C. 20530
No telephone calls please. Please reference OIP-ATY-0618 in your cover letter and put your name in the subject of the email. Applications must be received no later than June 30, 2018. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received.