Attorney Advisor

Office of General Counsel, Information and Remedy Processing Branch
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
United States
About the Office: 

The Information and Remedy Processing Branch of the Office of General Counsel encompasses the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Section.  This section is responsible for processing requests for documents pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, as well as FOIA related litigation.  Incumbent will provide legal guidance and advice to Bureau staff nation-wide regarding requests for documents and public information.

Job Description: 

The incumbent exercises discretion and independent judgment in the application of laws, executive orders, regulations, precedents and agency practices related to the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act (FOIA/PA).  The incumbent will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff, including members of the Executive Staff.  The incumbent will also be expected to communicate with defense attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, federal courts, and agency officials.  The incumbent should have knowledge of BOP policy and practice. The incumbent should have knowledge of FOIA/PA practice, procedure, and law.  Incumbent will be responsible for responding directly to complex and high profile FOIA requests, and will participate as agency counsel in FOIA-related litigation.  Incumbent will liaise with the Department of Justice's Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties on Privacy Act-related issues, which include component reporting requirements and legal requirements to create and/or maintain Systems of Records.  Incumbent will assist FOIA/PA's Supervisory Attorney in approving documents for release pursuant to non-BOP audits by the Government Accounting Office, Office of Inspector General, and pursuant to the Federal Information Security Management Act.  The incumbent will work with Central Office, regional, and institution management and line staff with respect to FOIA/Privacy Act matters. 


Required qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least one (1) year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. 
Preferred qualifications: Prior experience in Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Issues is desired.

Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The appropriate salary range, including locality pay adjustments is GS-13 ($92,145 to $119,794); GS-14 ($108,887 to $141,555); or GS-15 ($128,082 to $160,300).
Limited Travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, resume, and a writing sample post marked by December 2, 2016, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Office of General Counsel
Information and Remedy Processing Branch
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC  20534
Attention:  Ronald Rodgers, Senior Counsel
It is preferred that you submit your application materials via e-mail to   Please include “IRP Attorney Dec. 2016” in the subject line. No telephone call please.  The position will remain open until filled, but applications must be submitted no later than December 2, 2016.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 2, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated November 21, 2016

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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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  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, 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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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, 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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