Attorney-Advisor

Office of Information Policy
Attorney
1425 New York Ave., NW
Suite 11050
Washington, DC 20005
United States
OIP-ATY-0218
About the Office: 

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 includes 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.

Job Description: 

OIP is hiring an Attorney-Advisor to work on its FOIA Compliance Staff.  The attorney will perform legal, policy and technical work to support the Office’s responsibilities to oversee and encourage government-wide compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The responsibilities will include interpreting and applying laws, executive orders, regulations, precedents, and agency practices relating to the FOIA. Specific responsibilities may include those listed below:

  • Working directly with agencies to ensure compliance with the FOIA’s statutory reporting obligations. 
  • Assisting in the completion of DOJ’s specific FOIA reporting obligations, which include drafting an Annual FOIA Report, Chief FOIA Officer Report, and Litigation and Compliance Report.
  • Reviewing and synthesizing agencies’ final Annual and Chief FOIA Officer Reports to draft annual summaries and assessments of agencies’ FOIA administration.
  • Reviewing compliance inquires submitted by the public concerning agencies’ FOIA implementation and working directly with the agencies and requesters to resolve issues and provide appropriate guidance.
  • Assisting in managing the Office’s websites and social media, including developing and posting web content. 
  • Providing instructional training and guidance to various federal agencies regarding compliance with the FOIA.
  • Conducting legal research and providing legal advice involving inquiries and assignments related to the FOIA.
  • 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.
  • Maintaining awareness of developments in FOIA and Privacy Act law, regulation, and policy.
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 - 3 months.) 

Preferred qualifications:  It is preferred that applicants have knowledge of and a demonstrated interest in FOIA law and policy.  Experience with technology used to support FOIA administration such as FOIA case management systems and e-Discovery platforms is also desirable. Applicants should also be detail oriented, have excellent writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to manage a complex and multifaceted workload.  

Applicants must be able to qualify for a Top Secret security clearance.

Salary: 
$81,548 - $106,012 (Please note maximum starting salary is GS 12/5, commensurate with experience)
Travel: 
Limited travel may be associated with this position.
Application Process: 

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience and justifying interest in the position), resume, and a writing sample containing a brief or comparable analytic legal exposition that is your work. 

Applicants are encouraged to email application to: Bobby Talebian at Bobak.Talebian@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail)

No telephone calls please.  Please reference OIP-ATY-0218 in your cover letter and put your name in the subject of the email.  Applications must be received no later than midnight February 28, 2018.  Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis once they are received. 

Otherwise, please send to:

U.S. Department of Justice

Office of Information Policy

ATTN: Bobby Talebian, Chief, Compliance Staff

1425 New York Avenue, Suite 11050

Washington, D.C.20530

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated February 6, 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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