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.
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.
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.
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