The Staff Attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel (CC), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Justice (DOJ). The Staff Attorney assigned to the Associate Chief Counsel, Law and Policy Division and primarily provides legal advice to ATF officials in the area of general criminal law matters and matters involving disclosure and/or protection of information.
Developing legal analysis and providing advice on cases that legal opinions in the areas of law including general criminal law matters (e.g., search and seizure, Title III electronic surveillance, cybercrime and computer forensics, informant and undercover issues, diversion of alcohol and tobacco products), and all matters involving disclosure and/or protection of information (e.g., the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, disclosures of information in legal proceedings in which the United States is not a party (Touhy requests), mandatory disclosures in criminal proceedings (Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16, the Jencks Act, Federal Rule of Evidence 404(b), the Brady/Giglio line of cases), improper disclosures of personally identifiable information, nondisclosure of confidential tax information).
The attorney will also coordinate and handle legal work in connection with the investigation of online crimes including expert legal advice on: Internet-based investigative activity to identify violators of criminal and regulatory statues under ATF's jurisdictional mandate on gun violence, firearms, explosives, arson, tobacco or alcohol; and internet-based undercover operations, search warrants, court orders and subpoenas.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
- Must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service. See www.sss.gov
- May be requested to serve a one year probationary period.
- Must successfully complete a background security investigation.
- A Financial Disclosure Form maybe required.
The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Must provide a writing sample (no more than 15 pages)
MOBILITY PLAN: New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF’s mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.
GS-13: All applicants must have three years as a practicing attorney; extensive understanding and knowledge of laws and regulations relating to area of general criminal law matters and matters involving disclosure and/or protection of information; and have the ability to apply this knowledge to conducting research and develop advisory documents. Must have superior communications, analytical and writing skills.
GS-14: In addition to the requirements of the GS-13, applicants must have five years as a practicing attorney; experience advising senior management officials in the area of general criminal internet investigations; and matters involving disclosure and/or protection of information. Attorney must also have experience working with issues related to the specialized experience that includes a high degree of difficulty and importance, including independently exercising responsibility for the provision of legal advice.
GS-15: In addition to the requirements of the GS-14, applicants must have six years as a practicing attorney and experience with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The attorney also serves as lead attorney on extremely complex legal issues where there is little or no precedent, such as matters involving digital/virtual currency and virtual evidence. This includes laws and policies on capturing and maintaining digital evidence. The specialized experience must include providing legal advice in connection to internet-based crimes and electronic evidence matters.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any state or territory, or the District of Columbia.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of their experience, education and training relative to the duties of the position. The applicant must specially address their qualifications and experience in their resumes to be considered qualified for each grade.
Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position:
- Demonstration of original thinking, mature judgment, and sound reasoning are continually required as new problems of law, policy and procedures are presented for solution.
- Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice on the laws enforced by ATF, including the Gun Control Act, the National Firearms Act, and the Federal laws related to arson and explosives.
- Demonstrated ability to provide legal guidance and advice on matters of general criminal law (e.g., laws governing search and seizure, electronic surveillance, custodial interrogations, undercover operations, use of force).
- Knowledge of methods and techniques used in internet-based crimes related investigative, law enforcement and physical security programs.
- Knowledge and demonstrated ability to provide legal and technical advice on criminal investigations, including providing technical advice on developmental plans, and investigative and protective services program targets; methods and techniques used to investigate internet-based crimes.
- Superior analytical, written and communication skills.
This job is filled through a 3-step on-line application process.
STEP ONE - (Online Resume- USAJOBS) You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to CareerConnector when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement.
STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions USAJobs) In USAJobs, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the USAJob questions will become your application package.
STEP THREE - (Supporting Documentation) You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways: (l) Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet. (2) You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online". Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select "Upload" in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. SF-50, ICTAP/CTAP, DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15, VA letter, transcripts, Schedule A documentation, Award SF-50 within last 3 years, etc) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.