Join our team! The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking experienced attorneys to work in the Public Safety Officers' Benefit (PSOB) Program. The PSOB provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty. This is a Term position not-to-exceed four (4) years, located in Washington, DC.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
Legal Advice and Guidance under the PSOB Act
Provides advice on legal problems that affect a significant segment of public interest, but lack clearly applicable legal precedents due to the complexity of the program or the novelty of the issue. Advises on laws, regulations of federal agencies, opinions of the courts, common law, and administrative law.
Legal Support and Advice on PSOB Matters
Responsible for developing the materials that become the agency's justification for policies and procedures for legal review of claims for a high profile and mission critical public officers benefits program. Independently develops completed decisions, reports, briefs, opinions, and other products affiliated with difficult legal issues in a specialty area affecting a significant segment of public interest. Drafts legislation and regulations or prepares complete reports on changes in basic legislation and regulations pertaining to legal matters pertaining to the PSOB Program. Reviews proposed legislation and regulations to determine impact on the PSOB Program and drafts memoranda and guidance regarding the impact of the proposed changes on the PSOB Program. Evaluates and prepares written comments on the proposed legislation and regulations in terms of its foreseeable effect on agency programs, policies, procedures, regulations, methods of operation, extent of operation, and on existing legislation and regulations. Makes recommendations based on the comments of operating organizations, personal program knowledge, awareness of the legal implications of the proposed legislation, and knowledge of related legislation. Proposes alternative language or policy changes to draft legislation and recommendations changes as appropriate.
Legal Review and Edit of PSOB Work Products
Under the direction and in the absence of PSOB Counsel, oversees and manages the process for legal review of the PSOB claims. Responsible for training legal personnel assigned to the PSOB Program. Reviews and edits the work product of legal personnel assigned to the PSOB Program, ensuring legal and factual accuracy and Program consistency. Performs legal research in connection with issues of higher complexity that arise in particular claims of the Program and advises on Federal laws and regulations, rules and policies of the Department of Justice and other Federal agencies, opinions of the Agency's General Counsel, the common law, administrative law, and state laws (among others). Prepares and renders well-reasoned and thorough legal advice, as required, for claims before the Program. In coordination with the BJA and PSOB Directors and PSOB Legal Counsel, recommends policies and develops procedures and regulations to implement the PSOB Act.
Eligibility Requirements and Minimum Qualifications:
To be eligible for this position, applicants must:
- Possess a J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school; and
- Be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction)
- Have a minimum of four (4) years of post J.D./LL.B legal experience, three (3) of which must have been in at least one of the following areas:
- In handling legal matters involving programs such as those providing disability, death, and education benefits, or other complex programs governed by law, regulation and procedures;
- In handling Torts, insurance claims, workers' compensation or similar matters; or
- Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program (PSOB).
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Applications must be submitted online. Please access the USAJOBS vacacny announcement for more information: USAJOBS - Job Announcement
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.