Attorney Advisor

Office of Chief Counsel
Attorney
Washington, DC, DC 20226
United States
19-EXC-129-KRM
About the Office: 

As a Senior Attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel (CC), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Department of Justice (DOJ). The attorney reports to the Associate Chief Counsel, Law and Policy Division and serves as embedded counsel to the Assistant Director (FO), and other management officials in the Field Operations Directorate providing legal advice and recommendations in relation to the enforcement and administration of the laws within ATF's law enforcement authority.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 
  • Provides legal advice and recommendations in relation to the enforcement and administration of Federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives and Arson Laws as required to ensure that law enforcement operations are conducted in compliance with constitutional and legal requirements as well as Department of Justice and ATF policy and in a manner that promotes efficiency and public safety.
  • Provides legal counsel in connection with formal headquarters review of undercover and other high-risk operations and with headquarters oversight of other law enforcement operations in general; and coordinates with the Law and Policy Division to ensure that ATF law enforcement policies (such as orders and policy memoranda), strategies and tactics are thoroughly reviewed to ensure both compliance with constitutional and legal requirements and promotion of efficiency and public safety. This responsibility includes providing counsel with respect to novel law enforcement techniques, strategies and tactics for which there may be little or no legal precedent.
  • Coordinates personnel and resources within the Field Operations Directorate and the Office of Chief Counsel with respect to significant legal and policy issues such as the collection, review and production of records related to major law enforcement operations or programs (e.g., in response to congressional inquiries, Freedom of Information Act demands, discovery in litigation involving ATF requests for testimony in third-party litigation and internal inspections) and implementing new programs and procedures in response to changes in the law or policy (e.g., new legislation, regulations or Department policy, significant opinions of the Supreme Court or United States Court of Appeals corrective actions following an internal review.)

Conditions of Employment

  • Must successfully complete a background security.
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • Time in grade requirement must be met by the closing date of the vacancy.
  • Must provide a writing sample with application on USAJOBS (no more than 15 pages)

 

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.

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.

Qualifications: 

Applications will be accepted from current Department of Justice attorneys serving under a career or career- conditional appointment in the excepted service and from CTAP eligibles.

GS-14: 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: Applicants must have six years as a practicing attorney and experience with the duties and responsibilities of the position.  They 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.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing  that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:

1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility;

2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and

3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy.

To be well qualified you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position.

You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is available at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Salary: 
$117,191 to $166,500 per year
Travel: 
Occasional travel - Infrequent domestic travel may be required.
Application Process: 

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 Monster Recruiting System 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, CTAP) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. It is also your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are readable. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process. Must provide a writing sample with application (no more than 15 pages).

 

Required Documents  

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, step, career or career- conditional tenure dated within the last 3 years, if applicable.
  • Must provide a writing sample (no more than 15 pages)
  • An law school transcript (Note: If you’re selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) Must provide a writing sample (no more than 15 pages)


Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement.

Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are legible.

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.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation and travel assistance may be provided.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated May 9, 2019

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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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 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, 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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