Attorney Advisor

Foreign Investment Review Section
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security. NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterterrorism and counterespionage, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as the Department of Justice’s liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of national security policy.

NSD's Foreign Investment Review Section (FIRS) serves as (1) DOJ's representative on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a multi-agency body that reviews acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign entities in order to determine the effects of the acquisition on national security; (2) DOJ’s representative on Team Telecom, an informal interagency group that provides Executive Branch views to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as to whether granting particular communications licenses to foreign-owned or -controlled entities will pose law enforcement or national security risks, and (3) DOJ’s lead compliance component overseeing numerous national security agreements.  FIRS also represents the Department on policy committees at the intersection of advanced technology, communications, supply chain, international trade, and national security.

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: 

Attorneys in FIRS handle a wide range of complex and highly sensitive matters involving counterintelligence, technology, law, and policy. Specifically, FIRS attorneys provide advice and guidance to DOJ leadership, including the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on national security concerns arising from foreign acquisitions of or investment in U.S. businesses as well as concerns arising from foreign participation in the domestic telecommunications infrastructure. Such guidance involves written recommendations and may also include the drafting and negotiation of national security agreements to mitigate national security risks arising from transactions and, in rare circumstances, the drafting of recommendations by CFIUS to the President of the United States. In addition to the review of matters before CFIUS, FIRS attorneys also review FCC license applications to determine whether a proposed communications provider that is under foreign ownership, control, and/or influence poses such a risk to law enforcement or national security that it must either be mitigated through imposition of mitigating measures or opposed altogether. When DOJ has adopted mitigating measures, such as national security agreements, between DOJ and foreign-owned businesses, FIRS attorneys are also responsible for supervising the subsequent compliance with these agreements. An attorney selected under this announcement may be required to work under the supervision of the Deputy Chief for Compliance, the Deputy Chief for Foreign Investment, or the Deputy Chief for Telecom at any point during the attorney’s tenure.  FIRS’s work is often done in coordination with other DOJ components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, Department of Commerce, Department of State, and the Executive Office of the President.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have up 1.5 or more years at the GS-13; 2.5 or more years at the GS-14; and 4 or more years at the GS-15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytical skills.  While not a requirement, applicants with past experience in civil litigation are asked to highlight that experience in particular in their cover letters. 

Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.

GS-13: $99,172 - $128,920 (per annum) GS-14: $117,191 - $152,352 (per annum) GS-15: $137,849 - $166,500 (per annum)
Periodic travel will be required.
Application Process: 

To apply for an Attorney Advisor position with FIRS, please submit a resume and a cover letter (highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (no longer than 15 pages and that exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available), to:

Marilyn Shaifer

Marilyn Shaifer

Foreign Investment Review Section

National Security Division

U.S. Department of Justice

175 N Street, NE 12th Floor

Washington, DC 20002

For more information about the National Security Division, please visit the NSD Web page at:


Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation Expenses may be authorized
Updated June 19, 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, 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, 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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