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Attorney Advisor

Hiring Organization
Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA)
Hiring Office
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FIOA/PA)
Job ID
175 N. Street NE
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #3 out of 19 large agencies and EOUSA/United States Attorneys Office ranked #43 out of

320 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2015 Ratings" published in the Partnership for Public Service, see

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.

Job Description

If selected for this position you will serve as an Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office of United States Attorneys (EOUSA) located in the Freedom of Information & Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) Office.  The primary purpose of the position is to provide a wide range of legal advisory services with respect to FOIA matters for the Assistant Director, FOIA/PA staff, management and staff of EOUSA, the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) and their staff.  Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide the Assistant director, FOIA/PA Staff, with recommended courses of action and the impact of actions for complex policy issues and prepare memoranda and necessary documentation to accompany the recommendations.
  • Identify, research, analyze, prepare written reports and act on various FOIA/PA litigation and classified information issues which are unprecedented, unusual, legally complex, or otherwise of a high order of difficulty related to or which impact policies and initiatives of USAOs.
  • Serve as an authority and provide expert legal and administrative guidance on the policies, legal and regulatory requirements pertaining to release of information, EOUSA processing procedures and requirements, and precedential cases related to the dissemination of information to the FOIA/PA staff, staff and management of EOUSA, and to the USAOs.
  • Provide expert legal advisory and research services on complex FOIA/PA processing procedures and litigation and provide guidance to the Director, EOUSA, other managers at EOUSA, United States Attorneys, Assistant United States Attorneys, and other staff in the United States Attorneys' Offices. The work involves original legal research and analysis, and consultation with other Department Of Justice components and federal agencies, and the preparation of informal opinions, interpretative summaries and formal memoranda.
  • Upon notification of pending lawsuits regarding processed cases, manage or personally reconstruct all information, rationale, and activity regarding the cases, and prepare draft declarations for the AUSA or Department attorney of all communications relative to the plaintiffs' requests, including all referrals to other agencies.

Required Qualifications

- Applicants MUST possess a J.D. Degree and
- Be an active member of the bar* (any jurisdiction).
-To qualify at the GS-15 grade level applicants must have at least 4 years post J.D. legal attorney experience?

*You must include your bar membership information in your application package to be considered.

Preferred qualifications:

FOIA and Privacy Act, serving as or advising counsel on FOIA litigation; familiarity with electronic case management and document processing software. 

Security Requirements

Initial appointments are conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, tax and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. 

 You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Application Process

Please apply via or by clicking on the link below:


$142,701 - $170,800

Number of Positions
Occasional Travel
Relocation Expenses
No relocation expenses will be authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated February 20, 2020