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Attorney Advisor

Hiring Organization
Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
Hiring Office
Central Office, Directors Office, Office of Legislative Affairs, Washington, D.C.
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), Director's Office, Central Office, monitors, tracks and analyzes legislation and the interests of Members of Congress.  Additionally, OLA prepares BOP  officials to testify at Congressional hearings, meets with Members of Congress and Congressional staff and responds to inquiries about BOP programs, services and operations. The attorney will work closely with DOJ's Office of Legislative Affairs and other relevant DOJ components.

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

The position is located in BOP's Central Office, Washington, DC.  The Attorney-Advisor works under direction of the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) Branch Chief. The incumbent will provide legal advice, policy formulation, and review of matters regarding legislation. The incumbent will routinely meet with Members of Congress and Congressional Staff, and is responsible for preparing the BOP Director to testify at Congressional Hearings.
The incumbent is responsible for providing advice and guidance to BOP Executive staff, as it relates to legislation and congressional correspondence. The incumbent will assist with preparing Bureau officials to testify before or brief members of Congress, congressional committees, or the staff of the members of committees. This may include coordinating and drafting talking points, leading or participating in moot hearings or briefings, researching the members or committees to ensure BOP officials are prepared for relevant topics, and other activities that will assist in preparing BOP officials to present to members of Congress and committees.


Required qualifications:  Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least two years of post-J.D. experience or other relevant experience.  Applicants must also submit to and pass a drug test.
Preferred qualifications:
Experience with Members of Congress and Legislative Affairs is desired though not required.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a resume or current OF-612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment), a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a writing sample, and a list of legal references, by July 19, 2023, to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
320 First Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20534
Attention: Kristie Breshears, Director of Communication and Government Relations.
It is preferred that you submit your application packet via email to
No telephone calls, please.  This position is open until filled, but no later than July 19, 2023. 


Current salary and years of experience will determine appropriate salary level. The possible salary range, including locality pay adjustments, is GS-13 (112,015 to $145,617), GS-14 (132,368 to 172,075) or GS-15 ($155,700 to $183,500).

Number of Positions
Three (3)
Some travel may be required.

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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 July 3, 2023