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Attorney Advisor (Reimbursable Detail Opportunity)

Hiring Organization
Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
Hiring Office
Office of the Director
Job ID
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534 - United States
About the Office

Corrections professionals who foster a humane and secure environment and ensure public safety by preparing individuals for successful reentry into our communities.

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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 Department of Justice is seeking DOJ employees who are interested in being detailed to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP), to serve as senior counsel/advisors in the Office of the Director for a period of 12 months.

About the Detail: The detailers will work closely with FBOP senior leadership to:

·     Advance several new and ongoing policy initiatives, including reducing the use of restrictive housing, combatting the introduction of contraband into FBOP facilities, preventing suicides by adults in custody and FBOP employees, and advancing certain aspects of the First Step Act. 

·     Manage and respond to significant oversight inquiries, data calls, and requests from Congress, OIG, and GAO.

·     Increase collaboration and coordination with DOJ leadership and components on important initiatives and deliverables.

·     Draft white papers, reports, correspondence, and talking points for use by the Director, Deputy Director, and Associate Deputy Director. 

·     Handle urgent projects and information requests on an as needed basis. 

·     Willingness to travel and work in the office 2-3 days per week.

  • Exceptional professional judgment 
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle a varied portfolio and reprioritize as needed when assigned urgent items.
  • Additional Requirements:  Applicants must obtain supervisory approval prior to applying to this detail opportunity. Additionally, applicants must have a rating of least Fully Successful or higher on their most recent performance appraisal.  Attorney - DOJ attorney must, at all times while detailed or employed by the DOJ, be duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney in at least one state, territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  **Applicants must have a J.D. degree (or equivalent), be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) and have at least 1* year post-J.D. (or equivalent) legal or other relevant experience.
Application Process

Interested applicants should email the following documents to Michelle Gonyea, Executive Assistant at, with the subject line “Senior Counsel/Advisor 2024 Detail Opportunity.”:

•A cover letter that highlights qualifications and interest in the position;

•Resume, highlighting experience relevant to the duties and qualifications listed above; and

•Evidence of supervisory approval.

Once the application process is complete, a review of submitted documents will be made to determine if applicants are qualified for this assignment. The detail opportunity will remain open until filled.


This is a reimbursable detail assignment for GS-14 and GS-15 grade levels.  Positions will be filled at the employee’s current grade/step level.

Number of Positions
Four (4)
Occasional. Extended travel expenses (TDY) expenses may be reimbursed if needed.

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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 May 3, 2024