The Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL), United States Department of Justice, is seeking an attorney advisor on detail to handle a wide range of privacy and civil liberties issues. The principal mission of OPCL is to support the duties and responsibilities of the Department’s Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer (CPCLO), who is a member of the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, is the principal advisor to the Attorney General on privacy and civil liberties matters affecting the Department’s missions and operations, and plays a central policy-making role in the Department’s development and evaluation of legislative, regulatory, and other policy proposals affecting privacy. OPCL also provides legal and policy advice and guidance to Departmental components. A few examples of OPCL’s specific responsibilities include:
- Ensuring the Department’s privacy compliance, including compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the privacy provisions of both the E-Government Act of 2002 and the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014, as well as Administration policy directives issued in furtherance of those Acts;
- Developing Department-wide privacy training;
- Advising Department components concerning international privacy laws and assisting in development of international information-sharing arrangements;
- Analyzing and commenting on statements, declarations, principles and other instruments that raise international privacy and civil liberties issues;
- Preparing privacy-related reporting to the President, Congress, and other oversight bodies; and
- Reviewing the information handling practices of the Department to ensure that such practices are consistent with the protection of privacy and civil liberties.
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.
OPCL is seeking an energetic, collaborative attorney with excellent oral and written communication skills and experience in privacy law and compliance. This is a unique opportunity to work with Department clients, dive deeper into privacy risk and compliance matters in a variety of contexts, and also help address big picture U.S. and international privacy and civil liberties policy matters.
Specifically, OPCL attorney advisor responsibilities include:
- Conducting initial and comprehensive privacy impact assessments, and reviewing and analyzing federal privacy compliance documents, including Privacy Impact Assessments, Systems of Records Notices, and Privacy Act exemption regulations;
- Analyzing and researching Privacy Act case law, handling administrative appeals of component decisions on Privacy Act amendment requests, addressing disclosure and access issues that require analysis of public and private interests;
- Reviewing and analyzing proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to privacy and civil liberties, including proposed international privacy legislation;
- Providing agency guidance regarding compliance with federal privacy laws and minimizing privacy risks;
- Participating in inter- and intra-agency working groups addressing privacy issues, often involving novel technologies and data uses; and
- Developing and implementing effective, Department-wide privacy training.
Applicants must be current federal employees, possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years of relevant post-J.D. experience. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in handling privacy issues and working in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
Length of Detail: OPCL would prefer a 12-month detail, but a shorter detail may be feasible depending on the experience level of the applicant.
Clearance: Applicants must possess at least a Public Trust clearance, but a Top-Secret, Sensitive Compartment Information (TS-SCI) clearance is preferred.
Telework/Work Flexibility: Consistent with Department of Justice and OPCL policy, OPCL staff typically telework 2-4 days/week, coming to the office as needed for in-person meetings and work. OPCL will provide the detailee(s) with appropriate equipment to work in the office and/or remotely.
To apply, please email email@example.com with the subject line “Detail Opportunity” and attach the following: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, two references, two writing samples, and applicant’s latest written performance evaluation (redacted as appropriate).
Before submitting an application, applicants should secure support to apply for this detail opportunity from their supervisor or other leadership personnel.
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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.