The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), United States Department of Justice (Department), is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Attorney Advisor. OLA is responsible for developing and implementing the legislative strategy to advance the Department’s policies and legislative initiatives requiring congressional action. OLA articulates the views of the Department on congressional and legislative initiatives. OLA responds on behalf of the Department to requests and inquiries from Congressional Committees, individual Members of Congress, and their staffs. OLA coordinates the Department's responses to Congressional oversight activities involving the Department. OLA prepares Department witnesses to testify before Congress and handles the interagency clearance of all congressional testimony by representatives of federal agencies through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In addition, OLA participates in the Senate confirmation process for Department nominees, such as Assistant Attorneys General and U.S. Attorneys.
For more information about OLA, please visit our Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/ola/
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.
OLA seeks an experienced attorney from an Executive Branch agency to fill an anticipated staff vacancy between approximately July 2018 – December 2020. Details must be able to serve a period of at least one continuous year during this timeframe, and preference may be given to individuals able to serve the entire period.
The incumbent of this position will serve as a liaison between the Department of Justice and the Congress, and must perform well in a fast-paced, highly professional environment. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for:
- Coordinating between the Department of Justice and the Congress, communicating frequently with congressional staff about legislation and other congressional matters that affect the Department's jurisdiction and equities;
- Keeping Department officials apprised of the current status and outlook for congressional action on matters of interest to the Department;
- Preparing senior Department officials to provide congressional briefings and testimony before Congressional Committees;
- Developing written views based upon input from Department components and presenting those views to congressional staff in order to advance the Department's mission, protect the Department's equities, and promote a constructive relationship with the Congress;
- Responding to Congressional inquiries regarding legislation, oversight matters, correspondence, constituent matters, and other requests for information;
- Coordinating the timely intra-Departmental and OMB clearance of positions on legislative and other congressional matters, as set forth in draft proposals, letters, talking points, prepared statements for congressional hearings, and responses to questions for hearing records; and
- Coordinating the timely response to requests from OMB for the Department’s views on legislation and other congressional positions proposed by other agencies.
If interested, please email a copy of your resume to Mary Blanche Hankey, Chief of Staff and Counsel, at Mary.Blanche.Hankey2@usdoj.gov, and indicate the dates you would be available for this detail. Questions may be directed to the same email address.
Interested parties must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. experience.
Interested candidates should forward a resume or Optional Form 612 (OF-612 Application for Federal Employment) to Mary Blanche Hankey, Chief of Staff and Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org, and indicate the dates you would be available for this detail. Questions may be directed to the same email address.
Applicants must obtain permission from current supervisor. No telephone calls please.
This position is open until filled.
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.