Attorney Advisor (FOIA)

Office of the General Counsel
Attorney
5107 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
United States
DE-10017464-17-SF
About the Office: 

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Office. The primary purpose of this position is to assist the Supervisory Associate General Counsel (FOIA) in responding to Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests and in managing the operations of the FOIA Service Center. The attorney will also coordinate the development of agency regulations, reviews and comments on proposed legislation, and provide assistance to the General Counsel in Ethics, Fiscal Law, and other areas of Administrative Law as required.

Job Description: 

 

  • Conducting comprehensive legal reviews.
  • Responding to various aspects of administrative law.
  • Coordinating investigation of cases.
  • Reviewing requests for documents.
  • Formulating new regulations and policy.
Qualifications: 

 GS-14 and GS-15

Education:
Must possess a LL.B. or a J.D. degree.
Education will be verified through reviewing official transcripts prior to coming on board. Any false claims will result in ineligibility or rescinding of job offers.

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Licensure: Must be an active member of the bar, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (include the date of your admission to the bar).

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To qualify for the GS-14 level:

Experience:
Must have a minimum of three (3) years post-J.D. specialized legal work experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level performing duties related to: 1) reviewing requests for documents; 2) conducting comprehensive legal reviews; and 3) analyzing requests for the release of information (must be reflected on your resume).

To qualify for the GS-15 level:

Experience:
Must have a minimum of four (4) years post-J.D. specialized legal work experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level performing duties related to: 1) providing legal analysis of review of work; 2) providing input into employee training and development, performance evaluations, work assignments, position descriptions, and corrective actions; 3) formulating new policies and regulations; 4) coordinating investigations of cases; and 5) conducting comprehensive legal reviews (must be reflected on your resume).

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Education

There is no education substitution for this series and grade.

 

Salary: 
$112,021 to $161,900 per year
Travel: 
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Application Process: 

Applicants must submit a resume, or any other written format that best describes your job qualifications. You must also submit a writing sample not to exceed ten (10) pages.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

If it is determined that you meet the minimum qualification requirement, your application will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration. There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted services; however, the Department of Justice considers veteran's preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. the DD214, 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 From 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of the SF-15, which list 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 non-service connected disabilities pensions to be date 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch or Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retirement list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more.)

You will be evaluated based on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:

  • Oral Communication
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Technical Competence


In order to be evaluated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
No
Number of Positions: 
One
Updated September 1, 2017

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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