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.
- Conducting comprehensive legal reviews.
- Responding to various aspects of administrative law.
- Coordinating investigation of cases.
- Reviewing requests for documents.
- Formulating new regulations and policy.
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.
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).
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.
There is no education substitution for this series and grade.
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.