The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security. NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterterrorism and counterespionage, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as the Department of Justice’s liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of national security policy.
NSD's Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS) serves as (1) DOJ's representative on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a multi-agency body that reviews acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign entities in order to determine the effects of the acquisition on national security; and (2) DOJ’s representative on Team Telecom, an informal interagency group that provides Executive Branch views to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as to whether granting particular communications licenses to foreign-owned or -controlled entities will pose law enforcement or national security risks.
Attorneys in FIRS handle a wide range of complex and highly sensitive matters involving counterintelligence, technology, law, and policy. Specifically, FIRS attorneys provide advice and guidance to DOJ leadership, including the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on national security concerns arising from foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses as well as concerns arising from foreign participation in the domestic telecommunications infrastructure.
Such guidance involves written recommendations and may also include the drafting and negotiation of national security agreements to mitigate national security risks arising from transactions and, in rare circumstances, the drafting of recommendations by CFIUS to the President of the United States. In addition to the review of matters before CFIUS, FIRS attorneys also review FCC license applications to determine whether a proposed communications provider that is under foreign ownership, control, and/or influence poses such a risk to law enforcement or national security that it must either be mitigated through imposition of mitigating measures or opposed altogether.
When DOJ has adopted mitigating measures, such as national security agreements, between DOJ and foreign-owned businesses, FIRS attorneys are also responsible for supervising the subsequent compliance with these agreements. FIRS’s work is often done in coordination with other DOJ components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, Department of Commerce, Department of State, and the Executive Office of the President.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have up to 1 year of post J.D. professional experience to be qualify at the GS-11; 1 or more years at the GS-12; 1.5 or more years at the GS-13; 2.5 or more years at the GS-14; and 4 or more years at the GS-15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytical skills. Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.
To apply for an Attorney Advisor position with FIRS, please submit a resume and a cover letter (highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (no longer than 15 pages and that exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available), to:
Foreign Investment Review Staff
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice
175 N Street, NE 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
This and selected other legal position announcements can be found on the internet at: http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies.
For more information about the National Security Division, please visit the NSD Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/nsd/.