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Attorney - Non-Reimbursable Detail Opportunity

Hiring Organization
Justice Management Division (JMD)
Hiring Office
Departmental Ethics Office
Washington, DC - United States
About the Office

The United States Department of Justice, Departmental Ethics Office (DEO), is seeking an attorney to be detailed to DEO as an attorney for a period of six months.  This is a non-reimbursable detail. 

The Departmental Ethics Office is in the Department of Justice’s Justice Management Division (JMD).  DEO administers the Department’s ethics program for the Assistant Attorney General for Administration, who serves as the Department's Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO).  Among other responsibilities, DEO attorneys and staff members provide guidance to Department leadership, career employees, and managers on the interpretation and application of the ethics rules and Standards of Conduct governing Federal employees.  DEO also provides oversight of the ethics, financial disclosure, and Standards of Conduct training programs at the Department’s components, including the FBI, the United States Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons, and the Department’s litigating components.

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.

Job Description

The detail position reports to the Deputy Director of the Departmental Ethics Office.  The incumbent serves as an ethics attorney advising on the Standards of Conduct, financial disclosure and related laws and regulations. See for details on the areas managed by the Departmental Ethics Office.  The selected attorney’s work will include assisting Deputy DAEOs in the Department's components on matters relating to the Federal ethics program.  The work of the attorney also may include communicating with ethics officials in the United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and other Executive Branch departments and agencies to address issues related to the Department’s ethics program.


The candidate 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 at least three years of post-J.D. legal experience working for the Department of Justice as an attorney.  The incumbent is required to work independently and must utilize sound judgment and discretion.

Preferred Qualifications:  DEO is looking for candidates with a strong interest in working on federal employee ethics matters. Those with experience working in Federal ethics, particularly in a DOJ component ethics office, will be given priority for this detail.

Application Process

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume highlighting relevant experience. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

All application materials must be emailed to Joseph W. Tirrell, Director, Departmental Ethics Office, Justice Management Division, United States Department of Justice at:  The subject line of the email should read “Application for Detail Ethics Attorney.”

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This is a non-reimbursable detail assignment through which there will be no change to the selectee's base pay.

Number of Positions
This detail will be open on a continuing basis for assignments of three to six months in length.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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, 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, 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated August 26, 2023