Counsel - Detail Opportunity

Office of the Assistant Attorney General
Washington,, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

Conditions of this detail will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will require an agreement between the gaining and losing organizations. The assignment is for six months, with the possibility of extension. Open to current Department of Justice employees only.

The Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OAAG) ensures the accomplishment of the Criminal Division's mission to develop, enforce, and supervise the application of federal criminal laws. The Division and the 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices have the responsibility for overseeing criminal matters under more than 900 statutes as well as certain civil litigation. Criminal Division attorneys prosecute many nationally significant cases. The OAAG directly supervises the various litigating and non-litigating sections of the Criminal Division, which themselves have responsibility for a wide variety of subject matter areas, including public corruption, fraud, violent crime, rule of law initiatives, and asset forfeiture, among many others. In addition to its direct litigation responsibilities, the Division formulates and implements criminal enforcement policy, promotes the rule of law worldwide, and provides advice and assistance within and outside of the Department of Justice. For more information about the work of the Division, please visit us at:

Job Description: 

The Office of the Assistant Attorney General is seeking a current Department of Justice attorney to serve as Counsel. The position must be filled through a detail assignment. The detail opportunity is for six months with the possibility of an extension. The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Provide support, advice, and assistance on projects and programs for the Assistant Attorney General, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff, the Deputy Chief of Staff, and the Deputy Assistant Attorney Generals in the Criminal Division “front office”
  • Communicate, both written and orally, about criminal cases, policy, and other Division matters
  • Draft testimony, speeches, talking points, and internal Division communications
  • Draft weekly internal Department and Division reports concerning criminal cases and other Division matters
  • Review and edit documents and memoranda, including press releases, correspondence, and reports
  • Analyze legal issues in individual criminal cases and policy matters, and prepare legal or other memoranda in response to inquiries or requirements originating from Department management, Congress, elsewhere in the Administration, and other interested parties
  • Participate in meetings, working groups, and committees on matters of policy or administrative interest to the Division
  • Respond to requests for information and documents from Department management, auditors, Congress, the White House, and through the Freedom of Information Act

The Office of the Assistant Attorney General is seeking a current Department of Justice attorney to serve as Counsel.

  • Experience in analyzing programs and legal issues and making concise oral and written recommendations
  • Experience in reviewing documents and responding to requests for information
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with high ranking officials and representatives of law enforcement agencies and other federal agencies
  • Strong organizational capabilities
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze Division programs and activities, gather and compile data, analyze problems, and prepare well-written memoranda and other communications
  • Knowledge and understanding of the policies and programs of the Department of Justice and the Criminal Division
  • Knowledge and experience with handling of federal criminal cases
  • Self-motivated, with a high degree of initiative and resourcefulness, and exercises sound judgment in the accomplishment of responsibilities
This is a detail assignment. The position will be filled at the employee's current grade level, preferably at the GS-13/14/15 level. Temporary promotion is not authorized.
Application Process: 

All interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) that highlights the applicant's interest in working for the Office of the Assistant Attorney General to the attention of Michelle Stallings via e-mail at: (Please insert vacancy number in the subject line of the e-mail).

Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard time, August 28, 2015.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 28, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 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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