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, including protecting our national assets from state-sponsored threats to the private sector. 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 DOJ’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.
The Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS) serves as 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 Team Telecom - an informal inter-agency group that provides opinions to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as to whether granting particular licenses to foreign-owned or -controlled entities will pose national security risks.
FIRS attorneys review foreign acquisitions and provide recommendations regarding these acquisitions to the Deputy Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and other senior leadership. Recommendations can include the negotiation and drafting of national security agreements and, in some circumstances, the drafting of recommendations to the President of the United States. Team Telecom reviews FCC license applications to determine if a proposed communication provider can pose a risk to national security that is sufficient to merit the imposition of mitigating measures or opposition to the license. FIRS attorneys also supervise compliance of national security agreements between the Department of Justice and foreign-owned U.S. businesses.
In addition to working with a variety of Justice Department components, FIRS works closely with the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, Defense, and the Intelligence Community. FIRS also handles a variety of matters at the nexus of international trade, national security, law, intelligence, and policy and represents the Department in several inter-agency committees before the National Security Council.
In the above-described capacities, FIRS supports the mission of the National Security Division, which is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection.
The Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS) is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as the Deputy Chief for Compliance. The Deputy Chief for Compliance assists the Chief and Principal Deputy Chief on legal and policy matters of unusual delicacy. The Deputy Chief for compliance provides advice and counsel to senior management on the Foreign Investment and National Security Act (FINSA), the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), and telecommunications matters as they relate to national security commitments for which the Department is responsible. The Deputy Chief for Compliance assists the Chief and Principal Deputy Chief in coordinating and supervising DOJ’s overall involvement in all legal, policy, administrative, and compliance matters affecting CFIUS and affecting the Department’s equities in telecommunications and other industry areas, and representing the Department in a variety of government and other fora. The Deputy Chief for compliance assists the Chief and Principal Deputy Chief in supervising a staff of attorneys and other professionals, managing and assigning work on a variety of national security mitigation-related legal, policy, and operational matters on behalf of the United States, generally, and of other offices or components, specifically, such as the FBI, other Intelligence Community agencies, and others. The Deputy Chief for Compliance must have expert command of several different skills, including superior legal analysis, persuasive writing and oral presentation, organization, creativity, business acumen, negotiations, management for results, work ethic, responsiveness, and solicitude. Experience with CFIUS is strongly desired, including but not limited to telecommunications and national security agreements.
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 at least 5 years of post-J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS 15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills.
**Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.
To apply for the position, please submit a resume and a cover letter (Highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (No longer than 15 pages, which exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal to:
Foreign Investment Review Staff
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice
175 N Street, NE 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Applications may be sent via electronic mail to: Marilyn.Shaifer@usdoj.gov
No telephone calls please.