The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department’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.
The Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) investigates, prosecutes and supervises the investigation and prosecution of cases affecting the national security and foreign relations of the United States, including espionage, computer hacking by nation states and their proxies, economic espionage, foreign interference, and violations of U.S. export control and sanctions laws. The Section also coordinates criminal cases involving the application of the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), and it administers and enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). CES provides legal advice to U.S. Attorney’s Offices and investigative agencies on all matters within its area of responsibility, which includes 90 federal statutes affecting the national security.
CES attorneys provide legal advice and guidance to the investigative and intelligence communities in the development of cases for prosecution, and they assist the United States Attorney’s Offices when prosecution is undertaken, ensuring, among other things, that U.S. Intelligence Community equities are identified and protected.
The attorney for this position will focus on administering and enforcing FARA, with at least 50% of the attorney’s time devoted to FARA matters. The attorney’s FARA responsibilities will include preparing for and leading civil litigation, managing criminal investigations, conducting inspections, and drafting advisory opinions.
Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.
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 2.5 years of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-14 or 4 or more years to be qualified at the GS-15 level. Applicants should have an interest in national security matters and have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills. Significant experience in litigation involving or a strong interest in, computer intrusion investigations is desirable.
Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.
It is the policy of the National Security Division to request a three-year commitment for all attorney positions.
To apply for a Trial Attorney position with CES, please submit a resume and a cover letter (highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample not to exceed 10 pages which exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available), to:
CESattorneyvacancy@usdoj.gov with the subject line “Attorney Vacancy.”
No telephone calls please.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.