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General Attorney

Hiring Organization
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Hiring Office
Office of the General Counsel/Science and Technology Law Office (STLO)
Job ID
Huntsville, AL 35801 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Science and Technology Law Office (STLO) provides advice on matters as diverse as:

· Legal policy advice and guidance to the FBI’s Science & Technology Branch, which is responsible for the application of scientific, engineering, and technical solutions in order to access, collect, forensically analyze, and exploit information in support of the FBI's intelligence and investigative missions.

· Real-time and effective legal guidance, advice and operational support for the immediate operational and investigative issues involving the Laboratory Division and more specifically it’s Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC). TEDAC is a whole of government center conducting forensic and technical exploitation of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and related material that provides actionable intelligence, supports criminal prosecution and enhances force protection. TEDAC was designated by the Department of Justice as the strategic IED exploitation and intelligence center in support of the National Counter-IED Strategy as delineated in the Presidential Policy Directive 17.

· TEDAC applies scientific capabilities and technical services to the collection, processing, and exploitation of IEDs for the FBI and other duly constituted law enforcement agencies in support of investigative and intelligence priorities

· Identifying and addressing gaps in legal policy provided to FBIHQ and Field Divisions directly under the purview of the Science & Technology Branch

· Works closely with the FBI's Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA), to identify gaps in legal authorities and to develop a legislative strategy to further advance the mission of the FBI

· Supports the intellectual property law practice within the FBI Office of the General Counsel

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 selectee will provide legal and policy advice on forensic science matters in the Science and Technology Law Office (STLO). The selectees will serve as an Attorney-Advisor with the Science & Technology Law Unit (STLU), which is focused on operational issues related to TEDAC, and will be embedded with TEDAC in Huntsville, AL upon the facilities completion. The selectees will be embedded with the Laboratory Division in Quantico, VA until that time.


The duties to be performed include:

· Serving as dedicated legal counsel to assigned to TEDAC.

· Providing legal guidance and assisting examiners with both domestic and foreign prosecutions involving terrorism subjects, including classification issues, discovery, trial and post-trial proceedings.

· Liaise with other Intelligence community agencies on legal and policy issues.

· Providing guidance on the application of relevant statutes and other authorities including the FBI Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) and Attorney General Guidelines in all FBI operations and investigations.

· Provides guidance on handling of all discovery and disclosure matters directed to TEDAC.

· Other duties as assigned.

GS-15: In addition to the duties described above:

· Serving as the legal expert regarding forensic sciences and forensic evidence in meetings attended by senior FBI officials and attorneys from other Federal agencies and forensic institutions.

· Provide expert-level legal advice and guidance in multiple areas in support of international and domestic terrorism investigations.

· Developing legal policy solutions, including legislative and administrative proposals, regarding the practice of forensic science and FBI operations.



Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: All Applicants must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).

Applicants applying for the GS 14 must also have 2.5 years or more post J.D. attorney experience. Applicants applying for the GS 15 must also have 4.5 years or more post J.D. attorney experience.

GS-14: Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level. Specialized Experience is;

· Experience litigating the use of forensic evidence in criminal trials as a state, local, or federal prosecutor.

· Experience providing briefings and training in a classroom setting.

· Experience in evidence handling procedures and legal challenges. Discovery/Touhy/Daubert/Giglio/FOIA requirements.

· Experience in FISA and Rule 41 warrant requirements and Law Enforcement Sensitive qualified evidentiary privilege.

GS-15: Applicant must possess one (1) year of experience at the next lower grade level, GS-14.

Specialized experience is; (in addition to the above)

· Experience drafting complex legal documents such as white papers, legal opinions, motions and affidavits.

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.).

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.

Extensive travel may be required to provide legal instruction at various conferences, case support, and for on-site team reviews of FBI Field Office forfeiture operations.

Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice, before they can complete the FBI's background process.

Application Process

Go to WWW.USAJOBS.GOV for more information.


GS-14: $100,240.00 - $130,313.00 - GS-15: $117,911.00 - $153,288.00

Number of Positions
Not Required.
Relocation Expenses
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 April 7, 2016