General Attorney

Washington, DC 20535
United States
About the Office: 

The FBI’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC), National Security Law Branch (NSLB) is looking for experienced and highly qualified attorneys to join its exciting and challenging legal practice. OGC provides legal advice to the entire FBI, including the Director, FBI headquarters officials and agents in the 56 domestic field offices, on a wide range of substantive issues. OGC works closely with other elements of the Department of Justice, other members of the Intelligence Community, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the CIA, and the NSA, and the White House. OGC also assists the FBI in forming partnerships with other federal, state, local and international agencies, as well as private sector entities, in support of FBI operations.

Attorneys working in NSLB apply their expertise, skills, and education to protect the nation by advising clients on the investigation of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber matters, the gathering of foreign intelligence, and the protection and use of that information during national security criminal and civil proceedings. NSLB attorneys also provide legal support to national security and cyber-related policy and legislative initiatives. Finally, NSLB plays a critical role in handling compliance, oversight, and training for FBI on the use of national security-related investigative tools.

The advice NSLB's attorneys provide is not only important for policy makers and military leaders, it is critical to our nation's security. The legal expertise required of NSLB’s lawyers is not taught in many law schools or practiced in other government agencies, in private firms, or in industry. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability and interest in learning new areas of the law, developing strong relationships with operational clients, and fostering a collegial, teamwork-based work environment.

Our Mission is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners. Public Service is a public trust. For the FBI, this means that the public has committed to our care the safety of our Nation and the defense of our Constitution. To sustain that trust and to meet our resulting obligations, we must adhere strictly to our core values of: Rigorous obedience to the Constitution, Respect, Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Accountability, and Leadership.

Job Description: 


· Provides guidance on national security and cyber operations, including Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications; undercover operation proposals; and the protection of classified information during trials involving national security subjects.

· Reviews and negotiates policies and memoranda of understandings related to FBI national security and cyber interests.

· Reviews and comments on all legislative matters pertaining to FBI national security and cyber matters.

· Issues written guidance for general FBI dissemination and in implementing statutes, regulations, executive orders, and Attorney General and ODNI guidance related to national security law.

GS-15: In addition to the above duties;

· Provides expert-level legal advice directly to internal clients in multiple areas in support of international terrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber investigations.

· Maintains a close liaison and a collaborative relationship with FBI attorneys within Headquarters and the Field Offices as well as from the Department of Justice National Security Division and United States Intelligence Community.

· For national security and cyber matters, engages in all aspects of the legislative process, including drafting legislation, providing technical assistance to congressional staff, and preparing executive management for congressional hearings.

· Advises on and drafts proposed policies of the FBI with regard to national security and cyber matters, and conducts training for FBI personnel on these issues.


Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance.


Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.) and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting both proof of JD degree and proof of good standing with a bar within US jurisdiction by the closing date of the job opening. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.


Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice.

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

· Governance and Legal Jurisprudence

· Analytic Thinking

· Communication

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).

GS-14: Applicants applying for the GS-14 must also have 2.5 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.

GS-15: Applicants applying for the GS-15 must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.

Specialized Experience

GS-14: Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience (SE) equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13).

· Experience in analytical and evaluative methods/techniques for assessing program development for executing and improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

GS-15: Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience (SE) equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14). (In addition to the above specialized experience)

· Experience providing advice to FBI employees on a variety of ethics and standards of conduct issues including, but not limited to: gifts, conflicts of interest, political activities, teaching-speaking-writing activities, travel, outside employment, employee involvement in outside activities, post-government service employment restrictions, fundraising, misuse of position, ethics training requirements, financial disclosure reporting, and misuse of government time and property.

· Experience in the substantive nature of agency programs and activities, missions, policies/objectives, management principles/processes

$128,082.00 - $160,300.00
Application Process:

How to Apply

High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status or result in a lowered score.

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

Step 1 - Establish an applicant account on the FBIJobs website by clicking Apply Now and then Register Now or login using your existing applicant account.

Step 2 - Paste your text resume in the space provided, upload a new resume or use a resume you have applied with previously.

Step 3 – Complete your applicant profile if establishing your account for the first time.

Step 4 - Complete the assessment questionnaire.

Step 5 – Complete the application sections requested and submit your application

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

Your resume (required) and cover letter (Mandatory)

A complete assessment questionnaire (required)

A Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages (Mandatory);

Other supporting documents:

· Proof of current and active Bar Association Membership

· Photocopy of Law School Transcripts

Please Note: FBI employees currently assigned to a General Attorney position do not need to provide LAW School Transcripts or Proof of Bar Association Membership.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Number of Positions: 
Updated August 16, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 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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