General Attorney

Washington, DC 20535
United States
About the Office: 

The Forensic Sciences Law Unit (FSLU) provides legal advice and guidance on matters as diverse as:

  •  All forensic evidence analysis disciplines conducted by the FBI Laboratory and TEDAC to include: DNA, fingerprints, firearms and toolmarks, trace evidence analysis, handwriting and shoeprints/tire treads analysis, chemistry, toxicology, cryptanalysis, explosives, fire debris and evidence collection. 
  •  Providing expert-level legal advice and guidance relating to forensic matters for both domestic and international prosecutions involving analysis conducted by the FBI Laboratory and TEDAC. 
  •  Providing discovery material, witness testimony, discussing pre-trial matters and attending pre-trial meetings with attorneys and examiners. 
  • Liaise with the Department of Justice (DOJ) including other DOJ component laboratories regarding forensic legal and policy issues. 
  •  Developing legal training modules for forensic examiners and providing legal instruction regarding testimony challenges and court proceedings.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Key Requirements

  •  Must be a US citizen 
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance 
  • ALL applicants must verify completion of the basic education requirement by submitting a copy of Law school transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. 

Mission Statement:
The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States. 

Job Description: 

Major Duties


  •  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.

GS-15: In addition to the above duties:

  • Servicing 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.



Open to ALL U.S. Citizens

Opening Date: December 22, 2016

Closing Date: January 6, 2017 (11:59 pm) Eastern Standard Time

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to Quiana Jenkins at (202)233-9311 or

Position: General Attorney, GS-14/15

Division: Office of the General Counsel

Unit: Forensic Sciences Law (FLSU)

Location: Huntsville, AL

Working Hours: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Full Performance level: GS-15

Duration: Full Time/Permanent

GS-14 $101,548.00 - $132,015.00 GS-15 $119,449.00 - $155,289.00
Application Process:
How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process:

Step 1: Click the Apply Now button to apply to this opening using your employee profile. Updates to your skills made during your application will be automatically added to your existing employee profile.

Step 2: Paste your text resume in the space provided.

Step 3: Answer the assessment questionnaire included in the opening.

Step 4: Complete the application sections requested and submit your application.

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start /end dates 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 of Proof of Bar Association Membership.

  • Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal. Please Note: This does not apply to current FBI employees. 
  • For Veterans: DD 214, and for Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later


How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation for submission, please follow the instructions below. Once documents are successfully attached, they will automatically be sent to HR.

Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click the "My Career Tools" hyperlink at the top of the page.

Step 2: Click the "Add Attachment" hyperlink located under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or "Other" if one is not available).

Step 4: Populate the Attachment Purpose field.

Step 5: Click the Add Attachment hyperlink.

Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.

Step 7: Click "Save & Add More" (if you are attaching more than one) or "Save & Return" if you have finished attaching documents.

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.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information
The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service. 

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation. 
  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted. 
  • Management may select any grade for which this position has been announced. 
  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties. 
  • If you are hired, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for other FBI job opportunities until their initial 12-month probationary period has concluded.
  • Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on an SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):

Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
The month/year work began
Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type “Other.”

Veterans' Preference

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 are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative’s appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process. 

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at, telephone at 202-324-2158, or FAX at 202-324-3976. Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests. Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations. Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.
The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 6, 2017
Number of Positions: 
Updated January 4, 2017

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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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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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