General Attorney

Office of the General Counsel/National Security Law Branch
935 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20430
United States
About the Office: 

National Security Law Branch: NSLB provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of the FBI’s national security mission to the FBI’s National Security Branch, Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Divisions, Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Directorate of Intelligence and Counterproliferation Section. In particular, NSLB provides guidance regarding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters, including emergency authorizations, compliance, minimization procedures, and matters related to FISA use and FISA litigation. NSLB also provides legal guidance on Otherwise Illegal Activities, Attorney General Exemptions, matters related to the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, Human Source operations, information sharing, national security letters, classified litigation, and issues related to interviews. NSLB is also responsible for protecting FBI and community equities in the context of discovery and declassification of sensitive national security information, search warrants, and requests for assistance to other government agencies and foreign partners. NSLB supports the Office of Congressional Affairs on national security-related matters by reviewing and commenting on draft legislation, drafting statutory language for legislative proposals, and assisting with the disclosure of information requested by Congress. NSLB manages the legal, policy, legislative, compliance, oversight and training aspects of the following national security legal programs: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), cyber and operational technology matters, domestic and foreign information sharing and access matters.

Job Description: 

Major Duties


· Assist both domestic and foreign prosecutions involving terrorism subjects, including classification issues, discovery, trial and post-trial proceedings.

· Review and provide guidance on FBI national security operations, including review of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications and renewals prior to Director Certification, undercover operation proposals and declarations in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement hearings.

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

· Respond orally or in writing to the most complex requests for legal advice involving interpretation of legislation, case law, Federal regulations, and other legal authorities received from the Director, high-level and field FBI personnel, legal counsel of other Federal and state agencies, and members of Congress.

GS-15: In addition to the above duties:

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

· Demonstrate exceptional skill and is actively sought out for expertise

· Brief executive management on complex legal issues related to matters that fall within the purview of the National Security Law Branch.

· Represent the FBI at inter-agency meetings.



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.


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 basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on 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: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

· Leadership

· Governance and Legal Jurisprudence

· Research

· Oral/Written Communication

· Analysis

· Collaboration

· Problem-Solving Skills

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

Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.

Questions or requests for further information may be referred Justin Schoolmaster, Chief of Staff, at (202) 324-6774.


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).

GS-14: Applicants applying for the GS 14 must also have 2.5 years or more 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.

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

GS-14: $107,325.00- $139,523.00
Not Required.
Application Process: 

Go to WWW.USAJOBS.GOV for more information.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 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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