Litigation Advisor - Detail

Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
145 N St., NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The OCIO's mission is to support the successful execution of the DOJ component missions and improve efficiency and effectiveness of DOJ processes through world-class use of information technology. The OCIO supports the mission of the DOJ with critical IT products and services. The OCIO works closely with components to provide innovative collaboration and information sharing capabilities, supported by a comprehensive and robust cyber security focus. The OCIO provides enterprise solutions that drive down costs and provides high quality customer service, all supported by a strong governance and portfolio management process. The OCIO requires a litigation advisor to directly support and advise the Chief Information Officer (CIO) on the litigation mission. In order to support the unique mission of litigating components and provide robust tools and services, the OCIO is seeking litigation expertise and a strong liaison across litigating components.

Job Description: 

This position is a one (1) year detail with the potential to extend an additional year. The incumbent serves as a litigation advisor on the development and evaluation of the effectiveness of programs and operations as they relate to the DOJ litigation mission. The incumbent ensures the OCIO programs and initiatives are strategically aligned with the litigating components, their direction, and future needs. The incumbent must have knowledge of the substantive nature of the litigating components and their respective missions and an interest/commitment to understanding the IT needs within those. Incumbent serves as a change agent who introduces ideas, adopts innovative approaches, and drives the implementation of solutions. The litigation advisor must be ambitious and interested in remaining current on litigation trends, learning about emerging technologies, information and knowledge management techniques, trends and related innovations. With the awareness and knowledge of the litigation mission, policies, and objectives; incumbent must have experience with the analytical and evaluative methods and techniques for assessing program development or execution and improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Serves as principal/senior technical litigation expert, analyst, and advisor to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) on a wide range of issues related to organizational and managerial policies, theory, practices and procedures related to the DOJ's litigation mission. Incumbent conducts special analysis of issues related to information technology and the litigation mission and is available to carry out assigned missions/functions and associated systems/programs. Although IT expertise is not required, there must be an interest and drive to both learn and support innovation and IT solutions that can further the litigation mission. Work requires a high level of interaction with the Department's Senior Leadership Offices and litigating components, component CIOs, the DOJ CIO and the Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC) as well as high-ranking governmental leaders, officials/executives and leaders of private industry. Issues can be controversial and highly visible to the DOJ Executive Management.


Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1* year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Must be a current DOJ employee.

Travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Applicants are required to submit the following:

- resume

- narrative describing your experience and how it will contribute to this detail opportunity (no more than 500 words)


- application materials must be received by midnight on 3/8/2015

- send package to

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation or TDY expenses will be negotiated on a case by case basis.
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 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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