This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Records, & E-Discovery Office.
The Civil Division's legal practice includes both defensive and affirmative litigation. Each year, thousands of lawsuits against the government are filed as a result of its policies, laws, domestic and foreign operations, and entitlement programs, as well as law enforcement initiatives, military actions, and counter terrorism efforts. The Civil Division defeats billions of dollars in unmeritorious claims every year.
In its affirmative litigation, the Division brings suits on behalf of the United States, primarily to recoup money lost through fraud, loan defaults, and the abuse of federal funds. Annually, hundreds of millions - and often billions - of dollars are returned to the Treasury, Medicare, and other programs as a result of the Civil Division's litigation efforts.
Civil Division litigation falls generally into the following categories: cases involving national policies; cases that are so massive and span so many years that they would overwhelm the resources and infrastructure of any individual field office; cases filed in national or foreign courts; cases crossing multiple jurisdictions; and cases to remove illegal aliens.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Records, and E-Discovery Office of the Civil Division is an innovative team charged with implementing legally and procedurally strategic approaches to FOIA, records, and e-discovery. The President and Department of Justice leadership have prioritized the modernization of FOIA, records, and e-discovery processes. To further these initiatives, the Civil Division established the FOIA, Records, and E-Discovery Office to develop and support the Civil Division's mission and service to the American public.
The Privacy Counsel will be responsible for providing legal and procedural advice regarding the Civil Division's handling of information protected by federal privacy laws, regulations, and policies. Working with the Division's management and Departmental resources, the Privacy Counsel will research, draft, and update the Civil Division's System of Records Notices and other notification and consent documents required by federal privacy law. The Privacy Counsel will advise Civil Division management, attorneys, information technology staff, and administrative staff on their obligations for compliance with these controlling laws, regulations, and guidance. As part of this position, the Privacy Counsel will also create procedures for reviewing and implementing such practices and provide training to support those procedures. The Privacy Counsel will also be responsible for maintaining the required privacy reports and filings on behalf of the Division.
· Provides written and oral counsel, legal reviews, opinions, or decisions on the application of federal privacy law to Civil Division attorneys and administrative staff.
· Assists in the development of privacy practices, policies, and procedures for Civil Division management, attorneys, and staff.
· Assists in the research and drafting of documentation required by federal privacy law, policy, and guidance, regarding the information maintained by the Civil Division.
· Maintains a high-level of knowledge regarding the current status of case law, statutes, regulations, and guidelines related to the legal and technical requirements related to federal privacy protections.
· Assists on Division records, FOIA, and e-discovery matters as assigned by the Director.
Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and at least four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.
Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiating, interpersonal skills, exhibit good judgment.
You must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (no more than 5 pages). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that support your claim. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION.
You must EMAIL your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use 'Announcement # 'FREDO-2016-03' as your SUBJECT LINE.
You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement, Eastern Standard Time.
- Cover Letter
- Writing Sample (no more than 5 pages)
- Veteran Preference documentation (if applicable)