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Supervisory General Attorney (Deputy Chief, FOIA/PA Unit)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO) provides investigative and prosecutorial support, legal advice, and statutorily required review and approval in almost 40 distinct subject areas. OEO oversees the use of the most sophisticated investigative tools at the federal government’s disposal, including electronic surveillance, the Federal Witness Security Program, media subpoenas, attorney subpoenas and search warrants, and witness immunity requests. OEO provides legal advice to federal, state, and local law enforcement prosecutors and agencies on the above programs and investigative techniques, and assists in developing Department policy on emerging technologies and telecommunications issues. OEO also responds to requests made to the Division for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and supervises the International Prisoner Transfer Program.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

This position is located in the Criminal Division, Office of Enforcement Operations, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) Unit and will serve as the Deputy Chief of the Unit.  The Deputy Chief must possess expertise in the FOIA or the Privacy Act, as well as sound judgment and excellent communication skills.  The Deputy Chief will work closely with the Chief of the Unit, OEO Management, Division attorneys and staff, and FOIA/PA professionals from other DOJ components and federal agencies. 

As Deputy Chief of the FOIA/PA Unit, duties include:

  • Reviewing the Division’s responses to requests for records made pursuant to the FOIA or Privacy Act to ensure requests are handled in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Providing technical direction and guidance to the FOIA/PA Unit staff regarding the Division’s responses to requests for records made pursuant to the FOIA or Privacy Act.
  • Directly supervising a staff that may consist of one or more: Attorneys, Supervisory Government Information Specialists, Government Information Specialists, Paralegal Specialists, Administrative Support Staff, and/or contractors by assigning projects, adjusting workloads, and providing feedback on performance and work product.  
  • Overseeing the substantive and technical training of the FOIA/PA Unit Staff.
  • Assisting the Department's attorneys in litigation which challenges the Division's response to request for records made pursuant to the FOIA or Privacy Act.
  • Supervising the presentation of the Division's views to the Office of Information Policy where the Division's response to a request for records is challenged by way of an administrative appeal.
  • Assisting in the establishment of Division policy as to the disclosure or withholding of Division records.
  • Serving as the principal point of contact for Division attorneys who need advice with respect to the obligations imposed by the Acts.
  • Effectively communicating with the public regarding requests for access to Division records.
  • Preparing statistical reports for Congressional and internal use to reflect the Division's activities and accomplishments under the Acts during each fiscal year.

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.  To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have at least 4 years post J.D. experience. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate specialized experience to include: at least three (3) years of FOIA or PA experience, providing direction to an organization's FOIA or PA function; experience furnishing advice and interpretation of the FOIA or the PA; drafting legal documents pertaining to requests for information made under the FOIA or PA; experience applying appropriate statutory exemptions under the FOIA and PA to ensure the protection of exempt information; and experience participating in litigation involving FOIA.

Preferred Qualifications: FOIA/Privacy Act experience within the Department of Justice.

Application Process

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

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The salary range for this position is GS-15, $128,082 - $160,300 per annum, which includes locality pay.

Number of Positions
Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated July 19, 2016