Supervisory Attorney-Advisor

Freedom of Information Act Unit, Supervisory Attorney-Advisor
Attorney
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security, including protecting our national assets from state-sponsored threats to the private sector. NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterterrorism and counterespionage, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as DOJ’s liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of national security policy.

Job Description: 

Responsible for overseeing the work of employees in NSD’s FOIA Unit. Performs analysis of the impact, feasibility, practicality and effectiveness of existing FOIA standards, regulations, programs and policies in relation to security which has impact not only department-wide but also multi-agency wide with national and international scope. Advises, consults and coordinates with other federal agencies on matters entailed in complicated multi-agency FOIA and Privacy Act cases, including those in civil litigation. Provides guidance in the development and establishment of FOIA policies and procedures to ensure that significant FOIA/PA issues are identified and addressed. Recommendations often serve as the basis for new FOIA processes, systems, legislation, or regulations. Establish program emphasis, develop ongoing operating policies and guidelines, communicate policies and priorities, and determine and implement internal organization practices, training, and improvements as part of staff management. Manage communications with senior Division leadership related to FOIA Unit matters.

Qualifications: 

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 5 years of post-J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS 15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills, and have significant experience in FOIA matters. Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances. Must be a current government employee.

Salary: 
GS-15: $131,767 - $161,900 (per annum)
Travel: 
Periodic travel will be required.
Application Process: 

To apply for the position, please submit a resume and a cover letter (Highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (No longer than 15 pages, which exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available), to:

Laura Duperre

National Security Division

Room 1537

950 Pennsylvania, Ave, N.W.

Washington, DC 20530

 

Applications may be sent via electronic mail to:

 

Laura.duperre2@usdoj.gov

 

No telephone calls please.

 

Internet Sites: For more information about the National Security Division, please visit the NSD Web page at: http://www.usdoj.gov/nsd/.                               

 

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not be authorized.
Updated September 7, 2017

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Department Policies

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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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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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