The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Unit of the Civil Division is seeking a Supervisory Attorney-Adviser (organizationally titled Chief, FOIA and PA Unit) to play an important role in implementing legally and procedurally strategic approaches to FOIA and privacy, developing strategies to meet priorities, and working closely with staff to respond to the growing number of information requests from the public.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Unit is an innovative team charged with implementing legally and procedurally strategic approaches to FOIA, PA, and privacy compliance requirements. The FOIA/PA staff receives, reviews, and processes all FOIA and PA information requests received by the Division, prepares quarterly and annual reports, supports litigation when the Division is sued under the FOIA or PA, and serves as a liaison with other divisions and agencies on both FOIA and PA matters. The FOIA/PA Unit creates or reviews privacy compliance products, such as Initial Privacy Assessments, Privacy Impact Assessments, and System of Records Notices.
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.
The Supervisory Attorney-Adviser oversees the processing of FOIA and PA requests. The incumbent ensures that FOIA requests are handled in accordance with the applicable statutory requirements and policy guidance. The Supervisory Attorney Advisor creates or reviews privacy compliance products, such as Initial Privacy Assessments, Privacy Impact Assessments, and System of Records Notices.
As a GS-0905-15 Supervisory Attorney Advisor, your typical work assignments may include the following:
- Supervising the day-to-day activities of the FOIA and PA staff, including contractors, by assigning projects, adjusting workloads, and providing feedback on staff performance and work product.
- Collecting detailed information from various components and organizations to prepare detailed reports and correspondence in a timely manner.
- Providing advice and interpretation of the FOIA and PA used for response to inquiries from the public.
- Providing legal guidance to the Civil Division (Division) on the PA and privacy compliance requirements.
- Providing advice to the supervisor and other Division officials and/or their designees on the legal implications of FOIA, PA, and associated legislation and regulation (e.g., Data Protection Act and Environmental Information Regulations) relating to the disclosure of information to members of the public, Congress, and other agencies.
- Advising, coordinating, and training the staff and the Division on the legal and technical requirements of FOIA and PA policies and practices.
- Working with the supervisor and other Division officials, and/or their designees, collabating with Division and Department leadership and attorneys involved in the Department's records and FOIA, e-Discovery, and Litigation Support initiatives to develop and implement Division and Department policies and procedures.
Applicants must have a J.D. degree earned through graduation 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 four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level.
You must also be a U.S. citizen.
Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of, and experience in, both legal and technical FOIA and Privacy Act disciplines. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills; and exhibit good judgment.
To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 10 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by email to: CIVFOIAJOBS@usdoj.gov and enter Supervisory Attorney Advisor in the subject line of the email.
No telephone calls, please.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.