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 Supervisory Senior FOIA Counsel, will have a variety of responsibilities including handling complex FOIA matters, interacting with the requestors and the public regarding FOIA request, and advising and training all Division attorneys and support staff on FOIA. The Senior FOIA Counsel must possess outstanding judgment and management skills as well as expertise in FOIA and the Privacy Act. He/She will play an important role for the Civil Division and the Department of Justice in further developing procedures to meet new legal priorities and advances in technology. The Senior FOIA Counsel will work closely with the Civil Division's Director of E-Discovery, Division staff, senior DOJ management, and other federal agencies.
Ensures that FOIA requests are handled in accordance with the applicable statutory requirements and policy guidance.
Oversees the processing of and processes FOIA requests, both complex and simple.
Attends to Division obligations that may exist in any resulting FOIA litigation.
Supervises the day-to-day activities of staff up to the GS-15 level by assigning projects, adjusting workloads, and providing feedback on staff performance and work product.
Provides advice and interpretation of FOIA to be used for response to inquiries from the general public.
Provides legal guidance to the Division on the Privacy Act (PA).
Advises, coordinates, and trains staff on the legal and technical requirements of FOIA and PA policies and practices.
Assists with e-discovery and records projects 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 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: email@example.com
Please use 'Announcement # 'FREDO-2016-02' 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.