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Trial Attorney (Cyber), GS-905-12/13/14/15

Hiring Organization
National Security Division (NSD)
Hiring Office
Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES)
Location:
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The National Security Division (NSD) leads the Department’s efforts to prevent and combat terrorism and to protect the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage, and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over FBI national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection.

The Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) investigates, prosecutes and supervises the investigation and prosecution of cases affecting the national security and foreign relations of the United States, including computer hacking by nation states and their proxies, espionage, economic espionage, foreign interference, and violations of U.S. export control and sanctions laws. The Section also coordinates criminal cases involving the application of the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), and it administers and enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). CES provides legal advice to U.S. Attorney’s Offices and investigative agencies on all matters within its area of responsibility, which includes 90 federal statutes affecting the national security.

CES has a leading role in the investigation, disruption, and deterrence of computer intrusions and attacks by nation-state actors and their proxies. In cyber matters, as with other matters, CES partners with U.S. Attorney’s offices, investigative and regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Intelligence Community to disrupt cyber threats, hold actors accountable, and deter malicious activity using the wide range of tools available across the federal government, including prosecution, technical operations, economic sanctions, and diplomatic efforts. CES often represents the Department in the National Security Council’s inter-agency policy process regarding such operational efforts. CES also plays the leading role in managing the Department’s National Security Cyber Specialists (NSCS) Network, which consists of at least one prosecutor in every district that possesses expertise in national security-related cyber investigations, and it coordinates the application of CIPA to criminal cyber cases that may involve classified information.

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

CES Trial Attorneys provide legal advice and guidance to the investigative and intelligence communities in the development of disruption opportunities, and they assist U. S. Attorney’s Offices when prosecution is undertaken, ensuring, among other things, that U.S. Intelligence Community equities are identified and protected.  The Trial Attorney position corresponding to this announcement will concentrate on the investigation, prosecution, and other disruption efforts related to national security cyber threats, as described above.

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 2.5 year of post-J.D. legal experience.  Applicants should have an interest in national security and cyber matters and possess excellent writing skills. Significant experience in litigation involving, or a strong interest in, computer intrusion investigations is desirable. 

Applicants must possess or be able to obtain a TS/SCI clearance.

Application Process

To apply for a Trial Attorney position with CES, please submit a resume and a cover letter (highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample not to exceed 10 pages which exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available), to:

CESattorneyvacancy@usdoj.gov with the subject line “Attorney Vacancy.”

No telephone calls please. 

Salary

(GS-12) $87,198- $113,362 per annum; (GS-13) $103,690- $134,798 per annum; (GS-14) $122,530- $159,286 per annum; (GS-15) $144,128- $172,500 per annum

Number of Positions
1 or more
Travel
Periodic travel will 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, 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 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, 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 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 May 7, 2021