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Unit Chief - Supervisory Attorney

Hiring Organization
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Hiring Office
Office of Integrity and Compliance
Washington, DC 20535 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

Mission Statement

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Compliance and Legal Risk Management Unit

The Compliance and Legal Risk Management Unit (C&LRMU), within the Office of Integrity and Compliance, supports the FBI’s compliance program whose mission is to develop, implement and oversee a program that ensures there are processes and procedures in place that facilitate FBI compliance with both the letter and spirit of applicable laws, regulations, rules, and policies.  The Office of Integrity and Compliance endeavors to protect and enhance the FBI’s reputation for integrity.

The Office of Integrity and Compliance, through C&LRMU, cultivates an environment committed to these principles, serves as a focal point for the compliance program, and assists FBI management at all levels in maintaining a culture where compliance is emphasized as a paramount consideration in decisions throughout the FBI.  The C&LRMU also manages the FBI’s Enterprise Risk Management 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

Major Duties

•Serves as Unit Chief of the C&LRMU which serves as the focal point of the FBI’s compliance program.

•Provides legal and policy advice and guidance on compliance issues.

•Seeks to ensure that FBI activities comply with all constitutional, statutory, policy and legal requirements.

•Provides assistance to FBI managers at all levels in promoting compliance in spirit and letter.

•Plans and coordinates work to be accomplished by self and subordinates.

•Participates in the unit’s budget and program planning.

•Establishes relationships with FBI officials and maintains effective liaison with the law enforcement community, FBI managers, industry partners, and Department of Justice officials.


Qualifications & Evaluations

Education: Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.) and be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction). All applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting both proof of J.D. degree and proof of active status with a bar within U.S. jurisdiction by the closing date of the job opening. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.

Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s candidate rating procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by your application materials may eliminate you from "most competitive" status or result in a lowered score. If you are deemed "most competitive," your name will be sent to the hiring official for further employment consideration.

All applicants will be rated on the following competencies:



•Governance and Legal Jurisprudence

•Analytic Thinking

•Managing Human Resources

GS-15: Applicants applying for GS-15 must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.

Specialized Experience (SE): 

Applicants must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

•Experience gained by supervising and/or managing work;

•Experience in the substantive nature of agency programs and activities, missions, policies/objectives, management principles/processes; and

•Experience in analytical and evaluative methods/techniques for assessing program development for executing and improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Selectees will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter.

Please make sure all qualifying experience/specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Application Process

To apply, please visit and click “View Latest Postings.” Open JO 40179 for the Supervisory Attorney-Advisor and apply to that posting. Additional information is available in that posting.

Required Documents 

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

1.Your resume and cover letter;

2.A complete assessment questionnaire;

3.A writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages); and

4.Other supporting documents:

•Proof of current and active Bar Membership

•Photocopy of Law School Transcripts

Please Note: FBI employees currently assigned to a General Attorney position do not need to provide LAW School Transcripts or Proof of Bar Association Membership.


Questions regarding this opening should be directed to Maren Tomcsak at  (202) 324-4154 or

Open Date: November 5, 2021 (EST)

Closing Date: November 19, 2021 11:59 PM (EST)


GS-15 Salary: $144,128.00 - $172,500.00

Number of Positions
Occasional situational travel to visit Field Offices or other compliance program support.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation Incentive may be offered by the FBI. Limited transfer benefits may be borne by the FBI.

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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 November 9, 2021