Attorney Advisor (Clearance)

United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), located in Washington, DC, is seeking an experienced attorney to serve on its clearance team.  OLA has responsibility for the development and implementation of strategies to advance the Department’s legislative initiatives and other interests relating to Congress.  OLA articulates the Department’s positions on legislation proposed by Congress, facilitates the appearance of Department witnesses at congressional hearings, and manages the interagency clearance process led by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  OLA also coordinates the Department’s responses to congressional committee oversight requests and other inquiries from individual Members of Congress, and congressional staff.  In addition, OLA  participates in the Senate confirmation process for federal judges and Department nominees, such as Assistant Attorneys General and U.S. Attorneys.  All of these functions are important to the Department’s cooperative and productive relationship with Congress.

OLA is a fast-paced, highly professional organization that serves as the Department's primary point of contact for Congress and for communications with congressional entities.  OLA values a diversity of experiences and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as LGBT individuals and persons with disabilities.  

Job Description: 

The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating the timely intra-Departmental clearance of positions on legislative and other congressional matters, as set forth in draft proposals, letters, talking points, prepared statements for congressional hearings, and responses to questions for hearing records; coordinating the timely response to requests from OMB for the Department’s views on legislation and other congressional positions proposed by other agencies, as set forth in draft legislation, letters, talking points, prepared statements, and responses to questions for hearing records; coordinating the timely clearance by OMB of the Department’s positions on legislation and other congressional matters, as set forth in draft legislation, letters, talking points, prepared statements and responses to questions for hearing records; and generating clear concise records documenting the clearance process for OLA files.


Required qualifications: Interested parties must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 2 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred qualifications: It is desirable that applicants have security clearances and experience in OMB clearance or agency legislative clearance process.

Salary and grade elevel determinations are made based on the number of years of qualifying experience and current salary level. The grade range for this position is GS-13 to GS-15, $92,145 - $160,000 per annum.
There is no travel associated with this position.
Application Process: 

Submission Process and Deadline Date: Interested candidates should forward a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) and a resume to:

No telephone calls please.

This position is open until filled.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated November 10, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 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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