Attorney Advisor - (Public Notice Flyer)

Washington, D.C
Jul 04, 2022
Jul 11, 2022
Full Time

The Attorney-Advisor will provide legal advice regarding, and perform functions related to, ongoing and anticipated ICTS transaction reviews as well as related regulatory matters. This includes formulating an investigative strategy, drafting legal memoranda and legal recommendations, drafting administrative subpoenas, reviewing subpoena responses and responsive documents, interacting with outside counsel, assessing evidence, advising and preparing risk assessments, developing measures to resolve any risks, including through mitigation agreements, and making recommendations to the Secretary concerning initial and final determinations.

The Attorney-Advisor will also perform rulemaking and other legal duties related to ICTS work, as assigned. Additional duties include: providing technical legal advice, particularly in connection with the Department's ICTS authorities; drafting and reviewing statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders that include Department equities as they pertain to ICTS; reviewing compliance with statutory, regulatory, and executive order requirements, and coordinating with other Departmental and interagency offices, as necessary; counseling and bringing to the attention of office and Department leadership matters within the purview of the office; and briefing Department leadership on these matters. In addition, the Attorney-Advisor will be required to carry out duties with minimal preliminary instruction and review, often requiring independent legal research, approach planning, and the development of legal recommendations related to the Department's ICTS responsibilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (

  • Must complete a 2-year trial period.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure.

Security Clearance: If selected, you will undergo a Top Secret-SCI clearance background investigation, and that clearance level must be maintained. You will also be subject to drug testing.


Basic requirement for all grade levels:
  • You must be a graduate with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent from an accredited law school; AND
  • You must have bar membership in one of the 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico or the US. Virgin Islands.

  • Minimum Requirements:

    For GS-13: Applicants applying at the GS-13 grade level must have two years of legal experience or relevant experience and extensive knowledge of information and communications technology and services sectors.

    For GS-14: Applicants applying at the GS-14 grade level requires at least three years of legal experience or extensive knowledge and experience in information and communications technology and services sectors.

    For GS-15: Applicants applying at the GS-15 grade level requires at least four years of legal experience and extensive knowledge and experience in the information and communications technology and services sectors.

    Note: The General Counsel or designee retains the discretion to waive minimum qualifications as described above.

    The ideal candidate would have:
    • Experience in national security law and/or policy;
    • Experience in the ICTS sectors;
    • Current or prior Federal employment at CFIUS, DHS, DOD, Treasury, the FASC, or another Federal government agency working on information and communications technology issues;
    • Experience promulgating rules in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act;
    • Experience advising on and drafting proposed rules, legislation, responses to Congressional inquiries, and national security-related matters affecting the ICTS supply chain;
    • Experience investigating matters, whether in the criminal or civil context;
    • Experience litigating matters before a Federal or state court;
    • Experience coordinating with other Department and U.S. Government agencies' legal offices;
    • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex and novel legal issues and developing strategies to deal with those issues, often within short deadlines; and
    • Strong writing and organizational skills.

    Applicants may be hired at any of the grades shown in this announcement, commensurate with the candidate's experience and qualifications. You are encouraged to identify the grade level(s) or salary for which you wish to be considered.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies; knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or equivalent from an accredited law school. Official or unofficial transcripts must be submitted with your application package.

    Additional information

    Department Attorney-Advisor positions are in the Excepted Service. As such, these positions are not covered by the usual civil service hiring procedure. Additionally, this position does not confer non-competitive conversion to the competitive services. Acceptance of an excepted service appointment from applicants in the competitive service will require a written statement of understanding.