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General Attorney

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Dec 1, 2022

As a GILD attorney, you will be responsible for providing comprehensive legal advice on all matters relating to the collection, use, maintenance, and disclosure of agency information. GILD advises and supports ICE program offices and other OPLA divisions in complying with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act of 1974, the E-Government Act of 2002, the Federal Records Act of 1950, and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The responsibilities of the position will consist primarily of:
  • Providing legal advice, training, and support to ICE programs, including top-ranking officials, on FOIA, the Privacy Act, E-Government Act, Federal Records Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, and general matters relating to information disclosure;
  • Serving as agency counsel in in defending ICE against various civil litigation, to include FOIA, Privacy, and other APA-related lawsuits filed in U.S. Federal Courts;
  • Providing crucial assistance in responding to congress, media outlets, and other entities: handling third-party requests for agency information; and reviewing domestic and international information sharing agreements, to include Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties and Customs and Mutual Assistance Agreements;
  • Providing legal advice and guidance on confidentiality-related statutes, regulations, and policies; and
  • Liaising with DHS's Office of General Counsel and OPLA's legal counterparts in other DHS components, the Department of Justice, and local and state partners, on various issues pertaining to information law.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation and drug screen for federal employment.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service.
  • Relevant Experience. Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab).
  • You may be required to serve a two-year trial period, if the requirement has not been met.
  • You must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia, and be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.


Experience in handling Federal litigation, and issues relating to the FOIA, Privacy Act, E-Government Act of 2002, the Federal Records Act of 1950, and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. In addition, the selectee must be able to: (1) work closely and diplomatically with federal and state agencies and other law enforcement partners; (2) prioritize multiple assignments, including litigations and taskings; (3) exercise sound legal judgment; (4) efficiently produce quality legal analyses of complex issues within the area of FOIA, Privacy, information disclosure law; and (5) work effectively both independently and as part of a team. In addition, the selectee must possess the ability to represent ICE in high-level meetings and to provide legal advice to top-ranking officials.

Applicants must possess the following characteristics and competencies: integrity, judgment, organizational skills, communication skills, reliability, perseverance, decisiveness, initiative, professionalism, the ability to function independently and as part of a team, interpersonal relationship skills, and outstanding written and oral advocacy skills. The selectee will be required to have or be able to obtain a security clearance at the Secret level.


Applicants must be a graduate of an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Please see Required Documents for more information.

A student loan repayment incentive may be available, in which case a service agreement will be required.

Additional information

E-Verify: DHS uses E-Verify to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the GS-15. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the Excepted Service; however, OPLA considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Please see Required Documents for more information.

Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days after appointment.

Suitability: If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you must complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Background Investigation: DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet these standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for Secret as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Drug Test: Pursuant to Executive Order 12564, and the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan, ICE is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace. All applicants tentatively selected for employment are subject to pre-employment drug testing and a final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative result.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 C.F.R. § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs.

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