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Attorney Advisor (Information Technology (IT))

District of Columbia, D.C
Closing date
Oct 1, 2023

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) seeks a cybersecurity attorney to join its dynamic, high-performing team.
The incumbent will provide legal advice and analysis to OGC leadership and other OPM officials on all matters affecting information security issues, including but not limited to:
  • Advise on OPM's compliance with applicable information security laws, including the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) and the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act (FITARA), as well as executive orders, regulations, the requirements of OMB M-17, and applicable implementing policy directives and guidance.
  • Analyze proposed and existing agency policies concerning IT security, IT contract clauses, records management, privacy, information sharing for legal sufficiency and legal issues.
  • Draft, review, and comment on regulations or legislation affecting information security, records management, and privacy.
  • Assist in the coordination of OPM's litigation relating to cybersecurity, including advising agency attorneys on issuing and maintaining preservation/litigation holds, working with potential witnesses and document custodians, and coordinating with counsel from the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Coordinate with other OPM OGC attorneys to conduct legal review of documents, policies, interagency agreements, and public statements.
  • Advise the agency on use of forensic and e-discovery technologies in administrative and/or Federal litigation as well as agency-wide policies, tools, and procedures, as well as serving as a liaison with the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and other program offices on these matters.
  • Advise on unique issues related to IT contracts, cybersecurity, and privacy protection.
  • Advise on social media issues as they intersect with privacy records management, information security, information technology, and cybersecurity
  • Advise on national security issues as they relate to information technology, information security, and cybersecurity.
  • Advise on AI issues including proposed regulations or legislation and implementation of AI technology.
  • Other duties as assigned. Attorneys at OPM have a diverse and interesting portfolio of work, providing legal advice and counsel to OPM leaders responsible for governmentwide leadership and direction in the strategic management of the Federal workforce; in support of Federal employee insurance, compensation, retirement, and other programs; and in support and defense of a wide array of internal OPM operations.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Must be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
  • This position is not eligible for inclusion in a bargaining unit.
  • May be required to successfully complete a trial period.
  • Appointments made from this announcement are exempt from competitive service.


Basic Qualifications
  • A J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association;
  • Active membership, in good standing, of the Bar of a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia; and
  • Demonstrated experience in cybersecurity, IT, information security, or related issues.
  • To qualify for this position at the GS15 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service, plus the demonstrated ability to perform, with very wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment, work of outstanding difficulty and responsibility in one or more practice areas outlined above and demonstrated leadership and exceptional attainments. For the GS-14 level, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have one full year of experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service.
Preferred Qualifications
  • The following qualifications are also preferred:
    • Experience with modern e-discovery tools, including Microsoft Advance E-Discovery, is strongly desired.
    • Knowledge of fiscal law, federal procurement, and/or intellectual property law;
    • The ability to provide excellent customer service and to exercise sound judgment and decision making in challenging situations;
    • Strong oral and written communication skills;
    • High competence in legal research and analysis, including the ability to effectively integrate and synthesize facts and law to make legally sound decisions, including in compressed timeframes;
    • The ability to work both independently and as a team member in a demanding environment;
    • Willingness to consider diverse perspectives and ability to navigate changing circumstances;
    • Ability to effectively manage multiple work assignments and competing priorities concurrently; and
    • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships, both within and outside OGC.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


A J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association;

Additional information

Applicants please note: Additional selections may be made for other Office of General Counsel positions through this vacancy announcement.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Incentive payments may be considered.

Veterans' Preference: If you claim veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming in your cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation.If you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference click here . There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of Personnel Management considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.

Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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