NSD's Foreign Investment Review Section (FIRS) is responsible for DOJ's work to protect national security in foreign investments in the United States, telecommunications, and the information and communications technology and services (ICTS) supply chain:
- Foreign investment. FIRS serves as DOJ's representative on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an interagency group that reviews foreign investments in, acquisitions of, and other transactions involving U.S. companies to determine the transaction's effects on national security.
- Telecommunications. FIRS carries out the Attorney General's responsibilities as Chair of the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector (also known as Team Telecom), an interagency group that provides recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on whether granting particular telecommunications licenses and authorizations will pose national-security or law-enforcement risks.
- ICTS supply chain . FIRS works closely with and supports the Department of Commerce in exercising its authority under Executive Orders 13873 and 14034 to prohibit or otherwise regulate certain transactions involving information and communications technology and services (including connected software applications) connected to foreign adversaries that pose unacceptable risks to national security. FIRS also works with other similar bodies on related matters, such as the Federal Acquisition Security Council (FASC) which is responsible for assessing national security risk in the U.S. Government's own technology supply chain. FIRS regularly supports the FCC in administering the Covered List established under the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act.
- Compliance and enforcement. FIRS develops, drafts, and negotiates National Security Agreements to mitigate national security risks, and monitors, supervises, and enforces the transaction parties' compliance with their National Security Agreements with DOJ.
RequirementsConditions of Employment
- Reviewing applications for certain FCC telecommunications applications for licenses, authorizations, and petitions and existing FCC licenses with requisite foreign ownership to assess the risk to U.S. national security and law enforcement interests. These reviews will include building a robust administrative record, developing a risk-based assessment, drafting, negotiating and monitoring mitigation agreements, and developing a recommendation on each application or license to the FCC;
- Evaluating the counterintelligence, cybersecurity, and other national security risks to our digital ecosystem posed by information and communications technologies and services that are designed, manufactured or supplied by foreign technology firms that may operate under the ownership or control of, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of foreign adversary governments, and developing investigative referrals to the Department of Commerce, FASC, or the FCC to mitigate these risks in the U.S. ICTS supply chain;
- Engaging attorneys on the FIRS Compliance & Enforcement team to develop, negotiate, and monitor team telecom mitigation agreements, and with attorneys on the FIRS Foreign Investment team to address Team Telecom matters under parallel review before CFIUS;
- Coordinating with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and other members of the Executive Branch;
- Collaborating with DOJ's Civil Division to assess and minimize litigation risk associated with proposed Team Telecom and ICTS Supply Chain security actions;
- Supporting FIRS participation in National Security Council (NSC)-led Interagency Policy Committee, or other interagency policy making bodies with a focus on telecommunications, cybersecurity, supply chain security, data security, and technology security;
- Navigating the FCC's regulatory landscape including by reviewing proposed FCC rules and orders to assess impact on DOJ and Team Telecom equities, drafting comments and other similar filings in response to FCC notices of proposed rulemaking that impact Team Telecom reviews, supporting FIRS and NSD leadership in regular engagements with FCC leadership, and participating in FCC-led bodies focused on telecom sector security that include representatives of the executive branch and private sector;
- Drafting notice and comment regulations, advisory opinions, and other operational guidance documents related to the protection of U.S. persons' bulk sensitive personal data from foreign adversary access through licit commercial activities.
- Advising the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Section Chief, Principal Deputy Chief, and other leadership on legal and policy matters.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing
- Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
- May require completion of one year probationary period
- COVID vaccination status may be requested for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have 1 year or more at the GS-12 level; 1.5 or more years at the GS-13 level; 2.5 or more years at the GS-14 level; and 4 or more years at the GS-15 level. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, and writing and analytic skills. Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.
Prior corporate transactional experience, including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, venture capital, corporate governance and contracts, is strongly preferred.Additional informationSalary:
: $94,199.00 - $122,459.00 (per annum) GS-13
: $112,015.00 - $145,617.00 (per annum) GS-14
: $132,368.00 - $172,075.00 (per annum) GS-15
: $155,700.00 - $183,500.00 (per annum)Travel:
Periodic travel will be required.Relocation Expenses:
Relocation Expenses will not be authorized