Attorney Advisor

Washington D.C.
Sep 22, 2017
Sep 22, 2017
Full Time

EOUSA is seeking to hire an Attorney Advisor to support its Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) office.  The FOIA/PA office is fast paced and is responsible for providing legal guidance on FOIA and the Privacy Act to other EOUSA components and the 94 United States Attorneys' Offices (USAOs).  The FOIA/PA Office also processes all FOIA requests for records maintained by EOUSA and in the USAOs.  In addition, FOIA/PA attorneys represents the USAOs/EOUSA in administrative FOIA appeals and serve as agency counsel to Assistant United States Attorneys and Department of Justice attorneys in FOIA/PA litigation in Federal District Court. 

The individual selected can expect a challenging and demanding environment. If selected for the position, the individual will work on complex FOIA/PA issues and will be working alongside senior management officials within EOUSA and throughout the Depart of Justice.   

The office is ideally situated among three Metro stations, one block from the Verizon Center, a short walk to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, and is surrounded by numerous restaurants and shops. In addition, we offer creative work solutions in which we provide compressed work schedules and flexible work schedules, along with transit subsidy.

Additional positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

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Occasional travel - Travel for training and conferences

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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.
  • All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


    Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See

    Required Qualifications

    - Applicants MUST possess a J.D. Degree and
    - Be an active member of the bar* (any jurisdiction).
    *You must include your bar membership information in your application package to be considered.

    To qualify at the GS-13 grade level applicants must have at least 1-1/2 years post J.D. legal or other relevant experience to qualify. Qualifying experience is defined as experience performing legal analysis related to FOIA/PA; processing complex and simple FOIA/PA requests.    

    Preferred qualifications:

    FOIA and Privacy Act, serving as or advising counsel on FOIA litigation; familiarity with electronic case management and document processing software. 

    Security Requirements

    Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, tax and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

     Please see "Required Qualifications" above. 

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    Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on 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 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. 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.

    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. Only U.S. Citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office of Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are 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. 


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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Qualified applicants may be further evaluated to determine those who are best qualified.


    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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