Paralegal - FOIA

Ardelle Associates
Washington, DC
May 07, 2018
May 21, 2018
Full Time
Ardelle Associates is currently looking for an experienced FOIA Information Specialist to support the Department of Justice located in downtown Washington, DC in the Criminal Division. INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND The mission of the Criminal Division (CRM) is to establish federal criminal law enforcement policies and facilitate their implementation. It is responsible for the general supervision of more than 900 federal criminal laws. Further, the Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO) oversees the use of the most sophisticated investigative tools at the Department's disposal. It reviews all federal electronic surveillance requests and requests to apply for court orders permitting the use of video surveillance; provides legal advice to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies on the use of federal electronic surveillance statutes; and assists in developing Department policy on emerging technologies and telecommunications issues. OEO provides legal advice and assistance in a wide variety of matters, such as crimes affecting government operations, mental competency and insanity, and interstate property crimes. The Office processes all requests for Criminal Division records made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and assists US Attorneys' Offices in advocating the Division's position in civil litigation filed under these statutes. This statement of work describes the skills and qualifications required to support the operations of the FOIA/PA Unit. SCOPE OF WORK The Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Enforcement Operations has a requirement to clear a substantial backlog of FOIA requests. CRM/OEO is seeking the services of a contractor to provide administrative and technical support to clear this backlog. TASKS Properly interpret requests for information, with an ability to determine the scope and identify the Criminal Division sections likely to maintain responsive records. Coordinate searches and concurrences with Criminal Division sections, and independently conduct consultations and referrals with other agencies on documents containing their equity. Review records for responsiveness and processes responsive records. Independently apply substantive knowledge of statutory and regulatory requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act of 1974, Executive Orders, and Department/Division/Unit policies to Criminal Division records by accurately applying statutory exemptions and/or exclusions. Perform research to determine what information is publicly available and synthesize research results to make disclosure recommendations to supervisors. Produce quality results with attention to detail and completes assignments within established deadlines. Draft reports, responses, and briefings on Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act matters. Draft correspondence including acknowledgment letters, response letters, and other correspondence pertaining to requests. Analyze and evaluate issues and provides accurate advice, guidance, or information that comports with applicable rules, regulations, and law in a timely manner. Work cooperatively with officials both inside and outside of the Criminal Division to gather responsive records or other necessary assistance. In the event of administrative appeal or litigation, the incumbent shall assist agency counsel, Office of Information Policy personnel, and litigators with issues pertaining to those FOIA/PA requests. Requirements Must possess at least 2-5 years of experience as an administrative assistant. At least 2 years' experience as a Government Information Specialist Responsible, ethical and deadline driven Must be able to pass a Federal Government background check Must be able to pass a credit check Benefits include paid health care, paid federal holidays, paid leave, and paid sick lave. Job will provide good experience in an extremely high profile legal environment. Please see desired qualifications below and place applicable at top of resume for preference. Include 3 professional references with resume and a cover letter of why you would be an asset to the FOIA/PA unit.

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