Attorney Advisor (Government Information)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 26, 2020
Closes
Dec 03, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is a Senior Attorney in the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs (PGA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Justice (DOJ). The Senior Attorney is assigned to PGA's Information Privacy and Governance Division (IPGD) and primarily provides legal advice and support in administering the disclosure provisions of the Privacy Act (PA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Responsibilities

The attorney serves as legal advisor and coordinates all legal responses required with respect to information disclosure with the appropriate Associate Chief Counsels in the Office of Chief Counsel. The attorney will coordinate with the Office of Chief Counsel to ensure work is completed in terms of application of legal principles, soundness of approach, and consistency with agency policy. The attorney also assists the Chief of IPGD by advising ATF's Executive Staff and Senior Management officials on matters relating to the public disclosure of information.

The Government Information Attorney also helps formulate and implement ATF policy as it relates to the FOIA and PA, and grant or deny requests submitted pursuant to the two Acts; and helps ensure ATF's compliance with all administrative requirements set forth by the Acts. Engages in liaison activities between IPGD and other divisions in ATF to ensure that statutory time constraints imposed by the FOIA and PA are timely met. Leads, organize and reviews large document productions and collections of information in response to oversight demands and investigations by Congress. Maintains and shares expert knowledge in the field of disclosure operations, including the FOIA and PA and related laws, and Federal and State laws governing or impacting disclosure programs in order to provide direction for the formulation and implementation of ATF's FOIA and PA programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Infrequent domestic travel may be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test
  • Must successfully complete a background security investigation
  • A Financial Disclosure Form may be required
  • Must provide a legal writing sample (no more than 15 pages)
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period


All applicants must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.

Applicants must be an active member of the bar of any State or the District of Columbia, in accordance with Department of Justice policy.

MOBILITY PLAN : New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF's mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.

Qualifications

To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have at least six years of specialized experience as a practicing attorney.

Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience required for this position is legal experience in excess of six years commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Specialized experience for this position includes:
  • Demonstrated the ability to communicate orally in a concise, organized manner, and make effective oral presentations for agency executive staff, other government agencies, Congress, the media, regulated industry members, and other groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice on the disclosure provisions of the PA and the FOIA.
  • Demonstration of original thinking, mature judgment, and sound reasoning are continually required as new problems of law, policy and procedures are presented for solution.
  • Demonstrated mastery of communication principles, practices, techniques, analytical methods, and interpersonal relations to function as a technical authority in the field of disclosure operations.

  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

    The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé.
    http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp - In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. If the SF-15 is not submitted, the documentation required by the form verifying the service connected disability (e.g. letter from the VA confirming the disability) must be submitted in order to receive 10-point preference consideration.

    Education

    Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and hold an active bar membership.

    Additional information

    May be able to work remotely.

    Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations from ATF's Human Resources Operations Division. Please click on the following link to read important information. DOJ Notice to Prospective Employees of Ethical Obligations

    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 www.sss.gov.

    Periodic Reinvestigation: Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation

    Travel and relocation expenses: are not authorized and will not be paid.

    EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, gender identify and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit factor.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement: ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.

    "Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized."

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of their experience, education and training relative to the duties of the position.

    Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    Required Documents:
    • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
    • Veterans' preference documentation (Member Copy 4 of DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15 https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf and VA letter, if applicable. NOTE: The revised October 2013 SF-15 is the latest copy and all others are not usable.
    • Must provide a legal writing sample (no more than 15 pages)
    • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
    • Law school transcript (Note: If you're selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)


    It is your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are legible. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.

    Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/ validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. The candidate may also be required to provide official college and law school transcripts. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement.

    Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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