Supervisory Attorney Advisor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Dec 01, 2020
Closes
Dec 09, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and U.S. Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

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Responsibilities

The Information Law & Disclosure Division (ILD) of the Office of Counsel (OC) encompasses Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) practice. This division is responsible for processing requests for documents pursuant to the FOIA/PA, as well as handling all FOIA related appeals and litigation. Provides legal guidance and advice to OIG staff regarding requests for OIG records. With guidance and input from the Counsel and Deputy Counsel to the Inspector General, the ILD Division Chief has primary leadership and management responsibility for the ILD and the work of the OIG in handling all FOIA requests, privacy matters, information law matters, and related litigation.

As the OIG Privacy and FOIA Officer, engages as liaison with the DHS Privacy Office and other DHS components' Privacy/FOIA Officers.

Exercises discretion and independent judgment in the interpretation of applications information and disclosure law.

Conducts and supervises legal research involving complex problems of information and disclosure law by application of Federal and state statutes, regulations, policies, Executive Orders, court decisions, legislative hearings and committee reports and analysis of factual, technical, and legal issues.

Manages the workflow within the ILD, ensures OIG's ILD personnel produce quality work product, that the ILD has the proper resources and guidance to complete their duties and that all deliverables are met.

Supervises and/or reviews, guides, or assists ILD staff attorneys and government information specialists in the routine work of ILD and the Office of Counsel.

Responsible for developing and providing FOIA/PA OIG-wide training and developing plans, programs, and policies for the management of the ILD.

Ensures OIG's timely response to FOIA/PA requests. This includes working with other OIG program offices to establish or maintain appropriate search procedures, researching and recommending new technologies to assist with FOIA/PA case management, and any other tasks that help facilitate efficient and timely processing of FOIA/PA requests.

Ensures that OIG provides a high quality of customer service to requesters, Congress and other members of the public..

Facilitates and manages compliance of ILD staff with OC policies and procedures, internal reporting requirements, and case management practices. Ensures work is coordinated with supervisors and other OC staff, as necessary.

Serves as OIG liaison with the Department's Office of General Counsel, and as a liaison with the Department of Justice in connection with information and disclosure law matters arising out of the OIG operations and activities. Responsible for overseeing production of OIG materials in response to discovery requests or subpoenas in complex litigation in federal courts nationwide.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing
  • Proof of Bar membership is required
  • Financial disclosure is required
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Completion of two year trial period may be required.
  • Law school transcript is required
  • Selectee must pass a drug test by urinalysis prior to appointment.


Qualifications

Applicants much possess at the GS-15 grade level a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (any jurisdiction) and have at least 3-5 years of post J.D. legal experience one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience may include: Conducting in-depth legal research; writing complex legal documents; significant experience developing research strategies for legal issue; making oral presentations and communicating research results; and the ability to work well with individuals from other discipline to analyze a great deal of information in a limited period of time, and to produce a superior written product reflecting that analysis in a timely fashion; Excellent academic credentials.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including the following, by closing date of this announcement: 1.) Be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of graduation, and 2.) Be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state or territory of the United States, District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date 12/08/2020

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Education

This is an Excepted Service Appointment.

Education requirements include: a professional law degree, J.D., LL.B., and /or LL.M. You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a current active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. for an attorney position.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Benefits." Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Top Secret clearance as a condition of placement into this position.

Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence


This announcement is being filled using the Schedule A Hiring Authority 5 CFR 213.3102 (D) under Excepted Service procedures. Applicants who meet the qualifications for the position and submit a resume and law school transcript will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the announcement.

Upon review, your resume and supporting documents must show evidence that you have the required qualifications.

Preview the job questionnaire here https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10967617

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

1. Your resume
2. Your responses to the job questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10967617
3. Law School Transcript
4. Bar Membership Certificate from any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico less than 30 days old
5. Your completed and signed OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment .
6. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.
7. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more veterans' information .
8. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit:
  • a copy of your agency notice,
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
  • a copy of you most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
9.. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
  • Position title
  • Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
  • Agency
  • Beginning and ending dates of appointment


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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