Arlington, Virginia
Jul 17, 2021
Jul 22, 2021
Full Time


Office of General Counsel, United States Marshals Service (USMS) Headquarters, U.S. Department of Justice, Crystal Gateway 3, Crystal City (Arlington), Virginia provides advice and guidance to USMS managers and employees on issues including but not limited to civil and criminal procedure, labor and personnel law, federal contracts, asset forfeiture, Freedom of Information Act/ Privacy Act, and ethics.

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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) seeks an experienced Attorney Advisor, GS-14 and 15 FPL 15 with knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) who will be responsible for reviewing the work product of Government Information Specialists within OGC to ensure that withholdings asserted on USMS records comply with the provisions of the FOIA. The Attorney Advisor will handle FOIA litigation on behalf of the USMS and interact with various United States Attorney's Offices (USAO). The Attorney Advisor will be responsible for reviewing privacy compliance documentation for USMS systems, as assigned, and will support the FOIA/PA Officer within OGC and will respond to information sharing questions from various USMS District Offices and Headquarters divisions. The Attorney Advisor will also be responsible for responding to subpoenas for USMS records in accordance with the DOJ Touhy regulations. A successful candidate should be familiar with reviewing the appropriate system of records notice and feel comfortable providing legal advice with little supervision and should be familiar with the creation of Vaughn indexes and declarations, to be submitted to federal Courts in connection with FOIA litigation.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation to include credit and tax checks, and drug testing.
  • Selective Service registration is required, if applicable.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • This position is a Testing Designated Position and is subject to random drug testing.
  • May be required to successfully complete a trial period.
  • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required, and have at least 5 years post J.D. experience, including substantial experience related to the FOIA and PA, to include the handling of FOIA litigation in federal court and privacy compliance.


Required qualifications: Interested parties must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 5 years post-J.D. experience, including extensive experience related to the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act to include the handling of FOIA litigation.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree.

Additional information

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

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Department of Justice Policies

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

Reasonable Accommodations: 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.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to (link sends e-mail) and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at (link is external). Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department's Disability Points of Contact (DPOC). See list of DPOCs.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Suitability and Citizenship: 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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee's Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

Applicants may submit a current resume and cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) along with a writing sample of no more than 10 pages.

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.

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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