Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Litigation General Attorney

Washington, D.C
Nov 24, 2021
Dec 02, 2021
Full Time

  • Work closely with the Civil Division of the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney's Offices to represent the FBI's interests in litigation against the FBI, as well as other litigation in which the FBI has equities.
  • Prepare declarations and/or review declarations prepared by Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) in support of motions; oversee FOIA productions in ongoing litigation; review motions and legal briefs to provide valuable input on legal arguments and strategy; and provide assistance to DOJ/USAO during hearings and oral arguments.
  • Provide legal and policy guidance on an array of information access issues.
  • Develop professional relationships and partnerships with OGC coworkers, other FBI personnel and officials and representatives of other federal, state, and local agencies, in support of the FBI's legal interests and equities.
  • Defend the FBI in the most complex FOIA lawsuits (cases with a nexus to the most high-visibility activities of the FBI, national security matters, and other sensitive matters) with minimal supervision.
  • Provide expert legal advice and opinions to the highest levels of FBI management on all aspects of information access issues.


Conditions of Employment

To be eligible for this position, you:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance.
  • Must complete form FD-887, Request for Access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
  • Must complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 annually.
  • Must pass an FBI polygraph examination.
  • Must pass an FBI-administered urinalysis drug test.
  • Must be in compliance with the FBI Employment Drug Policy:
    • No use of marijuana within the last three years.
    • No use of any other illegal drug in the past 10 years.
    • No selling, distributing, manufacturing or transporting of any illegal drugs.
    • No use of a prescription drug or a legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended within the last three years.
In addition, you:
  • Must never have been convicted of a felony.
  • Must not be in default on a student loan insured by the U.S. government.
  • Must be registered with the Selective Service System (males only, exceptions apply).
Please be advised, candidates selected for this position must be DOJ-approved.


GS-14: Applicants applying for the GS-14 must also have two and a half or more years post-JD attorney experience.
GS-15: Applicants applying for the GS-15 must also have four or more years of post-JD attorney experience.


Applicants must possess a JD degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have an LLM (Master of Laws) degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a JD) and be an active member of the bar (in any U.S. jurisdiction).

Preferred litigation experience in:
  • Working with the FOIA preferred.
  • Prioritizing, planning, organizing, and scheduling projects and assignments to accomplish objectives, particularly under tight deadlines and in light of competing priorities.
  • Reviewing others' written work products in order to ensure clarity of message, particularly in legal filings.
  • Conducting legal research and researching internal agency policy, procedures and methods.
  • Writing analytical work products, declarations or legal documents/pleadings.

Additional information

The FBI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other nonmerit factors.