Counsel to the Intelligence Community Inspector General

Reston, Virginia
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 26, 2021
Analyst, Intelligence
Full Time

Component Mission

The Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG) was established within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) by the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The IC IG's organizational divisions include Audit, Investigations, Inspections and Evaluations, Mission Support Division, the Center for Protected Disclosures, and Counsel to the Inspector General.

The Office of the Counsel to the IC IG ensures that the IC IG team receives independent, confidential legal advice and policy counsel. The Counsel team supports each IC IG Division by providing counsel; reviewing reports; highlighting and offering guidance on potential legal issues; identifying and interpreting key policy, contract and statutory or regulatory provisions; assisting in the evaluation of whistleblower disclosures and requests for External Review Panels; and reviewing matters related to IC IG personnel, administration, training, ethics, independence, and budgetary functions. The Counsel team participates in the Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum, chairs the Forum's Counsels Committee, and takes part in multiple associated working groups. The Counsel team serves as the IC IG's congressional liaison.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)

Serve as the Counsel providing legal and policy advice to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG), Principal Deputy IC IG, Assistant Inspectors General (AIG), Director for the Center for Protected Disclosures, and staff supporting the Office of the IC IG.

Manage the IC IG Counsel legal staff's provision of expert legal advice and guidance to the Office of the IC IG in support of the IC IG's statutory mission to promote economy, effectiveness, and efficiency and to prevent fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement of the ODNI and the IC.

Provide verbal and written direction as to the overall policies, practices, and procedures for providing legal advice and counsel to the Office of the IC IG.

Lead, manage, and direct the staff assigned to the IC IG Counsel's office, develop strategic performance objectives, collaborate and oversee goal setting, provide feedback on personnel development, and conduct all necessary performance appraisals.

Provide expert advice to the IC IG and senior IC IG leadership and staff on extremely complex, difficult, and novel legal issues affecting the responsibilities of the IC IG, the DNI and other Inspectors General within the IC as they relate to statutes, Presidential directives, Executive Orders, and other related laws and policies; render definitive legal opinions and associated oral advice on a myriad of issues.

Provide legal guidance and support for the activities of the IC IG's statutory responsibility to audit, investigate, inspect, and review independently the programs and activities within the responsibility and authority of the DNI.

Provide expert legal advice and counsel to the IC IG, AIGs, the Office of the IC IG staff, and ODNI leaders on a wide range of complex legal issues involving areas of law affecting the IC IG's and the ODNI's duties and responsibilities under the National Security Act, Presidential directives, Executive Orders, and other related laws, regulations and policies, including civil, criminal, and administrative procedure; fraud; appropriations; procurement; grants; federal disclosure statues; conflicts of interest; ethics; employee standards of conduct; and discipline.

Render definitive legal opinions on IC IG matters as well as assure legal sufficiency of all documents requiring the IC IG's approval or concurrence within the Office of the IC IG.

Establish and maintain effective relations with other counsels to Offices of Inspectors General; ODNI components including the Office of General Counsel; Office of Legislative Affairs; and Civil Liberties and Protection Office; and with the Congressional Intelligence Oversight Committees.

Lead the IC IG Council of Counsels, which provides legal and policy support to the statutory IC IG Forum that serve as a mechanism to promote the work of all Inspectors General within the Intelligence Community.


Conditions of Employment

Who May Apply

Senior Service (SNIS, SES, SIS, DISES, and DISL) and highly qualified GS-15 candidates may apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.
  • For a cadre assignment:
    • Current Internal ODNI cadre.
    • Current ODNI Staff Reserve Employees. (A staff reserve employee who currently occupies this position may not apply.)
    • Current Federal Government employees.
    • Candidates outside the Federal Government.
  • For a detailee assignment:
    • Current Federal Government employees. (Current Senior Service employees at the same grade and highly qualified GS-15s may apply.)


Mandatory and Educational Requirements

Demonstrated expertise in four or more of the following IC Inspector General practice areas: 1) Inspector General Act of 1978 as amended; 2) National Security Act of 1947 as amended; 3) IC Whistleblower protections; 4) administrative law and investigations; 5) intelligence oversight matters; 6) privacy and civil liberties issues; 7) federal employee ethics; 8) Equal Employment Opportunity law; 9) acquisition and appropriations law; and 10) civil and/or criminal litigation.

In-depth knowledge of the mission and legal issues affecting the IC.

Superior communication skills including the ability to routinely communicate, orally and in writing, complex concepts and issues in a manner well matched to the audience, and to consistently make sound, timely decisions in complex, ambiguous or ill-defined situations.

Exceptional interpersonal, leadership and managerial capabilities, including the ability to effectively direct taskings, supervise and lead a diverse team of legal professionals, assess and manage performance measurements, support personal and professional development of all levels of personnel, effectively collaborate with staff at all levels, maintain confidentiality, promote and uphold integrity standards, and adhere to the highest discretionary standards.

Superior and recognized ability to resolve complex legal problems, to think creatively to solve complex and novel legal and policy issues, and to gain consensus among disparate entities on legal and/or IG issues of common concern.

Expert ability to lead by example and exemplify IC IG core values of Integrity, Independence, Accountability, Diversity, and Transparency; and, demonstrated knowledge of the mission, organization, and functions of the IC IG, ODNI, and Intelligence Community.

Desired Requirements

ODNI uses the Resume-based Merit Staffing Selection Method. However, it is highly encouraged that applicants address the OPM Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) in their application for this position.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, applicants must demonstrate in their resume and narrative statements they possess the ECQs and Mandatory Technical Competencies listed in this vacancy. Your resume should emphasize levels of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, and program accomplishments, and results.


Education: Completion of a Doctorate of Jurisprudence or Bachelor of Laws degree from an American Bar Association-accredited law school, and active membership of the Bar of the highest court of a US State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.

Additional information

The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043 of the President of the United States. As required, Federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., tele-work, etc), with exceptions only as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with ODNI, if after November 22, 2021. ODNI will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. All employees requesting either a medical or religious exception, must follow the Guidelines from the Office of Personnel Management and /or Safer Federal Workforce Task Force.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at and, by unclassified email at, by telephone at 703-275-3900 or by FAX at 703-275-1217 . Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION ABOVE .

JOB INTERVIEW TRAVEL: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, the ODNI hiring office will pay for travel by commercial carrier (economy class) or reimburse for privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage. If applicable, the candidate also will be reimbursed at a flat rate for commercial lodging and per diem.

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