Closing Date: 26th December, 2021
Description:OIP is hiring an Attorney-Advisor to be assigned to its FOIA Litigation Staff. Primary duties of this position include handling FOIA requests made to the Department’s senior leadership offices that have become subject to litigation in federal court and assisting in the defense of FOIA lawsuits. The incumbent in this position also performs varied legal work involving the interpretation and application of laws, executive orders, regulations, precedents, and agency practices relating to the FOIA.
Specific responsibilities may include:
- Processing high-visibility and highly complex FOIA requests for DOJ senior leadership office records, including processing those records pursuant to court deadlines;
- Reviewing records in-depth for consultation and disclosure determinations;
- Drafting declarations and Vaughn indices, drafting or reviewing court filings, and assisting in the formulation of litigation strategies and legal arguments;
- Coordinating and collaborating with litigators in the Civil Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Department senior leadership office stakeholders, and other agency contacts;
- Negotiating request scope and processing schedules with FOIA plaintiffs through assigned litigation counsel;
- Providing instructional training and guidance to various federal agencies regarding compliance with the FOIA;
- Conducting legal research and providing legal advice involving inquiries and assignments related to the FOIA;
- Developing a mastery of assigned area(s) of expertise and updating corresponding section(s) of the United States Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act;
- Providing expert advice and guidance to agency personnel and Department of Justice litigators concerning the application of the FOIA;
- Presenting or teaching at OIP training programs and events; and
- Maintaining awareness of developments in FOIA and Privacy Act law, regulation, and policy.
Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. work experience before your start date. (Please note that the time from selection of an applicant to the start date is typically about 3 months.) No exceptions can be made regarding the required one year of experience.
Preferred qualifications: It is preferred that applicants have knowledge of and a demonstrated interest in the Freedom of Information Act and have administrative law and/or civil litigation experience.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, tax and credit checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation. Applicants will be required to qualify for a Top Secret security clearance.
GS-12 ($87,198 - $113,362)
Limited travel may be associated with this position.