<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO) provides investigative and prosecutorial support, legal advice, and statutorily required review and approval in almost 40 distinct subject areas. OEO oversees the use of the most sophisticated investigative tools at the federal government's disposal, including electronic surveillance, the Federal Witness Security Program, media subpoenas, attorney subpoenas and search warrants, and witness immunity requests.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The incumbent will serve as a Trial Attorney in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Privacy Act (PA) Unit. Duties include: <ul> <li>Assisting the Unit Chief and Deputy Chief in processing of Division records, requested pursuant to the FOIA or PA, and ensuring searches and processing are conducted in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.</li> <li>Assisting in preparation of pleading and in the defense of the Criminal Division in litigation brought under the FOIA/PA.</li> <li>Providing direction to staff by providing technical direction when needed. Planning and assigning work to subordinates, evaluating work performance, providing advice and instruction to staff, making recommendations to the Chief and Deputy Chief on training needs.</li> <li>Reviewing Division records located as a result of FOIA or PA requests and having first-line responsibility for determining whether these records should be released in full, in part, or withheld. Recommending whether or not a document should be classified or declassified in whole or in part.</li> <li>Making recommendations to supervisors in presenting the Division's views to reviewing official where an appeal from the Division's initial FOIA or PA determination is being challenged by way of an administrative appeal within the Department. Ensuring that any subsequent release of Division information is properly coordinated within the Division.</li> <li>Assisting in the establishment of Division policy. As appropriate, commenting on, or initiating regulations, and preparing or supervising the preparation of Division directives relating to the application and implementation of the FOIA and/or PA. Assisting in the preparation of new PA systems of records for Division components, and working with components to ensure their publication in the Federal Register.</li> <li>Assisting in the preparation of statistical reports for both the Congress and internal use to reflect Division's activities under FOIA and PA during each fiscal year.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 15 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.</li> <li>You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.</li> <li>You may be required to take a drug test.</li> <li>All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.</li> <li>DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.</li> <li>You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.</li> <li>You will be required to sign a mobility agreement.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Required Qualifications : Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar in good standing.<br /><br />Grade Specific Qualifications : <ul> <li>To qualify at the <strong>GS-13 </strong>level, applicants must have at least <strong>one and a half (1.5) years </strong>of post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performing basic legal analysis and formulating recommendations for senior managers, composing legal memoranda, reports, and position papers on legislative history, laws, regulations, and court opinions in support of civil or criminal litigation.</li> <li>To qualify at the <strong>GS-14 </strong>grade level, applicants must have at least <strong>two and a half (2.5) years </strong>post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs, and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation.</li> <li>To qualify at the <strong>GS-15 </strong>grade level, applicants must have at least <strong>four (4) years </strong>post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />A J.D. Degree. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.<br /><br />An in-person interview in Washington, D.C. may be required for this position prior to final selection. The cost of travel to the interview site will be the responsibility of the applicant unless otherwise stated. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on an individual basis as requested by a person with a disability. Declining an invitation to interview may remove you from further consideration.<br /><br />The Criminal Division participates in the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.<br /><br />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 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. 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.<br /><br />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. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are 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.<br /><br />The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>BASIS OF RATING</strong>: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.<br /><br />There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s)). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more). <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />See "How to Apply" <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.