U.S. Department of Homeland Security
This attorney position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Government Information Law Division (GILD), Washington, DC.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.
Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) is the legal arm of ICE, the largest investigative agency of DHS, and provides expert mission-critical legal services, counsel, and training to support ICE initiatives and programs vital to protecting U.S. national security. OPLA is the principal legal representative for DHS/ICE in a variety of courts and forums.
The Government Information Law Division (GILD) is a subordinate Division within OPLA. GILD is responsible for providing legal advice on all matters relating to the disclosure of agency information both within and outside the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). To that end, GILD works closely with ICE's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office and the U.S. Department of Justice in coordinating the agency's response to FOIA litigation. GILD attorneys also adjudicate FOIA appeals and are responsible for working with the ICE FOIA Office to review their work at the administrative level and act as counsel on the appeals. GILD attorneys also provide critical legal support by ensuring that law enforcement efforts are compliant with disclosure, privacy, and records management requirements. GILD attorneys handle third party requests or subpoenas for agency testimony and documents which entails corresponding with parties and subpoenaed employees, reviewing requested documents, redacting documents to preserve privileges, and preparing declarations in support of privileges asserted. GILD also handles a vast array of additional disclosure-related issues, including: federal, state, and foreign requests for information; privacy issues; and, reviews of national and international agreements. The division also provides crucial assistance in responding to Congress, media outlets, and other entities, and defends the agency against information disclosure and Privacy Act litigation.
The duties of the position include (1) supporting the Chief in managing all substantive and personnel matters relating to GILD; (2) the leadership of attorney and support staff; (3) strategic planning; (4) the quality control of attorney written work product; (5) the provision of technical legal guidance to attorney staff in the areas of information disclosure to include the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the E-government Act, and the Federal Records Act; (6) the oversight of legal advice to the other ICE components and litigation support to U.S. Attorneys' Offices in the areas of information disclosure to include the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the E-government Act, and the Federal Records Act; (7) the management of financial resources, including budget formulation and execution; and (8) briefing and providing legal advice to senior OPLA management and senior ICE management on emerging and high profile issues. In addition to the supervision of legal work within the Division, the Deputy Chief will also be expected to maintain an active caseload.
The work is diverse, fast-paced and requires the ability to work closely and diplomatically with federal and state agencies and law enforcement partners; prioritize multiple assignments; exercise sound legal judgment; efficiently produce quality legal analyses of complex issues; and work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
Applicants must possess the following characteristics and competencies: integrity, judgment, organizational skills, communication skills, reliability, perseverance, decisiveness, initiative, professionalism, the ability to function independently and as part of a team, interpersonal relationship skills, outstanding written and oral advocacy skills, and a superior knowledge of information and disclosure law and procedures.
The selectee will be required to have or be able to obtain a security clearance at the Top Secret level.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
Must pass background investigation and drug screen for federal employment
Selective Service registration for males born after 12/31/1959
Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
Applicants with fewer than five (5) years of experience practicing law must submit a copy of their law school transcript and grade point average or class ranking as part of the application package.
Qualifications by Closing Date:
Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
Promotion Potential :
This position is at the full performance level.
New attorneys to the Federal government will be required to serve a trial period of 2 years. New supervisors will be required to serve a one (1) year probationary period.
All federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Notice to Veterans Preference:
There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the Excepted Service; however, the OPLA considers veteran's preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.
Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. The SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at https://www.opm.gov
If you are hired, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days after appointment.
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.
Qualified candidates will be rated by comparing each candidate's qualifications to the skills and experience pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience, education, training, awards, and performance will be considered. The following factors are of particular importance to the position to be filled, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas as part of their application. These areas must be addressed in a document separate from the resume and submitted as part of the application package.
(1) Supporting the Chief in managing a nationwide information law practice including the leadership of attorney and support staff,
(2) strategic planning,
(3) overseeing the quality control of attorney written work product,
(4) the provision and oversight of technical legal guidance to attorney staff in the areas of information disclosure to include the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the E-government Act, and the Federal Records Act,
(5) the oversight of legal advice to clients and litigation experience in the areas of information disclosure to include the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the E-government Act, and the Federal Records Act,
(6) the management of financial resources, including budget formulation and execution; and
(7) briefing and providing legal advice to senior management or senior executive officials on emerging and high-profile issues in information law. In addition to the supervision of legal work within the Division, the Deputy Chief will also be expected to maintain an active caseload.
A cover letter is required as part of this application. It must specifically address the applicant's knowledge; skills, abilities, and experience and must also discuss his or her characteristics and competencies for the position.
Your qualification for this position will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire and other required documents as part of the application process for this position.
All the information you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.
Background checks and security clearance
ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. You must include the documentation below (in addition to specific information requested elsewhere in the vacancy announcement) to receive consideration for this position. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.
A resume that includes announcement number, veteran's preference, your full name, address, phone number and the last four digits of your Social Security Number and a detailed description of your experience, education, training and self-development and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY). This documentation must be submitted with your application package.
You must submit a copy of your transcript and grade-point average or class ranking, to prove that you possess a Juris Doctor (JD) from an American Bar (ABA)-accredit law school if you graduated within the last five years. If you have five years or more practicing law, your transcript is not required.
You must submit proof of your current membership (card or other documentary evidence) or certificate of good standing from the bar to which you are licensed. This documentation must be submitted with your application package.
Certificate of Good Standing:
If you are selected, before you enter on duty you must submit proof that you are a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. If you do not have a bar card or other documentary evidence as proof of your current membership, you must submit a certificate of good standing. The proof must be dated within the previous six months.
Cover Letter :
You must submit a cover letter detailing the skills, legal experience, and interests that qualify you for the position with your application package.This documentation must be submitted with your application package.
It must contain the following information if not already contained in your resume:
your full name;
home and work e-mail addresses;
home, work, and cell telephone numbers;
name of the law school, year of graduation, and year admitted to the bar
Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, and salary.
You must submit all required information by the closing date. Also if you do not provide an email address, you will not be notified of the outcome of your application.
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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U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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