U.S. Dept. of Justice
This position is located in the Office of Public and Government Affairs, Disclosure Division located in Washington, DC.
The Government Information Specialist is responsible for administering the disclosure provisions of the Privacy Act (PA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and formulating programs and policies concerning the release of information required by the Acts.
Learn more about this agency
Oversees and monitors the Bureau's implementation and compliance with the FOIA and PA in conjunction with division management staff. Identifies and evaluates program needs, determines deficiencies and develops solutions to resolve deficiencies.
Processes requests made to ATF pursuant to the FOIA and PA and implements ATF's disclosure program in compliance with administrative requirements and regulations set forth by DOJ and ATF. Ensures maximum compliance with the statutory requirements while ensuring that the interests of various programs within ATF are protected to the maximum extent allowed by law.
Initiates contacts with counterparts in other Federal agencies in order to consult with such agencies for the purpose of disclosing their records contained in Bureau files or addressing the disclosure or withholding of Bureau documents and information contained in the records of other Federal agencies. Provides guidance and mentors other Disclosure Staff members.
Analyzes complicated precedent-setting cases/requests for information under the FOIA and Pa which requires significant complex research and technical knowledge of the Acts and agency responsibilities and limitations. Provides technical advice to ATF employees regarding the application of the FOIA and the PA; responds to inquiries from HQ and Field employees by equating specific circumstances with statutory/regulatory guidelines, recent judicial opinions and Bureau disclosure positions.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel - Rare
U.S. Dept. of Justice
Website : http://www.justice.gov
The Judiciary Act of 1789, ch. 20, sec. 35, 1 Stat. 73, 92-93 (1789) created the Office of the Attorney General. Originally a one-person part-time position, the Attorney General was to be "learned in the law" with the duty "to prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his advice and opinion upon questions of law when required by the President of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments, touching any matters that may concern their departments." The workload quickly became too much for one person, necessitating the hiring of several assistants for the Attorney General. With an increasing amount of work to be done, private attorneys were retained to work on cases.