Opportunity Offered: The FBI’s Office of the General Counsel is accepting applications for an ES attorney (Deputy General Counsel) vacancy in Washington, D.C.

About the Office: The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice to the Director, other FBI headquarters officials and divisions, 56 domestic field offices, and numerous FBI international Legats. OGC provides legal advice on a wide range of substantive areas including: national security, legislative reforms, criminal investigative law, science and technology, privacy and civil liberties, employment litigation, federal tort claims, general civil litigation, FOIA, patent law, procurement law, real estate, and administrative law. OGC coordinates with all the other members of the Intelligence Community, including principally the Department of Justice, the DNI, the CIA, the NSA, and the White House. OGC also forms partnerships with other federal, state, local, and international agencies in support of FBI operations.

OGC comprises 300 attorney and staff, located principally in Washington, D.C. OGC is composed of four branches: National Security, Investigative Law and Legal Training, General Law, and Litigation. OGC is headed by Andrew Weissmann.

Major Duties: The Deputy General Counsel (DGC) reports directly to the General Counsel and oversees the General Law Branch (GLB), which comprises over 40 attorneys and Professional Staff. The DGC is also the FBI’s Privacy Officer. The mission of the GLB is to support the operational and administrative components of the FBI by providing timely, accurate, and cogent legal advice and counsel on a wide range of issues and matters primarily in the administrative and privacy law fields and intelligence sharing. In particular, the branch provides legal counsel on matters of constitutional law, agency authority and organization, fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct, environmental law, information sharing, privacy and civil liberties protection, federal personnel law, facilities and property, federal watch listing matters, contracting, and procurement. The branch is comprised of five units: Access Integrity, General Law, Privacy and Civil Liberties, Procurement Law, and Terrorist Screening Center Law Unit.

Minimum Qualifications Required: All applicants must have a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and 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. Applicants must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) in good standing and have at least 10 years of post-J.D. experience.

Specialized Experience/Qualifications: See vacancy announcement on USAjobs.

Salary Information: The salary range for this position is: ($119,554 – $165,300).

Location: Washington, D. C.

Application Process and Deadline Date: Applicants must be United States citizens and must consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and a polygraph examination.

Applicants interested in this position should apply at: www.usajobs.gov

The vacancy announcement will close on 12/19/2012.

Internet Sites: For more information about the FBI, please visit our website at: http://www.fbi.gov

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism. 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.

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.

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 are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

FBI Employment Drug Policy: Under the FBI’s current Employment Drug Policy, an applicant will be found unsuitable for employment if they:

  • Have used any illegal drug (including anabolic steroids after February 29, 1991), other than marijuana, within the past ten years, or engaged in more than minimal experimentation in their lifetime. In making the determination about an applicant’s suitability for FBI employment, all relevant facts, including the frequency of use, will be evaluated.
  • Have used marijuana/cannabis within the past three years, or have extensively used marijuana/cannabis or over a substantial period of time. In making the determination about an applicant’s suitability for FBI employment, all relevant facts, including the recency and frequency of use, will be evaluated.