Supervisory Attorney-Adviser

Civil Division (CIV)Washington, District of columbiaFull TimeOn Site

The Office of Management Programs (OMP), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) unit is seeking a Supervisory Attorney-Adviser to play an important role in the implementation of legally and procedurally strategic approaches to FOIA, development of strategies to meet priorities and works closely with staff to respond to the growing number of information requests from the public

The Supervisory Attorney-Adviser oversees the processing of FOIA requests. The incumbent ensures that FOIA requests are handled in accordance with the applicable statutory requirements and policy guidance. The Supervisory Attorney-Adviser supervises the day-to-day activities of the FOIA staff, including contractors, by assigning projects, adjusting workloads, and providing feedback on staff performance and work product.

As a Supervisory Attorney-Adviser, GS-0905-15, your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Collecting detailed information from various components and organizations to prepare detailed reports and correspondence in a timely manner.
  • Providing advice and interpretation of FOIA used for response to inquiries from the public.
  • Providing legal guidance to the Division on the Privacy Act (PA).
  • Providing advice to the Director on the legal implications of FOIA and associated legislation and regulation (e.g. Data Protection Act and Environmental Information Regulations) relating to the disclosure of information to members of the public, Congress, and other agencies
  • Advising, coordinating, and training the staff and the Division on the legal and technical requirements of FOIA and PA policies and practices.
  • Working with the eLitigation Director, collaborates with Division and Department leadership and attorneys involved in the Department's records, FOIA and e-Discovery initiatives to develop and implement Division and Department policies and procedures.

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 have a J.D. degree earned through graduation from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be 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.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level.

You must also be a U.S. citizen.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of, and experience in, both legal and technical FOIA and Privacy Act disciplines. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills; and exhibit good judgment.

$144,128.00 to $172,500.00 per year. Unless you have prior federal service, you will likely start at step 1 of the pay scale, which is $144,128.00.
Occasional travel may be required for this position.
Application Process:

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Please submit your application through USAJobs. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAJobs account before applying Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: USAJOBS - Job Announcement

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline:
Monday, November 8, 2021
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
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