General Attorney

US Government, Department of Homeland Security

Organizational Location: This attorney position is located in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Government Information Law Division (GILD), Washington, D.C. NOTE: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. Salary: General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages. This is a non-bargaining unit position.


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Job Grade: 11
Total Openings: Few


As a GILD attorney, you will be responsible for providing comprehensive legal advice on all matters relating to the collection, use, maintenance, and disclosure of agency information. GILD advises and supports ICE program offices and other OPLA divisions in complying with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act of 1974, the E-Government Act of 2002, the Federal Records Act of 1950, and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The responsibilities of the position will consist primarily of: Providing legal advice, training, and support to ICE programs, including top-ranking officials, on FOIA, the Privacy Act, E-Government Act, Federal Records Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, and general matters relating to information disclosure; Serving as agency counsel in in defending ICE against various civil litigation, to include FOIA, Privacy, and other APA-related lawsuits filed in U.S. Federal Courts; Providing crucial assistance in responding to congress, media outlets, and other entities: handling third-party requests for agency information; and reviewing domestic and international information sharing agreements, to include Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties and Customs and Mutual Assistance Agreements; Providing legal advice and guidance on confidentiality-related statutes, regulations, and policies; and Liaising with DHS’s Office of General Counsel and OPLA’s legal counterparts in other DHS components, the Department of Justice, and local and state partners, on various issues pertaining to information law.


Experience in handling Federal litigation, and issues relating to the FOIA, Privacy Act, E-Government Act of 2002, the Federal Records Act of 1950, and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. In addition, the selectee must be able to: (1) work closely and diplomatically with federal and state agencies and other law enforcement partners; (2) prioritize multiple assignments, including litigations and taskings; (3) exercise sound legal judgment; (4) efficiently produce quality legal analyses of complex issues within the area of FOIA, Privacy, information disclosure law; and (5) work effectively both independently and as part of a team. In addition, the selectee must possess the ability to represent ICE in high-level meetings and to provide legal advice to top-ranking officials. 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, and outstanding written and oral advocacy skills. The selectee will be required to have or be able to obtain a security clearance at the Secret level.

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