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Job Title:General Attorney, GS-14/15 (EX)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Federal Bureau of Investigation

Job Announcement Number:09-2012-0024

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, May 2, 2012 to Tuesday, May 15, 2012




Excepted Service - Permanent/Full-Time




1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US


This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

This position is being advertised concurrently with Announcement Number 09-2012-0028. FBI candidates who wish to be considered on External and FBI only certificates must apply to both announcements.


Applications will not be accepted outside the area of consideration.


Our Mission
To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners.

Public Service is a public trust. For the FBI, this means that the public has committed to our care the safety of our Nation and the defense of our Constitution. To sustain that trust and to meet our resulting obligations, we must adhere strictly to our core values of: Rigorous obedience to the Constitution, Respect, Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Accountability, and Leadership.

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 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 attorneys 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. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking an e-Discovery General Attorney responsible for the full life cycle of electronically stored information discovery in civil and criminal matters. The position requires flexibility, adaptability, creativity and experience using a variety of e-Discovery platforms. Candidates with combined litigation, information management, and technology experience and an undergraduate degree in information management systems, business information systems, and/or computer science are highly desirable. 

Division: Office of the General Counsel
Unit: Discovery Coordination & Policy
Location: Washington, DC

Working Hours: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm 


GS-14: $105,211.00 - $136,771.00
GS-15: $123,758.00 - $155,500.00


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance.


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  • Providing guidance in the development of internal information management policies and feedback on the rapidly evolving technologies associated with the preservation, collection, processing and review of electronic data.
  • Assessing and improving the e-Discovery workflow and serving as a coordinating counsel for electronic data discovery within the FBI.
  • Prepare detailed advisory opinions, legal briefs, memoranda and/or reports outlining and analyzing facts and legal issues related to e-Discovery.

GS-15: In addition to the above duties;

  • Responsible for developing and directing long-term projects involved with analyzing and improving the administration and delivery of e-Discovery related organizational services and legal advice.
  • Provide legal advice on all facets of the most unprecedented and extremely sensitive FBI matters associated with e-Discovery in civil and criminal matters.
  • Review current and proposed Bureau policies, procedures, and regulations to ensure they are compliant and consistent with the intent of applicable e-Discovery laws, regulations, and legal precedents.


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Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: All Applicants must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).  Applicants applying for the GS 14 must also have 2.5 years or more post J.D. legal experience.  Applicants applying for the GS 15 must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENTS above, applicant must meet the specialized experience (SE) as described below;  

GS 14:  Applicant must have one (1) year SE equivalent to the GS 13 level.  

Specialized Experience

  • Analyze the legal impact of e-Discovery developments in administrative and judicial decisions, opinions, determinations, and rulings on agency programs.

GS 15:  Applicant must have one (1) year SE equivalent to the GS 14 level. (In addition to the above specialized experience)  

  • Experience interpreting and analyzing complex issues affecting rules, statues, and regulatory matters and questions of law and fact and conducting in-depth, complex research on authorities, decision law, precedents on points of law, and/or rule making proceedings, associated with civil and criminal electronic discovery.

Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.). 

Some travel may be required.

Applicant must provide proof of current and active Bar Association Membership (any jurisdiction).

GS-15: Selectee(s) will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter.

Positive Education Requirement:  This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of law school transcripts or a list of graduate level legal courses by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information. 

Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice, before they can complete the FBI's background process.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures.  Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Leadership
  • Governance & Legal Jurisprudence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Project Management
  • Interpersonal Ability
  • Liaison
  • Oral/Written Communications

High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.

Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.

To preview questions please click here.


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The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:Benefits



Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to a lower grade for a minimum of 12 months.  This policy does not apply to probationary employees. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.

Candidates are ineligible to apply if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); a Letter of Requirement (LOR); or have failed a PIP or LOR and are currently awaiting the final action by your Human Resources Office.

All selectees, with the exception of current FBI employees, will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Generally, following a COST TRANSFER you will be eligible for transfer after completing three years in the assignment. Additionally, NO COST TRANSFER require a one-year assignment commitment to be eligible for further FBI transfers.

Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from Legat assignment.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command, if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

For further information on how to claim veteran's preference please go to Veteran's Preference

Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for other FBI job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.  

Applicants should keep their contact information updated on the USAJOBS registration page.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.

Management has the prerogative to select at any grade for which this position has been announced.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph.  You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation. Only those candidates determined to be best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process.

The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government.  It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.

The FBI welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The FBI 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.

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy.  Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online poses a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

Step 1 - Establish an Account
On the USAJOBS Web site, select "MY USAJOBS" and click "Create Your Account Now." You will be prompted to provide contact information, establish user access information, and indicate your citizenship and veteran preference information. After entering this data, your personal page will be created. Here, you can choose to create a new resume or set up email notification agents to alert you to new positions posted to USAJOBS.

Step 2 - Create and Store a Resume
To add a resume on USAJOBS, use the resume builder provided. There are four steps: Getting Started; Experience; Related Information; and Finishing Up. Resumes created on USAJOBS are saved and can be used to apply for any vacancy within the federal government. You can store up to five resumes on USAJOBS.  You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the online questionnaire.
Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the FBIJOBs. gov website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Application
If this is your first time on website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
Click on one of the available options: Upload, USAJOBS, Fax, or Reuse existing documents, to submit required documentation.  Follow the instructions provided.

Step 6 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also generate a PDF version to print or save for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

If you run into any technical difficulty during the on-line application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk by clicking on "Contact Us" on any USAJOBS page.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:
1. Your résumé and cover letter (Mandatory);
2. A Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages;
3. A complete assessment questionnaire (Takes approximately 5 minutes); and
4. Other supporting documents:
  • Proof of Bar Association Membership
  • Photocopy of Law School Transcripts
Please Note: FBI employees currently assigned to a General Attorney position do not need to provide LAW School Transcripts or Proof of Bar Association Membership.

  • For Veterans: DD 214;
  • For Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later.
  • For current or former Federal employees: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action and most recent Performance Appraisal
Please Note: This does not apply to current FBI employees.


Quiana Jenkins
Phone: 202-233-9346
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-324-3000
Agency Information:
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Mail Stop GP-702 B
Attn: Staffing Unit
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

Status of Your Application:
You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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