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Job Title:Senior Attorney (FOIA), GS-905-14/15 (EXCEPTED SERVICE) DB

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Maritime Administration

Job Announcement Number:MARAD.HQ-2013-0043

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

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


Thursday, February 21, 2013 to Wednesday, March 13, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. Please note that this position is in the Excepted Service. For information on the Excepted Service, please visit: Excepted Service Appointing Authorities


The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine. The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety.

This vacancy is limited to the first 200 applications and will close early at midnight on the day we receive the 200th application.

This position is located in the Division of Legislation and Regulations in the Office of Chief Counsel. Under the general supervision of the Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation and Regulations, you are responsible for providing for the full range of Maritime Administration information services including matters under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and within the purview of the Secretary of the Maritime Administration/Maritime Subsidy Board.

The ideal candidate for this position serves as Team Leader for the Division’s FOIA team, which administers, executes, and provides advice and counsel on all facets of the agency’s FOIA program. 


  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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As a Senior Attorney (FOIA):  you will

  • Review and recommend legal clearance of staff memoranda pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program and other matters within the scope of the Division.
  • Provide administrative services and legal advice in the preparation, negotiation, and approval of agreements with information requestors under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Coordinate comprehensive delivery of administrative and legal services pertaining to FOIA and information programs to program offices, including incorporation of legal advice relating to program administration and performance.
  • Coordinate delivery and integration of FOIA documents and services with litigation and litigation support functions of other elements of the Office of Chief Counsel and Office of General Counsel as necessary.
  • Facilitate direction and supervision of junior Office of Chief Counsel attorneys and staff members with respect to information and FOIA programs.



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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience with difficult and complex issues relating to FOIA program administration, actions, regulations, orders, or decisions related to exercise of various authorities, including but not limited to the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, and various authorization acts.
  • Experience providing for the information services including matters under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and experience providing support in the preparation and litigation of select cases before administrative bodies and in the Federal courts.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT and GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE: Applicants must have a Law Degree (J.D. or equivalent) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school AND be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.


BASIS FOR RATING: For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE - Entering "See Resume" or other non-responsive answers to the request for narrative information may lead to your disqualification from consideration.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - A copy of your transcripts verifying that you meet the stated MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS for the series OR an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. You may substitute a current copy of your bar membership certification from the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming 10-point preference eligibility, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive(NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying , etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category.)

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in disqualification.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application based on the documents and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates will then be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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