Job Overview


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to .

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. citizens

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Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Director, Office of Freedom of Information Act; Duty Location: Washington, DC.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.


Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


As a Paralegal Specialist, you will process Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) requests received by the organization, from initial evaluation to final document release or denial.  Specifically, you will:

  • Process a full range of FOIA/PA actions, prepping affidavits, litigation reports, correspondence, notices, internal memoranda, or other documentation as necessary;
  • Ensure that administrative procedures for receipt, control, processing and responding to requests are adequate to comply with statutory time limits of FOIA/PA, including procedures for searching for and obtaining responsive files and expedited review by management and/or legal staff of proposed final actions;
  • Ensure that the FOIA/PA office has the necessary reference materials, equipment, and supplies to accomplish its mission;
  • Coordinate with FOIA/PA Officers in other organizations on FOIA/PA matters to include requests, appeals and litigation;
  • Assist in the preparation of approval packages to include Federal register notices, matching agreements between agencies, and justifications required for the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and
  • Monitor the status of cases, respond to inquiries, and provide customer service to both internal and external customers, the public, and management.