Job Overview


TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans. 

Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, the unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would detract from the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.



This position is located in the Office of Diversion Control (OD), Regulatory Drafting Unit (ODLR).

  • Evaluates legislation and existing regulations and policies, analyzes Diversion Control Program (DCP) regulatory issues, and recommends policy resolutions that are consistent with DEA’s statutory mandates.

  • Independently performs reviews of existing legislation and pending legislative initiatives pertaining to regulated industries and professions, particularly initiatives involving the procurement, manufacturing, and distribution of controlled substance pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals.  Conducts in-depth research and analysis of supporting documents required for federal rulemaking actions.

  • Creates briefings for senior management outlining changes or modifications to relevant laws and the impact of such changes on DCP regulations and agency policy.  Prepares analysis and reports in anticipation of major trends in such things as state legislation or industry and health professions.

  • Performs complex analytical assignments involving specific issues associated with preventing, detecting, and deterring the diversion of controlled substances and listed chemicals.

  • Provides interpretative guidance concerning complex and diverse reference documents, including legislative history.

  • Utilizes various information sources to develop documents, including internet searches, domestic and foreign libraries, database information systems, journals, and debriefings to research topics including, but not limited to, legal precedent, international treaties, and federal/state laws and regulations.

  • Performs a full range of support duties pertaining to program evaluation designed to enhance the understanding of and ensure compliance with existing regulations and policies.

Travel Required

  • Not Required