Job Overview


The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (the Board) is a new, independent oversight agency within the Executive Branch established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, signed into law in August 2007. The bipartisan Board is comprised of four members and a chairman, nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. It has two primary purposes: 1) to analyze and review actions the executive branch takes to protect the United States from terrorism, ensuring that the need for such actions is balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties; and 2) ensure that liberty concerns are appropriately considered in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the Nation against terrorism.  The Board is required to report periodically on its operations to the President and the U.S. Congress, as well as inform the public of its activities.

This is an opportunity to be part of a new agency as it establishes its priorities and operations. There will be a number of Attorney-Advisors on staff who will assist the Board in carrying out its oversight and advice functions regarding federal counterterrorism matters. The responsibilities of the position frequently require the incumbent to address extremely complex, sensitive, and difficult legal and policy questions and factual issues involved in interpreting and applying legislation, regulations, orders, decisions, and opinions. Issues in incumbent’s field of responsibility frequently will have significant impact on the public, and on agency operations. Incumbent’s responsibility in all matters requires a keen sense of fairness, good judgment, and an ability to assist the Board in dealing in an evenhanded manner with the widely divergent and often extremely sensitive matters that may arise. Many of the cases and problems involve little or no established precedent, may present delicate legal or factual situations, and may involve important Constitutional principles.


·         Assist the Board to review and analyze federal counter-terrorism programs pursuant to its mission to ensure that both existing and proposed programs adequately safeguard privacy and civil liberties.  This includes investigating the operation of programs, conducting legal research and analysis, and evaluating policy implications of existing and proposed programs and making recommendations to the Board.

·         Advise and assist in the identification of issues and recommendations by providing legal advice, conducting research, and carrying out investigations, as required.

·         Analyze privacy and civil liberties-related issues, national security and counter-terrorism laws within the general range of areas for which he or she isresponsible.  Most matters handled by the incumbent will be of an extremely difficult and complex nature, requiring a high level of sensitivity and understanding of the interrelation of one area to another.

·         Assist in drafting Board reports evaluating counter-terrorism programs and other Board reports to the President, Congress and the public; draft congressional testimony, letters, and other documents to carry out the Board’s advisory responsibilities.

·         Represent the Board in interactions with officials from other departments and agencies of the Federal government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, as required.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel may be required

Relocation Authorized

  • No