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. 

As an Ethics Attorney Advisor, the individual selected for this position will serve in the Office of the General Counsel, Ethics Law Division, as an ethics legal advisor to management and employees of DHS Headquarters as well as supporting the implementation and administration of the Department's Ethics Program for its diverse operating components, including the Coast Guard, Secret Service, Customs and Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Transportation Security Administration.
Attorneys in the Ethics Law Division implement the government-wide standards of ethical conduct program and the financial disclosure program for government employees. The position involves advising and training DHS employees on the application of the government ethics rules, including conflict of interest statutes (18 USC 201-209), Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 CFR 2635), Executive Branch Financial Disclosure (5 CFR 2634), and Executive Orders, such as Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel (EO 13490) and supporting financial disclosure reporting. The Ethics Division also provides advice to employees regarding political activity and gifts to the Department and coordinates with other legal divisions and programs on a wide variety of matters.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC).

This is a permanent appointment in the excepted service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period.  Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.


As an Attorney Advisor you will:

  • Provide advice, interpretations of law, and guidance on the application of the conflict of interest statues, U.S. office of Government Ethics regulation, and other legal authorities to DHS officials and programs.
  • Provide ethics training to DHS personnel.
  • Provide legal review and guidance to employees regarding financial disclosure reporting and support program administration.
  • Coordinate with other attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel and in DHS operational components on the application of government ethics rules.
  • Advise on ethics implications of legal policy making determinations that significantly affect DHS.
  • Provide independent legal advice and guidance on Federal government ethics rules related to DHS operations and activities.
  • Draft, review, and interpret Departmental authorities, directives, and instructions.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No