About the Agency
The Federal Trade Commission, Office of the General Counsel seeks highly motivated individuals to work in Washington, DC, assisting with administering the Commissions Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program. The Program reviews and responds to all requests for records that the agency receives; and is available to provide litigation support to the agency as needed.
The incumbent will:
- Determine whether requests complies with the requirements of FOIA, and the Commission’s Rules of Practice 16 C.F.R. § 4.11. Routinely negotiate with requesters concerning the scope of the request, fees associated with the request and possible extensions of time. Conduct an initial search of the Commission’s electronic databases (including, but not limited to, Consumer Sentinel, IDTheft, MMS, Intra/Internet and Landoc) to determine if there may be responsive records and to identify the offices that are likely to have such records. Gathers and compiles the responsive documents: either retrieving the records themselves or directing the search of staff in other divisions.
- Primarily make all disclosure decisions consistent with agency policy and applicable FOIA Exemptions. Where the compliant was originally lodged with a federal law enforcement partner, the incumbent will contact the other federal agency and discuss the disclosure decision with that agency. Prepares a legal memorandum detailing the actions taken in fulfilling the request, the decisions made and substantiation thereof, and makes a recommendation to the lead FOIA attorney. Prepares a final letter responding to the requests to be signed by the lead FOIA attorney.
- Assists with the FOIA website development and content maintenance; responds to telephone inquiries from the public; reviews and collects current case law and executive guidance regarding FOIA; and assists in preparing the agency’s annual FOIA report to Congress. Works with ligation attorneys to address court or administrative discovery requests and other requests for agency records and assists with legal research and brief preparation. Assists with FOIA Appeals and Petitions to Quash.