About the Agency
OGC provides legal advice to the FBI, including to the Director, other FBI headquarters officials and divisions, 56 domestic field offices, and numerous FBI international Legal Attaches. OGC provides legal advice and support on a wide range of substantive areas including: national security law, cyber, criminal investigative law, and science and technology, privacy and civil liberties, employment litigation, federal tort claims, general civil litigation, the Freedom of Information Act, patent law, procurement law, real estate, environmental law, and administrative law. OGC coordinates with other elements of the Department of Justice, all of the other members of the Intelligence Community, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the CIA, and the NSA, as well as the White House. OGC also assists the FBI in forming partnerships with other federal, state, local and international agencies in support of FBI operations. OGC is responsible for providing legal training to the FBI workforce and state, local, and international partners.
Litigation Branch: The mission of the Litigation Branch is to coordinate the defense of civil actions that may arise from the activities of the FBI. This includes, among other things, sensitive national security matters, "Bivens" liability suits, Federal Tort Claim Act claims, the defense against claims for unemployment compensation, Equal Employment Opportunity complaints, and employee complaints brought before the Merit Systems Protection Board. The Branch is also responsible for the coordination of discovery, including electronic discovery, enterprise-wide. In particular, the Branch is seeking attorneys with familiarity and experience with FOIA, including FOIA litigation; federal sector employment litigation experience; and general litigation experience.
- Acts as legal counsel to the FBI and its employees in regard to civil lawsuits, administrative claims, requests for testimony and/or documents, representation matters, and related areas.
- Defend the FBI through all phases of employment litigation before the EEOC, MSPB and ensuing appeals.
- Coordinate the defense of civil actions filed against the FBI and its employees under the U.S. Constitution and applicable Acts of Congress, including, for example, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, and the Administrative Procedures Act.
- Work closely with the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices to represent the interests of the FBI and its employees in civil actions in federal court.
GS-15: In addition to the above duties;
- Support the FBI's priorities by defending the most complex types of civil litigation with minimal supervision.
- Provide sophisticated legal advice to FBI Executive Management pertaining to all areas of civil litigation risk, including, among other subject matters, the U.S. Constitution, national security, FOIA, personnel and employment law, administrative law, and tort and "Bivens" individual-liability suits.