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Job Title:  General Attorney, GS-14/15 (EX)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Federal Bureau of Investigation
Job Announcement Number:  09-2014-0018

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Friday, June 13, 2014 to Friday, June 27, 2014
Excepted Service - Full-Time
1 vacancy - District of Columbia, DC   View Map
This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

Division: Office of General Counsel

Sections: Litigation Branch

Location: Washington, DC

Working Hours: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

GS-14: $106,263.00 - $138,136.00

GS-15: $124,995.00 - $157,100.00
Top Secret


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.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance.


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  • 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.


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The FBI must ensure our workforce is fully staffed to continue protecting our nation and combating crime. As a result, the FBI is committed to achieving FY 2014 hiring goals. Effective, May 5, 2014, FBI employees will be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of promotion, reassignment or change to lower grade unless the new position is career enhancing (Headquarters to Field Offices or Field Offices to Headquarters) or offers a greater promotional potential than the position in which they are currently serving.

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.

BASIC REQUIREMENT: All Applicants must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction). Applicants applying for the GS 14 must also have 2.5 years or more post J.D. legal experience. Applicants applying for the GS 15 must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. legal experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the BASIC REQUIREMENTS above, applicant must meet the specialized experience (SE) as described below;

GS-14: Applicant must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level. Specialized Experience is;

  • Experience interpreting and analyzing legal issues surrounding regulation and legislation review and proposals; privacy and civil liberty protection; or information access, protection, and dissemination.
GS-15: Applicant must possess one (1) year of experience equivalent to the GS-14 level. Specialized Experience is;
  • Experience interpreting and analyzing complex issues affecting rules, statutes, and regulatory matters and questions of law and fact and conducting in-depth, complex research on authorities, decision law, precedents on point of law, rule making proceedings, and or congressional testimony.
  • Experience writing policies and procedures on complex matters; and negotiating memorandum of procedures or other types of inter-agency agreements.
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school (or have an LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.).

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy
announcement. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.

Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice, before they can complete the FBI's background process.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures.  Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Names of candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the best qualified category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Leadership
  • Governance and Legal Jurisprudence
  • Research
  • Oral/Written Communication
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration
  • Problem-Solving Skills
High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.

Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.

Questions or requests for further information may be referred to Elaine Lammert, Principal Deputy General Counsel, or Catherine Bruno, Chief of Staff, at (202) 324-6810.

To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:!benefits.hms?orgId=1&jnum=61893

Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

Applicants should keep their contact information updated on the USAJOBS registration page.



Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to a lower grade for a minimum of 12 months.  This policy does not apply to probationary employees.  Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month probationary period has concluded.

Candidates are ineligible to apply if currently on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); or have failed a PIP and are currently awaiting the final action by your Human Resources Office.

A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable".
Generally, following a COST TRANSFER you will be eligible for transfer after completing three years in the assignment. Additionally, NO COST TRANSFER require a one-year assignment commitment to be eligible for further FBI transfers.

Relocation expenses will be borne by the selectee, except FBI employees returning from Legat assignment.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual
assignment and performance of higher-level duties.

Management has the prerogative to select at any grade for which this position has been announced.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph.  You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation. Only those candidates determined to be best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process.

The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government.  It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.

The FBI welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The FBI is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy.  Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online poses a hardship please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

Step 1 - Establish an Account
On the USAJOBS Web site, select "MY USAJOBS" and click "Create Your Account Now." You will be prompted to provide contact information, establish user access information, and indicate your citizenship and veteran preference information. After entering this data, your personal page will be created. Here, you can choose to create a new resume or set up email notification to alert you to new positions posted to USAJOBS.

Step 2 - Create and Store a Resume
To add a resume on USAJOBS, use the resume builder provided. There are four steps: Getting Started; Experience; Related Information; and Finishing Up. Resumes created on USAJOBS are saved and can be used to apply for any vacancy within the federal government. You can store up to five resumes on USAJOBS.  You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the online questionnaire.
Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the FBIJOBs. gov website to complete the application process.

Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Application
If this is your first time on website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finish" button.

Step 5 - Submit Required Documents
Click on one of the available options: Upload, USAJOBS, Fax, or Reuse existing documents, to submit required documentation.  Follow the instructions provided.

Step 6 - Review and Confirm Your Submission
Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also generate a PDF version to print or save for your records. When you click "Finish" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

If you run into any technical difficulty during the on-line application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk by clicking on "Contact Us" on any USAJOBS page.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:
1. Your résumé and cover letter (Mandatory); cover letter should specify the branch in which the applicant is interested.
2. A Writing Sample, not to exceed 10 pages;
3. A complete assessment questionnaire (Takes approximately 5 minutes); and
4. Other supporting documents:
  • Proof of Bar Association Membership
  • Photocopy of Law School Transcripts
Please Note: FBI employees currently assigned to a General Attorney position do not need to provide LAW School Transcripts or Proof of Bar Association Membership.
  • For Veterans: DD 214;
  • For Disabled Veterans: DD214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later.
  • For current or former Federal employees: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action and most recent Performance Appraisal


Quiana Jenkins
Phone: 202-233-9346
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Mail Stop GP 702-B
Attn: Staffing Unit
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

Status of Your Application:
You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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