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    This position is located within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of Chief Counsel, located in Washington, DC.  This position starts at a salary of $137,849 (GS-15). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Chief Counsel team within FEMA.

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    When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

    EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions. 

    In this position, you will serve as a supervisory attorney under the immediate supervision of the Associate Chief Counsel for Mission Support Law. Typical assignments include:

    • Supervising a cohesive team of dedicated and talented attorneys who provide legal services related to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the E-Government Act, the Clinger-Cohen Act, the Federal Information Security Management Act, and authorities governing FEMA information technology systems
    • Reviewing withholdings, denials, appeals, and the invocation of exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, and makes recommendations to release or withhold agency records and information under other applicable authorities
    • Serving as primary legal advisor to FEMA to ensure compliance with these authorities
    • Supporting the Department of Justice in representing FEMA in the federal courts, participates in settlement negotiations, and makes settlement recommendations in accordance with applicable directives or policies
    • Participating in making recommendations for legislation, regulations or changes in existing policies, practices, and agency issuances to cure or eliminate problems

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - occasional non-emergency travel required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533582200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.