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    Organizational Location: This attorney position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Homeland Security Investigations Law Division (HSILD), Washington, D.C.

    This is a non-bargaining unit position.

    NOTE: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

    Salary: General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.

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    HSILD attorneys perform a crucial role in ICE's efforts to investigate a wide range of domestic and international activities related to the movement of people and goods into, within, and out of the United States. In particular, HSILD attorneys:

    • Provide customs law (administrative, criminal, and civil), criminal immigration, and general criminal law advice to ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility, and the Office of the Director;
    • Advise and train HSI Special Agents on a broad spectrum of topics, including: asset forfeiture and the repatriation of cultural property, confidential informants and undercover operations, criminal gang enforcement, customs fraud and intellectual property rights, cybercrime and child exploitation, export enforcement, financial crimes, identity and benefit fraud, intelligence, international affairs including agreements and arrangements with foreign law enforcement and customs, the smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, search and seizure, surveillance issues, and worksite enforcement;
    • Craft and adapt legally supportable opinions quickly to address the pressing needs of HSI Special Agents;
    • Assist OPLA's field offices in matters in the HSILD portfolio;
    • Provide timely reporting and briefings to OPLA, ICE, and DHS senior leadership;
    • Liaise with attorneys from other law enforcement agencies; and
    • Draft and review congressional testimony, responses to congressional inquiries, and legislative proposals regarding matters in the HSILD portfolio.
    HSILD attorneys serve as part of a dynamic team that provides legal advice to HSI officers and agents; their work contributes to significant policy decisions that are integral to ICE's overall mission. Assignments within HSILD are typically fast-paced and involve high-profile work. The applicant selected for the position will be given significant responsibilities on an immediate basis. As such, the applicant must have the ability to meet short deadlines and should possess exceptional legal research and writing skills, sound professional judgment, flexibility, an exemplary cooperative spirit, and the ability to work well in a team environment. The selectee will be required to have or obtain a security clearance at the Secret level.

    Applicants' cover letters should detail the knowledge, skills, and abilities that qualify them for the position, consistent with those outlined in this announcement. Writing samples will be assessed based on the sophistication of the legal reasoning presented, coherency, proper grammar and syntax, and conformity to applicable formatting and citation guidelines. This position, which is excluded from the collective bargaining unit, is physically located at ICE Headquarters in Washington, D.C., but occasional travel may be required.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0905 Attorney

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536537700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.