This incumbent serves as a staff attorney in the Office of the Solicitor, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, Counsel for FOIA Appeals, Paperwork Reduction Act and Federal Records Act. The Division is responsible for planning implementing and evaluating all management and administrative services for SOL. The Division is also responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the Department as a whole under various governmental administrative mandates and statutes.Learn more about this agency
The incumbent’s primary responsibilities are to prepare and draft Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act appeal decision letters on behalf of the Solicitor of Labor, and to provide legal advice of the Paperwork Reduction Act and Federal Records Act.
FOIA/Privacy Act administrative appeals are filed with the Solicitor after parties’ requests for information have been denied by disclosure offices at the agency level. The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and reviewing agency files, and ultimately determining whether to disclose a wide variety of materials, which may include witness statements, investigative reports, personnel information and confidential commercial and financial data. The incumbent is responsible for clarification of relevant facts and applicable law by initiating contact with DOL component agency contacts, conducting necessary research, and consulting as necessary with the Counsel and the Department of Justice officials. The incumbent drafts well reasoned, well explained appeals decisions which are consistent with SOL policies and procedures. The incumbent is responsible to advise of appeals that raise novel or complex questions of law or procedure Additionally, the incumbent assists counsel in the administration of the FOIA Appeals Unit, such as returning telephone calls regarding status or other issues; attending meetings representing the interests of the unit; assisting in the preparation of the Appeals Unit’s reporting for the DOL FOIA Annual Report; assisting non-attorney staff in drafting their appeals, and other duties regarding the administration of the Unit as assigned.
The incumbent will also be responsible for providing legal services in issues arising out of the Paperwork Reduction Act and the Federal Records Act. Such assignments will entail providing day-to-day advisory services in personal and telephonic conferences as needed for various DOL program operations, through preparation of written and oral legal opinions and interpretations of law in response to requests from Department officials, review of proposed legislation, statutes, proposed and final regulations and administrative issuances.
14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.
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