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Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Organization: Department of Justice

Office: National Security Division

Position: Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Salary: $123,175 to $185,100


The Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) performs all duties assigned or required to execute the AAG's policy, programmatic, legal, and administrative agenda including but not limited to the following:

  • Provides supervisory and management oversight of a staff of lawyers and non-lawyers within the Division's Counterintelligence and Export Control Section and Foreign Investment Review Staff, who handle extremely sensitive matters of significance to NSD, including, but not limited to: cybersecurity and counterintelligence-related matters; reviews of foreign acquisitions of domestic entities that might affect national security; tracking and monitoring of transactions that have been approved and identifying unreported transactions that might merit review; and responding to Federal Communication Commission (FCC) requests for the Department's views relating to the national security implications of certain transactions relating to FCC licenses.
  • Plans, directs, and reviews work to be accomplished by subordinates. As required, establishes program emphasis, develops operating policies and guidelines, and communicates policies and priorities. In furtherance of these functions, determines and implements internal organization, practices, training needs, and improvements in work processes and procedures.
  • Prepares legal policy analyses, papers, memoranda, reports, and advice insuring that all policies or recommendations are legally and administratively sound and consistent with Department objectives. Participates in discussions and implements policies advocated by the AAG. Works closely with the intelligence community on national security matters.
  • Performs research for various written issuances concerning legal areas in which the Department has an interest. Assignments require personal contacts and discussions with the staff members throughout the Department and other agencies as required to obtain information and assistance in preparation of materials and reports.
  • Prepares or reviews legal or other memoranda for the attention or signature of the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General (PDAAG) and the AAG. In this connection, engages in research appropriate to the legal or quasi-legal problem at hand. Provides written and oral recommendations to the PDAAG and AAG.
  • Analyzes and prepares reports on questions or problems of interest to the AAG. These include issues in individual cases, as well as questions of Department of Justice policy or legal administration. Relays the AAG's policies and philosophies concerning sensitive matters.
  • Reviews and evaluates proposed legal actions and recommendations submitted for the approval of the AAG. Analyzes evidence and legal theory of proposed, litigation, and summarizes findings for the AAG.
  • Participates in conferences between the AAG and members of the executive staff, or officials of other government agencies or private organizations.
  • Represents the AAG at governmental meetings and conferences and speaks for the AAG on delegated subject-matter topics outlining policies and issues of a sensitive nature.
  • Provides strong advocacy and commitment to the Division's priorities concerning workforce diversity and equal employment opportunity and demonstrates strong commitment for merit promotion principles in all aspects of hiring, selection, development and performance management of employees.

Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

The selectee will undergo a suitability review conducted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

You must submit a resume and a separate narrative statement/response that addresses each of the Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualification Requirements related to this position as well as the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.

Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees who have had their Executive Core Qualifications approved by a Qualifications Review Board (QRB) at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are not required to address the ECQs, but must address all Mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications. 


Your application must be submitted by mail, fax, email (ses/[email protected] ), or hand-delivery; however; You must ensure that your application is received in JMD/HR at the address specified in the announcement no later than 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Please note that sending your application other than by fax or email may result in a delay in your package being received in JMD/HR prior to the deadline; therefore, you would not receive consideration.

Please note that application materials mailed in franked government envelopes will not be considered for this position.

INTERNET SITE: This vacancy announcement is also posted on the USAJobs website at


Linda Anderson
Phone: (202)532-4589
Fax: (202)514-0673
Email: SES/[email protected]

Agency Information:
National Security Division
JMD Human Resources
145 N Street NE Room 9W300
Washington, DC  20530

Fax: (202)514-0673


Attorney-Advisor, Department of Commerce

Organization: Department of Commerce

Office: Office of the General Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security

Position: Attorney-Advisor

Salary Range: $64,650 to $100,736


The Office of the General Counsel is seeking one or more junior attorneys at the GS-11 and 12 levels and/or recent law school graduates at the GS-11 grade level to join the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security (OCC/IS).  OCC/IS provides legal advice and support to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on a wide range of issues critical to advancing U.S. national security, foreign policy and economic objectives. 

Regulatory responsibilities will potentially include:  providing counseling on export control licensing and compliance;  reviewing and interpreting statutes, regulations and Executive Orders; drafting and reviewing proposed regulations, legislation, position papers, and testimony;  participating in international technical assistance programs with foreign government officials;  providing legal support to BIS’s defense industrial base and treaty compliance programs; and supporting BIS participation in Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) activities.

Enforcement and litigation responsibilities will include:  representing BIS in complex administrative enforcement cases (including drafting charging documents and related materials, motions practice, discovery, and pre-trial and evidentiary hearings before administrative law judges), assisting federal prosecutors in criminal export control enforcement matters and assisting in defending civil challenges to and appeals of agency action, counseling BIS special agents regarding their investigations, and providing legal support for agency enforcement initiatives.  In addition, attorneys assist the Chief Counsel for Industry and Security on various projects as needed, including with respect to certain Freedom of Information Act legal issues.

The attorney’s responsibilities will include counseling BIS on export control regulatory issues and representing BIS in administrative export control enforcement proceedings regarding dual-use items and those munitions items controlled by the Export Administration Regulations.

Attorneys must be able to handle a wide variety of assignments with short, time-critical deadlines, and have excellent interpersonal skills, suitable for successfully working with policy makers and senior-level officials as well as licensing officers and enforcement personnel at headquarters and in the field.  

Salary Range:  GS-11-12 is $64,650 to $100,736 (promotion potential to a GS-15 although neither guaranteed nor implied).


Recent Law School Graduate: Bar membership is not required

For recent law school graduates, bar membership is not required for initial appointment to a 14 month limited-term law clerk position.  This law clerk position will be converted to an attorney-advisor  position after passing the bar exam and becoming an active member in good standing of the bar of a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

GS-11 Law Clerk: An outstanding record of academic achievement and work experience pertinent to the work of OCC/IS is also desirable.  Must also possess exceptional analytical, writing, organizational, and interpersonal communications skills and demonstrate a serious interest in working on both regulatory and administrative enforcement matters. 

For a GS-11 Attorney-Advisor:

  1. J.D. degree; active bar membership in good standing of the bar of a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  2. An outstanding record of academic and professional achievement.  Must also possess exceptional analytical, writing, organizational, and interpersonal communications skills and demonstrate a serious interest in working on both regulatory and administrative enforcement matters.  Academic training or work experience pertinent to the work of OCC/IS is also desirable.

For GS-12 Attorney-Advisor:

  1. J.D. degree; active bar membership in good standing of the bar of a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and one year of professional work experience.
  2. An outstanding record of academic and professional achievement.  Must also possess exceptional analytical, writing, organizational, and interpersonal communications skills and demonstrate a serious interest in working on both regulatory and administrative enforcement matters.  Academic training or work experience pertinent to the work of OCC/IS is also desirable. 

Position Requirements:

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen. 

Education: Must have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school with a J.D. degree.

Successful candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level security clearance.  Dual citizens must be prepared to relinquish foreign citizenship in order to receive a clearance. 

Please send your resume, cover letter, law school transcript (unofficial is sufficient for application purposes), and a legal writing sample (preferably on a regulatory, export control, economic sanctions, international trade, national security or litigation topic) to [email protected] by March 4, 2016. 

Applicants who are not selected for interviews will not be notified that they have not been selected.  


Legal Intern

ORGANIZATION: International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC)

Intern – International Humanitarian Law

OBJECTIVE:  The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team. 

Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  • Basic knowledge of IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).
  • Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset
  • Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree (or JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (student work permits are excluded)


Main Responsibilities

Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.  

  1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, and other related topics.  Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (
  2. Monitor Legal Developments Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation.  In addition to research, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team. 
  3. Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs.  Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.   

Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the IHL Legal Advisor.  He/she is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties.

The intern will be expected to work 20 hours a week for 12 weeks between June and August. Starting and ending date are negotiable.  This is a paid internship.  For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at [email protected].  To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Carly Steffes at [email protected]. Applications are due April 1st, 2016.


Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

About the Office: 

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Job Description: 

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.


Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.


Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.

Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to [email protected]

The subject line should read: “[Last name] Intern Application”. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

National Security Division
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy)

Application Deadline:

Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address [email protected]

Number of Positions: 2