The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, June 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Monday, June 20th at 9:30 am: The Council on Foreign Relations will host Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, for a conversation on TPP and American Leadership in the Asia-Pacific. Merit E. Janow will moderate the discussion. Watch the livestream here.

Monday, June 20th at 4 pm: At the Institute of World Politics, John Sano, former deputy director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, will discuss the Role of Intelligence in American Foreign Policy. RSVP.

Tuesday, June 21st at 9 am: At the Atlantic Council, Ambassador James B. Cunningham will moderate a conversation with Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Olson on International Commitment to Afghanistan. Register here.

Wednesday, June 22nd at 12 pm: The Cato Institute will host an event on Twenty-Five Years of Indian Economic Reform: India's Record and Prospects of Becoming a Major World Power. Ian Vasquez will moderate a panel discussion with Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, Ashley Tellis, and Stephen Cohen. Register to attend here.

Thursday, June 23rd at 10 am: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hear testimony from Seamus Hughes, Aaron Lobel, and Peter Neumann on Countering the Virtual Caliphate. More information at the committee's website.

Thursday, June 23rd at 1 pm: At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Nikolas Gvosdev, Michael Kofman, and Michael Purcell will discuss Russia's Military: Assessment, Strategy, and Threat. RSVP.

Friday, June 24th at 12 pm: The Middle East Institute will host an event at Johns Hopkins SAIS entitled Responding to Lebanon's Syrian Refugee Crisis. Philippe Lazzarini, Deputy UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, will over remarks. Randa Slim of MEI will moderate. Register to attend.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Legal Advisor

United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Announcement Number: 16-FISC-01

Position Title: LEGAL ADVISOR

Grade/Salary Range: JSP-15/16 ($128,082 – $170,400) (Depending upon qualifications and experience)

Position Location: Washington, DC

Open Date: May 25, 2016

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

How to Apply: To be considered for this excepted service, “at will” position, applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume detailing all relevant education, experience, and skills

  • Writing sample, not to exceed ten pages

Applications may be e-mailed to:

Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Travel and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court employs six Legal Advisors to assist the Judges of the Court in considering applications presented by the U.S. government for authority to conduct electronic surveillance, physical search or other forms of intelligence gathering pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Legal Advisors also advise Judges on legal issues presented in applications or that are otherwise before the Court.


The Court invites applications from attorneys with at least four years of legal work experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the JSP-14 level. The Court is particularly interested in individuals who have an expertise in national security law, constitutional law, privacy, or communications technology and the law. Experience in litigation is also preferred. To be considered, an applicant must be a licensed attorney, a member in good standing of the bar of at least one jurisdiction, and possess a current security clearance, preferably Top Secret/SCI.


Full-time employees are eligible for a full range of benefits to include 13-26 days of annual leave, based on years of service, 13 days of sick leave, and a minimum of 10 paid holidays per annum; retirement; Thrift Savings Plan; Federal Employees Health Benefits; Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program; Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance; flexible benefits; long-term care insurance; public transportation vouchers (SmartBenefits); and an onsite physical fitness facility.


United States citizenship is required.

Employees are required to use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

Associate General Counsel

Agency: Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Job Title: 13120- Associate General Counsel

Salary Range: $77,490 - $119,794

Vacancy Open Period: 05/27/2016-06/24/2016

Component Mission: The Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) provides legal advice and counsel to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and other ODNI officials on a wide range of legal issues to include intelligence and national security law; procurement and acquisition law; personnel law; government ethics, budget, and fiscal law; general administrative law; legislative support; government information practices (Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act); and intellectual property law. Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)

  • We are currently looking for an attorney with 2-5 years of legal experience to join ODNI’s Office of General Counsel. Attorneys in the Office of General Counsel periodically rotate portfolios to provide legal support and guidance on new issues or to different clients depending on the needs of the office. It is anticipated that the person selected for this position will initially handle litigation and administrative law issues. However, over the course of their careers, attorneys in OGC are expected to provide expert legal counsel, advice and support across a wide range of legal issues, including intelligence and national security law, FISA, litigation, privacy and civil liberties, international law, procurement and acquisition law, personnel law, government ethics, appropriations and fiscal law, administrative law, legislative issues, government information practices (Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act), and intellectual property. To that end, ODNI OGC is looking for an attorney with wellrounded experience and an interest in practicing across several areas of law as the needs of the office change over time. Below are a few major duties and responsibilities:
  • Provide preliminary legal advice to Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) leadership on areas of law affecting ODNI’s duties and responsibilities under the National Security Act, Presidential directives, Executive Orders, and other related laws and policies.
  • Provide recommendations to senior attorneys to support the development, review, and preparation of United States (US) Government-wide and IC-wide policies, procedures, guidelines, rules, and standards.
  • Counsel clients, including ODNI leaders, on legal issues and provide effective guidance on possible courses of action; prepare documents on legal issues for a variety of internal and external recipients.
  • Conduct research and analysis on complex or sensitive legal issues as well as on laws, regulations, and policies that have an impact on ODNI and IC interests.
  • Provide initial reviews of planned ODNI and IC activities for compliance with the US Constitution and laws of the US, Executive Orders, and other applicable regulations and policies affecting ODNI and the IC; brief senior attorneys on potential legal and policy issues, and recommend solutions to address legal problems having potential impacts on the ODNI's or the IC's mission or activity.
  • Perform initial analyses of statutes, bills, reports, and Congressional materials, as well as proposed Executive Branch orders, directives, regulations, and policies, to determine their effect on the ODNI and the IC; provide advice and counsel to senior attorneys on legislative proposals, Congressional testimony, and related documents.
  • Develop initial briefings for senior attorneys to support ODNI and IC views on particular matters to Executive Branch entities, Congress, and private sector entities; brief senior attorneys on legal issues that relate to or effect ODNI and IC activities.
  • Maintain productive working relationships with congressional staff and peers in ODNI elements, the IC, and executive agencies; use these relationships to discuss ODNI and IC positions, support a continuing dialog, and provide insight into ongoing and planned ODNI and IC activities.

For more information on how to apply, see the job announcement.