The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Patrick McDonnell
Monday, June 3, 2019, 12:14 PM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m.: The Brookings Institution will host Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), for a discussion on how DSCA advances U.S. foreign policy objectives in an era increasingly driven by great power competition. Michael O’Hanlon will join Hooper in discussion. Register to attend.

Tuesday, June 4 at 2:00 p.m.: The Center for Strategic & International Studies will host an event titled, “Collateral Damage? Research Collaboration in an Age of U.S.-China Competition.” Norman R. Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin as well as former Undersecretary of the Army, will deliver keynote remarks followed by a panel discussion including Mikko Huotari, deputy director of the Mercator Institute for China Studies; Dr. Richard Lester, Associate Provost for International Activities at MIT; and Harvey Rishikof, director of policy and cybersecurity research and visiting research professor at the University of Maryland. Stephanie Segal will moderate. Register to attend or watch the event live.

Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m.: The Center for Strategic & International Studies will host an event titled, “Climate, Disasters, and Other Shocks: Are Countries Ready?” Laura Frigenti, global head of KPMG’s International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) Institute, will provide opening remarks followed by a panel discussion including Julie Dana, practice manager of the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery; J.J. Messner, executive director for the Fund for Peace; and Laurel Patterson, head of U.N. Development Program’s SDG Integration. Register to attend or watch the event live.

Wednesday, June 5 at 3:00 p.m.: The American Enterprise Institute will host Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, for a discussion on the upcoming G20 meetings in Japan, the current world economic outlook, and her views on the policy priorities needed to handle this moment with care. Desmond Lachman will join Lagarde in discussion. Register to attend or watch the event live.

Thursday, June 6 at 11:30 a.m.: The Hudson Institute will host Amb. Tibor Nagy, assistant secretary of state for african affairs, who will offer keynote remarks on the Trump administration’s new Africa Strategy. Hudson President Ken Weinstein will join Amb. Nagy for a discussion on the complex nature of U.S. engagement with Africa and the challenges and opportunities ahead. The event will conclude with a panel moderated by Hudson Fellow Blaise Misztal. Register to attend.

Thursday, June 6 at 2:30 p.m.: The Center for Strategic & International Studies will host Rep. Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, for a discussion on U.S. national security challenges in advance of the markup of the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Kathleen Hicks will join in discussion. Register to attend or watch the event live.

Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.: The Heritage Foundation will host an event titled, “Responding to the Crisis in Xinjiang.” Amb. Sam Brownback, ambassador-at-large for the International Religious Freedom Office at the State Department, will deliver the keynote address followed by a panel discussion including Nury Turkel, chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project; Olivia Enor, policy analyst at the Asian Studies Center; and Adrian Zenz. Walter Lohman will moderate. Register to attend.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Research Assistant and Associate Editor, Lawfare (Interested candidates must apply through Brookings to be considered for this position.)


The Research Assistant assists with the maintenance and publication of Lawfare, a national security law website, in the Governance Studies (GS) program at The Brookings Institution. Provides research and administrative assistance on a diverse array of projects connected with the legal framework of American national security policy. Undertakes research assignments with minimal supervision, draft summaries of findings, and assists with preparation of publications. Collaborates with GS Communication staff on matters pertaining to public/private events and GS Development staff on matters pertaining to donor proposals.


Editorial and Research Assistance (60%)

  • With guidance from Senior Fellow, researches and collects documents and information from various sources (government agencies, universities, libraries, database, Internet, non-profit organizations, etc.) on relevant topics for publication on Lawfare.
  • Collects and prepares data from various sources for qualitative analysis, drafting and summarization of information.
  • Provides editing and review assistance in preparation for publication.
  • Work with Lawfare editorial team to ensure content is up-to-date and accurate, publish and design content, and perform other site maintenance duties as necessary.
  • Proofread, update, and fact-check existing data and footnotes; finalize documents in preparation for publication.

Administrative Support (40%)

  • Coordinates logistics for Lawfare and Brookings project. This includes scheduling guests on the Lawfare podcast, identifying dates for presentation, coordinating calls and communication with external authors to the Lawfare blog.
  • Assists with scheduling and coordinating internal and external events and meetings for Senior Fellow.
  • Collaborates with development and communications staff as needed, including confirming fellow or senior fellow availability and interests, recent publications and activity, and relevance of recent work to various external requests for information.
  • Provides administrative support for the Brookings Cybersecurity Project and other Lawfare and Brookings projects, as needed.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in political science, government, or a related field required. Academic background in constitutional law, the judiciary, or legal questions surrounding security issues is highly preferable. Demonstrated interest in the law desired. Interest in issues pertaining to national security required desirable.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Outstanding writing, analytical, and research skills, demonstrated through prior relevant research experience. Journalism experience preferred. Ability to write clearly and with minimal supervision is required. Thorough knowledge of library and online research resources and capacity to conduct independent research is a must. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and organizational skills are also required, as well as ability to take initiative and work in a fast-paced environment. Basic familiarity with Word Press or PHP is a plus.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

Executive Director, Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law

Job Overview

The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law (CNSL) is looking for an experienced Executive Director (ED) to provide oversight and to develop and coordinate strategic goals on behalf of the Faculty Director. The incumbent is responsible for the Center’s operation along with designing and managing center initiatives, programs, and events, and achieving programmatic success while working with multiple stakeholders. This position will engage in fundraising for the Center and the national security law program at Georgetown. In addition, the ED will initiate and manage key relationships, support faculty priorities and student interests, develop and implement standard procedures and policies, strengthen the Centers’ online presence, and ensure that internal and external partnerships are aligned, consistent, and effective. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in and strong knowledge of the field of national security law, strategic vision for CNSL, and strong leadership skills. The goal is to work closely with the Faculty Director to ensure support for faculty, fellows, students, and alumni; to strengthen the Center’s position in the field and relationships with constituents; and to further national security law.

Work Interactions

The ED reports directly to the Center on National Security and the Law’s Faculty Director. The Executive Director will supervise programs, Fellowships, and Research Assistants and will have significant interaction with Staff, Students, and Faculty across the Law Center. This position will collaborate with academic and administrative teams along with other Centers and Institutes. The incumbent will regularly engage in extensive communication with officials across the university on issues related to funding, space, events, HR, and more. Interactions will also include external parties and partners.

Requirements and Qualifications

J.D. and at least 7+ years of progressive experience related to national security law. Demonstrated organizational and grant writing skills and/or public or private sector experience is required. Experience in academic administration as well as project management and mentorship of junior colleagues and/or students is preferred.

Executive Director Responsibilities

Strategic Planning

  • In partnership with Faculty Director, design and implement a strategic vision for the Center for National Security and the Law.
  • Formulate and manage strategic initiatives, direct progress towards meeting goals and achieving benchmarks, ensure follow-through on the part of key persons, and sustain momentum needed to drive initiatives to completion.
  • Provide integrated policy analysis and strategic consultation to the Faculty Director and
  • Co-Directors on major issues affecting the Center.
  • Ensure the continued ability of the Center to bring diverse voices and perspectives to bear on critical issues impacting the field of national security law.
  • Create regular and ongoing opportunities for national security Faculty, students, fellows, scholars, staff, and volunteers at Georgetown Law and provide feedback to the Faculty
  • Director on strategic initiatives.
  • As directed by the Faculty Director, participate in core functions and activities of the Law
  • Center to better situate the Center and capitalize on resources.
  • Attend strategic planning meetings and/or serve on University and Law Center-wide committees/task forces to represent the Center and build awareness around strategic initiatives.

Center Programs and Events

  • Oversee and manage CNSL programs and events.
  • Work with Faculty Director and national security Faculty and students to develop the substance and invite participants or speakers to conferences, meetings, panels, book talks, judicial training, and other events.
  • Institute policies and guidelines for center events and assist Faculty with event details.
  • Convene high-level discussions and debates on issues related to national security law and communicate with other national security programs at Georgetown University.
  • Develop marketing strategies with Media Relations group and coordinate with Georgetown Law’s Special Events Team to ensure the smooth running of CNSL programs and events.
  • Manage Georgetown Law’s Guantanamo Bay Observer program.
  • Organize the Annual National Security Law lecture and dinner.
  • Orchestrate the administrative side of the annual National Security Simulation.
  • Coordinate with Centers, Institutes, and national security-related student organizations at
  • Georgetown Law to foster a collaborative approach.


  • Manage National Security fundraising efforts and take responsibility for all stages of the fundraising continuum, including discovery, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Identify and engage potential major gifts and grants. Develop strategy for visiting prospects to promote center initiatives.
  • Develop meaningful, collaborative relationships with the Gift Officers, the Grants team, and prospects.
  • Write grant proposals on behalf of CNSL and the national security faculty, fellows, and students to help to further build the Center’s programs.
  • Design non-partisan initiatives to provide financial support for the Center and Faculty.

Center Management

  • Institute policies and guidelines for center events and operations.
  • Understand Center needs and lead efforts to identify inconsistencies and provide assistance on recurring issues. Capitalize on existing center strengths and resources without diminishing funds.
  • Supervise, mentor, and train Fellows, Visiting Researchers, Research Assistants and staff as appropriate.
  • Oversee the CNSL budget and budget process. Work with Faculty Director to plan for center initiatives, analyze and realign resources, and advocate for additional resources when appropriate.
  • Prepare and distribute the CNSL annual report.
  • Manage the peer-reviewed, student-run Journal of National Security Law & Policy and its associated annual symposium at Georgetown Law.
  • Provide career advice to JD and LL.M. students and help them to connect with alumni in the field.

External Relations

  • Communicate with and maintain relationships with Georgetown Law alumni, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and the broader national security community
  • Communicate with and maintain relationships with Georgetown Law alumni, the
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and the broader national security community.
  • Manage the Center’s website, online State Secrets Archive, and online Foreign Intelligence Collection.
  • Further develop CNSL’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media.
  • Represent the Center in high-profile fora and events.

Information about health, retirement, and other benefits is available at (This position is classified as AAP.)

To apply, email a cover letter and C.V. to Nadia Asancheyev, at

Any questions may be directed to Nadia Asancheyev, at, or 202-662-4072.

Applications are due Monday, June 3, 2019.

Program Coordinator- Aspen Tech Policy Hub, Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is a West Coast policy incubator, training a new generation of tech policy entrepreneurs. We take tech experts, teach them the policy process through an in-residence fellowship program in the Bay Area, and encourage them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. We model ourselves after tech incubators like Y Combinator, but train new policy thinkers and focus the impact of their ideas. Our first cohort will arrive in June 2019.

Basic Function:

The selected candidate will join a dynamic, entrepreneurial, high-performing team within the larger environment of the Aspen Institute. This position is an opportunity to support cutting-edge policies, programs, research, and communications to support technologists as they learn to engage in the policy process.

The ideal candidate is a multi-talented, early-career professional with experience handling a wide range of logistics, operational, and research tasks; is creative and eager to learn on the job; and has extremely high standards for the quality of his/her work. The Program Coordinator is a critical position that will provide high-quality administrative, research, and outreach support to the team, as well as provide logistical support for the Aspen Tech Policy Hub and its policy programs and events.

The role is a good fit for candidates seeking experience in the wide range of skills and capabilities needed to manage and operate a quickly growing organization, as the Program Coordinator will work closely with the Hub’s Director. This position provides a high level of administrative support and event planning. The position requires balancing multiple, often simultaneous, activities and the ability to prioritize work to ensure that tasks are completed on time. The position also requires a high level of professionalism, strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to support and work in a dynamic environment, and a high degree of personal ownership to ensure quality work products are delivered and support activities are performed.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate impeccable attention to detail, superior organizational skills, exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to flourish in a fast-paced environment. Experience with operational systems such as Salesforce, Excel, and Outlook is essential. Critical thinking skills are also essential, as is the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Research (20%)

  • Research and summarize briefing materials for meetings, conferences, and events;
  • Research and analyze issues of interest for reports, briefs, or other needs;

Communications and External Relations (30%)

  • Serve as first point of contact for outside inquires. Handle written, telephone, and internet requests for information; draft, edit, and produce correspondence as required, including correspondence that is sometimes confidential;
  • Prepare written correspondence on behalf of the Hub, including for its website, social media, and other external communications;
  • Manage relationships with external contractors and vendors, ensuring they are paid on time
  • Manage relationships with assigned stakeholders and/or policy partners;

Events Support (20%)

  • Provide logistical support for briefings, forums, roundtables, and other convenings;
  • Participate in various planning and budget processes as necessary;
  • Assist in scheduling complex meetings and events.

Program Support (30%)

  • Develop dynamic PowerPoint presentations upon request;
  • Take meeting notes and prepare and disseminate follow-up materials;
  • Support program staff in maintaining organized electronic and hard copy filing systems;
  • Support program staff in maintaining a contacts database and quality control of data entered by other staff;
  • Prioritize conflicting needs; handle matters expeditiously, proactively, and follow-through on projects to successful completion, often with deadline pressures.
  • Prepare and submit RFPs for invoices that have been reviewed by the program staff managing contracts and vendor relationships, and liaise with accounting department to ensure timely payments;
  • Work with program and policy staff to support tracking of technical assistance efforts;
  • Assist with data collection and synthesis for submission to Hub evaluator and for inclusion in grant reports;
  • Identify opportunities to improve the quality and efficiency of the program and implement improvements as directed.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Strong interest in and passion for technology in the interest of society;
  • Excellent computer skills required, specifically, expertise with: Salesforce, Microsoft Outlook (including managing multiple, complex calendars), Microsoft Excel (including creation and maintenance of complex spreadsheets); and Microsoft PowerPoint (including development of dynamic PowerPoint presentations);
  • Superior attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks;
  • Experience establishing organizational systems to improve efficiency and functioning in a changing environment;
  • Strong customer service orientation: patience, listening, resourcefulness, responsiveness, and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences and proven ability to effectively interface with senior-level executives;
  • Experience meeting deadlines while balancing multiple projects, including calendar management, travel arrangements, and event planning coordination;
  • Strong, demonstrable writing and editing skills;
  • Creative problem-solving skills and professional and polished interpersonal skills;
  • A desire to learn, sense of humor, flexibility, and resourcefulness.

For a more experienced candidate with the same skills, the Hub will also consider hiring at the Senior Program Coordinator level.

Level of Authority:

  • May assist with supervision of 1-2 interns
  • No budget authority

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

Advocacy Counsel, Human Rights First

JOB TITLE: Advocacy Counsel


LOCATION: Washington, DC

REPORTS TO: Director, National Security Advocacy

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time; Exempt; Non-Union


The Advocacy Counsel is responsible for implementing and contributing to the development of strategies to achieve objectives at the intersection of human rights and national security and other organizational priorities, as needed. The Advocacy Counsel reports to and acts under the direction and guidance of the Director for National Security Advocacy.


  • Conduct research and prepare original analyses, briefs, recommendations, legislation, executive branch documents, advocacy and press materials, talking points, blogs, social media content, amicus briefs, and other materials to advance the organization’s advocacy objectives.
  • Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with colleagues in civil society, the military and other national security-related agencies and departments, issue coalitions and working groups, Hill staff, current and former policymakers, legal and policy experts, journalists, and other stakeholders, in furtherance of organizational objectives.
  • Serve as an expert and spokesperson on Human Rights First’s priority issues, including but not limited to Guantanamo and other aspects of indefinite detention and military trials; policies related to drone strikes and other uses of force; torture and detainee treatment; and wartime counterterrorism frameworks such as the 9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).
  • Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, workshops, and other external events.
  • Support and assist the Director for National Security Advocacy on critical tasks, including:
    • Setting program objectives and priorities where Human Rights First can make a unique and measurable impact
    • Developing and implementing strategies to achieve national security advocacy objectives
    • Collaborating with the Development Team and Board of Directors to ensure the long-term sustainability of the national security program
    • Drafting funder proposals and grant reports
    • Developing and managing the annual program budget
    • Supervising interns and volunteers
  • As needed, work across issue areas and function as part of campaign teams, special projects, or working groups to advance the organization’s objectives.
  • Other duties as requested based on organizational need.


  • J.D. or other advanced degree in public policy, international affairs, human rights, national security, or another relevant field.
  • Experience working in the executive or legislative branches or conducting policy advocacy preferred.
  • Familiarity with U.S. governmental institutions and U.S. and international law related to national security and human rights.
  • Strong legal and policy research skills, including the ability to monitor and analyze relevant national and international legal and political developments.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills, excellent political judgment, and ability to think strategically.
  • A high degree of initiative; and the ability to thrive and multi-task in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and deliver high quality results; to work successfully across organization lines and with a diverse team of colleagues; to work in a variety of U.S. and international settings (including governmental, legal, advocacy and the media).
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills; demonstrated ability to translate the human rights impacts of issues to a variety of audiences (including policymakers and the media) and effectively edit the written work of others.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly comprehend, internalize, and demonstrate expertise in complex policy issues.
  • Ability to develop and implement strategies to achieve concrete and measurable outcomes in a politically challenging legislative environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively and persuasively interact with the press. Communications experience preferred.
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with advocacy partners such as senior-level former government officials, retired military leaders, diplomats, or intelligence officials. Outreach and engagement experience preferred.
  • Fluency in English.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should submit a Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, List of references and Writing Sample. All in PDF format.

Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. No phone calls, please.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing staff from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.

Attorney-Advisor, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)

Job Title: Attorney-Advisor

Agency: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Salary Range: $99,172 – $156,000/ Per Year

Series/Grade: The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. The salary range for this position is statutorily capped at $156,000.

Position Information: This is an opportunity for permanent employment in the excepted service. You will be required to serve a two-year trial period.

Duty Location: Washington, DC

Who May Apply: Open to the public. U.S. citizenship required.

Security Clearance: Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET – Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance. If you already have a TS/SCI clearance, please highlight your last investigation date in your application.

Agency Mission

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform duties as an Attorney-Advisor, working under general supervision in the form of broad policy and program guidance. Attorney-Advisors are expected to accomplish assigned functions on their own initiative, independently formulate requirements, responsibly allocate available resources, and develop, recommend, and monitor implementation of agency policies and procedures. Prior experience related to legal and policy issues implicating privacy, civil liberties, and/or counterterrorism or national security matters is strongly preferred.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serve as an attorney with limited supervision while gathering factual information, conducting legal and policy analysis, and providing legal expertise to the Board in complex investigations and/or reviews.
  2. Prepare memoranda and make appropriate recommendations to the Board.
  3. Respond in writing and orally to inquiries from Members of the Board regarding the status of investigations and/or reviews, research and analysis, and policy implications of existing and proposed programs and making recommendations to the Board.
  4. Summarize reports received from the intelligence community and other agencies and extract essential information.
  5. Assist the Board in reviewing and analyzing federal counterterrorism programs pursuant to its mission to ensure that both existing and proposed programs adequately safeguard privacy and civil liberties.
  6. Advise and assist in the identification of issues and recommendations by providing policy advice, conducting research, and carrying out investigations, as required.
  7. Analyze privacy and civil liberties-related issues, national security and counterterrorism programs and assist the Board in understanding how programs operate.
  8. Assist in drafting Board reports evaluating efforts to protect the nation from terrorism and other Board reports to the President, Congress and the public, as well as drafting congressional testimony, letters, and other documents to carry out the Board’s responsibilities.
  9. Represent the Board in interactions with officials from other departments and agencies of the Federal government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, as required.
  10. Utilize superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, logical, and concise products that are targeted to and meet the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives, while demonstrating analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify issues and to develop process improvements, and working effectively and collaboratively with team members and other agency employees.

Educational Requirements

Must possess a J.D. or LL.B. and be a member in good standing of a state bar or the District of Columbia bar.

Application Process

Please send the following required documents to jobs@pclob.govwith the title “Attorney-Advisor”: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10 pages or less). If you are less than 3 years out of college or law school, please also include a transcript. All submitted materials must be at the UNCLASSIFIED level. If all the materials above are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment.

A candidate’s application may be considered for other eligible vacant positions at the agency. The candidate will be contacted if considered for another eligible vacant position.

Closing Date

A panel will convene to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. A review of your application will be made to determine whether you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified”, “qualified”, and “not qualified”. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be placed in a different category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.

No Travel Expenses for Interview

Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.

Telework, Travel and Benefits

Telework may be made available per agency policy.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our budget office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

Attorney (Honors and Lateral), Central Intelligence Agency

As an Attorney (Honors and Lateral) for the CIA, you will handle a wide variety of legal issues, including:

  • Civil and criminal litigation
  • Foreign intelligence and counterintelligence activities
  • Counterterrorism
  • Counter narcotics
  • Nonproliferation and arms control
  • Personnel and security matters
  • Contracting
  • Finance and budget matters
  • Tax
  • Immigration
  • International financial transactions
  • Corporate law
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Foreign and international law
  • Legislation

You will have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of US Government agencies, Congress, federal and state courts, plus the private sector, and will have regular contact with other Intelligence Community agencies, the White House, the National Security Council and the Departments of Defense, State, Justice, Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security.


The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is part of the CIA's Enterprise Functions, which provides governance and oversight to the business of intelligence effort across the Agency at Headquarters and in locations worldwide. OGC is an independent office of the CIA that provides legal advice and guidance to the Agency and to the Director of the CIA. Learn more about the Office of General Counsel.


In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events – as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.