General Attorney Job Announcement

JOB TITLE: General Attorney

AGENCY: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

SALARY RANGE: $103,690 to 161,700/ 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 $161,700 and is equivalent to an Executive Schedule Level V.  

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, D.C.

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.


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 the General Attorney for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). As such, the incumbent performs a variety of duties in pursuit of the Board’s mission ensuring compliance with all applicable legal requirements. Work is normally assigned by the General Counsel. The incumbent works independently analyzing and developing ways to approach complex issues and problems and makes recommendations for Board review and consideration. 


  1. Advise on the interpretation of laws, statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, and other directives;
  2. Conduct legal research in areas to include procurement and fiscal law, employment law, administrative law, etc.;
  3. Prepare memoranda with recommendations based on legal research;
  4. Develop materials and implement training programs for PCLOB staff;
  5. Draft statutorily required reports;
  6. Research, analyze, and evaluate data for response to information requests;
  7. Interpret, clarify, and respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for all agency records; stay abreast of recent developments in the field of disclosure, including recent court decisions, current legislation, or problems encountered within the FOIA program; serves as liaison to requesters and other agencies to clarify and resolve issues;
  8. Review and evaluate the privacy program, and ensures compliance with agency privacy program requirements;
  9. Ensure completion of the FOIA and records reporting requirements; plan and conduct educational training sessions on FOIA and the Federal Records Act;
  10. Serve as records subject matter expert and the key resource person for the records management program to include training development and delivery; maintaining oversight of the records management program, regardless of the medium (paper, film, electronic or some other format) or information system in which records exist; provide oversight and management of the records information life cycle, including collection (collect and retrieve), maintenance (use, file and access), release (disclosure and distribution), amendment, and disposition (destruction, sanitization and transfer);
  11. Ensure the transition to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is considered as part of the records management process; and
  12. Provide legal analysis and guidance on OSHA, FECA, EEO compliance, Hatch Act, ethics law, etc.


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. 

Please complete your application on USAJOBS:

GS-13 Equivalency:

GS-14 Equivalency:

GS-15 Equivalency:

Please upload the following documents when applying: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10 pages or less). If you are less than 3 years out of law school, please also include your law school 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.


Positions are being advertised on USAJobs until December 20, 2021. A panel will convene to evaluate applications. 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.

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 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. 


As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

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