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JOB TITLE: General Attorney

AGENCY: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (“PCLOB”)

SALARY RANGE: $96,970 - $148,967

SERIES/GRADE: GS-13-14 (equivalent)

POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time – Excepted Service


WHO MAY APPLY: United States Citizens



This announcement will be open until the position is filled. Cut off points are scheduled in two-week increments. After each cut-off point, all compliant applications received during the previous two weeks will be reviewed for consideration

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

Position Information
This is an opportunity for:
• Permanent employment in the excepted service
• This position is located in Washington, DC.

Who May Apply
Open to the public

Salary Determination
The PCLOB uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position similar employee’s current GS grade and salary.

Agency Mission
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch established by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, Pub. L. 110-53, signed into law in August 2007. Comprised of four part-time members and a full-time chairman, the Board is vested with two fundamental authorities: (1) to review and analyze actions the executive branch takes to protect the Nation from terrorism, ensuring the need for such actions is balanced with the need to protect privacy and civil liberties, and (2) to ensure that liberty concerns are appropriately considered in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the Nation against terrorism.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
• Advising on the interpretation of laws, statutes, regulations, Executive Orders, and other directives;
• Conducting legal research in areas that may include procurement and fiscal law, employment law, administrative law, etc.;
• Preparing memoranda with recommendation based on legal research;
• Developing materials and implementing training programs for PCLOB staff;
• Drafting statutorily required reports;
• Researching, analyzing, and evaluating data for response to information requests;
• Interpreting, clarifying, and responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for all agency records; keeping abreast of recent developments in the field of disclosure, including recent court decisions, current legislative resolutions, or problems encountered within the FOIA program; serving as liaison to external customers and recipients to clarify and resolve issues;
• Reviewing and evaluating the privacy program, and ensuring compliance with agency privacy program requirements;
• Ensuring completion of the FOIA and records reporting requirements; planning and conducting educational training sessions on FOIA and the Federal Records Act;
• Serving as records subject matter expert and the key resource person for the records management program to include training development and delivery; maintaining oversight for the records management program, regardless of the medium (paper, film, electronic or some other format) or information system in which records exist; providing oversight and management of the records information life cycle which includes collection (collect and retrieve), maintenance (use, file and access), release (disclosure and distribution), amendment, and disposition (destruction, sanitization and transfer);
• Ensuring the transition to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is considered as part of the records management process; and
• Providing legal analysis and guidance on OSHA, FECA, EEO compliance, Hatch Act, etc.

Mandatory and Educational Requirements
• Expert ability to analyze information and database technologies that may implicate privacy protections.
• Superior ability to develop and implement civil liberties and privacy compliance activities and programs.
• Superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear, logical, and concise products that are targeted to and meets the needs of diverse audiences with different perspectives and objectives.
• Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team or collaborative effort.
• Superior analytic and critical thinking skills, including the ability to identify issues and to develop process improvement recommendations.
• Must possess a LL.B. or J.D. and be a member in good standing of a state bar.

Desired Requirements
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with PCLOB personnel and leadership, mission partners, and other PCLOB stakeholders.
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of team in a high-pressure environment focused on the counterterrorism mission.
• Ability to effectively enhance public understanding of PCLOB’s mission, rules, and oversight framework, through authorized transparency channels.
• National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Certificate in Federal Records Management.

Application Process
Please send a cover letter and resume to with “General Attorney” in the “Subject” line.