Senior Attorney (FOIA), GS-905-14/15 (EXCEPTED SERVICE) DB
Department Of Transportation - Washington, DC

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The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine. The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety.

This vacancy is limited to the first 200 applications and will close early at midnight on the day we receive the 200th application.

This position is located in the Division of Legislation and Regulations in the Office of Chief Counsel. Under the general supervision of the Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation and Regulations, you are responsible for providing for the full range of Maritime Administration information services including matters under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and within the purview of the Secretary of the Maritime Administration/Maritime Subsidy Board.

The ideal candidate for this position serves as Team Leader for the Division’s FOIA team, which administers, executes, and provides advice and counsel on all facets of the agency’s FOIA program.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES: As a Senior Attorney (FOIA): you will
  • Review and recommend legal clearance of staff memoranda pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program and other matters within the scope of the Division.
  • Provide administrative services and legal advice in the preparation, negotiation, and approval of agreements with information requestors under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Coordinate comprehensive delivery of administrative and legal services pertaining to FOIA and information programs to program offices, including incorporation of legal advice relating to program administration and performance.
  • Coordinate delivery and integration of FOIA documents and services with litigation and litigation support functions of other elements of the Office of Chief Counsel and Office of General Counsel as necessary.
  • Facilitate direction and supervision of junior Office of Chief Counsel attorneys and staff members with respect to information and FOIA programs.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

  • Experience with difficult and complex issues relating to FOIA program administration, actions, regulations, orders, or decisions related to exercise of various authorities, including but not limited to the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, and various authorization acts.

  • Experience providing for the information services including matters under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and experience providing support in the preparation and litigation of select cases before administrative bodies and in the Federal courts.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT and GOOD STANDING CERTIFICATE: Applicants must have a Law Degree (J.D. or equivalent) from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school AND be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: BASIS FOR RATING: For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.

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BENEFITS: Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here .

OTHER INFORMATION: Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition . - 2 years ago - save job
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