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Immigration and Customs Enforcement General Attorney in Washington, District Of Columbia


Organizational Location: This attorney position is located in the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Enforcement and Litigation, Enforcement and Removal Operations Law Division (EROLD), Washington, D.C. Salary: General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages. BUS: This is a non-bargaining position. NOTE: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


ICE OPLA is seeking an attorney for an Associate Legal Advisor position within the Enforcement and Removal Operations Law Division (EROLD) in Washington, D.C. to handle regulatory issues, including drafting rules and regulations for ICE components and reviewing proposed rules and regulations prepared by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other DHS components. In addition to providing legal advice to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers, EROLD attorneys also advise and support the ICE Office of Policy and contribute to significant policy decisions that are integral to ICE's overall mission. EROLD attorneys are also responsible for advising, counseling and/or training ERO officers on relevant legal authorities and/or best practices and policies governing issues such as: alternatives to detention, immigration arrest and detention authorities, conditions of confinement, detainers, administrative removals, fugitive operations, repatriation initiatives, and the 287(g) Program. Assignments within EROLD are typically fast-paced and involve high profile work. EROLD attorneys work closely with a wide range of ICE program offices, including ERO, the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), the ICE Office of Policy, and the ICE Office of Diversity and Civil Rights. They also work with other DHS components and other federal departments. The attorney selected in response to this announcement will immediately be given significant responsibilities. In addition to performing the duties of EROLD attorneys described above, he or she will be expected to assist in drafting and adapting legally supportable regulations and policies to address the pressing needs of ICE, including preparing and updating pertinent regulations to advance the critical mission of ICE and meet congressional mandates and recommendations related to the agency's oversight of student visa programs. The attorney will be expected to routinely provide timely legal opinions for ICE personnel, EROLD management, and leadership within OPLA, ICE, and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of General Counsel Headquarters (DHS OGC HQ). Consequently, qualified applicants must have experience preparing and interpreting regulations, as well as advising clients on statutes and regulations such as the Administrative Procedures Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and related authorities. Applicants should also possess an ability to prioritize multiple assignments; exercise sound legal judgment; efficiently produce quality legal analyses of complex legal issues; be detail oriented and work effectively, both independently and as part of a team. They should also be able to demonstrate an ability to take initiative and work in a reliable, decisive, and professional manner.


Conditions of Employment


You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Additional Information

E-Verify: DHS uses E-Verify to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities. Promotion Potential: GS-15. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit. Notice to Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the Excepted Service; however, OPLA considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. The SF-15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available at Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days after appointment. Suitability: If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you must complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment. Background Investigation: DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet these standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for Secret as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 C.F.R. § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. Pursuant to Executive Order 12564, and the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan, ICE is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace. All applicants tentatively selected for employment are subject to pre-employment drug testing and a final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative result.