Attorney (Danville)


: $136,790.00 - $136,790.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Legal

Job Description:

Protecting privacy is a core consideration for every federal organization and is best achieved when it is an integral part of an organizations business operations. Privacy stewardship and governance are keys to a successful privacy program and can reduce the risk that government programs erode privacy protections and ultimately lose the publics trust. Accordingly, the Office of Chief Counsel is seeking an experienced attorney who meets the needs required for the DEA Privacy Program to implement and sustain federal privacy awareness and stewardship, and fulfill legal and regulatory requirements. A strong and multi-faceted privacy program will help ensure that DEA considers privacy protections and controls when making business decisions involving the collection, use, sharing, retention, disclosure, and destruction of personally identifiable information (PII), and adheres to all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

The attorney will be expected to perform difficult and varied legal work involving the interpretation and proper application of laws, executive orders, regulations, precedents and agency practices relating to Federal privacy laws, assist DEA components in complying with their legal responsibilities, make recommendations regarding important policy questions to the DEA Senior Component Official for Privacy (SCOP), and represent the SCOP in intra- and interagency policy deliberations. In particular, the attorney will:

  • Contribute to the development of privacy and civil liberties policy and procedures that fully reflect legal and operational mandates for DEA.
  • Review and evaluate proposed legal actions submitted by DEA components that require approval or coordination of the SCOP.
  • Perform legal research on assigned questions of law or policy, and prepare reports, presentations, talking points, or memoranda for the use of the SCOP.
  • Assist in crafting DEAs annual Senior Agency Official for Privacy report pursuant to FISMA, as requested.
  • Confer and collaborate with DEA attorneys and officials, other government agencies, and interested parties to provide guidance and advice to ensure compliance with statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements, and to minimize risks to privacy and civil liberties.
  • Support DEA privacy teams to ensure DEAs compliance with applicable law and policy, including developing and, when appropriate, publishing privacy notices; drafting information sharing agreements or arrangements; assessing privacy risks and implementing administrative, physical and technical controls to mitigate such risks; drafting and revising privacy compliance documentation, such as Privacy Act system of records notices and rulemakings related to exemptions, initial privacy assessments, and privacy impact assessments; and responding to breaches of personally identifiable information (PII).
  • Develop and consider creative solutions to mitigating privacy and civil liberties risks while achieving key mission objectives.
  • Provide counsel and assistance through the analysis of, and familiarity with, relevant case law, and the review and evaluation of proposed legislation, regulations, guidelines, or policies that may have significant effects on privacy and civil liberties.
  • Develop and maintain a basic understanding of key international privacy-related principles, laws, and guidance that may impact the Departments operations.
  • Coordinate and execute special projects as assigned by the SCOP. For GS-14 and 15, this includes reviewing the work of junior professional staff.
  • Provide counsel and assistance to the SCOP regarding the preparation and dissemination of legal and policy guidance on matters of special importance and sensitivity.
  • Address difficult, often novel, problems in providing legal counsel to senior officials in charge of major operating programs.
  • Advise on privacy-related questions of law or administrative policy involved in the operations of DEA.
  • Advise on laws, regulations of federal agencies, opinions of the courts, administrative law judges or equivalent, common law, and administrative law.
  • Lead development and implementation of DEAs privacy training and awareness plan; develop and deliver privacy training for different audiences, consistent with government-wide guidelines and best practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Supervision

    The supervisor provides administrative direction for assignments in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The attorney is responsible for independently planning, designing, and carrying out programs, projects, studies, or other work. At the GS-14 and 15 level, work results should be technically authoritative and usually accepted without significant changes. When the attorneys supervisor reviews his or her work, that review should concern the fulfillment of program objectives, effects of advice and influence on the overall program, or contributions to the advancement of policy or procedures. Recommendations for new projects and alterations of objectives usually are evaluated for such considerations as availability of funds and other resources, broad program goals, or national priorities.

    Associated topics: attorney corporate, company, compliance, compliance office, counsel, lawyer, legal, legal affairs, legal department, market * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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