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Inspector General Deputy Counsel

Inspector General Deputy Counsels provide legal advice to government officials to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of activities to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.

  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $142,701 - $170,800
  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an ABA-accredited law school; Active bar membership
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About the Job

As an Inspector General Deputy Counsel with CIA, you will use your skills as an expert attorney to provide cogent legal advice and guidance to the highest-level government officials both verbally and in all types of written products.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is charged with conducting independent audits, inspections, and investigations of CIA programs and operations. As the Deputy Counsel, you will make recommendations to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of activities and seek to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse.

You will also provide legal advice and guidance to the IG, Deputy IG, the Assistant Inspectors General for Audit, Inspection, and Investigation and their staffs. You will provide research, analysis, and resolutions in a wide range of legal areas, including statutory interpretation of National Security and Central Intelligence Agency Acts, congressional oversight, constitutional principles, federal criminal law and procedure, FOIA and Privacy Act matters, procurement and fiscal law, conflicts of interest, and ethics. You will also review and comment on proposed legislation and interact with other IGs, the Department of Justice, and Congress. The Deputy Counsel acts as Counsel to the IG in the Counsel’s absence.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Active bar membership from any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands
  • Four (4) years of experience as an attorney
  • Prior experience in the Intelligence Community, in an Office of Inspector General or with the Department of Justice, perferably in a legal position
  • Excellent research, writing and briefing skills
  • Experience with briefing senior leadership and/or Congress
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

Experience or knowledge in the following areas of law:

  • Administrative law
  • Government contracts
  • Appropriations law
  • Federal criminal law and procedure
  • National security litigation,
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Privacy Act
  • Intelligence law and /or whistleblower protections

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • A cover letter specifying your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • One (1) writing sample, 5-10 pages MAXIMUM, single spaced. A legal writing sample is preferred, but if this is not available, then a writing sample that focuses on your current area of expertise or interests is acceptable.