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FOIA Attorney

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $73,160 – $161,900
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

The CIA's Office of General Counsel (OGC) is recruiting highly qualified Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Litigation Attorneys to join its exciting and challenging legal practice. Experienced FOIA practitioners looking for an opportunity to serve their country are encouraged to apply. Candidates for the FOIA Attorney position should have a minimum of three years of in-house US Government agency FOIA litigation experience, as well as experience dealing with the FOIA administrative process, preferably in the national security law arena. Prior private practice or government litigation experience is also a plus. The robust FOIA litigation practice at the CIA provides the opportunity to work on unique and challenging issues related to national security and interact with a wide variety of US Government agencies, Congress, federal courts, and the private sector.

Minimum requirements: Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and active bar membership from any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands are required.

OGC requires the submission as attachments of a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, and the names and telephone numbers of three legal references.

OGC requires the submission as attachments of a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, and the names and telephone numbers of three legal references. OGC receives hundreds of resumes a month from people desiring to serve their country by participating in our intelligence mission. If you apply for a position with OGC and have not heard from us within 45 days of the date of your application, then we will not be offering you a position. We regret that we cannot personally respond to and hire all the candidates who wish to work for OGC.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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Posted: Feb 10, 2012 12:41 PM
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2017 11:13 AM

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