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FOIA Attorney
Job#: 475181
Positions: 2
Posted: 07/03/2018
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC
Department: FOIA
Category: FOIA
Salary: Commensurate With Experience
Benefits: SCA
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Job Description


Central Research Inc., is actively seeking mid-level Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Analysts to join our team of attorneys in Washington, D.C. at the Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters. 

  • The selected candidates will be a part of a team that provides FOIA and Privacy Act (PA) processing and internal/external consulting services in support of DOE HQ program offices' administration of the FOIA and PA.
  • The candidate should understand and apply the concepts and methodology of the Department of Justice (DOJ) FOIA/PA regulations.
  • The candidate will assist the DOE FOIA program offices with, among other things, reviewing incoming FOIA requests, orchestrating the processing of highly complex FOIA requests, assisting the FOIA Officer in preparing the DOE's quarterly, annual and executive level FOIA/PA reports, assisting with the development and periodic updates of FOIA program office's strategic plans, recommending actions that may be necessary to comply with evolving disclosure laws and procedures, keeping the FOIA Officer apprised of the status of each FOIA/PA request, and researching FOIA issues as needed

Job Description:

  • Provide FOIA/PA review and processing of pending, complex FOIA cases.
  • Scan FOIA support documents related to cases assigned into the FOIA database.
  • Prepare documentation for, and draft responses to, FOIA/PA requests, coordinating proposed disclosures of information for several entities within the agency.
  • Process submitter notices associated with specific FOIA cases.
  • Provide initial analysis of submitter objections.
  • Redact documents in accordance with agency/entity FOIA protocols which include annotating appropriate FOIA exemptions on records.
  • Process draft responses to submitters of objections to release of information in records.
  • Generate draft response letters to requestors detailing the FOIA review and release determination.
  • Maintain complete and detailed case notes on all assigned cases.
  • Support agency litigation efforts, in coordination with the office of disclosure, by crafting Vaughn indices, declarations, affidavits, answers to complaints, and supplemental releases.
  • Specific duties will depend on the terms of each individual contract opportunity.


Minimum Requirements

  • Ability to obtain and keep a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) clearance
  • 1 year of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) analyst experience 
  • MINIMUM of 1 year of FOIA case processing experience
  • Must be a licensed Attorney
  • Leadership capabilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Proven ability to meet and exceed expectations
  • Exceptional organizational, case management and time management skills
  • Knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and its amendments
  • Knowledge of FOIA exemptions
  • Knowledge of legal interpretations of the FOIA as it affects exemptions and release of documents
  • Knowledge of reporting requirements under FOIA and the OPEN Government Act
  • Proficiency with FOIAXpress required
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Excel
  • Proficient use of Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Proven history of excellent performance

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Important Information:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Central Research is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. EEO IS THE LAW. Central Research invites any employee and/or applicant to review the Company’s Affirmative Action Plan. This plan is available for inspection upon request by emailing If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact the Recruiting Office at (479)419-4377.

EEO is the Law. Applicants’ and Employee’s notice of EEO rights are available in our office and online by clicking here.

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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