General Counsel - National Security Agency

The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755
This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the National Security Agency ('NSA' or 'Agency'). NSA is a component of the Department of Defense and NSA/OGC is part of the Defense Legal Service Agency (DLSA). The General Counsel (GC) of the Department of Defense (DOD) serves as the chief legal officer of DOD. The DOD GC is also dual-hatted as the Director of DLSA, which provides a full range of legal services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Agencies, and DOD Field Activities. The NSA GC is under the authority, direction, and control of the DOD GC, the Principal Deputy General Counsel (PDGC), the Senior Deputy General Counsel, and the Deputy General Counsel (Intelligence) (DGC/I).
The National Security Agency is a combat support agency and element of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The work force is comprised of both military assignees and civilian employees located worldwide, to include military members of the Central Security Service (CSS). NSA's core missions are to conduct cybersecurity and signals intelligence activities as directed by the National Security Act of 1947, National Security Directive No. 42, Executive Order 12333, and other laws and policy direction, consistent with the U.S. Constitution, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and other applicable authorities and restrictions. The cybersecurity mission confronts the formidable challenges in preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information and in protecting national security computer systems from unauthorized intrusion. The signals intelligence mission collects, processes, and disseminates foreign intelligence information in response to intelligence and counterintelligence information requirements and to support military operations. NSA also supports the U.S. Cyber Command in the Command's execution of its cyber responsibilities.

The NSA GC is the Agency's chief legal officer (overseeing an office of approximately 100 attorneys and support staff) and the final legal authority within NSA on all matters arising within or referred to NSA. The NSA GC consults regularly with the DOD Office of General Counsel and is responsible for legal oversight of all NSA activities to ensure that NSA operations are lawfully conducted. The GC routinely interacts with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Justice, other federal agencies, and GCs of other elements of the Intelligence Community regarding legal issues that involve Intelligence Community equities and cybersecurity matters. In addition, given Congress' oversight role, the GC is often called upon to interact with Congressional committee counsel.
The NSA GC is an integral part of the Director of the National Security Agency's senior leadership team and a key advisor to NSA leadership at all levels. The NSA GC also serves as the public legal face for the Agency and, as such, the GC is often invited to speak at public events and to participate in public legal panels.

Specific Duties:
a.Interpret all statutes, Presidential Directives, and Executive and Legislative Branch regulations, and provide legal advice and counsel to the Director and Senior Leadership Team with respect to the authorities for NSA activities and conditions and restrictions thereon.
b.Provide legal advice so all of the Agency's assigned responsibilities can be conducted in accordance with the Constitution and applicable statutes, Executive Orders, and implementing regulations.
c.Advise on all matters relating to the collection, retention, processing, and dissemination of signals intelligence information carried out by NSA or as part of the unified organization for signals intelligence activities that the Director of NSA has established.
d.Advise on all matters related to NSA's cybersecurity mission to include responsibilities that arise under National Security Directive 42 and applicable laws and policy directives.
e.Oversee all other legal services performed within the NSA to include acquisition, human resources, and other enabling functions as well as determining the adherence by attorneys to appropriate professional standards, subject to DOD Instruction 1442.02.
f.Keep the DOD GC currently apprised of all significant legal issues arising from NSA activities.
g.Represent the Agency on legal and public policy matters and serve as a liaison to other departments/agencies and, as appropriate, the Congress.
h.Provide legal reviews of NSA's support to U.S. Cyber Command, with particular emphasis on whether all such NSA support is properly authorized.
i.Conduct NSA's legislative initiative program, which may include drafting proposed legislation, developing the Agency's position on pending legislation and Executive Orders, preparing reports to Congress on legislative proposals, and advising on implementation of new statutes. Communicate directly with DOD OGC, other government agencies, and congressional committee staffs and members of Congress on legislative proposals, as appropriate.
j.Ensure that NSA leadership is informed of significant developments in the law, important judicial, administrative, or other decisions affecting the NSA enterprise, its people, or its resources.
k.Build partnerships with the public and private sectors and within the national security community to advance mission objectives.
l.Provide legal support to the Director, NSA.
m.Perform such other duties as the DOD GC, PDGC, SDGC, or DGC/I may prescribe.",


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General Counsel - National Security Agency

The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755

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