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Paralegal III, Washington, DC, US, ID#16402

CN3S provides personalized professional and support services to ensure our clients' success. Whether your program requires mission, IT, environmental or medical support, CN3S offers the best solutions to finish your job on time and within budget. CN3S has proven expertise in navigating the competitive and tribal 8(a) acquisition environments. This gives our clients more control over project scopes and budgets, streamlines the procurement process and alleviates acquisition delays.



Reviews incoming FOIA/PA requests to determine subject matter and appropriateness for the Department of Justice and recommends appropriate disposition, e.g., appropriate for referral, appropriate for records searches, additional consultation with the requester or other offices.  Interprets and applies applicable statutes, rules, regulations, and executive orders as they pertain to FOIA/PA for initial processing.


Includes the following:

  • Researches and prepares a variety of written materials and correspondence related to requests for information under the FOIA and Privacy Act.
  • Prepares timely responses to incoming FOIA requesters as assigned.
  • Performs review and conducts searches, as necessary, to locate information responsive to FOIA and PA requests.
  • Conducts factual research of defined scope and complexity utilizing various sources of legal reference to supply necessary information for inclusion in responses to the public, Members of Congress and other federal agencies, with the assistance of government FOIA staff.
  • Performs records management and e-discovery functions, including researching records management and e-discovery obligations, assisting in updating records schedules, assisting with e-discovery projects, and facilitating the transfer of records, as needed.
  • Review Division records, databases and entries to assist in responding to and maintaining the administrative of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requests.
  • Files, retrieves, and copies case file materials; tabs, numbers, labels, and assembles documents.
  • Prepares documents for image scanning; performs other document collection related activities, including document screening, and labeling of files to be scanned. 
  • Collects, organizes, analyzes and prepares records for FOIA processing; assists with a variety of administrative responsibilities of assigned requests, including preparing correspondence, accurately entering data into management databases, and generating reports using various electronic databases.
  • Maintains accurate, up-to-date case notes and documentation regarding the status of multiple requests and projects.
  • Maintain the OJP FOIA webpage and the E-FOIAreading room. This includes collecting and preparing documents for posting to the OJP webpage.
  • May perform other job related duties assigned as needed.


No supervisory or management authority.


Requires paralegal certificate or an equivalent level of legal training may be substituted with the approval of the client , undergraduate degree preferred.  Requires some amount of experience working with processing records in response to Freedom of Information Act or Privacy Act .



  • Sound working knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act, the federal court system, legal research procedures, records management, and legal research resources.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and thorough knowledge of legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw.
  • Ability to work on, manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, such as processing multiple FOIA or PA requests at the same time, and completing special assignments supporting the information management initiative of the Division.
  • Must have hands-on familiarity with the Government’s office and network environment, including but not limited to, data processing environments, including office automation networks, a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, imaging, hardware systems, internet and server-based databases and other applications, such as Oracle, SharePoint, Excel, etc.
  • Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure will be very important.
  • Knowledge of e-discovery procedures and tools preferred. 
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.


This position is performed in a climate controlled office setting.  Some travel may be required.


With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!

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