Trial Attorney

Fraud Section
Washington, D.C., DC 20004
United States
About the Office: 

The Fraud Section, comprising over 120 federal prosecutors, investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district and international white-collar criminal cases throughout the country and implements and coordinates the Department's fraud enforcement policies, nationally and internationally. Fraud Section cases focus on corporate, securities and investment fraud; mass marketing fraud; financial institution and mortgage fraud; foreign bribery (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); health care fraud; procurement and government program fraud (including fraud related to national defense, economic stimulus and recovery programs); and other criminal schemes.

Job Description: 

The U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys for positions in the Fraud Section located in Washington, DC. This vacancy announcement is for one or more Trial Attorneys within the Strategy, Policy & Training Unit in the Fraud Section. The incumbent will report to the head of the Unit. This position may be filled as a 2 year term or permanent position.

As a Trial Attorney in the Strategy, Policy & Training Unit within the Fraud Section, the incumbent:

  • Works with Unit's attorneys and staff on policy aspects of combating fraud, including corporate, securities and investment fraud; financial institution and mortgage fraud; foreign bribery (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); health care fraud; procurement and government program fraud (including fraud related to national defense, economic stimulus and recovery programs); mass marketing fraud; and other criminal schemes.
  • Works on responses to requests from Congress, the Administration, the Department and the public on matters within the Fraud Section's areas of responsibility.
  • Works with the Department, U.S. Attorneys' Offices and domestic and international law enforcement agencies and regulators in the development and management of international and multi-district prosecutions and policy initiatives.
  • Works on proposed legislation relating to statutes that the Fraud Section helps to enforce.
  • Drafts policies and strategy papers concerning the operations of the Fraud Section, the Section's enforcement strategy, and other matters for which the Section is responsible.
  • Participates in working groups and conferences with representatives of other agencies.
  • Develops and implements training programs for Fraud Section personnel, and assists in providing oversight of trial and training opportunities for the Section.
  • Works on Fraud Section reporting and recordkeeping responsibilities to the Department.
  • Works within the Section and the Department on cross-cutting programs, cases, policy and legislative developments, and training initiatives, including recognizing opportunities for greater efficiency through combined efforts.
  • Fosters effective national and global investigations and prosecutions of white collar crime, including developing litigation priorities, policy and legislative recommendations, and international enforcement efforts.
  • Provides advice to the chief of the Unit concerning Fraud Section enforcement strategy.

Required Qualifications:

To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have five (5) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a federal criminal prosecutor;
  • Experience with financial fraud, health care fraud, securities and commodities fraud, procurement fraud, or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters;
  • Experience in developing policy initiatives and drafting or responding to proposed legislation;
  • Experience in working with Congress, the White House, other government agencies, law enforcement agencies, or domestic and foreign regulators on policy matters;
  • Significant writing experience involving multiple types of communications;
  • Experience developing or implementing training programs Experience conducting investigations, including investigations of corporations;
  • Experience exercising judgment and problem-solving skills in complex matters.
Compensation will be at the General Schedule (GS)-15 level, $128,082.00 -- $160,300.00 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM' s Web page at
Occasional domestic and international travel may be required.
Application Process: 

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying: Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

2.Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy:

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 4, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated February 19, 2016

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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