This assignment is for a period of three years, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by term or reimbursable detail appointment. This position may be made permanent without further competition.
The Fraud Section plays a unique and essential role in the Department's fight against sophisticated economic crime. The Section investigates and prosecutes complex white collar crime cases throughout the country. The Section is uniquely qualified to act in that capacity, based on its vast experience with sophisticated fraud schemes; its expertise in managing complex and multi-district litigation; and its ability to deploy resources effectively to address law enforcement priorities and respond to geographically shifting crime problems. These capabilities are an essential complement to the efforts of the United States Attorneys' Offices to combat white-collar crime. The Fraud Section also plays a critical role in the development of Department policy.
The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking a qualified, experienced attorney for a position in the Fraud Section’s Strategy, Policy and Training Unit and assigned on a detail to work for two years in London, U.K., initially with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for the first year, and then with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for the second year. After the two years in the U.K., the Attorney will return to Washington D.C. to work with the Fraud Section's Securities & Financial Fraud Unit and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit. A three-year commitment is required for the selected applicant. While assigned to the U.K., the Attorney will collaborate on financial fraud and foreign bribery cases at the FCA and the SFO. The FCA's goals are to (i) protect consumers (ii) enhance market integrity and (iii) promote competition, while serving as the regulator for more than 73,000 firms in the U.K. The SFO is a specialized investigating and prosecuting authority tackling the highest levels of serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption cases in the U.K. The cross-border nature of many financial frauds has increased the need for international cooperation and coordination among regulators and prosecutors, including the Fraud Section, the FCA and the SFO. Upon the selectee's return to the Fraud Section, the attorney will train Fraud Section prosecutors on the best practices and experiences learned at the FCA and the SFO and work closely with the Securities & Financial Fraud Unit and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit to investigate and prosecute financial crimes against the United States.
At the FCA and SFO, the Attorney's duties may include, but are not limited to:
- At the FCA, working on cases involving misconduct in the wholesale markets including all forms of market abuse and, at the SFO, working on serious and complex fraud and corruption cases. At both the FCA and the SFO, the cases may involve conduct which spans jurisdictions;
- At both the FCA and SFO, working as part of a fully integrated team of investigators and lawyers on all aspects of investigations; managing communications with firms and individuals under investigation; drafting and reviewing internal documents and conducting evidential analysis; assisting in preparing cases for prosecution; and, maintaining and promoting an effective working relationship between the organization and the Fraud Section;
- Assisting the U.K. agencies in identifying financial fraud and foreign bribery schemes;
- Conducting training and preparing guidance materials related to common issues that arise in investigations and prosecutions subject to different legal regimes (such as discovery requirements, cooperation protocols, and Kastigar issues), which impact international coordination among U.S. and U.K. agencies;
- Assisting the FCA or the SFO as needed with their investigations and prosecutions of serious and complex international fraud and corruption schemes; and
- Assisting other U.K. counterparts in improving their ability to address foreign bribery and sophisticated, transnational economic crime.
At the Fraud Section's headquarters, specific duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Assisting in investigating and prosecuting financial crimes in the United States involving overseas conduct or evidence, particularly cases involving U.K.-based entities and individuals;
- Identifying gaps in knowledge, enforcement mechanisms, and approaches to fighting white-collar and corporate crime in the United States, relative to the Section's U.K. counterparts;
- Assisting Fraud Section and other Department prosecutors in handling cases in the United States that involve conduct in the U.K. and other countries in Europe, as appropriate; and
- Providing training to prosecutors and preparing guidance materials to improve the U.S.'s ability to investigate and prosecute sophisticated, transnational economic crimes.
Required Qualifications: Interested parties must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction).
To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants have at least four (4) years 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.
- Experience in supporting, litigating, and supervising federal criminal cases.
- Experience handling complex white-collar and corporate criminal cases, including bribery and corruption, securities and financial fraud, and/or international criminal matters.
- Experience conducting investigations of organizations and entities, including corporations, as well as individuals.
- Trial experience in U.S. Courts.
- Experience in international criminal cases.
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.
- 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.
- Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/459014700