The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia is unique in the size and the scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation's capital. On the federal side, cases prosecuted by AUSAs assigned to the Criminal Division include, but are not limited to, drug trafficking; violent crime and firearm possession; cybercrimes; fraud and public corruption; and national security.
This position is located in Washington, D.C.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The National Security Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia is seeking one or more experienced prosecutors to serve as a senior Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA), with the experience necessary to lead complex and challenging national security investigations and serve as first-chair in trials arising from those investigations.
The mission of the Section is to investigate and prosecute criminal activity that threatens our nation's security. The types of matters that the Section handles include: (1) international terrorism, (2) domestic terrorism, (3) espionage, (4) export control and sanctions violations, (5) malign foreign influence, (6) economic espionage, (7) unauthorized disclosure of classified national defense information and (8) cyber offenses targeted at the U.S. government and/or perpetrated by those connected to state actors or terrorist organizations. The Section's Threat Finance Unit works closely with law enforcement, the intelligence community, and various regulators to use all tools - including criminal prosecutions, criminal forfeiture, civil forfeiture, economic sanctions and trade sanctions - to seize, forfeit, and disrupt funds and assets supporting sanctioned regimes, terrorists, and other individuals and groups that pose a threat to our national security.
AUSAs in the National Security Section (NSS) work closely with virtually all federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Secret Service, the U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Diplomatic Security Service. We also coordinate our efforts with the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, various U.S. Embassies overseas, and our foreign counterparts in law enforcement and prosecution. NSS attorneys typically work on matters in coordination with attorneys from the Department of Justice's National Security Division and attorneys from the Department's Office of International Affairs. AUSAs in the National Security Section are expected to:
- Be familiar with and have experience prosecuting violations of national security offenses within the Section's area of responsibility;
- Possess experience handling classified information, working with the U.S. Intelligence Community, and litigation issues under the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA);
- Be familiar with all forms of federal criminal process and be able to obtain search warrants and other forms of criminal legal process in an efficient manner;
- Advise federal law enforcement agents in the planning and execution of long-term national security investigations, as well as more exigent matters;
- Conduct federal grand jury investigations;
- Work with witnesses and victims during investigations, grand jury testimony, and trial testimony;
- Draft charging documents, such as criminal complaints and indictments and civil forfeiture complaints, in cases that arise out of both long-term investigations and more exigent situations;
- Be able to work well within a prosecution team setting that includes other prosecutors, law enforcement agents, and support staff;
- Coordinate with law enforcement partners, Department of Justice components, other Federal departments and agencies, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and foreign partners, as needed, throughout the investigation and prosecution of National Security cases and matters;
- Produce polished written products, including internal memoranda and court-filed briefs, often under tight time pressure, that effectively and persuasively summarize and analyze relevant facts and law;
- Effectively represent the United States in regular court appearances, including preliminary and detention hearings, motions hearings, trials, plea hearings, and sentencings;
- Be familiar with and comply with the government's discovery obligations in criminal cases, as well as all ethical rules;
- Engage in effective negotiations with defense counsel, including to resolve cases through a plea disposition; and
- Regularly report to National Security Section and Criminal Division supervisors.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions for the National Security Section.
Required Qualifications:Applicants must possess a J.D. degree; be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction); and have at least 3 years post-J.D. legal experience.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance.
A four-year commitment is required.
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have significant prior experience prosecuting national security cases, working with the U.S. Intelligence Community, and litigating issues under CIPA. A successful candidate is expected to have at least three years experience as a prosecutor; outstanding legal ability, high moral character, mature judgment, a keen desire for public service, and an exceptional aptitude for litigation.
Selections are made of the most highly qualified attorneys who apply, without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, color, national origin, handicap, age, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Significant prior criminal and/or civil ligation experience is preferred.
Our office places a high value on diversity of experience and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and person with disabilities.
Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
Residency Requirements: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.
Read more about the recruitment listed above at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/694627700
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/23/2022 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Required - Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (This is completed automatically during the apply online process).
- Required - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year). (cover letter optional).
- Required, if applicable - To get Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation. See the "How you will be Evaluated" section for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.
3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. However, should you not be able to apply online, please contact US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia at 202-252-7812 or email at email@example.com, prior to the closing date of this announcement to request an alternate method of applying.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.