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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO District of Hawaii
Hiring Office
Civil Division
Job ID
300 Ala Moana Blvd, #6-100
Honolulu, HI 96850 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The mission of the United States Attorney's Office, District of Hawaii, is to investigate and prosecute federal crimes, to defend the interests of the United States in civil litigation, and to pursue affirmative civil litigation in a manner that is just and consistent with the priorities established by the Attorney General of the United States.

The District of Hawaii encompasses a diverse geographical area consisting of eight main islands with a total population of approximately 1.4 million people. There are approximately 28 Assistant United States Attorneys in the district, all of whom work at the federal complex in Honolulu. Honolulu, located on the southeastern shore of Oahu, is the most visited and populous city in Hawaii and offers a wide variety of activities from surfing to snorkeling to hiking, as well as diverse social venues and a local art scene. Hawaii has historic landmarks to explore and numerous cultural celebrations throughout the year. It enjoys mild temperatures year-round and although the cost of living in Hawaii is significantly higher than the national average, the tropical weather, scenic beauty and variety of outdoor activities makes Hawaii a wonderful place to live.

For more information about the District of Hawaii, please visit the following website:

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.

Job Description

The District of Hawaii is seeking applications from experienced attorneys for a position as an Assistant United States Attorney ("AUSA") in its Civil Division. The AUSA will primarily defend the federal government, its agencies, and employees in a range of subject matters, including medical malpractice, employment discrimination, civil rights violations, and environmental matters. The AUSA may also represent federal interests in bankruptcy court and state court foreclosure actions. This position may also require the investigation and prosecution of affirmative civil cases, including under the False Claims Act, to obtain damages and civil monetary penalties for fraud committed upon federal programs and contracts.

The AUSA must be a strong advocate who demonstrates initiative and is comfortable with all aspects of litigation, including case development, filing affirmative pleadings, motions practice, discovery, settlement negotiations, and trial. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, able to work with complex statutes and regulations, willing to collaborate, and able to manage a variety of cases at once.

The attorney must be devoted to justice, excellence and representing the public. The attorney must work well both independently and as part of a team and must be willing to assist other attorneys as needed.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1* year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants should possess superior oral and written communication skills, legal research skills, excellent analytical ability, good judgment, courtroom skills, appellate litigation experience, and a demonstrated capacity to function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment. In addition, applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.

AUSAs receive training by the U.S. Department of Justice and by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Application Process

To apply for this position, you must create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Applicants must submit a resume and all required documents through Log into and search for announcement number 23-HI-12072000-AUSA04. Or click on the link to view:

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 - A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
  • 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.

The range of basic pay is $77,381 to $183,400 which includes 21.17% locality pay and a cost of living allowance (COLA) of 9.28%.

Number of Positions
1 or more
Occasional travel both within and outside the district as necessary.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

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 must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-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. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated August 18, 2023