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Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
271 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States
About the Office: 

Subject to all hiring freeze guidelines, the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York (EDNY) is seeking experienced attorneys for positions as Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) in the Criminal Division.  As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, you would join one of the nation’s premier litigation offices representing the United States in three of the five boroughs of New York City – Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island – and all of Long Island, as well as the EDNY’s surrounding waters.  The EDNY encompasses approximately eight million people, major international air and seaports, extraordinary commercial and cultural activity, and a diversity and vitality that make it a unique and exciting place to live and work.  We value diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from attorneys from all ethnic groups, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities.  (The EDNY website may be accessed at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nye).


The main office of the Criminal Division is located in Brooklyn and consists of the following seven sections: Business & Securities Fraud, Public Integrity, Organized Crime & Gangs, International Narcotics & Money Laundering, National Security & Cybercrime, Civil Rights and General Crimes.  In addition, there is a Long Island Criminal Division office staffed by AUSAs responsible for investigating and prosecuting the full range of federal crimes.  AUSAs represent the United States in the U.S. District Court for the EDNY and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  AUSAs work closely with Special Agents of all federal investigating agencies, as well as NYPD detectives and law enforcement officers of other local and state entities, to investigate and prosecute a broad spectrum of criminal activity.  An Appeals Division supervises criminal appellate work for the Brooklyn and Long Island Criminal Divisions.

The Office has one of the Department of Justice’s most active and sophisticated national security programs, including international and domestic terrorism, weapons proliferation, counterespionage and cyber security prosecutions.  The Office also prosecutes leaders of dangerous drug trafficking cartels and high-ranking members of traditional organized crime (La Cosa Nostra), as well as defendants who belong to transnational organized crime groups, including La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Russian and Asian organized crime enterprises.

The Office also prosecutes a variety of sophisticated corporate and securities fraud cases.  The Office’s white collar prosecutions include elaborate market manipulation, corporate and securities fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion schemes, as well as political corruption offenses, including the prosecution of elected and appointed government officials.  The diverse nature of the criminal practice in the EDNY enables AUSAs to prosecute cases involving a wide range of other crimes, including civil rights violations, human and sex trafficking crimes, child pornography and exploitation offenses, environmental crimes and firearms trafficking.

Job Description: 

The applicant selected for the Criminal Division will represent the United States in all aspects of federal criminal prosecution, from investigation through appeal.


Required qualifications: An applicant must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three years of post-J.D. relevant legal experience.

Preferred qualifications: An applicant should possess proven research and writing abilities, superior oral and interpersonal skills and judgment, and have demonstrated initiative and capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.  United States citizenship is required.

An initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment Security waiver, which includes fingerprints, credit and tax checks, and drug testing.  In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

All initial attorney appointments are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

AUSA’s pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience and availability of funds. The range of basic pay is $86, 689 to $161,800, which includes current 31.22% locality pay for our office.
Travel requirements vary depending on the needs of any particular case assignment. In addition, there will be some training opportunities outside of New York.
Application Process: 

Submit a cover letter and resume to:

William J. Muller, Esq.

Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney

United States Attorney's Office

Eastern District of New York

271 Cadman Plaza East

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Thereafter, qualified applicants will receive an application packet with further instructions.  No telephone calls please.  Position(s) open until filled.

Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Multiple, based on funding availability and all Departmental guidelines.
Updated December 22, 2017

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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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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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