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Assistant United States Attorney

United States Attorneys Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania
235 N Washington Avenue
Scranton OR Harrisburg, PA 18503
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses, seeks recovery of government funds fraudulently obtained, litigates affirmative civil fraud and enforcement actions, and defends the U.S. Government's interest in civil cases. The United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania has staff in three offices: Harrisburg, Scranton, and Williamsport. More information about the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is available at http://www.justice.gov/usao/districts/pam.html

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for a permanent Assistant United States Attorney opening in our Civil Division. All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. The AUSA in this position will be handling affirmative civil enforcement litigation, defensive litigation, and civil rights litigation.             

The duty station of this position will be Harrisburg, Pennsylvania OR Scranton, Pennsylvania and will be determined based on the selected applicant.                                        

Affirmative civil enforcement litigation involves fraud, waste and abuse cases, where federal agencies and taxpayers are the victims. These cases are most often brought under the False Claims Act, and frequently involve health care fraud, procurement fraud, mortgage fraud, and contractor fraud. These cases are also often associated with parallel criminal proceedings, where the civil AUSA must coordinate with the criminal prosecutors. Most cases involve claims of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, and require not only initiative and creativity in directing the government's investigations of fraud claims, but also superior organizational and documentary review skills.

The defensive litigation involves defending a vast array of civil cases brought against the United States and its agencies, including employment discrimination cases; personal injury actions; medical malpractice claims arising out of treatment at Veterans' hospitals or other federally funded health facilities; challenges to agency determinations such as the denial of Social Security disability benefits; and decisions by immigration authorities to deport or detain aliens. 

Civil defensive litigation also involves a broad range of other matters, including requests to disclose records under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, appeals and/or challenges under the Administrative Procedure Act, defense of government officials sued in their individual capacities, and motions to quash subpoenas that fail to comply with applicable federal regulations. AUSAs handle their own cases and must be capable of managing numerous ongoing matters and juggling depositions and deadlines for pleadings in a collegial, supportive environment.  Civil rights litigation in the Civil Division involves enforcing a number of federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, and other protected characteristics, involving a number of areas, including education, housing, and/or employment.


United States citizenship is required. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least three years of post-J.D. experience.

Preferred Qualifications:  The Civil Division litigates complex cases, so the successful applicant should possess approximately ten years of experience in managing and organizing voluminous documentary evidence and synthesizing the information in these materials to present an effective case. Because most of the civil practice in the U.S. Attorney's Office involves pretrial litigation, applicants must possess superior research and writing abilities and must be able to prepare high-quality and persuasive pleadings. Applicants should possess experience in taking or defending depositions and conducting witness interviews. While not required, post-JD experience in the federal system is desirable. Applicants must demonstrate analytical ability, good judgment, and excellent communication skills. Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies. Applicants will conduct their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of pay is $61,632.00 to $161,204.00.00 which includes a 16.15 % locality pay supplement.
Travel will be required, primarily within the Middle District of Pennsylvania (33-county area) with occasional trips to other districts, as well as to the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina for training and conferences.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted through the USAJobs on-line application system under vacancy announcement 18-PAM-10111553-AUSA at www.usajobs.gov. Mailed applications will not be accepted. Applicants should also fill out the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s supplemental questionnaire, and attach it to their application, submitted through the USAJobs on-line system, along with a cover letter and resume. The supplemental questionnaire may be accessed on the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s web-site at https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdpa/job

No telephone calls please. Resumes should include complete dates (beginning month and year and ending month and year) for all periods of employment. Please submit only one application. Agency point of contact is Ms. Christine Osborne, Human Resources Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18501-0309 (570)207-4809

Application Deadline: 
Monday, February 5, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
This announcement will be used to fill one immediate position. However, depending on the needs of the office, additional positions may be filled from this announcement within the District.
Updated January 17, 2018

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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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