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
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.
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