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Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA)

Hiring Organization
USAO District of Columbia
Hiring Office
United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
Job ID
601 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia (DC) 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 local side, AUSAs assigned to the Superior Court Division prosecute cases ranging from misdemeanors to homicides. On the federal side, AUSAs assigned to the Criminal Division prosecute federal crimes. The Civil Division further defends the United States in civil suits brought in DC.

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 Office seeks qualified applicants to join the Fraud, Public Corruption, and Civil Rights Section (FPCCR).

FPCCR handles complex and challenging prosecutions intended to address criminal threats aimed at financial institutions, businesses and non-profits, local and federal government, the electoral system, and individuals' financial well-being and federal rights. FPCCR consists of two litigating units, the Fraud Unit and the Public Corruption and Civil Rights (PCCR) Unit. Attorneys in the section are able to draw cases from both units. The Fraud Unit prosecutes various white-collar offenses, such as frauds on government agencies, including health-care fraud, tax fraud, and frauds on COVID-19 relief programs; frauds targeting businesses, non-profits, and social institutions, whether by insiders or outsiders, including business email compromise schemes; foreign corrupt practices; money laundering networks perpetrating frauds against financial institutions and online through cryptocurrencies; and cyber-enabled frauds (such as malware and carding forums) and crimes (such as hacking/intrusion). The PCCR Unit prosecutes public corruption offenses, such as bribery of local and federal officials; willful conflicts of interest; theft of government funds; election crimes; and efforts to obstruct or interfere with the lawful functioning of Congress, the Judiciary, and Executive Branch. The PCCR Unit is equally committed to prosecuting civil rights offenses, such as crimes based on protected characteristics, including race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability; excessive force by law enforcement; and other color of law violations.

FPCCR often collaborates with Justice Department litigating components such as Fraud, Public Integrity, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property, and Civil Rights. FPCCR receives referrals from federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division, and the Inspector General community, as well as local law enforcement agencies such as the District of Columbia Office of Inspector General and the Metropolitan Police Department.

Successful applicants to FPCCR should have at least four years of prosecution experience. FPCCR AUSAs must be strong writers, diligent investigators, and skilled oral advocates and trial attorneys. They must be willing and able to work collaboratively; possess the energy, enthusiasm, and aptitude to manage sensitive and complex long-term investigations; and have the desire to take on exceedingly difficult cases. Federal prosecution experience, along with experience investigating and prosecuting cyber, fraud, civil rights, public corruption, and/or election offenses is preferred.

Specifically, AUSAs in FPCCR are expected to, among other responsibilities:

  • Manage long-term criminal investigations, including investigations involving partners from the U.S. Department of Justice and multiple federal law enforcement agencies;
  • Develop and maintain subject-matter expertise in an area specific to FPCCR's practice, such as cyber crimes, any manner of fraud, corporate investigations, public corruption and criminal conflicts of interest, election law, civil rights and hate crimes, Garrity and Kastigar, or other such areas of law;
  • Prepare thorough written memoranda summarizing investigative findings and recommending the declination or initiation of criminal prosecutions;
  • Participate in the scrutiny and review of colleagues' charging recommendations and litigation strategy through indictment review conferences and trial moots;
  • Carefully screen matters for investigation and exercise sound judgment, in accordance with Office policy and applicable Department guidelines, over whether to initiate investigations and prosecutions;
  • Timely draft and obtain applicable legal process, including subpoenas, search warrants, pen trap orders, Title III authority, and indictments;
  • Conduct grand jury investigations and presentations, including investigations and presentations involving a high volume of documentary evidence;
  • Oversee and manage substantial discovery productions in accordance with applicable District expectations and national best practices;
  • Represent the United States in all stages of criminal litigation, including arrest and indictment, pre-trial motions, trial, and post-trial and collateral proceedings;
  • Conduct lengthy, complex trials involving a high volume of documentary evidence; and
  • Routinely report to and consult with supervisors in FPCCR and the Criminal Division.

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

Read more about the recruitment listed above at:


Required Qualifications:
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 3 years of post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

United States citizenship is required.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have at least four years of post J.D. experience as a prosecutor, preferably in the areas of cyber, fraud, civil rights, public corruption, and/or election offenses; and an outstanding legal ability, high moral character, mature judgment, a keen desire for public service, and an exceptional aptitude for litigation, including significant white-collar investigative and trial experience.

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 identity, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Additional Information:
The Office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

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.

This position is located in Washington, District of Columbia.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.

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

Application Process

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 02/10/2023 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 - Cover letter.
  • Required - Law school transcript.
  • Required - Legal writing sample. The writing sample selected for submission should be the applicant's exclusive work product. If the writing sample was edited, or if there were other contributors, applicants are expected to identify those portions of the writing sample not exclusively their own work project and the extent of editing done by others.
  • Applicants may submit letters of reference from persons recommending appointment (include letters of recommendation or reference behind your resume).
  • 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.

3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, 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 2022526662 or email at, prior to the closing date of this announcement to request an alternate method of applying.


AUSA's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $63,734 to $155,155 or basic pay plus locality is $84,441 to $183,400 which includes 32.49% locality pay.

Number of Positions
One or more
You may be required to travel occasionally, including domestic and international travel.
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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Updated February 3, 2023