Assistant US Attorney

US Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey
970 Broad Street, Suite 700
Newark, NJ 07102
United States
18-NJ-CHCF- AUSA - 01
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey is comprised of 130 attorneys located in

three offices: Newark, Trenton and Camden. The USAO has jurisdiction and responsibility over a broad

range of subject matter areas, all of which involve advancing the multi-varied criminal and civil legal

interests of the Federal government.

Job Description: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey is seeking an experienced attorney to

serve in the Health Care & Government Fraud Unit handling affirmative civil health care fraud cases.

The Health Care & Government Fraud Unit's cases and matters vary in scope and complexity, but

characteristically involve difficult and complex factual and legal issues giving rise to civil claims by the

government against individual and corporate health care providers for committing fraud and abuse in health

care, including under the False Claims Act. The selected AUSA will handle all aspects of the investigation

and litigation of health care fraud matters, including analyzing the law and relevant facts to develop and

implement effective strategies for all proceedings.

The Health Care & Government Fraud Unit handles both civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions

involving health care fraud and abuse. Many investigations are conducted in parallel - civil and criminal -

requiring AUSAs to work well together, as well as with supervisors, support staff, and other participants in

investigations and litigation, including law enforcement agents and witnesses, as well as Department of

Justice colleagues from the Commercial Litigation Branch. Many cases handled by the Unit are brought

through qui tams, requiring AUSAs to work with relators and their counsel.

Civil AUSAs must serve as effective and dedicated advocates for the government's interests, timely and

efficiently pursue the just resolution of their assigned cases, and make sound and legally supportable

decisions toward those ends. They must possess the foresight and organizational and legal skills needed to

manage a large and diverse caseload that involves lengthy and difficult investigation and litigation. They

must have strong legal research skills, be able to produce high quality written work even under short

deadlines, and be persuasive oral advocates both in court and in settlement discussions. They must be

comfortable with data analysis and research. Newly-hired civil health care fraud AUSAs are expected to

quickly develop subject matter expertise in health care fraud and the False Claims Act.


Applicants for an AUSA position must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of at least one bar

(any jurisdiction), and have at least two years post - J.D. legal experience.

Salaries are Administrative Determined nased on the number of years of post-JD Legal experiennce and range from $53,062 to $124,503 plus locality
Application Process: 

Applications must be received for this vacancy through July 25, 2018.  Applicants are evaluated by the

Hiring Committee on the basis of such factors as academic performance, trial experience, research and

writing ability, oral communication skills, and other legal and community service and experience. An

application package for a position with this Office should include a letter of application, resume, and 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 product and the extent of editing

done by others.

Individuals interested in applying for this Assistant United States Attorney position should email

their resume and other documents by 7/25/2018 to


Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation reimbursement will not be allowed
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 11, 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 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 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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