ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) that protects our communities from acts of terrorism, violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research, and use of technology.
This position is located in the Office of the Chief Counsel (CC), West Region in Phoenix, AZ. This position functions as a legal advisor assigned to the Associate Chief Counsel (West Region) and handles a wide range of legal issues within the division. The office legal work involves responsibility for a wide range of legal issues and matters arising from the ATF Field Division.
Prepares advisory opinions on a variety of questions presented by the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Director of Industry Operations (DIO), and Associate Chief Counsel (West Region). This requires research and analysis of legal matters such as the seizure and forfeiture of property; offers in compromise; the issuance, suspension, denial, and revocation of licenses and permits; and violations of criminal provisions of Federal law relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. These assignments usually involve complicated facts and require the review and analysis of inspection reports or investigation reports and other documents submitted with the request for a legal opinion.
Handle cases involving possible litigation in connection with alcohol, tobacco, explosives and firearms matters. Reviews and analyzes investigation reports to determine whether or not the facts constitute violations of the law and regulations and to determine the procedure to be followed; and prepares a memorandum advising as to the action that should be taken on the case. When cases are related to permit or license matters that are adjudicated before administrative law judges or hearing officers, the attorney represents the Bureau at the hearing. Cases that are tried by the Department of Justice, such as criminal violation cases, the attorney may, upon request of the U.S. Attorney, assist at the trial and settlement thereof.
The attorney provides advice and recommendations to Bureau officials on a wide range of complex legal problems, including constitutional law issues, criminal law and procedure, administrative law and asset forfeiture.
The attorney also provides assistance to the United States Attorneys in connection with civil and criminal cases involving ATF. He/she also assists field division personnel by responding to inquiries from members of the explosives and firearms industries and attends conferences and seminars with industry groups.
This is an excepted service position.