Attorney Advisor

Fraud Section
Washington, DC 20005
United States
About the Office: 

The Fraud Section, comprising over 120 federal prosecutors, investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district and international white-collar criminal cases throughout the country and implements and coordinates the Department’s fraud enforcement policy.  Fraud Section cases include corporate, securities and investment fraud; mass marketing fraud; mortgage fraud; procurement and government program fraud; foreign bribery (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or “FCPA”); health care fraud; and other complex white-collar criminal schemes.  The Fraud Section is composed of four subject matter units—Health Care Fraud; Securities & Financial Fraud; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and Strategy, Policy & Training—as well as an administrative and management unit.  The Fraud Section is located in Washington DC. 

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

Job Description: 

The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking a qualified, experienced attorney for a term position to serve an Attorney Advisor in the Strategy, Policy and Training Unit.  The incumbent supports the Fraud Section’s litigation efforts by advising prosecutors and ensuring that all applicable victim witness statutes are met and that all required procedures are followed. The incumbent also serves as a point of contact and assists the head of the Fraud Section’s Strategy, Policy & Training Unit with various outreach initiatives. 

As an Attorney Advisor, the incumbent:

  • Advises Fraud Section management, Fraud Section attorneys and staff on legal issues relating to victims of fraudulent schemes, including: determining whether someone is a “victim” within the meaning of the laws and the Sentencing Guidelines; assisting in the calculation of restitution for victims, pursuant to the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act and other laws; and assisting in the preparation of victim impact statements as needed before sentencing.

  • Advises Fraud Section management, Fraud Section attorneys and staff about the laws that govern the rights of victims and witnesses and the services to which they are entitled.

  • Ensures and coordinates compliance with such victim witness laws as the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA), the Victim and Witness Protection Act (VWPA) of 1982, the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 (Victims of Crime Act), the Crime Control Act (CCA) of 1990, the Victims’ Rights Clarification Act of 1997, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, and others.

  • Ensures and coordinates compliance with Division and Department policies applying to victims and witnesses of crime, including the Attorney General’s Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance; coordinates with Section attorneys, other victim-witness professionals, and the Criminal Division’s Office of Enforcement Operations regarding the handling of witnesses and victims of fraud-based crimes

  • Provides statutory and regulatory notices as required by victim witness laws; explains the notices as needed to victims to ensure that they understand their rights.

  • Provides advice and guidance to victims and witnesses about their rights under the law; consults as needed in person with victims of crimes before, during, and after court proceedings; consults with victims before charging decisions and/or plea offers are made consistent with the laws on the rights of victims to be consulted.

  • Advises Fraud Section management and prosecutors on victim-witness legal issues, including complicated legal issues arising from multi-district or international cases, cases with large numbers of victims, and sophisticated fraudulent schemes.

  • Coordinates with federal investigative agencies and Fraud Section attorneys to identify cases with victims in cases involving, among others, financial fraud, health care fraud, securities fraud.

  • Provides advice as requested to other Department components and offices concerning victim witness issues in fraud cases, particularly in cases with large numbers of victims.


Required Qualifications:  All 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 l.5 years of post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: conducting in-depth legal research, preparing complex legal documents with analyses and conclusions, and providing advice on victim witness laws to prosecutors or other legal counsel. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications:  Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:

  • Experience with the application of victim witness laws and practices to mass victims of financial crimes or other white collar class action litigation.

  • Experience developing or implementing training programs.

  • Experience with the federal judiciary and other branches of government.

This is a term position at the GS-13 grade level. The salary range for this position is $92,145 – 119,794 per annum, which includes locality pay.
Occasional travel will be required.
Application Process: 

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Please submit your Application Package through USAJOBS.  The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

  1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAJobs account before applying via Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.

  2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAJobs vacancy:   

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated August 4, 2016

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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 and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  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, 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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