Attorney Advisor

Financial Fraud Identification Center (FFIC), Commercial Litigation Branch/Fraud Section
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 Attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet and other federal employees.

The Fraud Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, represents the United States in federal district courts in civil matters concerning fraud against the government as well as areas including conflict of interest, bribery and public corruption.  The largest subject area of work is application of the False Claims Act, which includes bringing cases for fraud against government healthcare programs, fraud by government contractors, and fraud against a variety of other government programs. 

The CIV-FFIC is located at 601 D Street, NW, Washington, DC.  If you have questions, please call Kara Kotler at 202-307-0937. 


Job Description: 

This is a one-year reimbursable detail with the possibiity of an extension. 

The Department of Justice Civil Division's Financial Fraud Identification Center (CIV-FFIC), a unit within the Fraud Section, Commercial Litigation Branch, is seeking 5 attorneys for a one-year reimbursable detail, with the possibility of an extension. 

The CIV-FFIC consists of staff and resources dedicated to identifying and analyzing potential emerging financial fraud trends in domestic and global financial markets.  The CIV-FFIC focuses on fraud schemes actionable under available civil authorities, such the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).  The CIV-FFIC regularly communicates with its counterparts in the Criminal Division and the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys, as well as the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force's Intelligence and Resources Committee, to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive approach to Department-wide efforts to investigate and combat emerging financial frauds. 

Specific responsibilities of attorneys assigned to the CIV-FFIC may include working with government, industry, and academic experts to gain in-depth analysis of financial markets and practices; detecting and investigating emerging financial fraud schemes; and pursuing potential actions.  The CIV-FFIC also reviews and makes recommendations regarding requests from other DOJ offices to file suit or compromise matters under FIRREA.



This position is open to current federal government attorneys only. 

Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and be a current GS-14 or GS-15 (or equivalent) attorneys in the federal government.  At least five years of post J.D. experience is preferable.  Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen. Desirable qualifications include experience with securities, banking or other financial fraud matters, excellent research and writing skills, demonstrated experience with affirmative civil or criminal enforcement matters, and strong organizational and communication skills. 


$112,021 to $161,900.00 / Per Year
This detail assignment may require travel.
Application Process: 

You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement.

Applications must be EMAILED to

Please use ‘ Announcement # Detail-2017-FFIC' as your Subject Line.

You must submit a statement of interest, resume, writing sample, and confirmation that your office/component approves of your application. 

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses may be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated January 5, 2017

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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.

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