The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking experienced attorneys to fill two positions in the Policy Unit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section in Washington, DC.
The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) leads the Department’s efforts to take the profit out of crime through the Department’s asset forfeiture and anti‑money laundering enforcement efforts. MLARS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department’s Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies and to community groups within the United States, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.
The Policy Unit leads the formation of policy, regulatory, and legislative changes to promote the use of anti-money laundering and forfeiture as law enforcement tools to combat organized criminal groups, take the profit out of crime, and further victim compensation, all while ensuring that the rule of law is strictly followed, civil liberties are protected, and our constitutional system is strengthened. The Policy Unit also develops and implements strategic initiatives related to money laundering and asset forfeiture. In addition, the Policy Unit represents the Section in various interagency and intergovernmental fora.
The incumbents’ responsibilities will include:
- Providing advice and developing written materials regarding national policy initiatives and strategies on asset forfeiture and money laundering-related issues;
- Providing advice on development of legislative initiatives and strategies, preparation of positions on legislation proposed by Congress, and preparation of responses to congressional inquiries on issues within the Section’s area of expertise;
- Providing advice and developing written materials for policy guidance and regulations relating to asset forfeiture and money laundering;
- Representing MLARS in dealings with the national money laundering and asset recovery community, regulatory community, interagency partners, and state and local partners, as well as outreach to the private sector; and
- Providing advice on strategic planning of public appearances and writing and reviewing speeches and testimony related to asset forfeiture and money laundering issues for Criminal Division leaders, such as the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and Chief of MLARS.
Required qualifications: Interested 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 be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, appllicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: working as a state or federal prosecutor on money laundering or asset forfeiture cases; working on state or federal legislative law enforcement initiatives; formulating and drafting legal policy; or working as a senior attorney leading anti-money laundering, compliance, or regulatory efforts in a private corporation.
Preferred qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies. You are required to respond to each competencies in the occupational questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these questions may result in your being deemed not highly qualified for the position.
- Knowledge of anti-money laundering and asset forfeiture laws, processes, and procedures;
- Ability to draft, analyze, and review legislation relating to law enforcement;
- Ability to analyze, write, and review legal policy in support of legislation or executive orders; and
- Ability to represent the Section in Department, interagency, and other committees, groups, and task forces.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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