The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. The incumbent serves as an attorney advisor in the Program Management and Training Unit (PMTU). PMTU is responsible for several nationwide law enforcement initiatives, working groups, and programs, including the transfer of forfeited funds to victims of crime, and the Equitable Sharing Program.
PMTU is responsible for several nationwide law enforcement initiatives, working groups, and programs, including the transfer of forfeited funds to victims of crime, and the Equitable Sharing Program. Each of these programs involves the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars to victims, as well as state and local law enforcement, and requires consistent nationwide policies and oversight to ensure that forfeited proceeds are distributed in accordance with the laws, regulations, and policies that govern them. PMTU is also responsible for the oversight and nationwide training of all federal prosecutors, agents, analysts, and support staff on asset forfeiture, money laundering, and financial investigations, which includes the development of curricula, training tools, and educational materials.
- Working with the United States Attorneys' Offices, federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and the private bar to coordinate the return the proceeds of crime to victims.
- Managing and overseeing the most complex and largest multiple-victim remission cases where the Department has retained a claims administrator.
- Developing and maintaining working relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who are directly involved in the seizure and forfeiture of assets.
- Providing forfeiture support to other Sections of the Department engaged in relevant and related investigations that could potentially result in the compensation of victims with forfeited funds, including but not limited to drafting and/or reviewing judicial documents such as criminal forfeiture allegations, indictments, and other pleadings.
- Advising and instructing federal agents and prosecutors on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy related to remission, equitable sharing, and forfeiture.
- Providing basic, intermediate, and advanced asset forfeiture and money laundering training related to related to victim compensation, equitable sharing, and general forfeiture policies and laws, to other federal prosecutors, federal, state and local law enforcement, and international partners, and participating and presenting at national and international meetings, conferences, and seminars.
- Providing input and expertise with respect to policy and proposed legislation in the areas of victims compensation and equitable sharing.
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.
Grade Specific Qualifications:
- To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have at least one and a half (1.5) 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: performing basic legal analysis and formulating recommendations for senior managers, composing legal memoranda, reports, and position papers on legislative history, laws, regulations, and court opinions in support of civil or criminal litigation.
- To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs, and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation.
- To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants 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: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.
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