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Attorney-Advisor

Hiring Organization
Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA)
Hiring Office
Asset Recovery Staff, Office of Legal and Victim Programs
Job ID
15-EOUSA-1496096
Location:
600 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

This position is located on the Asset Recovery Staff, Office of Legal and Victim Programs (OLVP), Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). OLVP is functionally responsible for providing management support, assistance and advice, and policy guidance regarding legal process and procedures for the United States Attorneys in a variety of programs and areas, including health care fraud, affirmative civil enforcement, asset forfeiture, defensive civil, bankruptcy, bankruptcy fraud, and appellate matters. OLVP coordinates all aspects ofthese programs, including training, funding, legislation, administration, outreach, and assessment.

The Asset Recovery Staff supports asset forfeiture, bankruptcy, and financial litigation of USAOs which are chartered with the enforcement and collection of all civil and criminal debt owed to the United States and the victims of crime.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

The person selected for this position will serve as an Attorney-Advisor and will be responsible for:

  • Providing a full range of management and support to EOUSA and the USAOs in regard to debt collection and victim restitution law and procedures.
  • Providing authoritative advice and guidance on the interpretation, intent, and applicability of federal laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to debt collection and victim restitution.
  • Developing, promoting, and interpreting policy and guidelines with respect to the full spectrum of issues within debt collection, victim restitution and related areas of law.
  • Researching complex legal questions; drafting interpretative guidance and opinions; and making substantive recommendations on legal matters.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 1/2 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience to qualify at the GS-13 level or 2 1/2 years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience to qualify at the GS-14 level.

Applicants must also possess experience and knowledge of debt collection law and procedures.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will possess Federal experience and knowledge of debt collection law and procedures.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Application Process

You must apply on-line on USAJOBS at the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/415009200

Salary

$90,823 - $139,523

Number of Positions
One (1), however additional positions may be filled using this announcement
Travel
1-2 weeks per year
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated April 7, 2016