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Attorney Advisor (Policy Unit)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section
Job ID
Washinton, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) leads the Department's anti-money laundering enforcement and asset forfeiture efforts. This posting is for an Attorney-Advisor in the Policy Unit.

MLARS' mission is to take the profit out of crime and protect the U.S. financial system. MLARS investigates and prosecutes complex international money laundering and asset forfeiture cases, and has responsibility for managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program. Prosecutors in MLARS handle investigations, prosecutions, and civil and criminal forfeiture involving: violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, sanctions regimes, and related laws by financial institutions and their employees; high-level foreign corruption and international money laundering schemes aimed at laundering the proceeds of foreign corruption through the U.S. financial system and the forfeiture of assets related to those schemes; schemes involving professional money launderers and gatekeepers to the financial system; and other complex criminal schemes.  Non-litigating attorneys in MLARS handle victim compensation; equitable sharing with state, local, and tribal law enforcement; asset forfeiture and money laundering training, and policy work.

In the MLARS Policy Unit, attorney advisors develop and monitor legislation, regulations, interpretive guidance, strategic initiatives, and other policy proposals to ensure that the Department has the necessary anti-money-laundering (AML) and asset forfeiture tools to combat illicit actors, take the profit out of crime, and compensate victims – all while ensuring respect for the rule of law, protection of civil liberties, and a strong constitutional system. 

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

Attorney Advisors in the MLARS Policy Unit:

  • Provide advice and develop written materials regarding national and international policy initiatives, guidance, regulations, and strategies on asset forfeiture and money laundering-related issues;
  • Represent MLARS, the Criminal Division, and the Department in dealings with the national money laundering and asset recovery community; regulatory community; inter-agency partners; federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and regulators; and international law enforcement and policy components; as well as in outreach to the private sector; 
  • Monitor and track asset forfeiture, money laundering, and other criminal and civil law-enforcement-related legislative and regulatory developments; and draft, review, and provide technical and policy assistance on legislative proposals, statutory and other reports, regulations, policy documents, briefings, and other materials;
  • Respond to Congressional inquiries and GAO reviews; and
  • Provide recommendations and expert advice to the Policy Unit Chief and to MLARS and Department and Criminal Division leadership as needed.

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, 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, 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; reviewing, analyzing, and developing complex policies and legislation; performing highly complex legislative and regulatory analysis or research; 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.

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

  • Knowledge of anti-money laundering (AML) and asset forfeiture laws, processes, and procedures; 
  • Knowledge of the U.S. financial services industry, including familiarity with Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/AML compliance programs, supervision, and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network implementing regulations;
  • Ability to draft, analyze, and review legislation and regulations, including proposals to modify the BSA and other AML authorities and their implications for law enforcement;
  • Ability to analyze, write, and review legal policy in support of legislation, rulemaking, or executive orders, and other initiatives; and
  • Ability to represent the Section in Department of Justice, inter-agency, and other committees, groups, and task forces.
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 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. 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

The salary range for this position is $155,700 – $183,500 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at….

Number of Positions
Occasional domestic and international travel will be required.

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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, 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 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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Updated May 18, 2023