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Attorney Advisor (Program Management and Training Unit)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section
Job ID
24-CRM-MLARS-010
Location:
Washington, 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 Program Management and Training 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.

The Program Management and Training Unit (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, as well as oversight of the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund. The Unit is also responsible for the oversight and nationwide training and communications on asset forfeiture, money laundering, and financial investigations.

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 Attorney Advisor in PMTU will split time equally between Program Managements duties and U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund duties:

Program Management Duties:

  • Analyzes and offers recommendations on complex policy questions involving substantive and procedural aspects of remission law, arising from application of regulations concerning whether a particular petitioner is eligible for remission, sufficiency of petitioner's supporting evidence, and priorities among classes of victims;
  • Makes recommendations to MLARS and PMTU leadership on asset forfeiture and victim compensation issues based on an analytical review of the governing statutes, regulations, and Departmental policy.
  • Retrieves information from Departmental databases and claimant/victim sources; maintains confidentiality and integrity of all information and data pursuant to law and Department requirements; prepares complete and accurate status reports of claims and case work and performance statistics;
  • Works with United States Attorney's Offices, federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and the private bar to coordinate the return of proceeds to victims of crime;
  • Carries a significant caseload of remission matters and other types of formal and informal requests for which MLARS has decision-making accountability or consulting responsibilities;
  • Conducts training for federal partners on asset forfeiture and victim compensation; and
  • Critically analyzes complex statutes, regulations, legal precedents, and other legal documents.


U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund Duties:

  • Administering the Fund in accordance with the Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act, including establishing and implementing procedures for filing applications, determining eligibility, and determining payment amounts;
  • Adjudicating applications, holding any required review hearings, and rendering decisions in writing;
  • Preparing reports to Congress required by the Act; and
  • Coordinating with other Department of Justice components and other departments, as necessary, to implement the Act.
Qualifications

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; 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:
One of more of the following qualifications is preferred:

  • The ability to analyze and evaluate written materials;
  • The ability to offer written or oral recommendations on complex policy questions involving involving substantive and procedural aspects of Departmental policies and regulations;
  • The ability to carry a significant caseload and to work independently;
  • The ability to develop and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with a variety of federal, state, and local organizations, and the private bar;
  • Demonstrates sound legal judgment;
  • The ability to meet deadlines;
  • The ability to function effectively in time-sensitive situations;
  • The ability to communicate both orally and in writing;
  • Service in supporting a complex, multiple-claimant compensation fund;
  • Analysis and development of legal guidance regarding a compensation program, including setting claim and eligibility criteria;
  • Experience with a claims process to include notice and claim forms; website and phone content; review and decision-making; and
  • Experience with conducting administrative hearings.
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 USA Jobs announcement.

  1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USA jobs account before applying Create an Account. 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 USA jobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/768964300
Salary

The salary range for this position is $163,964.00 to $191,900.00 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2024/general-schedule. 

Number of Positions
1
Travel
You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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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Updated January 4, 2024