Consumer Protection Branch
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Consumer Protection Branch is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and economic security of the American consumer.  The Consumer Protection Branch leads the Justice Department's efforts to enforce federal consumer protection statutes throughout the United States.  The Branch's affirmative litigation - criminal and civil - includes enforcement actions involving adulterated and misbranded food, drugs, and devices; hazardous and unsafe consumer products; unfair and deceptive advertising and franchising practices; unfair consumer credit and debt collection practices; deceptive and fraudulent Internet and direct mail sales; all types of financial fraud; and unlawful practices that target vulnerable consumer populations.  This litigation typically involves consumer protection matters of national significance.  The Branch's defensive litigation includes actions challenging federal policies, initiatives, and regulatory actions relating to foods, drugs, devices, and other consumer products.  Much of the litigation handled by the Branch brings Congressional and media interest and scrutiny.  The Branch works closely with the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Job Description: 

The Consumer Protection Branch is seeking experienced attorney-analysts to investigate complex financial and health care fraud matters.  More than one position may be filled from this announcement. 


Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. 

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; and at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level.  You must also be a U.S. citizen. 

 Applicants must demonstrate an ability to function as an attorney, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.  Applicants must possess strong analytical and legal research skills and must have excellent writing skills.  Applicants must possess skills in analyzing records, reconstructing events, and developing legal theories based on comprehensive fact-finding.  Applicants should also demonstrate:  (1) experience with complex financial and/or health care fraud matters; (2) the ability to quickly and accurately articulate complex issues in a case; and (3) strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a professional manner with other attorneys, analysts, and paralegals.

These are non-litigating positions and will not require in-court appearances.

$92,145.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year
Positions may require some travel.
Application Process: 


You must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.  (15 pages or less)  If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that support your claim.  PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION. 

You must  EMAIL your application to:

Please use CPB Attorney Analyst  as your SUBJECT LINE.

You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by the closing date of the announcement, Eastern Standard Time


Cover Letter


Brief Writing Sample (15 pages or less)

Veteran Preference documentation, if applicable. 



Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 19, 2016
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated August 5, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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