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Chief, Professional Misconduct Review Unit (PMRU)

Hiring Organization
Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG)
Job ID
950 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The PMRU is responsible for handling disciplinary actions and making state bar referrals for Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and attorneys in identified Department components when the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) issues Reports of Investigation (ROI) finding professional misconduct. Occasionally, OPR makes findings of misconduct against non-attorney employees in the course of other, related findings in the ROI. Accordingly, the PMRU adjudicates the commensurate, proposed disciplinary actions in compliance with existing agency protocol.

The PMRU is dedicated to the timely, consistent resolution of disciplinary matters arising out of findings of professional misconduct within established time limitations. The PMRU Chief will report to the Attorney General (AG) through the DAG and will be assigned within the Office of the DAG (ODAG). The PMRU Chief will be assisted by various Assistant U.S. Attorneys and other DOJ attorneys who will be detailed to perform the work on a rotating basis, but could work remotely from other offices. The PMRU Chief and staff will exercise independent authority and issue consistent, fair, and timely final decisions on matters involving allegations of professional misconduct by attorneys (with the exception of actions involving Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorneys that stem from OPR ROIs).

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 Chief performs all duties assigned or required to execute the programmatic, legal and administrative mission of the PMRU. The Chief supervises the work of the detailed Assistant U.S. Attorneys and other DOJ attorneys assigned to work on PMRU matters. The Chief provides a performance evaluation for or submits feedback on the detailees' work during the rating period.

The incumbent receives only OPR ROIs that include findings of intentional or reckless professional misconduct. After conducting a preliminary review to ensure that the PMRU has jurisdiction and providing subject attorneys with all appropriate due process, the incumbent makes a final determination on appropriate disciplinary action.

The incumbent provides written feedback and training assistance to the U.S. Attorney (USA) or component head based on the lessons learned from the ROIs.

In addition to serving as deciding official when cases are proposed for disciplinary action by a PMRU attorney, the incumbent acts as Grievance Official on grievances submitted by attorneys who have been issued a Letter of Reprimand by a PMRU attorney. In these cases, the incumbent must issue a decision on the grievance within a particular timeframe, and that decision is final. In matters where no grievance is received by PMRU, the proposed disciplinary action becomes final.

In addition, if the incumbent's decision on a proposed disciplinary action is appealed to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the incumbent will work with assigned agency counsel to uphold the decision before the MSPB. The incumbent will determine if referral to the appropriate state bar is required, and make that referral, within a particular timeframe when an action based on a finding of professional misconduct becomes final after all appellate processes are concluded.

The incumbent ensures that resource enhancements necessary for proposed priorities are identified and justified. In addition, the incumbent must use efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace for improved program effectiveness.

The incumbent promotes and supports PMRU's equal employment policies and programs and demonstrates a firm commitment to applying merit promotion principles in all aspects of hiring, selection, training and development and employee retention.

The Chief of the PMRU works under the supervision of the Attorney General through the Deputy Attorney General. As a senior executive, the Chief exercises considerable discretion and independent judgment in determining how work will be accomplished within the broad framework of the goals, objectives and strategic vision of the PMRU.


· Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1* year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

· You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

· You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into this position.

· You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position. Entrance on duty is contingent upon preliminary completion of a security clearance.

· Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

· Only experience obtained by closing date of this announcement will be considered.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below (See 'HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED'). Please limit the narrative statements for each Executive Core and Technical Qualification to no more than two pages. Copies of the Office of Personnel Management’s “Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications” may be obtained via the Internet at

Please see Application Procedures for specific instructions. The narrative statements should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. This evidence must include clear and concise examples that emphasize the applicant’s level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives, and level of contacts.


You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.


MTQ 1. Demonstrated knowledge of the Department of Justice's Standards of Conduct, discovery and prosecutors’ responsibilities under Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 16 and 26.2, 18 U.S.C. § 3500, Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), and Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972);

MTQ 2. Demonstrated expertise in federal litigation;

MTQ 3. Demonstrated experience analyzing and evaluating complex legal issues; and

MTQ 4. Demonstrated experience advising and assisting high-level officials on difficult legal matters.


ECQ1-LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leadership Competencies:

1. Creativity and Innovation: Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.

2. External Awareness: Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders' views; is aware of the organization's impact on the external environment.

3. Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

4. Resilience: Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

5. Strategic Thinking: Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

6.Vision: Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

ECQ2-LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

Leadership Competencies:

1.Conflict Management: Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

2.Leveraging Diversity: Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

3. Developing Others (New): Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

4. Team Building: Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

ECQ3-RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Leadership Competencies:

1.Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.

2.Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

3.Decisiveness: Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

4.Entrepreneurship: Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.

5.Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

6.Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ 4-BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Leadership Competencies:

1. Financial Management: Understands the organization's financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.

2. Human Capital Management: Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.

3.Technology Management: Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results and ensures access to and security of technology systems.

ECQ5-BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Leadership Competencies:

1. Partnering: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

2. Political Savvy: Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

3.Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.


1. Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

2.Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

3. Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.

4. Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

5. Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.

6. Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

Application Process


Your application must be submitted by mail, fax, email (mail to: ses/, or hand-delivery; however; You must ensure that your application is received in JMD/HR at the address specified in the announcement no later than 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Please note that sending your application other than by fax or email may result in a delay in your package being received in JMD/HR prior to the deadline; therefore, you would not receive consideration. Please note that application materials mailed in franked government envelopes will not be considered for this position.


Applicants must submit the following: A resume, SF-50, and Performance Appraisal, narrative statement for the Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and narrative statement for the Executive Core Qualifications. You must send this information to JMD/HR prior to the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e., resume, written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable) WILL NOT receive consideration for this position.

If you are a current career member of the SES, or are eligible for reinstatement in to the SES, or have completed an SES Candidate Development Program and obtained Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board certification, you can apply to be considered non competitively.

To be considered non competitively, you must submit your resume, written statements addressing the technical qualifications, and other qualifications, as applicable, however, you need not submit written statements addressing the Executive Core Qualifications. You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on the closing date of the announcement.


Linda Anderson

Phone: (202)532-4589

Fax: (202)514-0673


Agency Information:


JMD Human Resources

145 N Street NE Room 9W300

Washington, DC



Fax: (202)514-0673


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.


$121,956.00 to $183,300.00 / Per Year

Number of Positions
Not Required.
Relocation Expenses
Not 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, 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 April 7, 2016