Dark Web and Cryptocurrency International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Attorney Advisor

Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT)
Attorney
Washington, DC 20004
United States
20-CRM-DET-040
About the Office: 

This assignment is for a period of at least 12 months, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.

The mission of the Criminal Division's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) is to develop and administer technical and developmental assistance designed to enhance the capabilities of foreign justice sector institutions and their law enforcement personnel.  This assistance is administered in order to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, financial crimes and other types of crime in a manner consistent with the rule of law.  The assistance is also administered to enable those institutions and their personnel to more effectively cooperate regionally and with the United States in combating such crime. http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/opdat.

This position will also work closely with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS).  CCIPS is responsible for implementing the Department's national strategies in combating computer and intellectual property crimes worldwide. CCIPS acts as a force multiplier in the domestic and international prevention, investigation, and prosecution of computer crimes and use of electronic evidence by working with other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts. Section attorneys work to improve the domestic and international infrastructure-legal, technological, and operational-to pursue network criminals most effectively. The Section's enforcement responsibilities against intellectual property crimes are similarly multi-faceted. Intellectual Property (IP) has become one of the principal U.S. economic engines, and the nation is a target of choice for thieves of material protected by copyright, trademark, or trade-secret designation. In pursuing all these goals, CCIPS attorneys train federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel; comment on and propose legislation; initiate and participate in international efforts to combat computer and intellectual property crime and provide case-based mentoring and litigation support to other prosecutors.  In addition, CCIPS attorneys located in Washington, D.C. regularly run complex investigations, resolve unique legal and investigative issues raised by emerging computer and telecommunications technologies; and litigate cases.   

The U.S. Transnational and High-Tech Crime Global Law Enforcement Network (GLEN) program is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Affairs (DOS/INL) and CCIPS and OPDAT.  Currently, ICHIPs are posted to regional positions in Africa (Abuja, Nigeria), Asia (Hong Kong S.A.R. and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Europe (Bucharest, Romania, Zagreb, Croatia and the Hague), and Western Hemisphere (Panama City, Panama and Sao Paulo, Brazil). Two subject-matter expert ICHIPs -- the ICHIP for Internet Fraud and Public Health (IFPH) and the ICHIP for Dark Web and Cryptocurrency (DWC) -- as well as DOJ computer forensic analysts and law enforcement officials with intellectual property and cybercrime expertise also form part of the GLEN. 

The objective of the GLEN is to promote the rule of law and to protect Americans from criminal threats emanating from abroad by delivering targeted training to encourage both immediate improvements as well as long-term institutional change.  This assistance includes training workshops, legislative review, case-based mentoring, skills-development, and promoting institutional reform such as the formation of specialized units to address these criminal threats.

Job Description: 

The Dark Web and Cryptocurrency International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Attorney Advisor (DWC-ICHIP) will work with the GLEN to support international capacity building aimed at countering cybercrime and intellectual property (IP) criminals in the context of transnational organized crime (TOC).  The DWC-ICHIP will provide assistance on a variety of criminal justice projects including: (1) developing and delivering technical assistance and programs on criminal investigations involving the Dark Web and cryptocurrency, with particular emphasis on Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe/Central Asia regions where sophisticated TOC threats are located; (2) identifying gaps in existing law, providing advice to legislative bodies on effective legislation and amendment of existing laws to improve enforcement; and (3) building capacity of law enforcement agencies on a range of Dark Web and cryptocurrency topics, including techniques to conduct undercover operations on the Dark Web and undercover cryptocurrency transactions, technical skills and technology to perform block-chain analysis to trace transactions, and training prosecutors to obtain and present admissible evidence related to Dark Web activity.  The selected attorney will work closely with law enforcement and government officials, including prosecutors, investigators, judges, legislators, and others to serve as a subject-matter expert on Dark Web and cryptocurrency in order to develop and carry out the justice sector assistance program.

Qualifications: 

Required: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess ALL of the requirements below:

  1. A J.D. 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. 
  2. Specific grade level requirements:
    1. GS-15:  At least four (4) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include four (4) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.
    2. GS-14:  At least three (3) years of post J.D. legal experience, to include three (3) years of prosecutorial experience in Article III courts or comparable state level courts.

Applicants must have, or be able to obtain through their Component/Agency, and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Preferred: Applicants should have a thorough understanding and practical knowledge of Department of Justice and other U.S. Government approaches and policies involving cybercrime and intellectual property crime, with an emphasis on Dark Web and cryptocurrency matters, and security and justice sector development issues, including training and institution-building.  

The successful applicant should also have:

  • Ability to function effectively in an international, multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Extensive prosecution experience; and
  • Experience in bar activities, teaching, designing course curricula, and/or work with international development projects.
Salary: 
Under detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee's base pay.
Travel: 
Extensive international travel will be required.
Application Process: 

Although this vacancy announcement expires on August 12, 2020, the announcement may be closed at any time if selections are made.  The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter and resume to ICHIP.Applicants@USDOJ.GOV

This position may be eligible for either a temporary change of station (TCS) relocation or EX-TDY. Upon selection, a cost comparison will be conducted to evaluate which option will be offered if detailee is outside the Washington D.C. area.

If candidate is offered EX-TDY, transportation, lodging and M&IE may be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the detailee and Criminal Division.

If a candidate is offered TCS relocation, relocation expenses may be provided in accordance with government regulations, DOJ policy and the governing Memorandum of Understanding between the detailee and Criminal Division.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Relocation Expenses: 
See "Application Process".
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated July 16, 2020

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