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Deputy Director, Fraud Section (Career, Senior Executive Service)

Hiring Organization
Civil Division (CIV)
Hiring Office
Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section
Job ID
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet officers and other federal employees.

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We are looking for an individual to serve as one of three SES Deputy Directors in its Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section. The Commercial Litigation Branch is responsible for defending claims made against the United States as a result of its various commercial activities, and spearheads the government's efforts to recover monies fraudulently secured or improperly diverted from the United States Treasury. Fraud Section attorneys litigate many of the Civil Division's cases that have the highest monetary stakes. Working with the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, attorneys recover hundreds of millions of dollars each year from individuals and corporations that have defrauded the government through federal contracts, Medicare and other federal health insurance programs, subsidies, grants, and loans - - wherever the government's money is at stake. A primary source for the section's cases are actions filed by whistle-blowers pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.

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 Deputy Branch Director (Career SES) helps to provide oversight of the Fraud Section's wide array of litigation and provide critical supervision of and guidance to over more than 100 attorneys and support staff. In addition to managing Fraud Section staff, the incumbent works closely with management and administrators at the highest levels of the Department, in the office's client agencies, and in the U.S. Attorneys' Offices. The incumbent assists the Director in setting litigation and resource-allocation priorities for the office's huge workload and reviewing proposed legislation and policies that may affect the office's areas of expertise. The Deputy Director may also personally handle some of the office's high-stakes cases often participating in negotiation and settlement conferences with opposing parties in sensitive situations. The incumbent also serves represents the office to officials and judges of applicable courts in connection with matters arising within the Commercial Litigation Branch.


Applicant 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.

We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. 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 required of the Deputy Director, Fraud Section (Commercial Litigation Branch). Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge you possess.

YOU WILL BE EVALUATED ON ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQ): Your responses to the MTQs should be submitted in one document, that includes separate narrative statements addressing each of the 3 Mandatory Technical Qualifications.

MTQ 1. Demonstrated expertise in federal litigation and multiple areas of commercial law.

MTQ 2. Demonstrated experience supervising the work product of attorneys.

MTQ 3. Demonstrated ability to communicate persuasively on behalf of the United States and

one's organization.


ECQ 1 - 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.

ECQ 2 - 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.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

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

ECQ 5 - 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.

Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have a substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive specialized (operating, administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position.

Application Process

Applicants who fail to submit all information and documents (i.e., resume, and other documents as applicable) will not receive consideration for this position. You must send this information to CIVIL/HR prior to the closing date of this announcement.

ECQ responses are not required for current or former career members of the SES. Indicate in your resume that you are a current or former member of the SES. You must submit responses to the MTQs, and submit a copy of the most recent SF-50 documenting your SES career appointment.

Applicants who have completed the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and have had their ECQs certified by OPM must provide a copy of their certificate as part of their application. SES CDP graduates must also submit responses to the MTQs. Responses to the ECQs are not required.

Application Procedures:


  • Resume
  • Separate narrative statements addressing the (3) Mandatory Technical Qualifications and the (5) Executive Core Qualifications.

Your application must be submitted by Email, hand-delivered, or sent via mail to:

Please use Announcement #
SES-10735224-20-CR as your Subject Line.

Via U.S. Postal Service:

Crystal Roy
DOJ/Civil Division/ HR
P. O. Box 14660 Ben Franklin Station, NW
Washington, DC 20044-4660

Via other mail carriers:

Crystal Roy
DOJ/Civil Division/HR
2nd Floor
1100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530

You must ensure that your application is received 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 hand-delivery or email may result in a delay in your package being received in Civil/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.


$131,239 to $197,300 per year

Number of Positions
This position requires occassional travel.
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 3, 2020