Experienced Attorney Advisor- Reimbursable Detail

Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section
Attorney
Washington, DC 20530
United States
15-CRM-DET-003
About the Office: 

While this vacancy announcement expires on May 17, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is made. This assignment is for a period of up to 12 months, beginning in or about May 2015, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding. Appointment to this position will be effected by detail appointment.

The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. AFMLS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.

This announcement is for one position assigned to the Policy and Training Unit, which conducts outreach to USAOs and other Department components to identify, develop, refine, and implement policy regarding asset forfeiture. The Policy Team advocates for policy, regulatory, and legislative changes, and develops and implements strategic initiatives to promote the use of forfeiture and money laundering as a fundamental law enforcement tool. The Policy Team also handles a variety of policy issues involving victims, equitable sharing, real property, intellectual property, and emerging technologies. The incumbent to this position is an Attorney Advisor and identified within the Section as a Senior Policy Counsel. This is a reimbursable detail funded by AFMLS.

Job Description: 

The incumbent provides senior level input and counsel on a wide variety of policy and legal questions that, broadly speaking, relate to the effective use of anti-money laundering and asset forfeiture laws to attack crime. The incumbent works to coordinate AFMLS' efforts with the Office of the Assistant Attorney General and other Sections in the Division, U.S. Attorney's Offices, federal law enforcement agencies, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), and the interagency community (through participation in several working groups and interagency program reviews). As Senior Policy Counsel, the incumbent:

  • Engages in representational work
  •  Drafts and reviews national policy strategies
  • Drafts proposed legislation and positions
  • Drafts policy guidance and regulations
  • Drafts recommendation memos on matters requiring AFMLS approval
  • Performs speech writing duties
  • Serves as the expert for information on the Section, the DOJ Assets Forfeiture Fund, their initiatives and programs
  • Delivers training and plans and carries out various speaking assignments
  • Mentors and advises junior Policy Counsels
Qualifications: 

Required: We are seeking an experienced Department of Justice attorney. To qualify for this position, applicants must possess 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.

Preferred: The successful applicant should also have:

  • specialized knowledge in money laundering and asset forfeiture law;
  • mastery of clear and persuasive writing; mastery of concise and informative oral presentation;
  • a high order of skill in analytical and legal reasoning; and
  • high degree of diplomacy, integrity, and tact is essential in coordinating many sensitive Department initiatives.
Salary: 
Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee's base pay. If applicable, the selectee may be reimburse for extended travel expenses (per diem).
Travel: 
This position will require some travel.
Application Process: 

While this vacancy announcement expires on May 17, 2015, the announcement may be closed at any time if a selection is 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 AFMLSAttorney.Hiring@crm.usdoj.gov

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized however extended travel expenses (TDY) may be reimbursed if necessary.
Number of Positions: 
1
Updated April 7, 2016

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Department Policies

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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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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 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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