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Experienced Trial Attorney

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Fraud Section
Job ID
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

This assignment is for a period of 6 months, beginning in or about November 2015, with the possibility of extension, contingent on the availability of funding and other factors. This position is a detail appointment. This is a reimbursable detail funded by the Fraud Section and open to DOJ attorneys.

The Fraud Section is a litigating unit that investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district and international white-collar criminal cases throughout the country and implements and coordinates the Department's fraud enforcement policy. Fraud Section cases focus on corporate, securities and investment fraud, foreign bribery (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), health care fraud, financial institution and insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, procurement and government program fraud (including fraud related to economic stimulus and recovery programs), mass marketing fraud and other complex criminal schemes.

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 Fraud Section is seeking one or more qualified, experienced DOJ attorneys for a temporary position located in Washington, DC, for a period of six months, with the possibility of extension. This is a reimbursable detail funded by the Fraud Section.

This detail position is for a Trial Attorney within the Strategy, Policy & Training Unit in the Fraud Section, who will report to the head of the Unit.

As an attorney in the Strategy, Policy & Training Unit within the Fraud Section, the incumbent:

• Works with Unit's attorneys and staff on policy aspects of combating fraud, including corporate, securities and investment fraud; financial institution and mortgage fraud; foreign bribery (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); health care fraud; procurement and government program fraud (including fraud related to national defense, economic stimulus and recovery programs); mass marketing fraud; and other criminal schemes.

• Works on responses to requests from Congress, the Administration, the Department and the public on matters within the Fraud Section's areas of responsibility.

• Works with the Department, U.S. Attorneys' Offices and domestic and international law enforcement agencies and regulators in the development and management of international and multi-district prosecutions and policy initiatives.

• Works on proposed legislation relating to statutes that the Fraud Section helps to enforce.

• Drafts policies and strategy papers concerning the operations of the Fraud Section, the Section's enforcement strategy, and other matters for which the Section is responsible.

• Participates in working groups and conferences with representatives of other agencies.

• Develops and implements training programs for all personnel on developments in the law, and oversight of trial and training opportunities for the Section.

• Works on Fraud Section reporting and recordkeeping responsibilities to the Department.

• Works within the Section and the Department on cross-cutting programs, cases, policy and legislative developments, and training initiatives, including recognizing opportunities for greater efficiency through combined efforts.

• Fosters effective national and global investigations and prosecutions of white collar crime, including developing litigation priorities, policy and legislative recommendations, and international enforcement efforts.

• Provides advice to the chief of the Unit concerning Fraud Section enforcement strategy.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience as a federal criminal prosecutor

• Experience with financial fraud, health care fraud, securities and commodities fraud, procurement fraud, or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters

• Experience in developing policy initiatives and drafting or responding to proposed legislation

• Experience in working with Congress, the White House, other government agencies, law enforcement agencies, or domestic and foreign regulators on policy matters

• Significant writing experience involving multiple types of communications

• Experience developing or implementing training programs

• Experience conducting investigations, including investigations of corporations.


Required: Interested parties must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least three years federal post-J.D. experience, and be a current DOJ attorney. Applicants must also have solid academic credentials as well as excellent writing, research, advocacy and interpersonal skills. Applicants must have, or be able to obtain and maintain, a Public trust, or higher, security clearance.

Application Process

All interested attorneys meeting these qualifications should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample via email to (please insert vacancy number ain the subject line of the e-mail).

Submissions must be received not later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on October 19, 2015. This announcement may be closed prior to the closing date if all selections are made.


Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee's base pay. The position will be filled at the attorney's current grade level. Temporary promotion is not authorized.

Number of Positions
Occasional domestic and international travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized; however extended travel expenses (TDY) may be reimbursed if necessary.

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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