If you previously applied for this position under detail announcement 14-CRM-DET-110, you will need to reapply to be considered.
This position is limited to current Department of Justice attorneys or eligible career government attorneys from other federal agencies and may be filled by a reimbursable detail assignment. Multiple attorneys will be selected to serve one-year details to work on a special project involving the Modernization of the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Process or to serve on a geographical team to provide support to U.S. and foreign prosecutors with international fugitive or evidence gathering matters. Conditions of the detail will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will require an agreement between the gaining and losing components. The assignment is for up to one year with the possibility of an extension and is expected to begin in the summer of 2015.
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is a fast-paced, high volume, unique law office created to provide assistance in international criminal matters to U.S. and foreign prosecutors and law enforcement authorities. OIA's primary responsibilities are in the areas of international extradition of fugitives and evidence gathering (i.e., obtaining evidence for use in U.S. and foreign criminal investigations and prosecutions). OIA attorneys work directly with federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement agents to provide advice and assistance when international issues arise. OIA is also responsible for ensuring that the United States meets its reciprocal obligations to foreign countries with respect to the extradition of fugitives and the production of evidence located in the United States.
In addition to handling the thousands of international extradition and evidence gathering (mutual assistance) cases opened each year, OIA is responsible, along with the Department of State, for the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral law enforcement treaties needed to effect extradition and facilitate evidence gathering. Once these treaties enter into force, OIA works with foreign counterparts to assure effective treaty implementation.
Along with domestic staffing in Washington, D.C., OIA posts personnel overseas to support the Department's international investigations, cases and policies, and to work with foreign partners. OIA staffs the overseas positions through details from within, U.S. Attorneys' Offices, and from Department components. Experience acquired working at OIA in Washington, D.C. may position DOJ detailees to be eligible candidates for consideration for future assignments abroad.
- The MLA Modernization Project:
The United States has bilateral Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs), agreements, and arrangements with approximately 100 foreign partners, and is also a party to several multilateral conventions that have MLA provisions. OIA serves as the Central Authority for the United States under the MLATs and conventions. The globalization of crime has led to a dramatic increase in the number of MLA requests received by the United States, most significantly in requests for electronic evidence, which have multiplied ten-fold over the last decade. We expect this trajectory to continue as cybercrime and cyber-enabled crimes proliferate worldwide.
In his January 2014 speech on the review of signal intelligence, the President committed to reforming the MLA process. The MLA Modernization project aims to reform the way MLA requests are executed, in order to better combat the current trends in transnational crime, from drug trafficking to white-collar offenses to terrorism. MLA Modernization envisions a robust centralized execution system, reducing backlog, and agile responses to foreign requests for evidence. Attorneys selected to serve on this project will be an integral part of this MLA Modernization effort. In performing their duties, detailees will have the opportunity to develop relationships with foreign law enforcement counterparts and develop familiarity with relevant foreign criminal laws and procedures. Detailees also will have the opportunity to work on challenging issues where the case law is constantly evolving. Detailees will be responsible for analyzing and revising foreign requests for evidence for constitutional and legal sufficiency, ensuring that they meet U.S. standards protecting privacy, and among other duties, filing legally sufficient requests in court to obtain the requisite court orders.
- OIA's Regional Teams:
Detailees may also be selected to serve on one of OIA's six regional teams where responsibilities may include extensive, high-volume, and fast-paced international fugitive returns and extradition work, MLA casework, treaty implementation consultations, the preparation of briefing materials for the Attorney General and Department principals, and other international criminal law matters. These responsibilities require regular contact with U.S. prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, other Department components, the State Department and various other federal agencies, as well as U.S. law enforcement and OIA's foreign counterparts abroad. Detailees may be assigned to work on the one of the following teams:
- Africa, Asia, and the Middle East Team
- Canada Team
- Europe and Central Asia Team
- Mexico and Central America Team
- South America Team
- United Kingdom and Commonwealth Countries Team
This is a one-year detail position with the possibility of extension.
Required: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia, have at least 3 years of post J.D. experience as an attorney. Applicants must also have excellent writing and analytical abilities, and strong interpersonal skills. Applicants must be current employees of the Department of Justice and must have, or be able to obtain and maintain, a Public trust, or higher, security clearance.
Preferred: Applicants with the following areas of specialized experience are preferred:
- Investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses;
- Handling of international extradition and mutual legal assistance cases or other aspects of international criminal practice;
- Demonstrated interest or experience in international issues.
OIAAttorneys.Position@usdoj.gov , or Position, OIAAttorneys on the DOJ global address book. Applications and resumes may also be faxed to (202) 514-0080.
Submissions must be received not later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on May 29, 2015. This announcement may be closed prior to the closing date if all selections are made.