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Experienced Trial Attorney – Reimbursable Detail

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

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.

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 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.
Application Process , 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.


This is a reimbursable detail. 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 international travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized however long-term TDY expenses 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