The Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO) is seeking a General Attorney to serve in the International Prisoner Transfer Unit (IPTU). The IPTU is responsible for administering the International Prisoner Transfer Program of the United States, a program that is authorized by 18 U.S.C. §§ 4100-4115 and governed by international treaties and conventions. Currently the United States has transfer treaty relationships with 81 countries; all 50 states have passed legislation authorizing their participation in the transfer program. Pursuant to the transfer program, foreign nationals sentenced in the United States and Americans sentenced in foreign countries may apply to serve their foreign sentences in their home countries. IPTU attorneys are responsible for carrying out a wide range of legal, operational, and policy-related assignments relating to all stages of the review and processing of prisoner transfer requests.
As a General Attorney, the incumbent:
- Reviews transfer requests consistent with legal, policy and treaty requirements.
- Prepares recommendation memoranda assessing whether transfer is appropriate.
- Monitors approved transfer requests.
- Acts as primary liaison and oversees transfer programs with foreign countries having a transfer treaty relationship with the United States.
- Monitors and oversees the implementation of the transfer program in assigned states.
- Participates in meetings and discussions with federal, state, and foreign officials about transfer matters.
- Assists in training state and foreign officials about the prisoner transfer program.
- Works with various organizations in the Department, as well as other federal agencies, on issues critical to the successful administration of the transfer program.
- Researches legal and factual issues that arise in administering the transfer program.
- Drafts legislation and legal memoranda.
- Assists the USAOs in drafting prisoner transfer provisions in plea agreements and responds to prisoner transfer-related litigation claims.
- Advises attorneys in OEO and the Office of International Affairs about pending cases, transfer related issues, and proposed treaties and legislative amendments.
- Responds to telephonic, written and electronic inquiries regarding prisoner transfer matters, including Freedom of Information /Privacy Act requests, correspondence from Congress, foreign embassies, state authorities, prisoners, prisoners' families, and private attorneys.
- Briefs the supervisor and various officials of the Division and the Department on important transfer cases and issues.
Required Qualifications: All 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 have at least five (5) years of post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: working as a lead attorney on felony level cases or specialized criminal litigation (i.e. white collar, computer crime, racketeering); independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; leading paralegals and support staff, and/or leading the development of a policy initiative. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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