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Lead Trial Attorney (Assistant Deputy Chief)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Job ID
Miami, FL - United States
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About the Office

The Fraud Section investigates and prosecutes complex white-collar criminal cases across the country and implements and coordinates the Department’s fraud enforcement policy. This posting is for two Assistant Deputy Chief Positions in the Health Care Fraud Unit (HCF) for:  (1) the Miami and Tampa/Orlando Health Care Fraud Strike Forces and (2) the National Rapid Response Strike Force (NRRSF) in Washington, DC.  Applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Fraud Section.

The Fraud Section's HCF Unit is comprised of 81 prosecutors whose core mission is to prosecute health care fraud and opioid-related schemes involving: (1) patient harm; and/or (2) large financial loss to the public fisc. The HCF Unit has a successful Strike Force Model for effectively and efficiently prosecuting health care fraud-related cases across the United States, including cases involving the illegal distribution of prescription opioids.

The Strike Forces are modeled on a cross-agency collaborative approach, bringing together the investigative and analytical resources of the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Program Integrity (CPI), and other agencies (e.g., DEA, IRS, DCIS), along with the prosecutorial resources of U.S. Attorney's Offices and state and local law enforcement partners.

The NRRSF will investigate and prosecute complex health care fraud and opioid-related matters using proactive data analytics and other investigative techniques. The NRRSF will also support existing Strike Force matters, as needed.

The Assistant Deputy Chief for the Miami and Tampa/Orlando HCF Strike Forces may be based in Washington, DC or South Florida; the NRRSF Assistant Deputy Chief is based in Washington, DC, but will be required to travel across the country. Upon accepting an offer of employment, applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Fraud Section.

The HCF Unit currently works in the following Strike Force locations, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Offices, and is accepting applications for all locations. Applicants may be selected to live in the city or travel to the city from Washington DC.

  • Appalachian Region (Nashville, TN & Fort Mitchel, KY/Greater Cincinnati)
  • Florida (Miami, Tampa, Orlando)
  • Texas (Houston, Dallas, McAllen)
  • Los Angeles
  • Southern Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge)
  • Detroit
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Washington, DC (National Rapid Response Strike Force)
  • Newark and Philadelphia

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 incumbent will serve as an Assistant Deputy Chief in the HCF Unit. The Assistant Deputy Chief will assist the Chief, Senior Deputy Chiefs, and Unit Deputy Chiefs in all aspects of Section leadership and in national and international law enforcement efforts to combat white-collar crime.

As an Assistant Deputy Chief the incumbent:

  • Oversees the work of the Unit’s senior trial and line trial attorneys, senior litigation counsel, and others responsible for prosecuting health care fraud, ensures ongoing individual and team development, identifies and corrects deficiencies, and makes recommendations regarding the appropriate allocation of personnel resources.
  • Advises the Unit Deputy on attorney assignments and gives evaluations/feedback on attorney performance to higher level officials.
  • Participates and is involved with individual investigations and cases assigned to the trial attorneys to ensure that the investigation and litigation of such matters are being handled appropriately and effectively.
  • Advises line attorneys on strategic approaches to their white-collar criminal cases. Oversees and reviews the work of trial attorneys and support positions.
  • Helps to oversee the Section’s financial, human, and technical resource applications.
  • Assists and supports in the day-to-day operations of the Section, including but not limited to providing input on budget allocation, hiring, personnel disciplinary actions, and a wide variety of Department reporting responsibilities.
  • Assists in the management of the Section’s program to prosecute health care fraud, which includes investigations and prosecutions in partnership with U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and coordinate with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, federal law enforcement agencies and foreign law enforcement officials in the development and management of multi-district prosecution initiatives.
  • May serve as a liaison on white-collar criminal matters between the Criminal Division and other DOJ components, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, state Medicare Fraud Control Units, and a variety of other law enforcement agencies and officials on white-collar crime 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, to include at least two (2) years of federal prosecutorial experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following

  • Experience as a criminal prosecutor.
  • Experience with civil or criminal health care fraud matters.
  • Knowledge of white collar criminal litigation.
  • Experience in supporting, litigating, and supervising federal or state criminal cases.
  • Experience in U.S. District Court or state court.
  • Experience conducting investigations of organizations and entities, including corporations.
  • Experience with the federal judiciary.
Application Process

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

Please submit your application through USAJOBS. The list of required documents can be found in the USAJobs announcement.

  1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USAjobs account before applying Create an Account. You will be able to upload your resume and supporting documents and complete your profile prior to applying.
  2. Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy:

The salary range for this position is $126,810 – $170,800 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at…

Number of Positions
The candidate is expected to spend at least 4 days a week in the Miami/Tampa/Orlando area. NRRSF candidates are expected to travel from Washington, DC to any jurisdiction.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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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 1, 2020