Section Chief

Criminal Enforcement Section, Southern Region
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Tax Division invites qualified candidates currently in the government, or those with reinstatement eligibility to the Senior Executive Service, to apply for the position of Section Chief of the Criminal Enforcement Section, Southern Region.  

The mission of the Tax Division is to enforce the nation's tax laws fully, fairly, and consistently, through both criminal and civil litigation, in order to promote voluntary compliance with the tax laws, maintain public confidence in the integrity of the tax system, and promote the sound development of the law.  The Criminal Enforcement Section, Southern Region supervises the nation's federal criminal tax enforcement program in 15 states in the southern region of the country as well as two territories (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Please see vacancy announcement on USAJOBS for complete details regarding this position:

Job Description: 

The incumbent serves as Chief of the Criminal Enforcement Section, Southern Region, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice. As Chief, the individual directly manages a staff of approximately 25 attorneys and 8 administrative professionals.  The Section evaluates almost all criminal tax matters within its jurisdiction referred by the Internal Revenue Service for grand jury investigation or prosecution, and the findings of these grand juries to make a final determination whether to authorize prosecution. The Section reviews key search warrant requests, immunity requests and other sensitive investigative procedures that require national oversight. In select cases, the Chief assigns the Section's attorneys to conduct or assist in conducting the investigation and prosecution of criminal tax matters. The incumbent personally approves indictments and plea offers and helps develop and supervises investigative and trial strategies. The Section also provides guidance and general program supervision to U.S. Attorney's Offices for criminal tax cases investigated and/or prosecuted by those offices. The Section's work involves Title 26 USC offenses and other tax-related financial crimes such as money laundering (18 USC §1956 and §1957), Bank Secrecy Act violations (Title 31 USC) and civil and criminal forfeiture. The incumbent consults with and reports to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Matters and the Assistant Attorney General with respect to all aspects of the nation's criminal tax enforcement program, and works closely with IRS Criminal Investigation and IRS Criminal Tax Counsel leadership regarding policy and procedures. The incumbent represents the Tax Division in inter-agency and intra-agency meetings, conferences and working groups, and speaks at bar conferences and other legal education programs.


This is an attorney position. You must have a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants must provide a narrative statement that demonstrates possession of the competencies in the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) as established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and possession of the technical qualifications listed below. Please limit the narrative statements for each Executive Core Qualification and Technical Qualification to no more than two pages. The narrative statements should demonstrate the necessary level of management skills, characteristics, qualities, specialized knowledge, and technical competence that would indicate successful performance in the SES. Please be sure to give concrete examples of your experience and demonstrate the complexity of the knowledge and skills you possess. We recommend that your statements emphasize the level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.

You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required of the position and on the extent your application demonstrates that you possess the technical and managerial/executive knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the Section Chief position.

You will be evaluated on all of the following mandatory technical qualifications (MTQ):

1. Knowledge of laws, policies and procedures relevant to criminal tax enforcement.
2. Experience litigating federal criminal tax cases in federal district court, including skill in legal research, legal writing and legal advocacy.
3. Experience in supervising federal tax enforcement matters.
4. Experience and skill in coaching and developing attorneys in the development and litigation of cases.

In addition, you must clearly document and demonstrate the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ).

ECQ1 - LEADING CHANGE. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ2 - LEADING PEOPLE. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ3 - RESULTS DRIVEN. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ5 - BUILDING COALITIONS. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications and associated competencies can be found at and in OPM's Guide to the Senior Executive Service Qualifications. The Guide can be found at

The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) of the selectee who is not a current or former career Senior Executive employee (Title V) must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) before appointment.

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career Senior Executive, Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certified graduate of a Senior Executive (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) or an individual with SES reinstatement eligibility. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the mandatory technical qualifications requirements.

Non-competitive applicants do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume and submit a written narrative response to the Technical Qualification(s). Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process.

$126,148.00 to $189,600.00 Per Year
Travel may be required
Application Process: 

Please see the Vacancy Announcement TAX-CES-18-PW-04 on for complete application procedures.  

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
- Resume.
- Narrative Statements that address the Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications.
- If applicable, SF-50 showing you are a current member of the SES or are eligible for reinstatement into the SES or certification from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of completion of the Candidate Development Program (CDP) and certification of ECQs.

Your application must be submitted to the Tax Division, Human Resources staff.  You may submit your application by email to:

Application materials may also be sent to or hand delivered to the following addresses:

By U.S. Postal Service or other mail carrier:
U.S. Department of Justice/Tax Division
Human Resources Staff
P.O.Box 813
Washington D.C. 20044
ATTN: Phyllis Wolfteich

By hand-delivery or overnight mail:
Phyllis Wolfteich
U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division
Room 10102
601 D Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20004

You must ensure your application is received by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on the closing date of this announcement.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 30, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated July 9, 2018

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Department Policies

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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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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