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Supervisory Attorney Advisor

Hiring Organization
Justice Management Division (JMD)
Hiring Office
Asset Forfeiture Management Staff
145 N St, NE
Washington, DC 20530 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The AFMS is a component of the United States (US) DOJ, Justice Management Division (JMD) and reports to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Administration/Controller. The AFMS is responsible for managing and administering the DOJ Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF) and Seized Assets Deposit Fund (SADF). Moreover, AFMS provides numerous services and support to Federal law enforcement agencies participating in the Asset Forfeiture Program (AFP). The AFF was established pursuant to the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 (P.L. 98-473), codified in 28 U.S.C. § 524(c), to receive the proceeds of forfeitures pursuant to any law enforced by members of the AFP or enforced or administered by the DOJ. The AFMS' mission is to aid and support Federal law enforcement agencies and task forces with achieving their AFP goals. The DOJ AFP touches every federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement agency in the country. There are 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the DOJ Criminal Division who work on related cases. Through partnerships with law enforcement at all levels, domestically and internationally. AFP's mission is to use asset forfeiture consistently and strategically in order to deter, disrupt, and dismantle criminal enterprises by depriving wrongdoers of the instruments of criminal activity. Whenever possible, the program seeks to restore property to innocent victims of crime. The AFMS plays a critical role in the successful execution of this important program.

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

AFMS is seeking an experienced asset forfeiture attorney for a permanent position. This position will provide support to the AFMS Director and Deputy Directors on the formulation and execution of policies and decisions pertaining to the financial management and administrative support of the AFP. The incumbent assists with the coordination of AFMS planning requirements, resource needs, problem identification and analysis, policy formulation, and program development and evaluation. Responsible for reviewing policies, procedures, regulations, and Memoranda of Understanding to ensure they are consistent with the intent of the law and are administratively sound, efficient, and economical in operation. Confers and coordinates with senior officials in the Departments of Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, and other participating law enforcement agencies on important legal, programmatic, and policy questions regarding the AFP. Helps assess the impact of a case or legal problem, either directly or as a legal or administrative precedent, affecting the financial operations of the AFP. Evaluates effects of pending legislation and proposed changes in existing legislation that have impact on the financial operations of the organization. Prepares detailed interpretations that identify legal and policy ramifications of such legislation for senior DOJ officials. Interprets AFMS policy with regard to legal matters, provides expert advice to the Director in the interpretation, intent, and applicability of federal statutes, regulations, and programs in relation to the AFP. Supervises employees performing work at the GS-14 and below. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of AFMS.


Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least three years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience, and be a U.S. citizen. Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have: • a background in criminal, asset forfeiture, legislative, and/or fiscal/appropriations law; • experience working with or for federal law enforcement agencies, federal prosecutors and experience with government ethics and/or professional responsibility rules; • experience in developing and influencing policy development in complex fields with competing interests; • incisive analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a wide variety of cases and projects; • the ability to balance a diverse and constantly evolving and challenging workload and have a demonstrated ability to set priorities; • excellent judgment and the ability to handle highly charged issues; • a demonstrated record of analysis of complex legal problems; • outstanding oral and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, and superior research abilities; and • a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards; strong management and interpersonal skills

Application Process

To apply, interested candidates should: • submit their resume; • a cover letter that highlights the applicant's interest in the position, and addresses in detail how they meet the qualifications; and • a short writing sample or part of a longer writing sample (not to exceed three pages), which should be exclusively or primarily the applicant's work and should include legal analysis. via e-mail to: No telephone calls please.  Application Deadline Update: Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the application deadline for this vacancy is extended to June 15, 2022.  Previously submitted applications do not need to be resubmitted.


The salary range for GS-15 is ($148,484 - $176,300) per annum, which includes locality pay.

Number of Positions
Periodic travel throughout the country depending on the needs of any particular case assignment.

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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 June 1, 2022