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Supervisory Trial Attorney (Principal Assistant Deputy Chief, Health Care Fraud Unit)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Fraud Section
Job ID
21-CRM-FRD-061
Location:
Washington, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Fraud Section, comprising over 170 federal prosecutors, investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district and international white-collar criminal cases throughout the country and implements and coordinates the Department's fraud enforcement policy.

The Fraud Section's Health Care Fraud (HCF) Unit is comprised of approximately 80 prosecutors whose core mission is to prosecute health care fraud-related cases involving: (1) patient harm; and/or (2) large financial loss to the public fisc. The HCF Unit has a recognized and 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, including the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) 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.

This posting is for the Principal Assistant Deputy Chief in the Health Care Fraud (HCF) Unit. However, applicants to this announcement may also be considered for other Attorney positions within the Fraud Section, including positions located in the Medicare Strike Forces throughout the U.S.

While the duty station for the position is listed as Washington, D.C., selectees may be selected to work from Washington, D.C. or any of FRD’s HCF strikeforces across the country. Final salary will be based on the locality pay for the duty station from which an applicant is selected.

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

As Principal Assistant Deputy Chief of the HCF Unit, the incumbent:

  • Assists the HCF Unit Chief in overseeing the work of the HCF Unit's prosecutors and support staff on all individual and corporate HCF matters;
  • Advises prosecutors on strategic approaches to their investigations, prosecutions, and trials to ensure that the investigation and litigation of such matters are being handled appropriately and effectively;
  • Ensures ongoing individual and team development, identifies and corrects performance deficiencies;
  • Assists and supports the Section Chief, Principal Deputy Chief, and Senior Deputy Chief by providing input on budget allocation, hiring, personnel disciplinary actions, technology, and various 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;
  • Partners with U.S. Attorneys' Offices, federal law enforcement agencies, domestic and foreign regulators, and foreign law enforcement officials in handling and coordinating complex and multi-district prosecutions;
  • 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; and
  • Supervises all phases of investigation and litigation, including, but not limited to, using the grand jury, advising federal law enforcement agents, using international evidence collection tools, preparing appropriate pleadings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts across the country.
Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, 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 be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least five (5) years post J.D. legal experience to include at least five (5) years of federal prosecutorial experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: investigating and prosecuting health care fraud matters; have supervisory experience; and experience working investigations with foreign authorities.

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

  • Experience as a criminal prosecutor;
  • Experience with and knowledge of white-collar criminal matters;
  • Experience with civil or criminal health care fraud matters;
  • Federal court experience, including federal criminal trial experience;
  • Experience conducting investigations of, charging, and resolving charges with individuals as well as corporations and other business entities;
  • Experience resolving and/or supervising the resolution of corporate criminal cases; and
  • Experience dealing with law enforcement agencies.
Application Process

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

Any applicant who has, in the previous 24 months, applied for a position with the Fraud Section must note the date of any such application and position applied for in the applicant’s cover letter. Please highlight recent relevant experience gained since the time of any previous application.

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: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/609323000
Salary

The salary range for this position is $144,128 to $172,500 per year which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2021….

Number of Positions
2
Travel
Frequent travel will be required.
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, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). 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, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf 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 July 30, 2021