The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section's (AFMLS) mission is to take the profit out of crime. As a Criminal Division component, AFMLS accomplishes its mission by pursuing criminal prosecutions and forfeiture actions against (1) financial institutions and their officers and employees engaged in money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and sanctions violations; and (2) attorneys, financial professionals, and other facilitators or third party money launderers who move money for transnational criminal organizations, particularly cybercriminals and the Mexican cartels. In addition, (3) AFMLS forfeits the proceeds of high level foreign corruption, and prosecutes third party money launderers who move corruption proceeds, through the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. AFMLS also plays a leadership role in the Department's money laundering and asset forfeiture efforts by: (4) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives to combat global illicit finance; (5) returning forfeited criminal proceeds to benefit those harmed by crime through remission and restoration processes; (6) distributing forfeited assets to offset the costs to state, local, and foreign law enforcement for partnering with the United States in federal prosecutions; and (7) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments.
To this effect, AFMLS is comprised of six units and associated teams, each headed by a Deputy Chief. They include: money laundering and bank integrity, forfeiture, international, policy and training, financial intelligence, and program operations units.
This position is assigned to the International Unit. The International Unit is comprised of two teams, the Kleptocracy Team and the International Assistance Team. The Kleptocracy Team is responsible for implementing the Department's Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative through investigation and litigation to recover and, where possible, repatriate the proceeds of foreign official corruption. The International Assistance Team assists U.S. prosecutors in the restraint and forfeiture of assets located abroad, litigates in U.S. courts to assist foreign governments seeking restraint and forfeiture of assets in the United States, and authorizes certain actions to forfeit funds held in correspondent accounts. The International Assistance Team also provides technical assistance to foreign governments on legislation, mutual legal assistance, and best practices in anti-money laundering and forfeiture.
The incumbent assists in supervising approximately 10 attorneys handling a wide variety of civil and criminal matters and international assistance work. The incumbent also provides input and counsel to Criminal Division management and USAOs on a wide variety of policy and legal questions, including international forfeiture related best practices and techniques. The incumbent must think strategically for the forfeiture program internationally, to ensure that the needs of one case do not negatively impact the program as a whole. The cases assigned to the International Unit are often precedent setting or novel, including such matters as the use of non-conviction-based forfeiture in foreign jurisdictions as well as the use of tools to encourage future cooperation (such as actions against correspondent bank accounts under 18 U.S.C. §981(k)). The position requires an advanced knowledge of the law requiring admission to the bar; mastery of the concepts, principles, legislative history, laws, regulations, interpretations, practices, and litigation techniques necessary to bring especially large, difficult, and complex international forfeiture cases to trial; mastery of clear and persuasive writing for preparing motions, pleadings, appeals, reports, and briefs; and a high order of skill in legal research and analytical and legal reasoning to critically analyze and brief complex statutes, regulations, legal precedents, and other legal problems.
As a Supervisory Trial Attorney/Assistant Deputy Chief, the incumbent will:
- Focus primarily on helping to oversee litigation undertaken by the International Unit, which is mainly in the Kleptocracy Initiative. This person will work under the direction of the Deputy Chief for International Unit, acting in Deputy Chief's absence and sharing responsibility for the management of the litigation in the unit;
- Provide case support and legal advice as needed to Assistant United States Attorney's (AUSAs) and foreign officials in asset forfeiture investigations and proceedings and on other related matters;
- Handle litigation relating to the execution of incoming requests from foreign officials that will require the filing of restraining order applications and applications to enforce foreign judgments as well as litigation in conjunction with US Attorney's Offices relating to the forfeiture of assets beyond U.S. borders, particularly as it relates to corruption of foreign officials;
- Participate with other managers in identifying those cases and allegations for the Kleptocracy Team to pursue with our agency partners which show strong likelihood of effective results by soliciting and evaluating information from various sources;
- Assist in liaison role with investigative partners and US Department of Justice and US Government components involved in anti-corruption investigations and prosecutions or policy programs;
- Provide technical assistance to foreign governments and international organizations on the drafting and implementation of money laundering and asset forfeiture legislation;
- Assist in the development of United States Government policy in international forfeiture and money laundering matters through participation on inter-agency working groups and international organizations and bodies;
- Provide international money laundering and asset forfeiture training to domestic and foreign law enforcement; and
- Participate in negotiations and consultations with foreign governments concerning forfeiture cooperation and international asset sharing.
Required Qualifications: Interested 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 be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more 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: 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; and leading paralegals and support staff.
Preferred Qualifications: Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies.
- Demonstrates litigation experience at a high level.
- Demonstrates sound legal judgment.
- Ability to supervise attorneys and legal support employees.
- Knowledge of a foreign language.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
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