The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. AFMLS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.
This position is assigned to the International Unit. The International Unit is responsible for, among other things, implementing the Department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative through investigation, civil litigation, and criminal prosecution to recover and repatriate the proceeds of foreign official corruption. The International Unit also does substantial assistance work, helping U.S. prosecutors in the restraint and forfeiture of assets located abroad, litigating in U.S. courts to assist foreign governments seeking restraint and forfeiture of assets in the United States, and authorizing certain actions to forfeit funds held in correspondent accounts. This Deputy Chief position will focus on supporting the Kleptocracy Initiative.
As a Deputy Chief for Kleptocracy, the incumbent will:
- Focus primarily on criminal investigations and civil and criminal litigation undertaken by the International Unit, which is mainly in the Kleptocracy Initiative. This person will work under the direction of the Chief of the International Unit, acting as necessary in the Unit 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 Attorneys' (AUSAs) and foreign officials in asset forfeiture investigations and proceedings and on other related matters;
- Oversee 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; and
- 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.
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 federal criminal litigation experience at a high level.
- Demonstrates sound legal judgment.
- Ability to supervise attorneys and legal support employees.
The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
Please submit the following application materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Application 16-CRM-AFMLS-084:
2. Cover Letter;
3. Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable) such as a DD-214 (member-4 copy), Statement of Service, SF-15, Department of Veterans Letter establishing proof of disability;
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5. Current or Former Political Appointees (if applicable) - please note on your resume and attach an SF-50. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office.