Trial Attorney

Fraud Section
Attorney
Houston, TX
United States
19-CRM-FRD-014
About the Office: 

The Fraud Section, comprising over 160 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. Fraud Section cases include health care fraud at both the individual and corporate level, securities and investment fraud; procurement and government program fraud; and foreign bribery (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act).

The Health Care Faud Unit (HCF) is comprised of 55 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.

The 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. 

Because the HCF Unit’s attorneys work full-time on HCF cases, we have become experts in prosecuting HCF-related offenses and are well-equipped to pursue significant cases involving medical professionals; wide-ranging, complicated fraud schemes; and the illegal distribution of opioids.

The HCF Unit currently works in the following Strike Force locations, in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices:

  • Florida (Miami, Tampa, Orlando)
  • Texas (Houston, Dallas, McAllen)
  • Los Angeles
  • Southern Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge)
  • Detroit
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Washington, DC (Corporate Strike Force)
  • Newark and Philadelphia
  • Appalachian Region (Cincinnati, Fort Mitchell KY, and Nashville).  

 

This announcement is for positions based in Houston, TX or Washington, D.C. However, applicants may also be considered and selected for Health Care Fraud’s other strike forces as vacancies arise.

Job Description: 

The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys for term positions in the Fraud Section's Health Care Fraud (HCF) Unit's Strike Force. The incumbent will serve as a Trial Attorney in the HCF Unit and, as such, will independently direct, conduct, and monitor investigations, prepare for and conduct trials, and advise on pleadings and other court filings. Upon accepting an offer of employment, applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Fraud Section.

Generally, as a Trial Attorney in the HCF Unit, the incumbent:

  • Handles the development and management of HCF prosecutions. Engages in all phases of investigation and litigation, including, but not limited to, the use of grand jury, advising federal law enforcement agents, preparing appropriate pleadings, and litigating motions and trials before U.S. District Courts across the country;
  • Makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases; and
  • In collaboration with unit managers, develops and maintains the Section's program to foster effective national investigation and prosecution of HCF violations, including advising on strategy and legal complexities, and developing litigation priorities, policy and legislative recommendations.
Qualifications: 

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.

Grade Specific Qualifications:

  • To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs, and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation.
  • To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years 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:

• Experience as a criminal prosecutor.
• Knowledge of white collar criminal litigation.
• Experience in supporting, litigating, and supervising federal or state criminal cases.
• Experience in U.S. District Court or state court.
• Experience with the federal judiciary.
• Experience with healthcare fraud, either civil or criminal.

Salary: 
$117,736.00 to $164200.00 / Per Year. Applicants selected for the listed cities will receive locality pay based on their official duty station. Please consult https://www.opm.gov/policy-dataoversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ for full pay tables.
Travel: 
DC based positions will require less than 75% travel and Houston-based positions will require less than 25% travel.
Application Process: 

The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement. 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/519557400
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 21, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Few
Updated December 14, 2018

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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, 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 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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