Trial Attorney

Fraud Section
Attorney
Washington, D.C., DC 20005
United States
15-CRM-FRD-021
About the Office: 

These vacancies may be filled by permanent or term assignments based upon applicant preference, availability of positions, and Fraud Section needs. Term appointments may be extended contingent on funding. Applicants selected for term appointments may later be converted to permanent appointments, contingent upon available vacancies and Section needs.

Selections may also be made from this announcement to term positions for Health Care Fraud (HCF) strike force locations: Brooklyn, NY; Miami, FL; Tampa, FL; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; McAllen, TX; Dallas, TX; Baton Rouge, LA; New Orleans, LA; and Los Angeles, CA.

The Fraud Section comprises three litigating units that investigate and prosecute complex white-collar criminal cases across the county, as well as internationally, and has responsibility for implementing and coordinating the Department’s fraud enforcement policy. Fraud Section prosecutors handles the following types of cases: corporate, securities and investment fraud; foreign bribery (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); health care fraud; financial institution and insurance fraud; mortgage fraud; procurement and government program fraud (including fraud related to economic stimulus and recovery programs); mass marketing fraud and other complex criminal schemes. These positions may be filled in the Healthcare Fraud unit, Securities and Financial Fraud unit or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit.

Job Description: 

The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys for permanent and term positions in the Fraud Section located in Washington, DC.

The incumbent will serve as a Trial Attorney in the Securities and Financial Fraud (SFF) unit, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) unit, or the Healthcare Fraud unit (HCF) and, as such, independently direct, conduct, and monitor investigations, prepare and conduct trials, and advise on pleadings and other court filings. As a Trial Attorney, the incumbent:

· In collaboration with unit managers, develops and maintains the Section's program to foster effective national investigation and prosecution of HCF, SFF or FCPA violations, including advising on strategy and legal complexities, and developing litigation priorities, policy, and legislative recommendations.

· Makes charging decisions and proposes dispositions with regard to assigned cases, and advises less experienced attorneys in very complex cases, issues lacking precedent, and other challenges that require such leadership.

· Partners with and leads U.S. Attorneys and attorneys in other federal law enforcement agencies in the development and management of HCF, SFF or FCPA prosecutions. Advises and renders assistance in the preparation, critical examination and review of pleadings and in preparation of trial briefs. Evaluates reports of investigation and memoranda from U.S. Attorneys to determine whether litigation is warranted and whether proposed settlements are in the government's interest. Advises and instructs U.S. Attorneys on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy.

· Represents the United States in direct negotiations and discussions with state, county and city officials throughout the country, lawyers, and high level officials in some of the largest corporations in the United States. Participates in discussions with opposing counsel for defendants and in the formulation of settlements often having far-reaching legal consequences.

· Advises and consults with the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Section Chief, et al., reporting on the status of all cases and matters related to civil/criminal remedies in the enforcement or the defense of statutes within HCF, SFF or FCPA litigation.

· Serves as an expert, providing advice and policy determinations in matters involving the planning, discussion and coordination of the activities related to the litigation of HCF, SFF or FCPA cases. Oversees the preparation and litigation assignments of lower graded attorneys, paralegals and clerical personnel.

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. Applicants must also meet the grade specific qualifications as described below.

Grade Specific Qualifications:

· To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants 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.

· To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants 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.

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 conducting investigations of organizations and entities, including corporations.

· Experience with the federal judiciary.

Salary: 
The salary range for these positions is GS-14 and GS-15, $107,235 - $158,700 per annum, including locality pay.
Travel: 
Domestic and International travel will be required.
Application Process: 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A list of eligible candidates will be referred to the hiring managers every two weeks during the open period of the announcement. The announcement may be closed at any time once all selections are made. If you are interested in applying, it is recommended that you do so early.

All Application Packages 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/399672300.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Many
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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 who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-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.

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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