The Fraud Section investigates and prosecutes complex white-collar criminal cases across the country, as well as internationally, and has responsibility for implementing and coordinating the Department's fraud enforcement policy. This posting is for a Trial Attorney Position in any of the 15 Health Care Fraud Unit Strike Forces. Upon accepting an offer of employment, applicants must make a three-year commitment to the Fraud Section.
The Fraud Section's Health Care Fraud (HCF) Unit is comprised of more than 75 prosecutors whose core mission is to prosecute health care fraud and opioid-related cases involving patient harm, large financial loss to the public fisc, and/or the illegal prescription and distribution of opioids.
The HCF Unit has a recognized and successful Strike Force Model for effectively and efficiently prosecuting health care fraud and opioid-related cases across the United States. The Strike Force Model centers 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, 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.
Applicants may be selected to live in a Strike Force city or travel to that city from Washington DC. Below is a list of Strike Force cities:
- Appalachian Region (Nashville, TN & Fort Mitchel, KY/Greater Cincinnati, OH)
- Florida (Miami, Tampa, Orlando)
- Texas (Houston, Dallas, Austin, Rio Grande Valley/San Antonio)
- Los Angeles
- Gulf Coast (New Orleans, Baton Rouge)
- Washington DC
Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement. Applications may be considered for other Fraud Trial Attorney positions located in Washington, D.C, to include Trial Attorney positions in other Fraud Section Units.
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.
The Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking qualified, experienced attorneys for three-year renewable term positions in the Fraud Section's Health Care Fraud (HCF) Unit's Strike Forces. 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 and prescription opioid 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 and opioid violations, including advising on strategy and legal complexities, and developing litigation priorities, policy and legislative recommendations.
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.
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.
- 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, and/or experience with narcotics prosecutions.
Any applicant who has, in the previous 24 months, applied for a position with FRD must note the date of any such application & position applied for in the applicant's cover letter. Please highlight recent relevant experience gained since the time of any previous application.
Applicants must specify in their cover letter which of the Strike Forces the applicant is applying for, including whether the applicant is applying for the National Rapid Response Strike Force in Washington, D.C.
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.
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- Once you have an account, apply to the USAjobs vacancy: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/614689700
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.