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Trial Attorney (Health Care Fraud Unit)

Hiring Organization
Criminal Division (CRM)
Hiring Office
Fraud Section
Job ID
24-CRM-DET-015
Location:
Washington, DC - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Fraud Section investigates and prosecutes complex white-collar criminal cases across the country, and has responsibility for implementing and coordinating the Department’s fraud enforcement policy. The Fraud Section is seeking a current DOJ Trial Attorney or Assistant United States Attorney for a one-year reimbursable detail to serve as a Trial Attorney on the Health Care Fraud Unit’s National Rapid Response Strike Force. 

The Fraud Section’s Health Care Fraud Unit is comprised of over 80 experienced white-collar prosecutors who focus solely on prosecuting the nation’s most complex health care fraud matters as well as medical professionals involved in the illegal prescribing and dispensing of opioids.  The Unit’s core mission is to protect the public fisc, involving health care benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE, and to protect patients from egregious fraudulent schemes that result in patient harm.  The Unit routinely prosecutes defendants who orchestrate schemes that result in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars as well as complex money laundering, tax, and other associated financial crime offenses. 

The Health Care Fraud Unit is a leader in using advanced data analytics and algorithmic methods to identify newly emerging health care fraud schemes and to target the most egregious fraudsters.  The Unit’s team of dedicated data analysts work with prosecutors to identify, investigate, and prosecute cases using data analytics.  This novel approach has led to some of the Fraud Section’s largest cases and initiatives. 

Learn more about the Health Care Fraud Unit and its recent enforcement actions, including the June 2023 National Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action announcing charges against 78 defendants for $2.5 billion in health care fraud, here: https://www.justice.gov/criminal/criminal-fraud/health-care-fraud-unit.

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.

Job Description

The Fraud Section is seeking a current DOJ Trial Attorney or Assistant United States Attorney for a one-year reimbursable detail to serve as a Trial Attorney on the Health Care Fraud Unit’s National Rapid Response Strike Force.  The detail is renewable for an additional one-year term subject to agreement between the Fraud Section and the originating component or office. 

The National Rapid Response Strike Force’s mission is to (1) investigate and prosecute the country’s largest and most complex health care fraud cases, with a focus on investigations and prosecutions of individuals and corporate health care fraud cases; (2) coordinate nationwide enforcement actions and multi-jurisdictional investigations by providing support and subject matter expertise; and (3) enable the Fraud Section to quickly tackle new issues of national priority, such as COVID-19, and emerging trends in health care fraud schemes.  

This detail is offered in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA OIG), which investigates fraud in the VA’s expanding health care programs.  The VA operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, providing care to approximately 9 million veterans and their families at over 1,200 VA medical facilities and through private providers in the community.  While working as a Trial Attorney on the Health Care Fraud Unit’s National Rapid Response Strike Force, the detailee will work with the VA OIG to identify, investigate, and prosecute complex health care fraud cases that include fraud on the VA’s health care programs.

As a Trial Attorney on the Health Care Fraud Unit’s National Rapid Response Strike Force, the detailee will generally:  

  • Handle the development and management of health care fraud investigations and prosecutions. 
  • Engage in all phases of investigation and litigation, including 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. 
  • Make charging decisions and propose dispositions with regard to assigned cases; and
  • Coordinate with the VA OIG to identify, investigate, and prosecute complex health care fraud cases that include fraud on the VA’s health care programs.
Qualifications

Required Qualifications: 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
  • Experience with complex fraud investigations, prosecution, and litigation
  • Experience with civil or criminal health care fraud, including investigations, prosecution, and litigation
  • Experience with the federal judiciary
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 USA Jobs announcement.

  1. If you do not already have an account, please create a USA jobs 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 USA jobs vacancy.
Salary

Under a detail assignment, there is no change to the selectee’s base pay. The salary range for this position is $139,395 – $191,900 per annum, which includes locality pay. See OPM’s Web page at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2024/general-schedule

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Frequent domestic travel is required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation Expenses are not authorized.

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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 race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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 disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. 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 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 their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated January 5, 2024