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Assistant U.S. Attorneys

Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the Office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence. In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our Office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity.

Click here for current AUSA Vacancy Announcements for this Office.

Resumes and cover letters (PDF format is preferred) must be submitted via electronic mail to the following email addresses:

For Civil AUSA Applications:


For Criminal AUSA Applications:


All applications should be submitted to the attention of Jacqueline C. Romero, United States Attorney.

Applications via U.S. mail will not be considered.

Due to the tremendous volume of applications we receive, we will only respond to those who are selected for an interview.

Application Process

 Interested persons should prepare:

  • A cover letter referencing the Vacancy Announcement (e.g., ##-PAE-AUSA-#)
  • A detailed resume

Positions are open until filled, but no later than the date posted in the Vacancy Announcement.

Please note that if an applicant has previously applied for a prior AUSA position in this Office and would like to be considered under a different Vacancy Announcement, the applicant must reapply and reference the current Vacancy Announcement (e.g., ##-PAE-AUSA-#). The Office will not consider an application unless the application is submitted under the corresponding Vacancy Announcement.

After you apply, you will have the option of completing a voluntary self-identification form regarding race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  Please note that the voluntary self-identification form will be automatically emailed to an applicant once the applicant has applied to the Office.  You can also find the form here.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office collects and reviews this information (separate and apart from reviewing any individual application) to ensure that the Office’s hiring process and job vacancy announcements are reaching and attracting applicants from all different backgrounds. Completion of this form is entirely voluntary. Whether you choose to fill out the form, and what information you provide on the form if you complete it, will not be considered in any way in the review of your application in the USAO-EDPA Hiring Process.

Hiring Process

Those applicants who progress in the hiring process may find the following information helpful:

  • If an applicant is invited to the first round of the interview process, the applicant will receive a short fact pattern and have 45 minutes to prepare a brief opening statement and then deliver it in front of two AUSAs on the Hiring Committee. The opening statement is not intended to be as long as it would be in court, and should be no more than five minutes. The opening statement will be followed by a 20-30 minute interview with the same two AUSAs. In some instances, an applicant may speak with additional members of the Hiring Committee at a later date.
  • If an applicant is invited to the second round of the interview process, the applicant will meet with the Acting U.S. Attorney and other members of the Hiring Committee.
  • If an applicant is invited to the third round of the process, the applicant will be given a writing prompt, which is a four-hour exercise in which the applicant will be asked to prepare a short brief based on a fact pattern and other materials.
  • An additional interview is sometimes conducted after the completion of the writing prompt.
  • Applicants will also be asked to provide a list of at least three references. Please be advised that the U.S. Attorney’s Office calls references before a final decision is made about applicants. (In other words, the decision to call references does not mean that an offer is imminent). An applicant can request to be notified before the U.S. Attorney’s Office calls any particular references, providing the applicant an opportunity to alert each reference to expect a call.
  • In the event that an applicant receives a conditional offer of employment to become an AUSA, the applicant will be subject to a thorough background investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) regarding the applicant’s suitability to serve in a law enforcement capacity. The offer of employment is contingent on the applicant successfully completing the background investigation. Please also note that all individuals who receive a conditional offer of employment as an AUSA are required by Department of Justice regulations and policy to take and pass a drug test, and may be subject to random drug testing during the course of employment as an AUSA. We want to alert all applicants to these requirements and invite you to discuss any concerns you may have. Please feel free to call Civil Chief Gregory David (for Civil AUSA applicants) or Criminal Chief Richard P. Barrett (for Criminal AUSA applicants) if you have any questions.

The United States is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Voluntary Self-Identification Form can be found 


Our Commitment to Diversity

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is stronger and more effective when it reflects the vibrant diversity of our Nation and District. This richness of backgrounds, which encompasses age, ethnicity, race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, family structure, and veteran status, is vital to our mission of serving and protecting the people of our District. Our Office seeks to attract and retain a workforce that reflects the communities we serve, and to foster a culture of inclusion, mutual trust, dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are therefore among our core values and are essential to our pursuit of Justice.



Updated February 20, 2024