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Assistant U.S. Attorney - Civil Health Care Fraud Affirmative Civil Enforcement

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
Attorney
970 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
United States
NJ-23-AUSACIVILHCF-01
About the Office: 

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey ("USAO-DNJ") is comprised of more than 150 attorneys located in three offices: Newark, Trenton and Camden. The USAO-DNJ has jurisdiction and responsibility over a broad range of subject matter areas, all of which involve advancing the multi-varied criminal and civil legal interests of the Federal government. The office values diversity and seeks to provide an inclusive rewarding work environment for employees of all backgrounds.

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 USAO-DNJ is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney handling affirmative civil health care fraud cases. These cases vary in scope and complexity, but characteristically involve difficult and complex factual and legal issues giving rise to civil claims by the government against individual and corporate health care providers for committing fraud and abuse in health care, including under the False Claims Act. The selected AUSA will handle all aspects of the investigation and litigation of civil health care fraud matters, including analyzing the law and relevant facts to develop and implement effective strategies for all proceedings.

Although the AUSA will exclusively handle affirmative civil health care fraud cases, the AUSA will be a member of the USAO-DNJ's Criminal Division. The USAO-DNJ's Criminal Division handles both civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions involving health care fraud and abuse. Many of these investigations are conducted in parallel - civil and criminal - requiring AUSA's to work well together, as well as with supervisors, support staff, and other participants in investigations and litigation, including law enforcement agents and witnesses, as well as Department of Justice colleagues from the Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Frauds, and the Consumer Protection Branch. Many of the affirmative civil health care fraud cases are brought through qui tams, requiring AUSAs to work with relators and their counsel.

Civil health care fraud AUSAs must serve as effective and dedicated advocates for the government's interests, timely and efficiently pursue the just resolution of their assigned cases, and make sound and legally supportable decisions toward those ends. They must possess the foresight and organizational and legal skills needed to manage a large and diverse caseload that involves lengthy and difficult investigations and litigation. They must have strong legal research skills, be able to produce high quality written work even under short deadlines, and be persuasive oral advocates both in court and in settlement discussions. They must be comfortable with data analysis and research. A newly-hired civil health care fraud AUSA is expected to quickly develop subject matter expertise in health care fraud and the False Claims Act, to the extent he or she does not already have this experience.

Qualifications: 

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience. United States citizenship is required.

The following qualifications for this position are desirable but not essential: a strong background in health care fraud investigations and/or litigation.

Salary: 
Assistant United States Attorneys' pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay for these positions will be $59,319 to $155,155, plus locality pay.
Travel: 
There will be occasional travel within and outside the District.
Application Process: 

Applications will be accepted for this vacancy through April 30, 2023. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of such factors as academic performance, trial experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills, and other legal and community service and experience. An application package for a position with this Office should include a letter of application, resume, and legal writing sample. The writing sample selected for submission should be the applicant's exclusive work product. If the writing sample was edited, or if there were other contributors, applicants are expected to identify those portions of the writing sample not exclusively their own work product and the extent of editing done by others.

Individuals interested in applying for this Assistant U.S. Attorney position should email their resume and other documents to USANJ.HRApplications@usdoj.gov.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE FOLLOWING IS INDICATED ON THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL - "LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, ANNOUNCEMENT # NJ-23-AUSACIVILHCF-01.

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.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Relocation Expenses: 
None authorized.
Number of Positions: 
One (1) position to be filled.
Updated January 24, 2023

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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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