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Job Title:  Special Assistant United States Attorney
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys
Job Announcement Number:  13-CO-824089-SAUSA-03

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 11, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 12 months
Few vacancies in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you!  With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorney's Office is a great place to work.  The Department of Justice ranked #11 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys Office/United States Attorneys Offices ranked #17 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2011 Rankings" published by the Partnership for Public Service.  See


About the Office:  The District of Colorado is a very progressive district comprised of 69 attorneys located in three staffed offices:  Denver, Durango and Grand Junction, Colorado.  More information about the District can be found at our website at


Who May Apply:  All U.S. Citizens


All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis.  Temporary appointments may, or may not, be extended.

This posting is for an uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney position.

This is a one year appointment WITHOUT compensation or benefit entitlements.

The office currently offers transit subsidy for those employees utilizing public transportation offered by RTD (Regional Transportation District).  This includes buses and light rail.  The subsidy is currently available and may or may not be extended depending on whether the transit subsidy program is continued by the Department of Justice.

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

To view the entire vacancy announcement including instructions on how to apply, click on the tabs above.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation and credit check required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • Applicant must possess a J.D. degree.
  • Applicant must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction).
  • Applicant must pass a drug test prior to appointment.


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Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:  The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently interviewing for a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) to serve in the Civil Division.  This is an uncompensated one-year position.  The SAUSA will be given the opportunity to represent the United States and its agencies and employees in a wide variety of civil matters, such as by assisting in the office's fraud investigations, representing federal agencies and employees in civil lawsuits, and otherwise representing the United States.  The SAUSA's duties will include handling cases, working alongside other attorneys, legal research, writing briefs, taking and defending depositions, and appearing in court.  The SAUSA will receive substantial training.  The SAUSA must be able to analyze complex legal and factual issues, be an excellent, clear, logical, and careful writer, show strong organizational skills, come to work with dedication and energy, exercise sound judgment, pay careful attention to detail, show integrity and honesty, follow Department of Justice and United States Attorney's Office policies, work well both independently and with others, negotiate effectively, and handle matters in court persuasively on behalf of the United States.


Travel Required:  Occasional travel both within and outside the District may be required.


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Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or District of Columbia.  Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). 


Preferred Qualifications:  The office seeks someone with excellent written and oral communication skills; strong work ethic and dedication to the public interest; and the ability to work well both independently and with others.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school.

Applicants with 3 years or less experience must provide a copy of an official transcript.

You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.


Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation, to include credit check and arrest record, adjudicated by the Department of Justice.


Following appointment, Special Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside within the district to which he or she is appointed.  See 28 U.S.C 545 for district-specific information.


Individuals selected will be prohibited from engaging in any outside practice of law while appointed.


You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.


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.  Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices.  Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are 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 no a case-by-case basis.


The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.  To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.


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Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.


A Benefits Package is not authorized for this position.


Transit Subsidy is offered to those individuals using public transportation, such as RTD (Regional Transportation District) buses and light rail.  The subsidy is currently available  and may or may not be extended depending on whether the transit subsidy program is continued by the Department of Justice. 


Veterans' Preference:  If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming in your application and submit the appropriate documentation, as specified below.

  • In order to verify your Veterans' Preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower if a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veteran's preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. the DD-214, Certificate of Release of 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, for a copy of SF-15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting documents).  Applicants should note that SF-15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non service connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except the case of service members submitting official statements of retirement order from a brand 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).

Failure to submit the required documentation may result in preference not being given.


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See


Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or non membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or an non-merit factor. 


The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accomodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affilliation, 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 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.  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.


The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement.  Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.   


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You may apply online or fax in your documents.  Applying online is the quickest and most convenient way to process your application and track your status. 

The complete Application Package to include all Required Documents list below must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 01, 2013.

To begin the online process, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of this process.
  2. To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, and use the following Vacancy ID, 824089  Fax your documents to 1-(478)-757-3144.  You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement.  Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.  Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this vacancy announcement.
  2. Print the Occupational Questionnaire using the link here so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Print the OPM Form 1203-FX, in order to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.  You may obtain the form either by using this URL link,, or calling USAJOBS at (703) 724-1850.  After the introduction press "1" and listen for instructions.  You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.
  4. Be sure to double check your application before submission.  Fax the completed 1203-FX, resume, and supporting documents to 1-(478)-757-3144.  Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.  Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.


You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  • Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (Online or 1203-FX)
  • Your resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional) to include paid or non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month, day, year), number of hours worked per week, duties, and salary if applicable.
  • Veteran Preference documentation, if applicable. (See Benefits and Other Information section for details.)
  • Copy of Official Transcript (only if applicant has 3 years or less experience)

Please DO NOT SEND writing samples when applying for this position.

No telephone calls please.  Applications must be received by Friday, February 1, 2013.


Gloria Engle
Phone: (303)454-0116
TDD: (303)454-0449
Agency Information:
Executive Office for US Attys
Do Not Mail Applications
You Must Apply Online
Washington, DC


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Supervisors will contact individuals with whom they are interested to arrange for an interview.

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