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Job Title:  Attorney Advisor
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  13-CRM-AFMLS-027

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

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$89,033.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 to Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
3 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens



The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking experienced attorney advisors to fill positions in the Programs Operations Unit in the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section in Washington, DC.

The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department’s efforts to take the profit out of crime. The multi-dimensional responsibilities of AFMLS include anti-money laundering enforcement, forfeiture, law development, training, and technical assistance, all done in close cooperation with partners in the United States and abroad. AFMLS also provides oversight, management, and policy development for the DOJ Assets Forfeiture Fund, including returning money to victims and funding to federal, state, and local law enforcement.

The Program Operations Unit has primary responsibility for all Remission, Restorations, Adoptions, Real Property transfers, large dollar sharing requests, Sharing program oversight/compliance and assistance in business enterprise/complex asset seizures and forfeitures. Program Operations is also responsible for incoming and outgoing funds control over seized and forfeited proceeds, Claims Administration in large victim pool cases and international asset recovery support to agents, prosecutors and the AFMLS International Unit.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualifiy for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation
  • You may be required to take a drug test.


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Responsibilities include:

  • Advice, counsel, and legal analysis provided to Program officials and managers on the full range of forfeiture matters including but not limited to emerging law enforcement imperatives such as financial crimes, healthcare fraud, etc.;
  • Research, evaluation and recommendation for rulings on all judicial petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeitures and restoration of forfeited property to innocent third parties;
  • Advice to Assistant U.S. Attorneys and component personnel on petition and restoration matters as well as other asset forfeiture program issues;
  • Factual analysis, legal research, evaluation and preparation of recommendations for the Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division for all equitable sharing requests involving forfeited property valued at $1 million or more;
  • Oversight of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies’ compliance with the equitable sharing program, including coordination with the Office of Inspector General, Office of Justice Programs, Civil Rights Division and other federal components on equitable sharing program audits and related matters;
  • Review for legal sufficiency requests for transfers of forfeited property;
  • Public speaking and training on asset forfeiture program matters.


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For all grade levels: Interested 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.

GS-13: 1.5 years post J.D. experience, as well as one year of specialized experience to include: Performs basic legal analysis and formulates recommendations for senior managers. Demonstrates working knowledge of business practices and accounting, composes legal memoranda, reports, and position papers on legislative history, laws, regulations, and court opinions.

GS-14: 2.5 years post J.D. experience, as well as one year of specialized experience to include: Independently performs legal analysis and formulates recommendations for senior managers. Demonstrates working knowledge of business practices and accounting, composes legal memoranda, reports, and position papers on legislative history, laws, regulations, and court opinions regarding issues that may lack clear precedent, works with senior managers to shape policy and procedure.

GS-15: 4 years post J.D. experience, as well as one year of specialized experience to include: Performs legal transactions of highly complex and high impact nature, composes legal briefs or reports that play a significant role in shaping policies and procedures, acts as a subject matter expert in his or her given field, demonstrates knowledge of asset forfeiture, remission regulations, bankruptcy, securities fraud, or a related discipline.


A J.D. degree is required for this position.

Other Requirements:

  • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Travel will be required.


You will be evaluated based on the overall strength of your credentials as demonstrated by your cover letter, resume, and experience. The most qualified candidates will be selected for interviews, which will also be considered in making the final decision.


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Department Policies:

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 color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. 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.

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 on a case-by-case basis.

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, 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 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).

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Applicants must submit a cover letter (highlighting relevant experience), a detailed resume, and a current performance evaluation, if current federal employee.

Please forward all required documents to:

U.S. Department of Justice

1400 New York Ave. NW,

Criminal Division

Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section

Bond Building, Suite 10100

Washington, DC 20530

ATTN: Wendy Wormsley, Administrative Officer

 If you prefer to fax your documents, you can do so at (202) 514-5522. All applications must be received by Tuesday, April 09, 2013 . Applications received after that date will not be considered.


  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Most Recent Performance Appraisal (if current federal employee)


Human Resources
Phone: (202)514-2811
Agency Information:
The Criminal Division
1400 New York Ave
Suite 5000
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, and a drug test by urinalysis.

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