Job Overview


Become part of the team that safeguards the financial system from the abuses of financial crime. At the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), we are at the forefront in preventing and detecting terrorist financing, money laundering, and other financial crime. Serve at the nation's financial intelligence unit and protect the United States financial system from criminals and terrorist financiers.

The Director of the Office of Special Measures leads a major component of the Enforcement Division, within the U.S. Department of Treasury’s FinCEN. The Enforcement Division is the primary action arm of FinCEN, responsible for enforcing compliance with the BSA through effective, proportionate, and dissuasive measures.  The division handles a caseload of BSA civil regulatory matters that are initiated through referrals from examining agencies, as well as FinCEN’s own intelligence-driven targeting of high-priority criminal and national security threats.  Each matter can involve a range of compliance and enforcement activities ranging from onsite examination to investigation, summonses of documents and witnesses, injunctions, and civil monetary penalties.  The Enforcement Division is also responsible for implementing various statutory special measures enforced by FinCEN including Section 311 of the PATRIOT Act, which is designed to limit the exposure of the U.S. financial system to foreign jurisdictions, financial institutions, classes of transactions, and types of accounts of primary money laundering concern.  Additionally, the division investigates unauthorized disclosures of BSA information for possible referral to the criminal authorities.

The incumbent serves as the Office Director for the Office of Special Measures and provides executive oversight over the office’s role in conceptualizing, coordinating, and implementing strategies within FinCEN to utilize its statutory special measures to detect financial crime and to deny those individuals, entities and jurisdictions that are found to be a primary money laundering concern access to the United States financial system.  The Office Director is a recognized subject matter expert on these issues.


The Director, Office of Special Measures duties are:

  • Serves as the key advisor to the Associate Director for the Enforcement Division on the formulation, planning, development, and implementation of strategies that leverage the use of FinCEN’s statutory special authorities.
  • Develops and manages a staff of investigators and specialists, identifying objectives and implementing office-wide practices for effectively evaluating and advancing a fast paced and diverse docket of matters.
  • Develops and implements intelligence-driven targeting and investigations of suspected primary money laundering concerns, applies facts to law, assesses the strength of evidence, and determines appropriate use of FinCEN statutory special authorities.
  • Directs staff in the handling of sensitive, controlled-access information, including developing and implementing policies and procedures for distributing such information to authorized parties.
  • Mentors line employees and ensures that all special measure products are clearly written, concise, and well-reasoned.
  • Represents the Department of the Treasury and FinCEN in internal and interagency meetings involving the coordination of special measure actions.
  • Responsible for effectively handling all personnel matters related to the Office of Special Measures.  These matters include, but are not limited to, annual evaluation, training and mentoring, and evaluating employees.
  • Seeks to maximize communication with all other components of FinCEN and at all levels to ensure each component’s unique expertise and authorities are brought to bear in a collaborative effort for maximum impact against the most serious money laundering and national security threats.
  • Collaborates with other supervisors within the division on the establishment of broad program objectives, organizational goals, policies, priorities, methods to assess the accomplishment of such objectives, and the resources required to be successful.   
  • Provides for the reporting and evaluation of program accomplishments.
  • As necessary, settles disputes, recommends personnel actions, and promotes adherence to public policy, including diversity and equal opportunity in employment.
  • Provides effective leadership, mentors, develops, and motivates staff.