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Job Title:  Experienced Attorney
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  13-CRM-FRD-070

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$96,690.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types NTE 2 years
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Miami, FL United StatesView Map
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map
Houston, TX United StatesView Map
Brooklyn, NY United StatesView Map
More Locations  (5)
United States Citizens



The Department of Justice (DOJ) mission to enforce the law, and to defend the interests of the United States and its citizens in accordance with the law, is carried out by approximately 104,000 talented and diverse men and women, working in 40 separate component organizations and in numerous and varied law enforcement, legal, and administrative mission-critical occupations. DOJ leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. With such an important mission to achieve, it is critical for DOJ to recruit a highly-skilled workforce. Become a member of our team, where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission.

Consider joining the DOJ Criminal Division. One of seven litigating Divisions in the Department, the Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes complex criminal matters and assists the 93 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals. In addition to its direct litigation responsibilities, the Division formulates and implements criminal enforcement policy and provides advice and assistance in sensitive areas of law enforcement; advises the Attorney General, Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House on matters of criminal law; provides legal advice and assistance to federal prosecutors and investigative agencies; and provides leadership for coordinating international as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement matters.

The Fraud Section is a litigating unit that investigates and prosecutes complex, multi-district and international white-collar criminal cases throughout the country and implements and coordinates the Department's fraud enforcement policy. Fraud Section cases focus on corporate, securities and investment fraud, foreign bribery (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), health care fraud, financial institution and insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, procurement and government program fraud (including fraud related to economic stimulus and recovery programs), mass marketing fraud and other complex criminal schemes.

These positions are located in the Health Care Fraud unit and are two year excepted service appointments and detail opportunities, with the possibility of extensions contingent on available funding.


  • 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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The incumbent will be responsible for the investigation and litigation of criminal HEALTH CARE FRAUD matters.

The Experienced Attorney:

Conducts trials of the most complex cases.  Confers with the Section Chief and/or the Assistant Attorney General to recommend and determine the policy of the Department in related litigation.  Formulates the theory of the Government's cases, determines applicable statutes to a given statement of facts, selects and examines witnesses, plans trial strategy and appropriate techniques, and prepares briefs, motions, etc., associated with trials and other judicial proceedings and hearings.

Makes recommendations as to whether review should be sought in the Supreme Court, courts of appeals, and district courts. 

Advises and renders assistance to U.S. Attorneys in the preparation, critical examination and review of pleadings and in preparation of trial briefs.  Evaluates reports of investigation and memoranda from U.S. Attorneys to determine whether litigation is warranted, and whether proposed settlements are in the government's interest.  Gives advice and instructions to U.S. Attorneys on complicated questions of law and Departmental policy.

Represents the United States in direct negotiations and discussions with senior officials of States, counties and cities throughout the country and lawyers and high level officials of some of the largest corporations in the United States.  Participates in discussions with opposing counsel for defendants and in the formulation of settlements often having far-reaching legal consequences.

Advises and consults with the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Section Chief, et al., reporting on the status of all cases and matters related to civil/criminal remedies in the enforcement or the defense of statutes within his/her assigned area of litigation.

Serves as an expert, providing advice and policy determinations in matters involving the planning, discussion and coordination of the activities related to the litigation of cases.  Oversees the preparation and litigation assignments of lower graded attorneys, paralegals and clerical personnel.



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 All applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction).

 Grade Specific Qualifications:

  • To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years of post-J.D. legal experience.
  • To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have four (4) or more years of post-J.D. legal experience.


  • Domestic and international travel is required.
  • 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.


If you are found to be qualified for this position, your resume and supporting documentation will be forwarded to the Hiring Manager for consideration.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Years of experience determine the appropriate salary level. The salary range for these positions is GS-14 to GS-15, base pay of $84,697 and $99,628 respectively, plus the applicable locality pay of the duty location. See OPM’s Web page at

Relocation expenses may be authorized.

Veteran Preference:

Excepted service attorney positions are wholly exempted from the appointment procedures of 5 C.F.R. Part 302.  However, the Department of Justice follows the principle of veterans’ preference in its attorney hiring procedures as far as administratively feasible and treats veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor at all stages in the hiring process. 

If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume. In order to verify your veteran 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 of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a 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.

Internet Sites: This and selected other attorney vacancy announcements can be found on the Internet at

For more information about the Criminal Division, please visit



The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring personnel office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. 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 by and advanced within the Department of Justice on the basis of merit.

It is the policy of the Department of Justice to achieve a drug-free workplace, and persons selected will be required to pass a drug test to screen for illegal drug use prior to final approval. Employment is also contingent upon the satisfactory 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 are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submission. 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 non-service 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).


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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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the Assessment Questionnaire and the Required Documents indicated below. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on Monday, September 30, 2013.

A complete application package must include:

  1. Cover Letter (highlighting relevant experience).
  2. Résumé - Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  3. Law School Transcripts.
  4. Assessment Questionnaire.
  5. Performance Appraisal (if applicable).
  6. Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
  7. Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable):
  • If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character discharge(Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at
  • If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
  • If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 939205. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire:  and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


See the 'How to Apply' Section.


Human Resources
Phone: (202)514-2811
Agency Information:
The Criminal Division
1400 New York Ave
Suite 5000
Washington, DC


We will notify you of your status as a candidate after each step of the recruitment process (receipt of application, determination of basic qualifications, notice of forward to selecting official, and final selection). After extending a tentative job offer and receiving acceptance by the selectee, we will conduct an employment suitability/security background investigation to confirm that the selectee meets all requirements to fill the position. We expect to make a final job offer once all such reviews have been completed.

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Miami, FL United StatesView Map
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map
Houston, TX United StatesView Map
Brooklyn, NY United StatesView Map
Detroit, MI United StatesView Map
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map
Tampa, FL United StatesView Map
New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map

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