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 Lead Enforcement Case Officer serves in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement, in the Enforcement Division, with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).   The Office of Compliance and Enforcement handles complex investigations and civil enforcement actions against a wide range of financial institutions, including banks, money service businesses, casinos, the securities industry, and other industries, for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.   Incumbent leads complex, sensitive, controversial and far reaching investigations and cases.  These duties involve enforcement matters that have industry-wide, national, and/or international impact, including those related to national security.  


The Lead Enforcement Case Officer duties include:

  • Leads staff in a high volume of the most complex, sensitive, controversial and far-reaching investigations and cases and moves cases through life cycle expeditiously and with minimal supervisory guidance. 
  • Leads staff in producing the full range of enforcement documents, including sophisticated analysis, requiring technical expertise and superior writing ability.  
  • Collects and analyzes operational and strategic intelligence from wide-ranging sources including Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies, military departments, foreign governments, and financial institutions. 
  • Develops new enforcement approaches in response to identified weaknesses and vulnerabilities of ongoing operations and legal frameworks.  Develops innovative strategies, approaches, or methods to serve as precedents or models for similar situations in the future.
  • Plans the requirements for, establishes, and manages large-scale and/or multi-jurisdictional investigations where methods are subject to changing legal admissibility. 
  • Uses as guidance basic BSA legislation, judicial rulings, and broad policy statements which are often ambiguous and require extensive interpretation and uses considerable judgment and ingenuity to interpret the intent of new or revised guidance and develops policy, guidelines, and practices for specific areas of enforcement work.
  • Makes enforcement decisions and recommendations in situations complicated by uncertainty in approach, methodology, and/or interpretation due to extreme sensitivity (e.g., subjects of an investigation may be well-recognized, high profile individuals or organizations); the existence of few or no precedents to follow; significant unresolved legal or regulatory issues; intense and widespread public, media, or congressional interest; emerging and innovative methods and patterns of non-compliant or criminal activity; sophistication of networks involved; and/or issues of multi-jurisdictional authority.
  • Works on enforcement matters that have industry-wide, national, and/or international impact, including those related to national security.
  • As a senior staff member, reviews materials by the staff, ensuring that FinCEN enforcement actions and supporting memoranda are free of factual, logical or typographical errors.
  • Implements intelligence-driven targeting, develops and implements investigative plans, applies facts to law, assesses the strength of evidence, uses and implements appropriate use of enforcement summons authority, and determines appropriate use of FinCEN authorities.
  • Leads negotiations and other communication with targets of FinCEN enforcement actions and/or their legal counsel, including matters involving individuals, financial institutions, corporations, and foreign governments. 
  • Represents FinCEN in senior-level internal and, on occasion, interagency meetings, including the coordination of examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions. 
  • Represents FinCEN at high-level meetings with the federal banking agencies, Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies with delegated examination authority, as well as federal and state law enforcement and regulatory agencies, to ensure appropriate course of action and resolution of enforcement matters involving the Bank Secrecy Act.
  • Participates as a public speaker on enforcement-related panels and/or speaking engagements and develops presentations for speaking engagements.