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Job Title:  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:  14-SDTX-06 (AUSA-BRO-CRIM)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$45,027.00 to $132,849.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 to Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Brownsville, TX View Map
All U.S. 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 Attorneys Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #5 out of 33 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive United States Attorneys Office/United States Attorneys Offices ranked #55 out of 240 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2013 Ratings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See


About the Office:  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, with approximately 190 Assistant United States Attorneys, is among the largest in the country.  The office prosecutes federal crimes and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases.  The Southern District of Texas stretches from the Houston area southwest to the Mexican border.  The United States Attorney’s Office operates staffed offices in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, and Victoria.

About the Brownsville Division:  The Brownsville Division is among the busiest offices in the United States: in 2013 alone, the Brownsville office indicted nearly 900 felony cases.  A total of 17 attorneys work in the office, 11 of whom prosecute the bulk of the division=s criminal cases.  The successful applicant will thus have ample and immediate opportunity to try criminal cases.

Location: The position is located in Brownsville, Texas.  Boasting more than 415,000 residents in the city and environs, Brownsville is located at the southernmost tip of Texas, near the Gulf of Mexico and directly on the border with Mexico.  Immediately across the border is the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas (est. pop. 490,000), which offers unique shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities.  Just a few miles away is the resort playground of South Padre Island, with miles of unspoiled beaches and excellent fishing 

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys Offices, visit

Internet Sites:  Interested candidates can learn more about our office by visiting the Southern District of Texas website at:      

This and other attorney vacancy announcements may be viewed at: 

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


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


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit check, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.


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Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:  The United States Attorney=s Office seeks one or more experienced criminal prosecutors to serve as Assistant United States Attorneys to fill one or more anticipated vacancies in its Brownsville office.  The incumbent(s) will investigate and prosecute violations of federal laws, primarily involving immigration, drug, and firearms offenses.



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Required qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, and must be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state or territory of the United States or of the District of Columbia.  Active bar membership (any jurisdiction) is required.  Additionally, applicants must have at least two years of full-time experience as a licensed attorney.  United States citizenship is required.


Preferred Qualifications:  Hiring preferences include strong academics, significant first-chair criminal litigation experience, outstanding organizational skills, superior legal writing and research ability, and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility, and public service.  Spanish language skills and familiarity with South Texas are highly desirable, but not required.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school.  You may be required to provide a copy of your transcript.

Security Requirements:  Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication.  This includes fingerprint, tax and credit checks, and drug testing.  In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


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


Department of Justice Policies (Evaluation):  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 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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Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.

Salary Information:  Pay for Assistant United States Attorneys is administratively determined, based in part on the number of years of professional attorney experience.  The 2014 range of basic pay is $45,027 to $132,849 per annum, plus applicable locality pay.

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: 


Department Policies:  Once appointed, Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.


All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a time-limited (temporary) basis.  Temporary appointments may, or may not, be made permanent without further competition.


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, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other 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.

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 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 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.


The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement.  Such posting and/or dissemination are 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 complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.) 

3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1064730

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 18, 2014  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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.


You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  • Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
  • Required:  Cover letter (including the announcement number).
  • Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment.
  • Required:  Brief writing sample (not more than 20 pages)
  • Required, if applicable: Veterans' Preference documentation. (See Benefits and Other Information section for details.)


Dell Mara Lovell
Phone: (713)567-9333
TDD: 713.718.3310
Agency Information:
Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX


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. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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