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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-EDTX-1123279-AUSA-06

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$54,334.00 to $157,000.00 / Per Year


Friday, May 16, 2014 to Friday, May 30, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Plano, TX View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




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 Attorney's Office is a great place to work. The Department of Justice ranked #5 out of 19 large Federal cabinet agencies in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2013 Rankings" published by the Partnership for Public Service. See


The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil and appellate matters in the district. The Eastern District of Texas is a large district consisting of 6 staffed offices that cover 43 counties in the eastern part of the state spanning more than 50,000 square miles from the Oklahoma border to the Gulf of Mexico. Offices are located in Beaumont, Lufkin, Plano, Sherman, Texarkana and Tyler. Our district works closely with federal agencies and law enforcement personnel located throughout the district and in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston metropolitan areas.


For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit

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

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.  


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



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


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some overnight travel will be required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Background investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • You must be a licensed attorney.


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This position will be responsible for handling civil fraud cases against the United States.  These cases would include health care fraud, drug diversion, procurement fraud, defense contractor fraud, HUD fraud, encroachments on federal lands and other cases brought by the United States or on behalf of the United States in qui tam litigation.  The position would also be a resource for other AUSAs prosecuting such cases throughout the District and will coordinate public awareness and education of fraud against the government in the community.  Employment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated and talented attorney who is committed to serving justice.


Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.




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Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three (3) years of post-J.D. experience.


Preferred Qualifications: Strong academic credentials, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, courtroom experience, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff and other attorneys, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.


United States citizenship is required.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.


A hiring committee will evaluate the applications and invite a limited number of applicants for an interview with the committee. Following committee interviews, applicants may be selected for additional interviews with criminal and civil division supervisors and/or the United States Attorney. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of such factors as academic performance, research and writing ability, oral communication skills, trial experience, and other legal and community service experience.


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


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Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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: 



Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 USC ' 545 for district specific information.

Veterans' Preference:  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 web site, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the basis of 10-point preferences and the required supporting documents). 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). 

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See


Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.


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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 Friday, May 30, 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 1123279.

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 Friday, May 30, 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:


  • Required:  Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)
  • Required:  A cover letter.
  • Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment.
  • Required:  Your responses to the Assistant U.S. Attorney Application for Appointment available at 0314.doc. 
  • Required:  A writing sample which demonstrates your legal writing ability.  The writing sample should be at least 10 pages but no more than 15 pages and must clearly address at least one substantive legal issue.
  • Required (If applicable):  A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
  • Required (If applicable): Veterans' Preference documentation. (See Benefits and Other Information section for details).


    Princess Franklin
    Phone: (409)839-2538
    Agency Information:
    Executive Office for US Attys
    Do Not Mail Applications
    You Must Apply Online
    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. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the closing date of the announcement.


    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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