Job Overview


If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career with access to a generous benefits package, consider the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP or Program) as your employer of choice. 

The USTP is a litigating component of the Department of Justice with responsibility for overseeing nearly all bankruptcy cases filed in the United States – from chapters 7, 12, and 13 consumer cases to major chapter 11 business reorganizations.  The Program’s mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders – debtors, creditors, and the public.  USTP employees headquartered in Washington, DC, and in 93 field office locations across the country handle a wide range of administrative, regulatory, and enforcement matters.  Of particular importance are the Program’s efforts to address fraud and abuse by debtors, creditors, and others in the bankruptcy system by taking both formal and informal civil enforcement actions and making criminal referrals to U.S. Attorneys as appropriate.  
The USTP places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Office of the General Counsel, General & Administrative Law Group:

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for coordinating, directing, and developing legal policies, procedures, and litigating positions for the United States Trustee Program (Program) in enforcing the Bankruptcy Code, and seeing that institutional interests of the Program are properly asserted and defended.  OGC handles its responsibilities through four legal practice groups, each with a specialized focus.

OGC has two (2) vacancies in its General and Administrative (G & A) Law Group.  OGC’s G & A Law Group provides legal advice and support to the USTP’s Executive Office and field offices on a wide range of substantive legal matters including federal regulatory practice, privacy law, fiscal law, interagency agreements, agency authorities and organization, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and ethics.  G & A Law Group attorneys prepare draft administrative decisions relating to trustees, credit counseling agencies, and debtor education providers; respond to Congressional inquiries; prepare recommendations regarding claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), prepare and present briefings and legal training to USTP leadership and the field, and ensure and report upon the accomplishment of Program priorities. 

The G & A Law Group is seeking attorneys with superior legal writing skills and experience in all aspects of administrative law.  Experience in information and privacy law and a working knowledge of rulemaking and adjudication under the Administrative Procedure Act is particularly helpful.


If selected for this position, you will be responsible for effectively and timely providing advice and counsel to the Deputy Director/General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel, other Senior USTP staff members, the United States Trustees and staff in the Program's 21 regions and 93 field office locations on general and administrative law issues.

GS-14 duties include:
• Providing authoritative informal legal advice and formal written guidance on a broad range of general and administrative law matters, including FOIA, privacy, information sharing, the FTCA, and the application of the Administrative Procedure Act.
• Developing and implementing legal strategies and component-level policy for administrative matters, which advocate the goals and policies of the USTP and the Department.
• Writing policies and procedures on complex matters.
• Interpreting and analyzing complex issues affecting rules, statutes, and regulatory matters and questions of law and fact and conducting in-depth, complex research on authorities, decision law, and rulemaking proceedings.
• Leading, organizing, and preparing material for training and conferences which address a variety of legal issues, problems, and practices.

GS-15 duties include, in addition to the above:

• Representing the legal position of the USTP to private sector organizations and operating divisions within the Department of Justice.
• Representing the agency in administrative litigation and assisting in federal court proceedings.
• Performing other administrative and legal duties as assigned.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No