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Job Title:Trial Attorney

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Hiring Organization:Criminal Division

Job Announcement Number:14-CRM-AFML-098

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year


Monday, July 14, 2014 to Friday, August 15, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Chantilly, VA View Map


United States Citizens


Top Secret/SCI




About the Agency

The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking an experienced DOJ attorney to serve in the newly formed Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. AFMLS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.

The FIU is AFMLS’ targeting unit, helping the litigating units set investigative priorities and supplementing the resources of investigative agency partners to conduct complex financial investigations. The FIU also serves as the Section’s and Criminal Division’s (CRM) experts on complicated financial investigations. This position will be assigned from the FIU to the Special Operations Division (SOD), in Chantilly, Virginia. SOD is an interagency investigative fusion center that supports and coordinates investigations targeting the most significant national and international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. SOD’s mission is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the command and control elements of such organizations. This position will focus efforts on illicit finance aspects of transnational criminal organizations to undercut their profit motive and disrupt the organization, with an emphasis on professional money launderers, money transmitters, and gatekeepers.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel is required.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take a drug test.


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As a FIU Trial Attorney you will:

  • Coordinate national and international money laundering and forfeiture actions with and through SOD.
  • Work closely with Assistant U.S. Attorneys and investigative agencies involved in SOD-monitored investigations to develop a comprehensive, nation-wide strategy in which information and evidence is exchanged, investigative actions are coordinated, and the indictments, arrests, forfeiture actions, and prosecutions are planned and coordinated.
  • Identify unexploited opportunities to target for criminal prosecution the professional money launderers, money transmitters, gatekeepers and financial institutions that support Mexican drug cartels and other transnational criminal organizations and work with investigators and prosecutors in the field to pursue these opportunities.
  • Identify unexploited opportunities to aggressively apply forfeiture against the assets of the Mexican drug cartels and other transnational criminal organizations.
  • Provide money laundering and forfeiture advice to U.S. Attorney Offices around the country involved in SOD-coordinated investigations, including but not limited to reviewing seizures warrants, restraining orders, criminal forfeiture allegations, indictments, and other pleadings.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with partners at the U.S. Attorney Offices, other litigating components and offices, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Advise and instruct federal agents and prosecutors on complicated questions of law related and Departmental policy related to the AFMLS mission.
  • Advise and consult with the FIU Deputy Chief and Assistant Deputy Chief, the AFMLS Section Chief, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General, and others on the status of all cases and matters.
  • Provide asset forfeiture and money laundering training to other federal prosecutors, federal, state and local law enforcement, and international partners.


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Required Qualifications:

Interested applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least five years post J.D. experience. Applicants must be an active member of the bar in good standing.

Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience at the GS-15 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing pleadings, briefs and other court papers involving complex legal issues in complex civil or criminal litigation; and conducting complex civil or criminal litigation including complex financial investigations.

Preferred Qualifications:

Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies. You are required to respond to each competency in the assessment questionnaire portion of this announcement. Failure to respond to these questions may result in your being deemed not highly qualified for the position.

  • Ability to plan and carry out complex cases involving violations of criminal money laundering and civil or criminal forfeiture statutes.
  • Superior oral advocacy preparation and experience.
  • Superior written and analytical skills.


A J.D. Degree.

Other Requirements:

  • 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.



BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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


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 non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any 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 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.

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 Friday, August 15, 2014.

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. Assessment Questionnaire (you will be prompted to complete this when you apply online).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

If you cannot apply online, please contact Human Resources at the phone number or email below for further instructions.


See "How to Apply"



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.

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