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Job Title:Assistant United States Attorney (Civil)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys

Job Announcement Number:14-NDOK-AUSA-05

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$51,403.00 to $151,660.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to Saturday, July 26, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Tulsa, OK View Map


United States Citizens


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Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration  of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.

In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity. We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.



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 can be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.


This position is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma is the principal federal prosecution authority for the eleven counties in the northeastern part of the state.  The Northern District of Oklahoma has a population of approximately one million.  Our office is located in Tulsa, the metropolitan area of which has approximately 75 percent of the district’s population and 80 percent of the reported crime.  The Civil Division currently has a staff of five attorneys, which includes the Civil Chief, and eight support staff including one contractor.

Visit  the Northern District of Oklahoma website at: 

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 positions 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
  • 1-5 Nights of travel may be required per month.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.


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The United States Attorney is seeking an attorney to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Civil Division.  The AUSA will focus on affirmative civil enforcement cases in which the United States initiates investigations and lawsuits involving fraud, waste, and abuse.  In such cases, federal agencies and taxpayers are the victims.  The cases are most often under the False Claims Act and can involve health care fraud, procurement fraud, contractor fraud, tort actions, and compliance with various federal regulations.  These cases are often associated with parallel criminal proceedings where the Civil AUSA must coordinate with the federal investigative agencies and state and federal criminal prosecutors.  Most cases involve claims involve substantial injury which must be recovered by judgment.  The matters require not only initiative and creativity in directing the government’s investigation of fraud claims, but also superior organizational and documentary skills.  Depending on the selectee’s level of experience, it is expected that this position will serve as the Affirmative Civil Enforcement and Healthcare Fraud Coordinator for the district.

Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) in the Civil Division will conduct every stage in the litigation, including discovery, depositions, court appearance, and trial, all with minimal supervision.  The AUSA may also be assigned bankruptcy matters and civil defensive matters including defense of claims of medical malpractice and other torts as necessary to fulfill the litigative mission of the Civil Division. 


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Required Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:  Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding office and courtroom environment.  Applicants must be willing and able to try jury cases in federal court and demonstrate the motivation and professionalism to become an accomplished trial attorney.  Applicants should possess analytical ability to quickly identify and to clearly and accurately articulate critical issues in civil investigations or pending cases.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong legal research skills.  Applicants should exhibit strong interpersonal skills, good judgment,  ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with the court, other attorneys, support staff, and client agencies.  Applicants should also possess computer literacy skills to include experience in automated research, electronic court filing, electronic e-mail, and word processing systems.

United States citizenship is required.


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


Travel:  1-5 Nights of travel may be required per month.


Type of Position:  All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


Security Requirements:  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.


Residency Requirements:  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.


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


Evaluation MethodOnce your complete application package is received, it will be reviewed to ensure you meet all job requirements. An attorney interview panel will then review all qualified applicants and make recommendations for invitation to interview. You will be notified if selected for an interview.

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


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 indicate their preference in response to the appropriate question in their assessment questionnaire (it is also recommended that information is included in their cover letter or resume) and they must submit supporting documentation (e.g., DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) which verifies their eligibility for preference. 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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Salary Information:  Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience.  The range of basic pay is $51,403 to $151,660 which includes 14.16% locality pay.


Other Benefits:  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:


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized. 


The Disability Point of Contact for the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Oklahoma is:  Carol L. De Shaffon, Director of Administration.; 918-382-2700.


This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: 


Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on color, race, religion, national origin, politics, 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 of 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 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 Saturday, July 26, 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 1171830


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 Saturday, July 26, 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 - Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year). (cover letter optional).
  • Required - A writing sample of no more than 10 pages.
  • 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 - To get Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation.  See the "How you will be Evaluated" section under the "Qualifications and Evaluations" Tab above for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume.


The point of contact for this vacancy announcement is Mesa Wade, who can be reached at 918-382-2733 or




Carol deShaffon
Phone: (918)382-2700
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 and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 120 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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