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    The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) provides centralized management for the Department's asset forfeiture program to ensure its integrity and maximize its law enforcement potential, while also providing managerial direction to the Department's components in prosecuting money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and Kleptocracy cases. MLARS initiates, coordinates, and reviews legislative and policy proposals impacting the asset forfeiture program and money laundering enforcement agencies.

    The Section works with the spectrum of law enforcement and regulatory agencies using an interagency, interdisciplinary and international approach. MLARS is mandated to: litigate complex, sensitive and multi-district cases; coordinate multi-district investigations and prosecutions; provide guidance, legal advice and assistance on asset forfeiture and money laundering investigations and prosecutions; develop regulatory and legislative initiatives; ensure the uniform application of forfeiture and money laundering statutes; and provide litigation assistance to U.S. Attorneys' Offices and Criminal Division components.

    MLARS oversees asset forfeiture and money laundering training and conducts seminars for federal prosecutors, investigating agents, and law enforcement personnel It produces legal publications and training materials to enhance its legal support functions. It also adjudicates all petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets in judicial forfeiture cases and oversees the approval of the placement of forfeited property into official use by federal agencies.

    As the key senior management official within MLARS, the incumbent oversees major domestic and international anti-money laundering programs. The Chief plays a pivotal role in the Department's efforts to strengthen the use of civil and criminal forfeitures to strike at criminals' economic base, deprive them of illicit profits, and recover property that may be used to compensate victims. The incumbent's expertise is in asset forfeiture, Bank Secrecy Act, and money laundering investigations, prosecutions and policy, and sharing that expertise with U.S. Attorneys' Offices and law enforcement agencies in the form of assistance, training, publications and advice. The Chief works with Department leadership to expand the use of the Asset Forfeiture Fund to better support a broad range of activities for the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program and the National Asset Forfeiture Strategic Plan.

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    As Chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery section, you will:

    • Vigorously enforce money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and forfeiture laws; supervise the work of attorneys assigned to matters requiring grand jury presentations and trial; review proposed court orders and motions; render advice as to strategy and evidence problems; review appellate briefs; and supervise, counsel, and advise attorneys in the trial of cases.
    • Plan and supervise all policy and operational activities within the Section and implement the Department's strategic planning for asset forfeiture and money laundering goals.
    • Propose and review legislative initiatives and Department policies regarding asset forfeiture, money laundering, and the Bank Secrecy Act; and assess the implications of proposed legislation on investigative operations.
    • Improve procedures for obtaining oversight and assistance to the U.S. Attorneys' forfeiture litigation; and provide legal advice, training, and guidance on specialized aspects of money laundering, asset forfeiture, and the Bank Secrecy Act to the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and investigative organizations.
    • Consult with the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General concerning legal and policy questions relating to statutes administered by the Section and the status of important cases; review and approve a large volume of general correspondence, legal opinions, authorizations, instructions, and advisory materials that emanate from the Section; upon request, prepare testimony for congressional committees; and participate in annual regional international conferences to foster joint asset forfeiture investigations.
    • Provide direct oversight over the allocation of two distinct financial resources: the Division's general allocation and the money received from the Assets Forfeiture Fund; strengthen internal controls for financial systems and improve efficient and cost-effective fund management and accountability; and streamline Section operations and reporting hierarchies to ensure that the Section's core competencies are results oriented and citizen-centered.
    • Develop a comprehensive business plan for the Section which sets forth the justification for resources and identifies areas for cost savings; acquire and leverage needed fiscal and human resources to achieve results-oriented outcomes; and develop budget enhancements that include both performance measures and outcomes that reflect the Section's, Division's and Department's strategic goals and objectives.
    • Demonstrate a strong commitment and support for the Division's equal employment policies and programs to enhance workforce diversity; and promote merit promotion principles in all aspects of personnel hiring, promotions, training and development and employee retention.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel required.

    Supervisory status


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