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Washington, D.C
Closing date
May 28, 2023

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) is seeking experienced attorneys to serve as Senior Counsel(s) at the OCDETF Executive Office. The incumbent must have prior criminal prosecution experience in handling complex drug and illicit-finance investigations. This background will allow the incumbent to assist with policy and program development, training, and representation of the program at various agency meetings and conferences. The incumbent will be required, as assigned, to analyze policies, resource needs, and program performance indicators
and identify legal and policy ramifications; attend and report on Department and Interagency meetings; prepare and present reports and/or briefings for the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, OCDETF Director, OCDETF Deputy Director, OCDETF Principal Associate Directors, other OCDETF managers, and other entities on the state of the OCDETF program and specific OCDETF initiatives; conduct district specific reviews of the United States Attorneys Offices' OCDETF programs; conduct reviews of OCDETF Strike Forces; assist in the development and presentation of budget submissions and reprogramming requests and prepare talking points and background materials for the Office of Management and Budget and/or Congressional staff; and oversee various program and financial initiatives to support OCDETF field components. The incumbent may also assist in coordinating the development and implementation of training in various subjects, including electronic surveillance, illicit-finance investigations and asset forfeiture, and non-drug-centric complex transnational organized crime investigations. The attorney(s) selected from this announcement will be assigned to the OCDETF Executive Office, located in Washington DC, and may be called upon to do any of the following:

Duties Include:

- Provide programmatic support to the OCDETF Director, Deputy Director, and Principal and Associate Directors on the formulation and execution of various OCDETF policies and decisions in the administration of the OCDETF program.
- Conduct comprehensive evaluations of the criteria by which the OCDETF program evaluates itself for efficiency and effectiveness.
- Collaborate with OCDETF program stakeholders to review and provide recommendations to update the OCDETF program's strategic plan and program guidelines.
- Organize and implement periodic programmatic review(s) of OCDETF Districts, Regions, and Strike Forces.
- Support OCDETF Executive Office managers in providing advice and consultation to United States Attorneys' offices throughout the OCDETF Regions.
- Support OCDETF Executive Office managers in providing advice and consultation regarding OCDETF Co-located Strike Forces.
- Offer advice, guidance, support, and training regarding OCDETF program compliance in complex OCDETF drug and illicit-finance prosecutions and related asset forfeiture cases.
- Offer advice, guidance, support, and training regarding OCDETF program compliance in complex OCDETF non-drug centric transnational criminal organization and illicit-finance prosecutions and related asset forfeiture cases.
- Assist with any other duties as may be assigned by the OCDETF Director.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check which includes a drug screening.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary or trial period.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born on, or after, December 31st 1959. Those not registered should have an approved exemption on file.
  • You must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement and continue to meet these requirements throughout the hiring process. Offers can be rescinded if requirements are not met.
  • Additional selections may be made from this announcement, at any time, if openings occur in other offices serviced by Justice Management Division, HR Operations.
  • Financial Disclosure: If selected, you may be required to disclose financial information in accordance with DOJ and Federal ethics guidelines.


Required Qualifications : Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing in any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 3 years post J.D. experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience include: Preparing pleadings, briefs, motions, affidavits, and other materials involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; independently performing legal analysis; conducting civil or criminal litigation (to include appellate practitioners); trial experience as a prosecutor or defender at the Federal, State, or Local level; analyzing cases or requests for legal sufficiency; and providing expert legal advice and consultation.

Applicants must have superior academic and professional credentials as well as exceptional writing and oral communication skills. Applicants must also possess the legal skills and sound judgment necessary to evaluate the sensitive issues that arise in the course of attorney misconduct investigations. The individuals selected for these positions are required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance as a condition of employment.

Interested parties must:
  • Possess a J.D., degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least ten years of post-J.D. experience.
  • Applicants must have solid academic credentials as well as excellent writing and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Applicants should possess strong speaking and presentation skills; experience in the training of, and development of, professional training for prosecutors and agents.
  • Demonstrated experience serving as a senior legal advisor for general law, including employment/labor, fiscal/appropriations/procurement, ethics, contracts, information and privacy, administrative, and other general law matters is preferred.
  • A background in criminal prosecution including experience with long term, complex investigations; as well as electronic surveillance and related legal issues; domestic and international financial investigations; and familiarity with federal investigative agencies is desirable.
  • Applicants must be able to secure and maintain a Top-Secret security clearance.


Possess a J.D., degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least ten years of post-J.D. experience.

Additional information

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  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you were born male, on or 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. Additional information is found at: .

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