Attorney Advisor (Policy Unit)

Washington, D.C
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 13, 2023
Full Time

Attorney Advisors in the MLARS Policy Unit:
  • Provide advice and develop written materials regarding national and international policy initiatives, guidance, regulations, and strategies on asset forfeiture and money laundering-related issues;
  • Represent MLARS, the Criminal Division, and the Department in dealings with the national money laundering and asset recovery community; regulatory community; inter-agency partners; federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and regulators; and international law enforcement and policy components; as well as in outreach to the private sector;
  • Monitor and track asset forfeiture, money laundering, and other criminal and civil law-enforcement-related legislative and regulatory developments; and draft, review, and provide technical and policy assistance on legislative proposals, statutory and other reports, regulations, policy documents, briefings, and other materials;
  • Respond to Congressional inquiries and GAO reviews; and
  • Provide recommendations and expert advice to the Policy Unit Chief and to MLARS and Department and Criminal Division leadership as needed.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • All male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the selective service. If selected, 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.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Required Qualifications : Interested applicants must possess a J.D., or equivalent, 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 be an active member of the bar in good standing. To qualify at the GS-15 grade level, applicants must have at least four (4) years post J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; reviewing, analyzing, and developing complex policies and legislation; performing highly complex legislative and regulatory analysis or research; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.

Preferred Qualifications : Your qualifications will be further evaluated based upon the following competencies:
  • Knowledge of anti-money laundering (AML) and asset forfeiture laws, processes, and procedures;
  • Knowledge of the U.S. financial services industry, including familiarity with Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/AML compliance programs, supervision, and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network implementing regulations;
  • Ability to draft, analyze, and review legislation and regulations, including proposals to modify the BSA and other AML authorities and their implications for law enforcement;
  • Ability to analyze, write, and review legal policy in support of legislation, rulemaking, or executive orders, and other initiatives; and
  • Ability to represent the Section in Department of Justice, inter-agency, and other committees, groups, and task forces.


A J.D., or equivalent, degree.

Applicants who possess an equivalent degree rather than a J.D. may be subject to additional review by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

An in-person interview in Washington, D.C. may be required for this position prior to final selection. The cost of travel to the interview site will be the responsibility of the applicant unless otherwise stated. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on an individual basis as requested by a person with a disability. Declining an invitation to interview may remove you from further consideration.

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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.

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