Attorney Advisor (General)

Washington D.C.
Aug 01, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Become part of the team that safeguards the financial system from the abuses of financial crime. At the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), we are at the forefront in preventing and detecting terrorist financing, money laundering, and other financial crime. Serve at the nation's financial intelligence unit and protect the United States financial system from criminals and terrorist financiers.

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  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    First professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from an ABA accredited law school and an active bar membership of a State, Territory of the United States, District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as well as excellent written and oral communication skills.

    Experience in at least one of the following areas is desirable, though not required: 1) administrative law, including with matters involving the Administrative Procedure Act; 2) the Bank Secrecy Act and its implementing regulations; 3) laws relating to the use of criminal investigative and law enforcement tools (including experience as agency counsel to a federal criminal law enforcement agency or multi-agency fusion center); or 3) national security-related matters, including with matters involving the use of classified information.

    Completion of a clerkship with a federal judge is also desirable, but not required.

    Previous experience with complex civil or criminal litigation is highly desirable, but not required.

    Specialized Experience: Applicant must have a year of pertinent professional legal experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

    Top Secret/SCI


    FinCEN attorneys perform a variety of work, such as advising on legal issues raised by new cyber-payment systems and international agreements relating to counter-money laundering efforts, advising on civil enforcement actions and the use of targeted financial measures under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act, drafting and interpreting BSA regulations, drafting memoranda of understanding for the sharing of financial intelligence between FinCEN and other federal, state, local, and foreign agencies, and participating in special agency projects. FinCEN attorneys also provide legal advice on information privacy issues arising under the Right to Financial Privacy Act, the Privacy Act, and the Freedom of Information Act; handle legal issues involving employment law; prepare briefs and pleadings in support of litigation affecting the agency; and perform other duties assigned. In a Bureau of approximately 300 people, FinCEN attorneys receive a great deal of client contact. The following are the duties of the position at the GS-13 level.

    • In consultation with management and other senior attorneys, performs legal research and provides legal and practical conclusions in the form of oral advice, briefings, presentations, and legal decision memoranda on extremely complex and difficult factual, legal and policy issues.
    • In consultation with management and other senior attorneys, prepares or reviews proposed legislation and prepares and reviews regulations, and policy issuances to ensure they conform to the substantive laws that they are intended to implement or interpret.
    • In consultation with management and other senior attorneys, analyzes, interprets, and applies statutes, regulations, court decisions, Departmental precedents, FinCEN policies, and technical publications involving many fields of law including: the Bank Secrecy Act, the detection and prevention of money laundering; countering the financing of terrorism; financial intelligence; financial criminal activity; national security law; contracts; appropriations and fiscal law; ethics; conflicts of law; Federal preemption of State law; Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; the Federal Tort Claims Act; the Administrative Procedure Act; administrative law; personnel, labor relations and equal employment opportunity (EEO); procurement; and constitutional law.
    • In consultation with management and other senior attorneys, provides counsel to FinCEN officials on the broad range of issues that arise in the performance of their respective duties.
    • In consultation with management and other senior attorneys, responds timely to client requests for legal and business advice, directly or as assigned by the Chief Counsel; reacts to changing priorities; and anticipates, identifies and informs clients of legal issues that may arise in the context of specific matters.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
    Security Clearance: This position has been designated national security Level IV, Special Sensitive. Applicants must possess a favorably adjudicated Tier 5 level background investigation and have been awarded a Top Secret (TS) clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI). Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Continued employment with FinCEN is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the Tier 5 level background investigation, the results of which fully meet the FinCEN's special employment criteria. All employees are subject to satisfactory completion of periodic reinvestigation and a continuing life style in conformity with applicable national and FinCEN directives. Any unfavorable information developed during an investigation or other official inquiry may result in termination of employment in accordance with established security policies and procedures.

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