Social Security Administration - Fraud Attorney

30 Aug 2017 7:42 PM | Arianna Moure (Administrator)

Recruiting Bulletin Number: OGC-17-03

Job Title:  Fraud Attorney

Agency:  Social Security Administration

Opening Date:   August 30, 2017     

Closing Date:    September 13, 2017    

Series & Grade:  GS-905-12/13/14

Position Information:  Full Time-Excepted Service Permanent

Duty Locations:  Multiple Duty Locations:

  • 1.    San Antonio, Texas
  • 2.    Jackson, Mississippi    
  • 3.    Raleigh, North Carolina          
  • 4.    Brooklyn, New York
  • 5.    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Who May Be Considered:  United States Citizens and Nationals (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)

Job Summary:

Would you like to –

·      Represent the Social Security Administration in federal court and prosecute criminal Social Security fraud cases?

·      Investigate and prosecute crimes with federal, state and local law enforcement as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to a United States Attorney’s Office?

·      Negotiate plea agreements with defense counsel?

·      Conduct jury trials, motion hearings, and sentencing hearings in federal court?

·      Present evidence before the grand jury?

Join SSA, One of the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

Fraud Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the Social Security Administration (SSA) face these types of challenges and opportunities each day.  Fraud Attorneys have significant responsibility for their own caseloads, but also receive intensive mentoring, training, and support.

OGC is looking for talented and enthusiastic Fraud Attorneys with superior academic qualifications, and excellent research, writing, litigation, and communication skills.  If you are ready to make a difference in people’s lives while challenging your mind and developing your career, consider joining our dedicated team of Fraud Attorneys.

Salary:  GS-12  $62,722 - $81,541 PLUS LOCALITY PAY  

   GS-13  $74,584 - $96,958 PLUS LOCALITY PAY

   GS-14  $88,136 - $114,578 PLUS LOCALITY PAY

NOTE:  ADDITIONAL LOCALITY PAY WILL VARY BY GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.  The salary range shown above is for BASE SALARY only.  Actual salary will be the Base Salary PLUS LOCALITY PAY. You may view salaries including locality pay at

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2017/general-schedule/.                      

Promotion Potential:  GS-15 (This is not a career-ladder position.)

We will consider individuals for the GS-12, GS-13 or GS-14 level based on qualifications and/or experience.  NOTE: This is NOT a career ladder position.

Duty Locations

  • 1.    San Antonio, Texas
  • 2.    Jackson, Mississippi    
  • 3.    Raleigh, North Carolina          
  • 4.    Brooklyn, New York
  • 5.    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Major Duties: 

Fraud Attorneys provide comprehensive legal advice as they investigate criminal violations under Titles 18 and 42 of the United States Code, with the assistance of the Office of the Inspector General and other law enforcement agencies.  Fraud Attorneys move Social Security fraud cases through all stages of the criminal judicial process, from indictments, to sentencing. 

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a law degree from a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association.  Applicants must be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Applicants must provide one of the following to show that they are a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

1.  An original or copy of a Certificate of Good Standing from the clerk of the highest court (e.g., Supreme Court) of the state having authority over admission to practice law in the jurisdiction where the applicant is admitted; or

2.  An original or copy of a Certificate of Good Standing from the State Bar Association of the state/jurisdiction where the applicant is admitted; or

3.  A copy of a bar membership card with a valid date that shows a current bar membership.

An example of #1 or #2 would be the certificate of admission an applicant received upon his/her swearing-in ceremony from the clerk of the highest court of the state having authority over admission to practice law in the jurisdiction where admitted, or from the State Bar Association of the state where admitted.

For purposes of applying, we only require proof that an applicant is a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Once selected for the position, an applicant must provide proof of an ACTIVE bar membership before he/she can enter on duty.  Holding an ACTIVE bar membership is a continuing requirement of the position.  You can provide #3 above both as proof of membership in good standing, and as proof of an ACTIVE bar membership.

Applicants MUST meet all eligibility requirements on or before the closing date of the announcement to be considered for the position.

SSA has discretion to determine what grade level and salary may be offered.

Benefits:

Social Security offers a comprehensive benefits program that you can customize for your individual medical and financial needs. In addition to traditional “dollars and cents” benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help you balance life with Social Security to life outside of work.  Please review the Social Security Administration Careers site www.ssa.gov/careers for additional information about the many benefits of a career with Social Security. 

Some of the benefits OGC employees enjoy include:

  • Alternative work schedules, including flexible days and hours.
  • 13 vacation days a year (20 days after 3 years, 26 days after 15 years).
  • 13 days accrued sick leave each year.
  • 10 paid Federal holidays.
  • Health benefits and life insurance (the Government pays a portion of

the costs).

  • Cash awards for exemplary work performance.
  • Pension benefits under the Federal Employees Retirement System.
  • An optional Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401K), with Government

match of employee contributions up to 5 percent of salary.

  • An employee credit union.
  • Employee counseling services.
  • Fitness/wellness programs.
  • Child care and elder care services.
  • Telework.

Other Information:

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.  This is a permanent, excepted service position that is being filled on a full-time basis.  Flextime and/or alternate work schedules may be available. 

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Occasional overnight travel is required.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Smoking is not allowed in SSA facilities.

 

Veterans who are preference-eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service may apply.  This includes veterans who were separated a few days before the full 3-year period.

Social Security provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify SSA at OGC.EOS.Recruitment@ssa.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

How To Apply:

Please submit the required documents and information requested below.  Also, please identify in your cover letter, in order of preference, the DUTY LOCATIONS you are interested in being considered for employment.  If no preference is indicated, you will only be considered for the duty location closest to the address provided on your resume.

Please note that this announcement is open to attorneys who are members of a bar in good standing only. 

1.    Cover Letter  (include the vacancy announcement number and indicate in order of preference the duty locations for which you are interested in being considered for employment)

2.    Resume (the resume should provide: 1) personal information (full name, mailing address, work and home phone #s); 2) education; 3) work experience (paid and unpaid, including clerkships/internships). Show job title, including series and grade if Federal employment, detailed duties and accomplishments, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and phone #, starting and ending dates (mm/dd/yy), hours per week, and salary; 4) other qualifications (skills, certifications/licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, and job-related training courses).  Please note that providing the mm/dd/yy for all work experience is critical for evaluating your application.  If actual dates are not known, provide your best-estimated timeframes.

3.    J.D. Law school transcript only (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; Self-Prepared transcripts are NOT acceptable)

4.    Proof that you are a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Acceptable forms of proof are:

a.  An original or copy of a Certificate of Good Standing from the clerk of the highest court (e.g., Supreme Court) of the state having authority over admission to practice law in the jurisdiction where the applicant is admitted; or

b.  An original or copy of a Certificate of Good Standing from the State Bar Association of the state where the applicant is admitted; or

c.  A copy of a bar membership card with a valid date that shows a current bar membership.

An example of #1 or #2 would be the certificate of admission an applicant received upon his/her swearing-in ceremony from the clerk of the highest court of the state having authority over admission to practice law in the jurisdiction where admitted, or from the State Bar Association of the state where admitted.

For purposes of applying, we only require proof that an applicant is a member in good standing of the Bar of a State, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Once selected for the position, an applicant must provide proof of an ACTIVE bar membership before they can enter on duty.  Holding an ACTIVE bar membership is a continuing requirement of the position.  You can provide #3 above both as proof of membership in good standing and as proof of ACTIVE bar membership.

5.    If applicable, proof of veteran’s preference (DD-214 member 4 copy).  This document MUST show character of service.  If you are claiming 10-point preference, you MUST also submit with your DD-214 a completed SF-15 along with the required documentation specified on the reverse side of the SF-15.  Preference will be granted based on the documents received.

6.    One current substantive legal writing sample that reflects your own work, no more than 15 pages in length.  Your sample must be sanitized or redacted to prevent possible Privacy Act violations.  Writing samples will be critiqued based on your ability to analyze a legal problem and clearly and concisely articulate legal rationale.

7.    If applicable, all current excepted service employees and former excepted service employees eligible for reinstatement MUST submit a copy of their last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing Excepted Service career, career-conditional, or reinstatement eligibility and showing highest grade held.

Application packages must be sent electronically to OGC.EOS.Recruitment@ssa.gov Your application package must be sent electronically to ^OGC EOS Recruitment and received in the mailbox no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, on the day that the announcement closes.

For additional information about this position, please forward your inquiries to OGC.EOS.Recruitment@ssa.gov.

FACSIMILIE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

If you have indicated in your cover letter an interest in employment in more than one geographic location, SSA OGC will share your application package amongst those offices involved in the hiring process.  This may include OGC’s Headquarters offices located in Baltimore, Maryland, OGC’s 10 regional offices located in Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Denver, Colorado; San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington, and the United States Attorney’s Offices in the above-listed duty locations.

The Federal Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

SSA PROVIDES EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL PERSONS WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, GENDER, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MARITAL STATUS, PARENTAL STATUS, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, AND CONDUCT NOT ADVERSELY AFFECTING EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applicants considered for selection may be required to provide additional writing samples or official transcripts.  Reference checks and background investigations will be necessary for selected candidates.

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