Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys Assistant United States Attorney (Cybercrime) in Anchorage, Alaska

Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Anchorage, AK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 9/27/2016 (23 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Alaska has an opening in its Anchorage office for an Assistant United States Attorney in its Criminal Division. Candidates with an interest in prosecuting cybercrimes and "cyber-facilitated" offenses, such as Internet stalking, computer hacking, and intellectual property are encouraged to apply. This position would also assist in cases that involve electronic evidence.

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You can be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

This position is located in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Anchorage office serves as the main office and headquarters of the District of Alaska and is located at 222 W. 7th Ave. The Municipality of Anchorage has a population approaching 300,000 people and is the largest city in Alaska. The oil and gas industry dominates the economy, but military operations are also a significant component. Tourism and commercial fishing are the next largest industries. The cost of living is above-average, however there is no State income tax. The area offers comprehensive education, healthcare, transportation, religious, and support services. Although known for its cold weather, the year-round climate provides an ideal place to enjoy unlimited recreation. Popular summer activities include hiking, biking, sports, outdoor music festivals, berry-picking, recreational fishing, and shopping at local farmers' markets. In addition, boundless winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing, sporting events, and snowmobiling. Two of our most popular events each winter are the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and Fur Rendezvous festival. Anchorage is within a couple hours' drive to Denali, the largest mountain in North America, as well as numerous other world-class recreation sites.

The District of Alaska website can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ak.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/careers/careers.html.

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

To view the entire announcement, including instructions on how to apply, click on tabs above.


Cybercrime is a significant threat facing our country, and has enormous implications for our national security, economic prosperity, and public safety. Cybercrime covers a broad range of criminal activity. Some cybercrime is unique to modern electronic communications; some cybercrime involves a wide array of more traditional crimes that are "cyber-facilitated." Investigation and prosecution of cybercrime cases require broad experience in criminal law and knowledge and experience with technology-specific law and investigative techniques. Cybercrimes include: (1) violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; (2) unlawful access to stored communications in violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act; (3) illegal interception of electronic communications in violation of Title III; (4) satellite signal piracy; (5) criminal copyright infringement; (6) trademark and counterfeit product offenses; (7) counterfeit drug offenses in violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics, Act; and (8) economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.

Cyber-facilitated crime may include complex fraud schemes that use communications technologies to defraud their victims, "dark web" markets to distribute narcotics and other contraband, and sophisticated identity theft rings that carry out their crimes through computers, Internet, and other electronic communication devices to launder the unlawful gains from those crimes. The range of threats and the challenges they present for law enforcement expand just as rapidly as technology evolves.

Attorneys in the Criminal Division who prosecute cases involving cybercrimes regularly run complex investigations, resolve unique legal and investigative issues raised by emerging computer and telecommunications technologies; litigate cases; provide litigation support to other prosecutors; train federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel; perform outreach and training in the community to help prevent and detect cybercrimes and cyber-facilitated criminal conduct; and initiate and participate in international efforts to combat computer and intellectual property crime.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • As required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation, credit and tax checks, and drug test required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • J.D. degree and active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) required.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications include at least 3 - 5 years of post-J.D. experience litigating cases in federal or state courts, with substantial responsibility for all aspects of discovery, trial and appeals. The ideal candidate will have significant criminal litigation experience in state or federal courts, to include experience investigating, and prosecuting computer crimes by working with other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts. The ideal candidate will also be familiar with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the Stored Communications Act (SCA), Title III and related statutes; recent case law involving electronic communications and privacy; current and emerging electronic communications technology. A background in information technology, networking or computer forensics will be given strong consideration.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Travel: Occasional travel as required.

Type of Position: All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Residency Requirements: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born 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. See www.sss.gov.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit and tax checks, and a drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 120 days after the closing date of the announcement.


Salary Information: Assistant United States Attorney's pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $64,846.00 to $160,200.00 which includes 25.16% Alaska locality. In addition, you will receive a non-taxable 5.31% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

Other Benefits: The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Other Information

This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/careers/legal/attvacancies.html

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on 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 of Immigration Review and the United States AttorneysÂ’ 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.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Salary Range: $64,846.00 to $160,200.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: AD-0905-21/21

Promotion Potential: 29

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451641200

Job Announcement Number: 16-AK-1802379-12