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General Attorney (Tax), Special Counsel (Criminal Tax), GS 15 Duties : Serves as a Special Counsel (Criminal Tax) and as such serves as a staff official, confidential advisor and subject matter expert on cybercrimes. Represents and acts for the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel or Deputy Division Counsel/Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Criminal Tax) (CT) in top level IRS, Treasury and DOJ meetings and conferences where policy is developed and determined. Serve as the primary liaison and subject matter expert to the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel offices in the confluence of law enforcement and emerging technologies and collection of electronic evidence to support IRS needs and objectives. Provides legal services to IRS Criminal Investigation (CI). This includes legal matters related to investigation and prosecution of violations of internal revenue laws, the Bank Secrecy Act, cybercrimes/electronic crimes, money laundering, and other white collar crimes; special investigative techniques employed by CI; and criminal and civil forfeitures initiated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Also directs and oversees CT’s advice as it pertains to CI’s national and international criminal tax enforcement programs. This includes complex research, advisory, analysis, and review functions to handle and resolve specific cases or complicated issues. These cases and issues can require decision-making and review/signatory responsibility for final products or outcomes; and for program responsibilities in which the incumbent is responsible for assisting in efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of legal practices and services provided by CT. Acts as a legal consultant and subject matter expert to the Division Counsel and Deputy Division Counsel (CT), with responsibility for personally handling, and performing technical review of, some of the office’s most complex, important, or novel assignments, particularly those with broad, or potentially controversial ramifications especially in cybercrimes and emerging technologies. Provides legal services on program matters, including tax issues relating to investigations and prosecutions of violations of internal revenue laws, the Bank Secrecy Act, cybercrimes and electronic crimes, money laundering, and other white collar crimes; special investigative techniques employed by CI; and criminal and civil forfeitures initiated by the IRS. Ensures such products are technically complete and adhere to office policy, and exercises signatory authority on own and others’ products in accordance with delegated authority. Applies a high level of sophisticated analysis and research to identify and assess approaches to make recommendations on behalf of the Office to program executives and managers. As appropriate, interacts with personnel from other Counsel offices, IRS, Department of Justice, Treasury, other Federal agencies, and/or others on behalf of CT to exchange information or coordinate actions in the handling and completion of assignments. Serves as team leader, directs and coordinates work of other team members, and oversees all related administrative and logistical matters. As necessary visits field offices for the purpose of conducting and participating in conferences on specific legal matters. Researches complex legal issues and trends affecting CI investigations and determines likely legal ramifications on CI enforcement programs. Ensures that the legal or administrative consequences of potential actions to handle these issues are fully considered, and writes decision papers to determine Counsel’s position on these matters. Decision papers can serve as future guidelines in the handling of these legal issues. Serves as a primary reviewer on proposed legislation with potential impact on CT programs, and prepares final comments/recommendations on behalf of the office. Proposes, writes, and advises on legislation relating to computer and intellectual property crimes and to the collection of electronic evidence. Assists with the development and evaluation of the office’s legal policies and positions and provides strategic planning and support in emerging trends and issues likely to have an impact on office activities. Leads national and international efforts to promote effective cooperation to address the threats of emerging technology and computer crimes. Provides day-to-day management and coordination of cyber matters, providing legal and policy advice to Criminal Tax attorneys and Criminal Investigation. Makes recommendations on the need for initiating, consolidating, or eliminating programs and projects. Assigns work to attorneys, advises them on approach to take, reviews work products, and provides performance feedback of work performed. Assists in the identification of legal staff training needs especially with respect to cyber matters, and in the development and delivery of such training. Serves as a mentor for less-experienced attorneys within CT.
Qualification and Experience
GS-15 grade level: Must possess a J.D. Degree and have 1+ year of general legal experience plus 3+ years of specialized legal tax experience (which may include tax-related offenses such as identity theft, stolen identity refund fraud, and money laundering with the intent to violate the Internal Revenue Code), equivalent in scope and effect to the GS-14 level. An LL.M. degree in the field of the position (tax) may be substituted for one year of general legal experience listed above.
Specialized Experience: Must demonstrate comprehensive, professional knowledge of criminal tax or tax-related offenses, the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. In addition, must possess a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the criminal provisions of the Internal Revenue laws or tax-related offenses, regulations and decisions applicable thereto.
The J.D. and/or the LL.M. must be from an ABA-accredited law school. Must be admitted to practice law before the highest court of a state or territory of the United States; the District of Columbia; or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The experience may have been gained in the public, private sector, or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
Education : Must possess a J.D. Degree and have 1+ year of general legal experience plus 3+ years of professional legal tax experience. An LL.M. degree in the field of the position (tax) may be substituted for one year of general legal experience listed above. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Deadline : 03/20/2018.
Announcement number CCCM-ERB-18-31. Send resume and responses to the online questions and required supporting documents; Memorandum of Interest summarizing interest in the position; A copy of most recent official performance appraisal, or a progress revie
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