DOJ to Hire Director for Its Crypto Enforcement Unit

The director will lead a team of prosecutors in investigating and prosecuting cryptocurrency cases as part of a national effort to prevent the use of crypto for illegal purposes.

Oct 28, 2021 at 9:53 p.m. UTC
Updated Oct 29, 2021 at 7:40 p.m. UTC

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking for someone to head its newly announced National Cryptocurrency Enforcement team. The DOJ posted a job opening for the director’s role on USAJobs, the Federal government’s jobs website.

  • The director will lead “a team of experienced prosecutors investigating and prosecuting cryptocurrency cases as a central part of a nationwide enforcement effort to combat the use of cryptocurrency as an illicit tool,” the job posting said.
  • The job, which will command a salary of between $144,128 and $172,500 depending on an applicant’s experience, will also require consulting with United States Attorney’s Offices and investigative agencies involved in crypto investigations, and working with state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • The director will also be responsible for communicating with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other agencies, intelligence agencies and the private sector regarding crypto technology and regulation.
  • In a speech at the Aspen Cyber Summit on Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced the formation of the new team, which she said would be composed of anti-money laundering professionals and cybersecurity experts.

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