Paralegal Specialist


Vacancy ID: 771990   Announcement Number: 13-GAN-771990-DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 329484000

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in a position with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Your response to this assessment questionnaire, in conjunction with other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated in making screening decisions.

This is a DOJ job application system. Your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this application. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

For each of the following one (1) question, please select the response that best describes your education and/or experience. You may select only one response for each question. If you feel that your education or experience exceeds all of the descriptions for a particular question, choose the description that is the closest level to the experience or education that you possess. Failure to respond to these questions will result in an ineligible rating.

1. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that BEST describes the education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a GS-11 Paralegal Specialist

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 in the Federal service performing the following types of tasks: analyzing and evaluating legal decisions and case files to identify criminal and civil health care fraud issues and potential evidence; conducting legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; composing legal briefs, summaries of analyses and decisions, and pre-trial documents; conducting legal case management with automated litigation support software applications (e.g., IPROView, IPROTech, Sanctions, Sanction II.9, E-Scan IT, Concordance, Timemap and Casemap); organizing, analyzing and managing voluminous evidence and case documents; interviewing witnesses and various individuals who can provide insight into cases under review and preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations.

B. I have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M., if related.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and graduate education as described in B which when combined equal 100% of the requirements. (Only graduate education in excess of 2 full years is creditable. To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of hours that exceed 36 semester hours or your school's definition of two full years of study. Then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 18 or your school's definition of one year of study. To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%. For example, if you had if you had 9 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09, then you would have 75% of the required experience. If you also had 45 semester hours of creditable graduate level education, then 45-36=9 semester hours. 9 divided by 18 is 50% of the required education, and therefore, 75% + 50% = 125%. You would qualify for this position).
D. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

Identify the specific experience from your resume or cover letter that validates your response. Also list the name and contact information of someone who can verify your response.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Verifies citations and references contained in legal documents using sources or databases such as Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw, Blue Book, or Federal regulations.

3. Researches relevant laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures to address a criminal or civil health care fraud case.

4. Utilizes automated legal research databases (for example, Lexis-Nexis or Westlaw) to conduct research to find relevant case law and other authority.

5. Reviews and provides feedback on the content of legal documents, such as case files, dockets, legal briefs, or court opinions.

6. Utilizes litigation system, including court rules, processes, and procedures.

7. Prepares pre-trial preparation, including pre-trial witness interviews.

8. Performs investigative work to obtain information, gather evidence, or verify facts related to legal cases.

9. Prepares cases or witnesses for testimony for court or administrative proceedings.

10. Ensures documents conform to standards of courts or administrative bodies.

11. Collects and organizes discovery materials for production.

12. Compiles, indexes, and tracks exhibits for trial.

13. Provides immediate assistance to attorneys during hearings, proceedings, trials, and/or depositions. 14. Maintains and organizes exhibits, makes copies, locates cases, takes notes, and provides input/feedback.

14. Utilizes case management and text analysis software to organize, analyze and manage large volumes of potential evidence (e.g over 1,000,000 pages).

15. Utilizes case management and text analysis software to organize, analyze, manage and prepare extensive volumes of evidence for discovery and/or trial (e.g over 1,000,000 pages).

16. Provides direct assistance to attorneys in the preparation of complex cases for discovery or trial in state or federal court where the number of parties, victims, or witnesses is limited.

17. Provides direct assistance to attorneys preparing complex cases for trial in state or federal court in cases involving multiple parties and victims or witnesses.

18. Provides direct assistance to attorneys during the trial of one or more complex cases in state or federal court that involved a large number of victims or witnesses and exhibits.

19. Utilizes common software applications, such as word processing, legal research tools, and presentation software (i.e. PowerPoint, Corel) to prepare presentations used during hearings, trials or other formal settings.

20. Utilizes legal case management or text analysis software applications to organize and analyze evidence and case materials in civil or criminal health care fraud cases.

21. Utilizes legal case management or text analysis software applications to organize and prepare voluminous documents for production during the discovery phase of civil or criminal cases (e.g over 1,000,000 pages).

22. Utilizes software programs such as Sanction or Trial Director to prepare trial exhibits for electronic display during a case that was settled before trial.

23. Utilizes computer software programs such as Sanction or Trial Director to assist attorneys during hearings or trial with the presentation of exhibits.

24. Utilizes computers and computer software to communicate information in the appropriate format.

25. Operates standard office equipment other than computers (for example, telephone system, typewriter, fax, photocopier, scanner, disc copier).

26. Creates and maintains computerized databases or information tracking systems.

27. Utilizes the Internet to conduct research and/or collect and track information.

28. Utilizes specialized databases made available through the Internet to conduct research and/or collect and track information (e.g., related to criminal history, credit reports, asset tracing, public record searches).

29. Utilizes computer systems or applications to access, create, edit, print, send, retrieve, or manipulate data, files, or other information.

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

30. If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this program.

I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that I will not be considered for employment if I do not respond "Yes" to this certification item.

I understand a comprehensive background investigation, including a check of my credit history and a pre-employment drug screening, is required for this position.

A. Yes, I certify/understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.

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