Legal Assistant (Office Automation)


Vacancy ID: 779764   Announcement Number: 13-UT-779764-DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 330401500

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Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 779764


1. Title of Job

Legal Assistant (Office Automation)


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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06

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

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001 Legal Assistant (Office Automation)

21. Geographic Availability

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491700035 Salt Lake City, UT

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. 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 the following questions, 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. Select the ONE response that BEST describes the education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-5 Legal Assistant (Financial Litigation Unit) work.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service and could have been gained in the federal, public, or private sector. My qualifying experience involved reviewing documents with legal implications for accuracy and completeness (e.g., court documents, real estate documents, contracts, insurance or benefits claims, mortgage or loan applications, tax forms, or other types of legal documents); typing and formatting correspondence and forms; maintaining file systems; and obtaining needed information from files or general reference sources.
B. I have successfully completed four academic years of education above the high school level or I possess a bachelor's or higher degree.
C. I have less than the full amount of specialized experience described in A or post-high school education described in B, but I have a combination of specialized experience and post-high school education which fully meets the qualification requirement of the position. (Please note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Refer to the Qualification section of the vacancy announcement for instructions on how to combine specialized experience and post-high school education.)
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.

2. 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 GS06 Legal Assistant (Financial Litigation Unit).

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS05 level in Federal service and could have been gained in the federal, public, or private sector. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: reviewing legal documents such as complaints, motions, and pleadings for completeness of information; researching a variety of legal sources to obtain and/or verify information; and using automated software to produce legal related reports, documents, correspondence and related materials.
B. 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.

3. Indicate your level of typing proficiency by choosing the appropriate statement below. A typing test may be administered at a later time in the process.

A. I type 40 or more words per minute.
B. I do not possess the typing skills described in A above.

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 no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

4. Analyzing claims for legal merit and compliance with the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act.

5. Initiating appropriate pleadings and order needed to initiate post judgment remedies such as garnishments, examination of judgment debtors in aid of execution and the issuance of writs of execution.

6. Preparing statistical data and reports for use by the supervisor for management purposes.

7. Providing technical legal assistance work (i.e., preparing legal documents, reviewing claims, determining adequacy of claims, and initiating contacts with debtors.

8. Returning deficient claims explaining deficiencies determined through the claim referral analysis.

9. Initiating contact with debtors concerning payment of obligation, ability to pay, and negotiating written payment schedules to assure successful collection of debts.

10. Opening and maintaining debtor files.

11. Analyzing claims to determine the type of indebtedness.

12. Analyzing financial information on debtors to determine their present and future ability to pay.

13. Producing a variety of written documents and materials utilizing a wide range of office software applications.

14. Preparing documentation needed for litigation (i.e., complaints and summonses, pleadings and judgments).

15. Preparing letters to referring agencies acknowledging receipt of claims.

16. Making determinations as to the appropriateness and cost effectiveness of pursuing the obligation.

17. Reviewing computerized debt collection printouts with office collection records.

18. Conducting skiptracing to locate debtors.

19. Ensuring proper format, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.

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.

20. 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.

You have submitted your answers for the Assessment Questionnaire. If you provided an email address, you will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of the Assessment Questionnaire. Please review the Vacancy Announcement to assure that you have submitted all necessary supporting documents. Thank you for your interest in a position with the Department of Justice.