Paralegal Specialist (FOIA/PA)


Vacancy ID: 815233   Announcement Number: LAG-FOI-815233-SB-166   USAJOBS Control Number: 334507500

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815233


1. Title of Job

Paralegal Specialist (FOIA/PA)
2. Biographic Data

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4. Work Information

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6. Citizenship

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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12. Special Knowledge

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Paralegal Specialist (FOIA)

21. Geographic Availability

122360095 Orlando, FL

22. Transition Assistance Plan

In this section indicate if you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special selection priority under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). 

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

1. Which of the following statements best describes your experience and/or education?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience applying extensive knowledge of the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act (PA), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Bureau regulations, laws and policies to ensure that information is lawfully released or withheld; applying extensive knowledge of the principles, concepts and methods of legal research and analysis to review documents for potential release of information; processing a wide range of FOIA/PA actions, preparing affidavits, litigation reports, correspondence, notices, internal memoranda, or other documentation as necessary; and performing detailed analysis and evaluation of requests to determine whether the information sought is subject to release under FOIA/PA regulations or is eligible for exemption from release.
B. I possess a Master's, LL.B., J.D., or equivalent graduate degree, OR have successfully completed at least 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading toward such a degree in a field that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
C. I have a combination of successfully completed graduate education in an appropriate discipline from an accredited college and experience as described in A and B above that totals at least one year.
D. I do not possess the education or experience described above.

If you selected response A or C to this question, please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you choose any other response, you may indicate "not applicable".

2. Which of the following statements best describes your experience and/or education?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience conducting independent legal research and analysis on FOIA/PA issues, which includes researching, interpreting, and applying a vast number of FOIA statues and precedents; utilizing various data record systems to locate files and information; preparing affidavits, litigation reports, correspondence, notices, internal memoranda, or other documentation as necessary and responding to FOIA/PA inquiries.
B. I possess a Ph.D., LL.M., or equivalent doctoral degree, OR have successfully completed at least 3 full years of progressively higher level doctoral coursework leading toward such a degree in a field that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.
C. I have a combination of successfully completed graduate education in an appropriate discipline from an accredited college and experience as described in A and B above that totals at least one year.
D. I do not possess the experience or education as described above.

If you selected response A or C to this question, please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you choose any other response, you may indicate "not applicable".

For each of the task statements listed below, please select the response that best describes your skill level. The statements were developed based on knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies needed to successfully perform the work of this position.

Be sure to describe your experience that supports your answers to the questions below, in your resume. It is important that your resume clearly shows how you possess the experience and skill levels you claim in this questionnaire. If not, your score may be lowered. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

3. Process full range of FOIA/PA actions and provide advice and guidance in resolving complex cases.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

Please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you chose response A, you may indicate "not applicable."

4. Develop and implement policies, practices, and procedures for FOIA/PA programs.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

5. Examine, analyze, interpret and evaluate data to determine if documents are subject to release under FOIA/PA regulations.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

Please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you chose response A, you may indicate "not applicable."

6. Lead a team, ensuring that team members meet goals and deadlines.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

Please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you chose response A, you may indicate "not applicable."

7. Research and analyze legal issues that arise while handling complex FOIA requests.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

8. Research and interpret numerous provisions of the FOIA/Privacy Acts in order to draw conclusions.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

Please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you chose response A, you may indicate "not applicable."

9. Apply appropriate on-screen redactions and FOIA exemptions.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

Please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you chose response A, you may indicate "not applicable."

10. Advise management and other employees on FOIA legal policy.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

Please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you chose response A, you may indicate "not applicable."

11. Prepare necessary correspondence, notices, internal memoranda or other written documentation in response to FOIA issues.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

Please provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response. If you chose response A, you may indicate "not applicable."

12. Conduct searches for court precedents, citations of law and regulatory material and make recommendations on new developments in the findings.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this, I have trained other in this, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.