Paralegal Specialist (Financial Litigation Unit)


Vacancy ID: 830775   Announcement Number: 13-VT-830775-DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 336312200

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 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. 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 G-9 Paralegal Specialist.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: conducting legal research and analysis of data in response to complex or sensitive requests; preparing financial litigation reports; preparing legal documents such as pleadings and litigation recommendations; preparing legal documents to effect post-judgment actions regarding debts; utilizing automated legal research tools to research financial litigation cases; researching and reviewing legal references, legal citations, case files, and other sources of data required by attorneys or court personnel.
B. I possess one of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice), a J.D. or LL.B; a masters or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate leading to such a degree. This education was obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and education as described in B which combined equal 100% of the requirements (Only graduate education in excess of the first year is creditable). To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of hours that exceed 18 semester hours or your school's definition of one year of graduate study. Then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 18 or your school's definition of one year of graduate 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%.
D. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

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 G-11 Paralegal Specialist.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: conducting legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; developing and preparing financial litigation reports; developing and preparing legal documents such as pleadings and litigation recommendations; developing and preparing legal documents to effect post-judgment actions regarding debts; preparing legal pleadings to commence financial litigation proceedings; analyzing and evaluating legal decisions; determining appropriate legal action for liquidating judgments; composing summaries of analyses and decisions, and pre-trial documents; interviewing witnesses and various individuals who can provide insight into cases under review; and preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations.
B. I possess one of the following types of education in a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice), a PH.D or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate leading to such a degree. This education was obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and education as described in B which 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%.
D. I do not have the education or experience as described 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 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.

3. Reviewing investigative reports to determine whether a case has merit for prosecution.

4. Reviewing financial litigation reports to determine whether a case has merit for prosecution.

5. Identifying assets and strategies relating to collection in criminal cases.

6. Serving as a point of contact for financial litigation cases.

7. Preparing financial litigation reports for management to summarize collection efforts and statistics.

8. Conducting interviews of debtors relating to financial litigation cases.

9. Conducting interviews of employers relating to financial litigation cases.

10. Making decisions for debt compromise and write-off.

11. Making decisions for referral of financial claims.

12. Utilizing automated legal research tools to research financial litigation cases.

13. Utilizing public information databases to research financial litigation cases.

14. Preparing legal documents to effect post-judgment actions regarding debts.

15. Preparing motions, foreclosures and garnishments.

16. Preparing legal pleadings to commence financial litigation proceedings.

17. Determining appropriate legal action to liquidate judgments.

18. Reviewing databases to evaluate the effectiveness of a debt collection operation.

19. Reviewing cases referred for civil or criminal proceedings.

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.

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