Paralegal Specialist (FOIA/PA)


Vacancy ID: 834315   Announcement Number: LAG-FOI-834315-SD-678   USAJOBS Control Number: 336726700

Social Security Number

Vacancy Identification Number

834315


1. Title of Job

Paralegal Specialist (FOIA/PA)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

07
09

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

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15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 FOIA/PA Paralegal Specialist

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). 

Note:  To receive consideration for CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation.  Refer to the vacancy announcement for additional information and instructions.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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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 equivalent to the GS-05 grade level applying practical 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 knowledge of the principles, concepts and methods of legal research and analysis to review documents for potential release of information; and assisting journey-level specialists in the preparation of affidavits, litigation reports, correspondence, notices, internal memoranda, or other documentation as necessary.
B. I have successfully completed one or more years of full-time graduate education or obtained a master's (or higher) degree in an appropriate discipline from an accredited college or university.
C. I have a combination of successfully completed graduate level education in an appropriate discipline and experience as described in A above that totals at least one year.
D. I have successfully completed all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and claim eligibility for superior academic achievement based on one of the following; a grade point average of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of my graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society.
E. I do not possess the education and/or experience described above.

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 E, indicate "not applicable."

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

A. I have successfully completed two years (or more) of full-time graduate level education leading to or obtained a master's (i.e. JD) degree (or higher) in an appropriate discipline from an accredited college or university.
B. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level 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; processing a wide range of FOIA/PA actions, preparing affidavits, litigation reports, correspondence, notices, internal memoranda, or other documentation as necessary; 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; and comparing and correlating all evidence, investigative reports, and information obtained from other sources.
C. I have a combination of successfully completed graduate education in an appropriate discipline and experience as described in B above that totals at least one year.
D. I do not possess the experience and/or education described above.

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 D, indicate "not applicable."

For each task statement below, please select the response that best describes your skill level. The statements were developed based on the 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 or application materials. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume, clearly shows you possess the experience and skill levels you claim in this questionnaire.

3. Receive assignments and provide practical application of instruction and on the job-training.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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. Ensure that confidential information is safeguarded.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

5. Reconcile inconsistencies in evidence, facts, circumstances, and other incidents relating to a situation.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

6. Review documents and status of cases and respond to inquiries.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

7. Plan and organized own work with multiple assignments and changing priorities

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

8. Use work processing software to communicate information.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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. Communicate technical and non-technical information to others within and outside the organization or workplace.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

10. Analyze facts and information on FOIAIP A exemptions and summarize it for use in necessary documents.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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. Gather existing information from various sources, including computer systems to prepare routine reports.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

12. Research the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act and appropriate laws to resolve unusual questions.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

13. Maintain files on open and closed cases and prepare periodical reports.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

For each task statement below, please select the response that best describes your skill level. The statements were developed based on the 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 or application materials. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume, clearly shows you possess the experience and skill levels you claim in this questionnaire.

14. Interpret documents, analyze and evaluate facts and information and make recommendations for potential solutions.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

15. Identify cases where additional information is needed (e.g. to address incomplete or inconsistent data in case files) and request such information from the appropriate staff.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

16. Conduct searches for court precedents, citations of law and regulatory materials.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

17. Compare and correlate information from different sources (e.g. evidence and investigative reports).

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

18. Safeguard confidential information.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

19. Use work processing software to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

20. Communicate technical and non-technical information to others within and outside the organization or workplace.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

21. Ensure that administrative procedures for receipt, control, processing and responding to request are adequate to comply with statutory time limits of FOIA/PA, including procedures for searching for and obtaining responsive files and expedited review by management and/or legal staff of proposed final actions.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

22. Perform details analysis and evaluation of requests to determine whether the information sought is 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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

23. Evaluate information requested for legitimate reason for applying the FOIA/PA 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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

24. Monitor progress and organize work with multiple assignments and changing priorities.

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 a senior employee.
E. I am an expert in performance of this task; and/or I have trained others in performance and am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing 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."

25. There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-5 grade level?

A. Yes, I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-5 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-5 grade level.
C. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-7 grade level.
D. Not applicable.  TIG does not apply to me because I am currently a non-General Schedule (GS) employee and have not held a GS position within the last 52 weeks.
E. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I am a VEOA applicant.

Please give the title(s), series, and grade(s) of the position(s) that support(s) your claim. Also give the beginning and ending dates (month/day/year) during which you occupied the position(s) listed.

26. There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-7 grade level?

A. Yes, I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-7 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-7 grade level.
C. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-9 grade level.
D. Not applicable.  TIG does not apply to me because I am currently a non-General Schedule (GS) employee and have not held a GS position within the last 52 weeks.
E. Not applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I am a VEOA applicant.

Please give the title(s), series, and grade(s) of the position(s) that support(s) your claim. Also give the beginning and ending dates (month/day/year) during which you occupied the position(s) listed.

27. Select the statement that best describes your Federal employment status.

A. I am a current Federal employee in the competitive service who is serving on a career or career-conditional appointment.
B. I am a reinstatement eligible.
C. I am a current or former Federal employee eligible for a status appointment under an Interchange Agreement. (e.g. DHS/TSA)
D. I am eligible for a VEOA appointment (i.e., a veteran who is a preference eligible or who has been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.)
E. None of the above.

If you answered A, B, or C, please provide your agency and dates of service (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YYY).  If you chose any other response, please indicate "not applicable".

28. If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "pass," "satisfactory," or better?

A. Yes
B. No
C. I am a Federal employee but have not received a performance rating.
D. Not applicable. I am not a Federal employee.

If you are not a current Federal employee, please provide the names and telephone numbers of three professional references (e.g., current and former supervisors, college or university professors, managers or coordinators of volunteer activities, etc.) who know your qualifications relative to this position and who we can contact to verify your credentials. Do not list personal friends or relatives.

Applicants who have permanently held a position with promotion potential equivalent to GS-9 or higher in the competitive service can be referred for selection without competition under our agency merit promotion procedures. Details and temporary promotions do not count. Your responses to the following questions will be used to determine whether or not you can be categorized as a non-competitive eligible. If you are referred non-competitively based on your responses and that information is later found to be incorrect, you will lose further consideration under this announcement. Therefore, if you are uncertain about the promotion potential of positions held, respond with a "No."

29. Have you ever held (or do you currently hold) a competitive service position on a permanent basis in the federal government with promotion potential equivalent to GS-9 or higher?

A. Yes
B. No

If you chose response A in the previous question, provide the position's title, pay plan, series and grade level (or pay band). Also include the promotion potential and the dates (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) you held this position. Examples: (1) Legal Assistant, GS-0986-8 with promotion potential to GS-9 held from 10/12/2004 to 6/05/2005. (2) Management Analyst, GS-0343-7 with promotion potential to GS-12 held from 10/12/2004 to 6/05/2005.