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  5. How to Apply


Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:LAG-PLA-759848-BB-029

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$50,287.00 to $78,355.00 / Per Year


Thursday, October 04, 2012 to Thursday, October 11, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Falls Church, VA United StatesView Map
Laguna Niguel, CA United StatesView Map
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Employees Only


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws and protects federal facilities. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

Who May Apply:

  • Current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees in the competitive service who is serving on a career or career-conditional appointment.
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here


Organizational Location: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Duty Locations: Laguna Niguel, CA; Dallas, TX; Falls Church, VA.  


Salary: The salary shown reflects the base salary rate without locality pay. Salaries vary by geographic location. The following link displays the pay tables by geographic area:


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.


Note: One or more positions may be filled using this announcement.


This is a NON-BARGAINING UNIT position.





  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)


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Duties: As a Paralegal Specialist with the Office of Principal Legal Advisor, you will provide support to staff attorneys performing such duties as:

  • Research and analyze relevant legislation, regulations, case precedent, and various other legal issues;
  • Receive, analyze, and recommend action on submissions or requests related to legal proceedings and assist in case preparation for litigation;
  • Select, assemble, summarize, and compile essential information by use of statutes, regulations, department orders, digests, commentaries, legal instruments, and other legal references material;
  • Prepare answers to non-complex motions and standard responses to alien motions and appeals; and
  • Develop and evaluate all materials, evidence, facts and circumstances relating to the case and make determinations, decisions, and recommendations within the requirements of the laws and regulations.


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GS-11: You must meet one of the following to qualify at the GS-11 level:

  • One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the federal service that demonstrates the ability to perform thorough legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions that may be applicable and relevant to case preparation, identifying appropriate sources of information, using automated tools, and evaluating the relevance of and summarizing substantive information; OR
  • A Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree); three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; or a L.L.M in a directly related qualifying field. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position; OR
  • A combination of successfully completed creditable education and experience.


GS-12: You must meet the following to qualify at the GS-12 level:

  • One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service that demonstrates the ability to prepare the most difficult and/or complex drafts, briefs, litigation papers, and /or advisory opinions; conduct extensive and thorough legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions as well as review and evaluate the relevance of and summarizing substantive information and use automated and other legal research procedures and methods (i.e. LEXIS, CASE, ALIAS, and Westlaw).


Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

Time in Grade:  Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service.  Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Proof of Education: If basing your qualifications on education, you must submit transcripts or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire.  The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: Attention to Detail, Decision Making, Oral Communication, Planning and Evaluating, Problem Solving, Reasoning, Technical Competence, and Writing.


Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire between 70 and 100.  Applicants will be referred for selection in accordance with the terms of the agency merit promotion plan. 



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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits".


Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


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To apply for this position, you need only submit a complete initial Application which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Required documents to support your minimum qualifications and eligibility (see Required Documents section below)

The complete initial Application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 759848.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


  • Resume showing relevant experience (education, training, and/or work experience; work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • Proof of Education if basing your qualifications on education.  You must submit transcripts or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Thursday, October 11, 2012 for further instructions.

    You must submit all required information by Thursday, October 11, 2012. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Also, if you do not provide a valid email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.


    HR Assistant
    Phone: (949)360-3058
    Agency Information:
    ICE Laguna Service Center
    24000 Avila Road 5th Floor
    Laguna Niguel, CA


    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJobs and Application Manager accounts throughout the process. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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