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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Job Announcement Number:DTRA-13-819789

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

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$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 11, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Belvoir, VA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Department of Defense (DoD)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) makes the world safer by reducing the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction.  In the 21st century few tasks are as challenging or demanding.  Join this professional team and make a difference. This position is located in the Office of the Director, Office of the General Counsel.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs ARE NOT authorized.


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As a Paralegal Specialist, you will be responsible for the following duties:

•Research applicable points of law, and independently select, assemble, and summarize substantive information from statue, case law, administrative decision, implementing regulation, and other relevant sources in response to legal questions.  Research case law and prepare digests of opinions and decisions related to litigation issues.  Include searches in relevant law reports (including computerized legal research databases), law reviews, legal periodicals, and many other applicable reference materials.

•Review incoming documents related to the missions and functions of the Agency and conduct background and factual investigations.  Identify legal issues, perform required research and summarize findings. Prepare written or verbal reports for submission to the General Counsel and staff.  Prepare legal opinions, memoranda of law, and litigation documentation in response to Agency senior officials.

•Advise Agency personnel regarding completion of reports when form lacks information sufficient to conduct a conflict of interest analysis. Develop and present workforce briefings and trainings.  Assist in case preparation for civil litigation including drafting discovery requests as well as collection, analysis, and evaluation of evidence.

•Prepare documents, such as answers to interrogatories, responses to requests for admissions and production of documents, etc., in compliance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and applicable local rules. Provide courtroom assistance for presentation of materials, note taking, maintenance of exhibits, etc.  Assemble evidentiary material and maintain documents in appropriate, readily accessible condition. 

•Analyze and summarize related case issues and court holdings and assess applicability to agency litigation issues.  Assist in preparing case-related documentation by drafting pleadings and memoranda law; ensuring compliance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, verifying citations, and preparing digest of legal references used in legal briefings.  Maintain case files and dockets of actions.  


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In accordance with the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule (GS) Positions under the General Coverage for Administrative and Management Positions, the following is being provided to you. This position requires 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience researching statutory, regulatory, court and/or administrative precedents, and other legal opinion or documentary materials.  Interprets and evaluates discrepant information collected from various sources; develops and makes usable technical data and other supportive material available to General Counsel and the Agency.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Appropriate education may be substituted for or combined with experience. This education must be from an accredited college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See For this position a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR an LL.M. if related, may be substituted for experience. If you have less, it may be combined with your experience to determine qualifications for this position.

One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grades GS-11. When the education being credited requires specific course work, the number of hours of related courses will be prorated as a proportion of the total education to be used.


Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. It will be computed by first determining the applicant’s total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant’s education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level. The weight of semester and quarter hours has been defined above.


If substituting education for experience, transcripts must be provided. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant’s name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered.

TRAVEL: Rarely
(You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.)

TOUR OF DUTY: Standard


Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
Duties are usually performed while sitting at a desk or table, but there may be some requirement for physical activity such as carrying records, books, and other reference material.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Knowledge of the application of various laws and regulations.
2. Skill in oral and written communication to prepare a variety of legal documents and to obtain information from a variety of sources and individuals.
3. Ability to analyze legal issues and conduct legal research.


For Competitive Applicants / All US Citizens -We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:


Best-Qualified:  This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.


Highly-Qualified:  This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.


Qualified:  This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position.  Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.


Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.


Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position. 



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:


Position(s) may be filled by displaced Department of Defense (DoD) employees through the Priority Placement Program.

Special Employment Consideration: Person with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment.  For further information see: Special Hiring Authorities  If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these non-competitive appointments, please indicate the type of appointment you are seeking on your application and follow all other instructions for applying.

Veterans’ Preference:  If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in “Required Documents.”

If you need additional assistance please contact:

Fax: (478) 757-3144
TDD: 800-750-0750


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at  and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online.

If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, occupational/assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX:, document your responses to the occupational/assessment questionnaire To view a copy of the questionnaire please select TAG:Link to Full Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here: You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number 819789.





  1. Resume showing relevant experience; (cover letter optional)
  2. Veterans’ Preference:  If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable documentation to verify:  the type of preference claimed (i.e. 5 point, 10-point, etc.) and the character of the service (i.e. Honorable Discharge).  The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable.  If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form 15 "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference", If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.


    PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide, particularly if you are claiming vet preference or veteran appointabilities.  This link also contains important information regarding current active duty military.  

  3. Military Spouse- Spouses orders, marriage certificate
  4. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.
  5. ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran's preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate; your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible. 
  6. Transcripts, if applicable

    In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.


Phone: (614)692-0259
TDD: 800-750-0750
Agency Information:
MSC 6201


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.  All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.


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