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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Office of the Solicitor
Job Announcement Number:  MS-13-SOL-01

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 to Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
20210View Map
Current/former federal employees w/ competitive/reinstatement eligibility in local commuting area; ICTAP/CTAP eligibles in local commuting area; Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (up to grade 11) & Veterans Employment Opportunity Act eligibles; Veterans 30% or more compensable; persons w/disabilities; present/former Peace Corps personnel and former Peace Corps volunteers.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is located in the Division of Federal Employees' and Energy Workers' Compensation (FEEWC). The Division, which is one of the National Office divisions in the Office of the Solicitor, is responsible for legal work primarily arising out of the Department's administration of two major Federal workers' compensation programs:  the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) and the Energy Employees' Occupation Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA).  In addition, the Division processes and adjudicates administrative claims and assists the Department of Justice in defending cases under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).


  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid


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  • The incumbent makes initial case analysis to determine that sufficient evidence exists to indicate third party liability involving the injury or death of a Federal employee or other covered beneficiary. 
  • Incumbent provides assistance to private attorneys by collecting all possible information pertinent to each case through correspondence, telephone inquiries or emails with the injured employees, witnesses, insurance companies, attorneys, OWCP officials, employing establishments, etc.
  • Incumbent drafts a variety of legal correspondence concerning all types of injuries involving cases in process; the provisions of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act and the Government's statutory right of reimbursement for disbursements made in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
  • Incumbent verifies, computes or recomputes the Statement of Recovery in each third party recovery, and advises the employee if not represented by counsel, the employee's attorney, the defendant's attorney or insurance carrier of the total amount of the Government's statutory right of reimbursement and of the amount to be credited against future FECA benefits.
  • Incumbent initiates appropriate action to collect the Government's statutory right or reimbursement, which  may involve a referral to the U.S. Department Treasury to offset any federal payments due or to the Department of Justice for litigation.
  • Incumbent prepares monthly statistical reports reflecting the amounts of the refunds received and the amount of the surplus established to offset future compensation.


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Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Applicants applying for the GS-9 must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 and applicants applying for the GS-11 must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9. Specialized experience is experience such as technical knowledge for adjudicating and evaluating the full range of claims involving third parties and claimants, analytical and writing skills, and ability to analyze and evaluate the relevance and sufficiency of evidence and supporting documentation.


For this position, applicants may qualify using a combination of education and/or experience, if applicable.  If an applicant chooses to utilize education in addition to or in lieu of experience, he/she must provide proof of successful completion of degree.  For GS-9 level, applicant must have a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.  For GS-11 level, applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85.0 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

*  Case Management

*  Research and Analysis

*  Written Communication

*  Oral Communication

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. The following documents are required from ALL applicants:

- Most Recent SF-50 that indicates current grade, step, and competitive status - All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles must submit.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation dated within 18 months (or reason explaining why one cannot be provided) - applies to current and former federal employees and VEOA applicants.  If you do not have one, you must submit a statement explaining why one cannot be provided or you will not be considered for this position.The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 vs. Copy 1)

- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - 2 appointments are noted below:

    a) Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under Schedule A of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.

For more details, go to:

    b) Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

- Peace Corps Document - Certification of satisfactory service from the Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Crystal Hart
Phone: 202-693-5284
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Labor, Office of the Solicitor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N2419
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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