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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Legal Services Agency

Job Announcement Number:WHS-13-813047-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 9, 2013 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013




Full Time - Temporary NTE 10/14/2014




5 vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA)

Office of Chief Defense Counsel

Office of Military Commissions (OMC)

Mission Statement

This position is located in the Defense Legal Services Agency, Office of Military Commissions, Office of the Chief Defense Counsel. The General Counsel, who is the Director of the Defense Legal Services Agency, is appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the chief legal officer of the Department of Defense and is responsible for all legal services performed within and involving the Department of Defense (10 U.S.C. 140). The General Counsel is the principal legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on, and has final authority and responsibility for, legal policy and determinations and the delivery of legal services within DoD and its components. The Office of Chief Defense Counsel provides criminal defense services to Guantanamo Bay detainees who are or may be accused of committing offenses against the United States.


WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All U.S Citizens (General Public)


This Position is in the Excepted Service under the Schedule-A authority in accordance with 5 CFR 213.3106(b)(10) Iraqi Reconstruction Appointments.


Excepted Service includes all positions in the executive branch of the Federal Government which are specifically excepted from the competitive service by or pursuant to statute, by the President, or by the Office of Personnel Management, and which are not in the Senior Executive Service.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Use the Print Preview for a complete copy of this announcement.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs May Be authorized.
  • This is an Excepted Service position.
  • Position is drug tested and requires a Special Sensitive/TS(SCI) clearance.


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


  • Serve on trial team defending detainees in cases where the United States’ government is seeking the death penalty.
  • Manage all aspects of Discovery by receiving and reviewing discovery and reviewing and dispatching disclosure in capital defense case. Discovery will exceed 100,000 pages.
  • Conduct legal research for the preparation of legal opinions using various sources from both paper and electronic medium.
  • Work with the teams to develop evidence including locating and interviewing potential witnesses.  
  • Assist attorneys in preparation of capital cases by preparing, scheduling, reviewing and organizing discovery, notifying, interviewing and managing witnesses and researching case law.
  • Organize and handle the high volume of discovery materials exceeding 100,000 pages in complicated capital cases.
  • Plan work-related travel for defense team members and travel frequently with team members to provide support and other services.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



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The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: as well as the Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) and other competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES  and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position.

Specialized experience required for this position is: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11).  The required specialized experience includes the following: 


  • Experience in all aspects of discovery management including receiving and reviewing discovery and reviewing and dispatching disclosure in a capital defense case;
  • Serving on trial team defending persons charged in cases involving the death penalty;
  • Experience with conducting legal research with online research tools, to include Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis;
  • Experience assisting counsel with in-court witness presentation and argument;
  • Experience providing logistical support to a large team of persons needing travel, meetings and other obligations scheduled and planned; 
  • Experience with working on teams to develop evidence including locating and interviewing potential witnesses.



Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Knowledge of the various titles of law covering national, international and capital litigation.

2. Ability to research and analyze complex U.S. and International law

3. Knowledge of legal reference sources to include case law, commercial legal publications, court decisions, etc.

4. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to prepare legal briefs and summaries.

Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level. 

OVERTIME: Occasionally
TRAVEL: Requires up to 60% Travel
TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY:  This position is telework eligible
(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.)

Other Notes:
Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

This position is designated special sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointment basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process.  The incumbent must complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and favorable adjudication by a determining authority and be eligible for a Top Secret clearance and access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI).

If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.

This position is subject to the DoD Drug Free Workplace Program. The selectee must test negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed in this position or other testing designated positions in OSD or WHS, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result. All tentative selectees for this position will be required to undergo a urinalysis test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.

Due to the requirements of this position, temporary duty travel may be required to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and other locations as necessary.  Travel may be required up to sixty-percent (60%) of the time.


This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies with various security clearances during the next 90 days. This could result in a few or many vacancies being from this announcement.


How You Will Be Evaluated for this particular job vacancy, which is Open to all US Citizens (Public):
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the rules governing the Excepted Service and the Special Hiring Authority found in 5 CFR 213.3106(b)(10) - Iraqi Reconstruction Appointments. The selection process DOES NOT follow the same rules found under the traditional DEU Category Rating, which is specifically for Competitive Service Appointments and not applicable for positions appointed to the Excepted Service under this particular appointing authority.  All applicants will be evaluated equally and referred according to his/her overall qualifications when matched with the requirements outlined in the occupational questionnaire and the major duties of the position.


If claiming Veteran's Preference:  You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4).  Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outlined on the SF-15.


For information on entitlement see


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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: 

Flexible Spending Accounts -
Health Insurance -
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Life Insurance -
Long Term Care Insurance -
Retirement Program -


VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on (Tag Closing Date).  Information on veterans’ preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide
MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: or or SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.
REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.
NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy. In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.
EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:


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Option A: Application Manager (preferred method)
To begin, choose one of these options:
1. If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the “Apply Online” button on the right side. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the “Apply Online” button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.
2. If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, begin the process by clicking the “Apply Online” on the right side. You will be re-directed to the Application Manager system to complete your application. At this time, you will need to upload your resume using the “Resume” category in the Application Manager system. Once you upload your Resume to Application Manager, it will remain in your account for future use.

To view a copy of the assessment Questionnaire please click here: View Occupational Questionnaire

Option B: Fax
If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can write your answers on paper. Follow these steps:
1. Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.
2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL
3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), resume, and/or any supporting documents by fax. If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet --  -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.
If you do not have access to the internet or have other concerns please contact our Team line for
WHS HR Servicing Team at (614)692-0252 or email DHRS-DWHS@DLA.MIL for further assistance.


NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:

This EXCEPTED SERVICE position is open to all US Citizens (Public)


• Résumé
• Assessment Questionnaire
• Additional documents you may be required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying for one of the categories such as a veteran).

PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide:  ~



WHS HR Servicing Team
Phone: (614)692-0252
Fax: (614)693-1505
Agency Information:
Defense Legal Service Agency
Human Resources Directorate
4800 Mark Center Drive
Suite 03D08
Alexandria, VA
22350-3200 Fax: (614)693-1505


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive an acknowledgement letter of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements. 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. You will receive a notification letter of the results of the review of your application package via email.

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
To protect your privacy, scores of resumes are not provided by phone.
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