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Job Title:  Legal Instruments Examiner, GS-0963-6/7
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Job Announcement Number:  13-DEU-114(a)-KRM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$37,983.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Friday, February 1, 2013
Full Time. - Permanent.
11 vacancies - Martinsburg, WV, US  View Map
Applications will be accepted from all U.S. citizens.


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is looking for energetic, innovative, solution-oriented professionals to help the ATF team succeed in our responsibilities to reduce violent crime and protect the public.

The positions are located in the Enforcement Programs & Services (EPS) Directorate, Firearms and Explosives Services Division (FESD), in Martinsburg, WV.

The positions will be located in one of four (4) Branches:

~The Federal Firearms Licensing Center (FFLC).

~Federal Explosive Licensing Center (FELC).

~Firearms and Explosive Imports Branch (FEI).

~The National Firearms Act Branch (NFA).  

Legal Instrument Examiners (LIE) are responsible for reviewing applications and supporting documents during the course of issuing Federal Firearms or Explosives licenses/permits for lawful purposes; the approval of lawful defense articles; and the transfer of restricted NFA weapons to authorized persons, businesses and law enforcement agencies.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • Must successfully complete a background security investigation.
  • Males must be registered with the Selective Service System.


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Legal Instrument Examiners are:

~Responsible for reviewing, evaluating, processing, restricting approving, and/or denying a variety of applications and supporting documents submitted by individuals, companies and government entities for the purpose of issuing Federal firearms licences/permits for lawful approval.

~Reviews applications and related documents to determine completeness and accuracy, noting disqualifying conditions, ambiguous or conflicting data, inconsistencies, unusual circumstances, errors, omitted information, etc. ~Composes correspondence to reflect actions taken on applications that are denied or restricted, explaining the reasons.

~Utilizes various Information Technology (IT) software/hardware to research the internet and various databases to conduct record searches, compile information, enter and retrieve data.

~Conducts record searches, scrutinizes historical data, queries records and complies information to determine a course of action while ensuring compliance with relevant Federal/State laws and regulations covering the licensing of firearms.


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*To qualify for the GS-6: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-5 Federal grade level.  Specialized experience for the position is defined as: Ability to conduct research and data compilation from various sources, preparing reports, consolidating data, and make decision based of administrative procedures and practices.

*To qualify for the GS-7: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-6 Federal grade level.  Specialized experience for the position is defined as:  Evaluate applications or other legal documents by ensuring accuracy and completeness. Ability research, analyze, interpret and apply regulations and policies to ensure regulatory or procedural requirements are met.

*To qualify, you must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date. 




Your application will be evaluated and rated under ATF's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. 

If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Gold - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all evaluation criteria, Silver - Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the evaluation criteria or Bronze - Applicants possessing the specialized experience.

~Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration.

~Candidates within the Gold category who are eligible for Veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans preference eligibles.

~The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies:

~Knowledge of rules, regulations, techniques and procedure concerning firearms licenses.

~Ability to prepare routine correspondence relating to the completion of applications and forms.

~Ability to use administrative skills in examining applications and records.

~Ability to gather and consider factual information and reach preliminary conclusions.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


~Subject to a 5-year periodic security re-investigation. 

~Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.  

~Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS), or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  Any applicant that answers "no" (without an exemption) to question #2 (under eligibility questions), will be automatically disqualified from receiving further consideration.  See   

~Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:

~The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

~Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé. 

~In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. 

~In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. Also a letter from the VA must be submitted confirming the disability must be submitted in order to receive 10-point Vet preference consideration

~Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," Veteran Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Gold Category)

~EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

~Reasonable Accommodations Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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This job is filled through a 3-step on-line application process.

STEP ONE - (Online Resume- USAJOBS) You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to CareerConnector when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement.  STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions CareerConnector) In CareerConnector, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the CareerConnector questions will become your application package. STEP THREE - (Supporting Documentation) You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways:

(l) Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet. (2) You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online". Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select "Upload" in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. DD-214) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. It is also your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are readable. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement.

Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.


(1) Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).

(2) Veterans' preference documentation, if applicable.

(3) CTAP/ICTAP (surplus/displaced Federal employee) documentation, if applicable.

(4) Individuals with disabilities - For more information and proof required see

~Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. Failure to provide the required documentation by the closing date of this announcement will result in elimination of further consideration for this position.


Kennisha Miller
Phone: 202-648-7189
Fax: 202-648-9643
TDD: 202-648-9915
Agency Information:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
Please apply online
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-648-9643


After the vacancy closes, the Human Resources Office will use the application package to automatically rate, rank and certify candidates. You can check the status of your application anytime by accessing the USAJOBS online application system at 

~You will need to provide your USAJOBS User ID and Password to access the Track your Online Job Application feature.

~You may also click on the link provided to access additional information on Career Connector.

~All applicants will be notified at four (4) stages in the hiring process:

(1) Upon receipt of your application.

(2) After your qualifications have been assessed.

(3) Whether or not you've been referred to the Selecting Official.

(4) Whether or not you've been selected for the position.

~The hiring manager makes a selection from among applicants in the Gold category.

~If your name is sent to the hiring manager, you may be invited for an interview.

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