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Job Title:Legal Assistant

Agency:Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Job Announcement Number:AT944953

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$40,534.00 to $58,353.00 / Per Year


Friday, August 23, 2013 to Friday, August 30, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates



The incumbent supports the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in the Atlanta Regional Office of the U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC). Incumbent performs duties related to the processing of cases and assists with a variety of legal support tasks.

The duty location for this position is 100 Alabama Street, SW, Building 1924, Room 2R90, Atlanta, GA 30303-3104. 

Who may apply: 

·        All U.S. Citizens

·        Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service

·        Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service

·        Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)

·        Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3   years or more of continuous service  

·        Individuals with disabilities- For more information and proof required see

·        Any other individuals eligible for a non-competitive appointment


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Only experience gained by closing date of this position will be considered
  • Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements


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  • Research and prepare case outlines for use at hearings and for post-hearing decisions;
  • Draft routine orders, type and finalize decisions and other legal documents that comply with procedural, grammatical, and stylistic requirements;
  • Serve as a liaison for the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs)with the parties and the public (telephone and visitors);
  • Assure that appropriate data is entered into the computer information/case management and tracking system;
  • Track time sensitive events and documents by use of a calendar and the case management system;
  • Use Microsoft Word or other word processing systems to prepare legal documents;
  • Receive and distribute incoming correspondence;
  • Prepare travel authorizations and vouchers in accordance with the Review Commission policies and procedures;
  • Maintain law library, official case files and other office files;
  • Serve as primary or alternate time keeper.


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Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements as contained in the Office of Personnel Management's Qualification Operating Manual. These are available on line at

GS- 7
: Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service, performing duties such as assisting attorneys, legal assistants or others by reviewing and researching legal publications, legislation, directives, reference files and historical materials; performing technical, clerical and administrative duties in order to manage court cases; analyzing, reviewing legal documents (e.g. settlement agreements and motions); using automated software to prepare legal documents; etc.   

GS- 8: Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service, performing duties such as interpreting, applying and explaining complex legal provisions, regulations or procedural requirements to a wide range of individuals; analyzing, reviewing legal documents (e.g. settlement agreements and motions); using automated software programs to prepare legal documents, etc.; performing dockets control and computer case-tracking.

Conditions of Employment:

1. Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements.

2. Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

3. Selectee must participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

4. Selectee must undergo a preliminary fingerprint/security background check.

5.  Applications will not be accepted in postage paid Government envelopes.


Once the job opportunity announcement closes, your résumé and supporting documents will be reviewed and compared with your assessment questionnaire responses to determine whether you are qualified for this position. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications, you may lose consideration.  Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens:  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of two categories:  Highly Qualified or Well Qualified. 

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). 

For Competitive Merit Promotion Applicants:  The highest rated candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

For Noncompetitive Applicants:  All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.

Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).  You do not have to respond to the KSA's separately but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the KSA's.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

1.  Skill in conducting legal research of records, reference, or historical materials and making comparisons with complex or broadly written criteria.

2.  Ability to examine, review and prepare legal documents.

3.  Skill in the use of automated hardware/software to produce legal documents.

4.  Skill in oral communication.

5.  Skill in written communication.


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Benefits:  The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at or


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of service or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans' preference see


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service (see

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): 

These program apply to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes 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. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to:


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 30, 2013 to receive consideration.

·        To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

·        Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.   It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

·        To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

·        To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


·        Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.  For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

·        Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire  

Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you.)
  ICTAP/CTAP documentation
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable (Copy of DD-214 provided must show type of discharge/character of service)

-A copy of your latest performance appraisal or, if unavailable, an explanation as to why it is unavailable. Required if applying as a current or former Federal employee

- SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action Required if applying as a current or former Federal employee:


Ø    Status (merit promotion) candidates must submit a SF-50 (notification of personnel action) that demonstrates serving 52 weeks at the next lower level and includes name, position title, pay, series, grade and full performance level, tenure (i.e. permanent or conditional), position occupied (i.e. competitive service or excepted service), etc.  NOTE:  if the position occupied is with the excepted service an interchange agreement must exist between the excepted service agency and OPM in order to be eligible for consideration.
Ø    For proof of meeting time-in-grade requirements, if applicable, there may be situations where more than one SF-50 will be needed to verify time-in-grade requirements, as well as, eligibility. 
Ø    Current or former Federal employees applying for a higher grade and/or a position with higher promotion potential must submit a copy of SF-50 showing they previously held, or currently hold, a Federal competitive position with promotion potential at or above the full performance level for this position.  


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s): 

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 944953.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 30, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

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

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items 

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


Phone: (404)331-4541
Agency Information:
Atlanta Services Branch
Office of Personnel Management
75 Spring Street SW Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail that your submission was successful. Based upon your rating category, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. Once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks), you will be notified of your status via e-mail.  

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