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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist- DEU
Agency:  Federal Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  OS-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,631.00 to $67,787.00 / Per Year
Friday, June 06, 2014 to Monday, June 23, 2014
Full-Time, Competitive Service - This is a Permanent Appointment.
1 vacancy - District of Columbia, DC   View Map
All Qualified Candidates
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About the Agency

The Office of the Secretary seeks a highly motivated individual to work in Washington, DC, assisting the Secretary and Office of the Secretary activities. The Office of the Secretary validates Commission documents and actions; issues, and serves as the legal custodian for official Commission documents and records, and provides substantive and procedural support to the Commission and Commission staff in a variety of areas, which support the decision making process of the Commission.

Among other functions, the Office of the Secretary creates official and staff minutes recording Commission decisions; conducts historical research and provides analysis to the Commission and to staff; serves as intermediary between the Commission and staff; and implements the circulation, voting, and other procedures by which the Commissioners make official decisions. This position may involve frequent contact with senior agency staff, members of the public, and outside law firms.

Please note: If you would like to be considered under the Merit Promotion process please apply to vacancy announcement number OS-2014-0002.



  • Not Required


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  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • This position requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Applicants must provide college transcripts.
  • This position is included in the bargaining unit.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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The incumbent will:

  • Prepare and process all documents approved by the Commission including Commission complaints, orders, letters, Federal Register Notices, and other official public and nonpublic documents for review and signature by the Secretary. Ensure that notices for public information are properly posted. Prepare minutes recording actions of the Commission by receiving and analyzing Commission and staff memoranda and related documents; circulate draft minutes for approval by the Commission; and upon final approval, enter minutes into the Official Commission Minute book.
  • Generate and verify the accuracy of computer reports for Commission officials. Enter data into and retrieve data from various agency computer systems regarding Commission circulation and votes. Work with Commissioners, Attorney Advisors, and other staff to prepare official documents for placement on the Commission’s official record, including on the public Website, in the nonpublic Intranet, and the agency’s document management system.
  • Enter Sunshine Act information including votes, appropriate exemptions, and other agenda information into agency computer systems. Assist the General Counsel’s Office in the preparation of the Annual Report of the Federal Trade Commission and the Commission’s Annual Report to Congress on the Agency’s activities under the Government in the Sunshine Act.
  • Act as a back-up to the senior Paralegal Specialists in processing Initial Decisions and scheduling Oral Arguments; perform factual and legal research on matters dealing with Commission policies, procedures, and precedents; and prepare memoranda detailing findings. Perform preliminary screening of staff submissions, including recommendations and action documents, prior to review by attorneys, to determine if all required documents are included. Assign staff submissions to the Commissioners in full compliance with Commission and Office procedures. Scan and save matters assigned for Commission review and consideration into DOC-SMART for review by Commission staff on the Intranet. Draft summaries of Commission rulings for inclusion in the agency’s official decision volumes. Inform FTC staff of completed Commission Actions and determine where to forward background papers so FTC staff can process action documents and comply with Commission directives. Advise FTC staff by telephone or in person of the correct format for written submissions to the Commission. Identify and implement efficiency improvements; proofread official documents for proper spelling, grammar, format arrangement of material; and perform special projects and assignments as needed.


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You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service, which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at

Specialized Experience at the GS-07 level: Possess one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level, which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, this experience must include knowledge of and experience with assisting in investigations and litigation of antitrust and consumer protection matters and conducting legal and relevant industry research and producing written and oral reports based on interviews, research and data analysis. OR, one (1) full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement (3.0 undergraduate GPA) may be substituted for experience requirements in accordance with Administrative and Management Qualifications Standard found at:

Specialized Experience at the GS-09 level: Possess one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level, or its non-Federal equivalent which may be demonstrated by limited experience writing, editing, and reviewing legal documents; performing legal research; preparing minutes; generating, preparing and verifying reports; ensuring that documents meet compliance requirements; providing advice and making recommendations to legal staff; and performing administrative duties such as greeting visitors, scheduling meetings, typing, filing, etc. OR, two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR LL.B or J.D., if related Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Applicants should be self-starters, be able to work under pressure and be able to handle multiple simultaneous assignments.

All applicants must apply through



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Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted. 

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:

1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).

2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.

3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.

4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting. 

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:


STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary. NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


Please note: If you would like to be considered under the Merit Promotion process please apply to vacancy announcement number OS-2014-0002.


To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you.


The following information is required of all applicants:

__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position
__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
__ Social security number
__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
__Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)
__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)
__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.

For each period of Work experience include:
___Job title
___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
___Duties and accomplishments
___Employer's name and address
___Supervisor's name and contact information
___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
___Number of hours worked per week
___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
___Certificates/licenses (current)
___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)
___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.


Alvina Brooks
Phone: 202-326-2323
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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