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Job Title:Legal Assistant (Senior Case Technician)

Agency:Social Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:SX14-PJA-1200443

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,508.00 to $42,792.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, August 27, 2014 to Wednesday, September 3, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Anchorage, AK View Map


United States Citizens


Q - Nonsensitive




Do you have a desire to:

  • help SSA manage its Social Security programs?
  • analyze and solve problems?
  • help and advise millions of retired and disabled individuals?
  • work on a team to make a difference in people's lives and your own?

Join SSA, one of the top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government!


Once selected for this important position in SSA, you will affect the Agency's mission through direct and personal service to the public. This includes speaking with beneficiaries about their rights under the Social Security laws, gathering facts and evidence to establish eligibility for benefits, and using state-of-the-art computer technology to access and update information about claims.

This position is located in the Office of Disability Adjudication & Review (ODAR), Anchorage, AK.

This is a career-ladder position leading to the GS-8 level.


Note:  Additional selections may be made to fill unanticipated vacancies.



  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable. See for info
  • Background and/or Security Investigation Required
  • Selectees are required to serve a 1 year probationary period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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Incumbent provides legal and technical support to Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) attorneys and paralegal specialists in the processing of entitlement cases pursuant to Titles II, XVI and XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended.  Incumbent is responsible for processing hearing cases from receipt in the office to completion, independently performing a wide range of case development actions.  Examines assigned hearing cases containing a wide variety of medical and legal documentation to ensure sufficiency of evidence or documentation.  Analyzes documentary evidence and identifies the need for additional evidence from Disability Determination Services (DDS), (i.e. state agencies), physicians, hospitals, SSA District Offices, etc.  Identifies and resolves discrepancies and/or deficiencies in case development.  Prepares case summaries.  Selects pertinent exhibits to be included in the case record.  Recommends dismissals of cases not meeting legal and regulatory requirements.  Analyzes post-hearing medical development, identifies conflicts within the record, and recommends further medical or vocational development of the case.  Performs technical research  for ALJs, staff attorneys and paralegal specialists.  Composes complex and/or technical correspondence.  Communicates orally on a daily basis with attorneys, lay representatives, claimants, Congressional offices, and other third parties to answer questions relating to the hearing process.  Discusses individual cases and reviews exhibits with claimants, lay representatives and attorneys prior to the hearing.  Sets up hearing room and equipment.  Assures that all evidence and testimony presented at the hearing is complete and recorded.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


GS-6:  52 weeks (1 year) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level or above which demonstrates the ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, precedents, or procedures, and a knowledge of legal documents or legal and judicial processes.


GS-7: 52 weeks (1 year) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level or above which demonstrates the ability to apply and explain a body of rules, regulations, precedents, or procedures to a wide range of individuals and a knowledge of legal documents or legal and judicial processes.



NOTE:   Your resume must indicate both a beginning and ending date and the number of hours worked per week for each position you've held.  Your beginning and ending dates must include a month and year, and you should not use a range of hours (i.e. 20 - 30) to indicate the number of hours per week you worked.  Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period, you will be credited with 6 months of experience).  


Substituting Education

GS-6:  Successful completion of 6 months of graduate education in a field that is directly related to the position (i.e., law and legal studies).

GS-7:  Successful completion of one full year of graduate education in a field that is directly related to the position (i.e., law and legal studies).

For information on substituting education for experience, visit

In order for your college coursework to be considered as part of your minimum qualifications, you must upload a copy of your transcript(s) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


NOTE: Education completed in a foreign institution must be certified as equivalent to coursework completed at a U.S. college or university. It is the applicant's responsibility to acquire U.S. Certification and provide it at the time of application. For a list of Credential Evaluation Services, log on to:


Combining Education and Experience

Experience and education can be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements. Experience and education should be computed as percentages of the overall requirements and must equal 100% when combined. Example:  Three years of college coursework (plus 6 months specialized experience is qualifying for the GS-5 level. 




The evaluation you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. These competencies include: 1) Knowledge of Legal and Judicial Processes, 2) Ability to Review and Analyze Documentation, 3) Ability to Plan, Organize, and Prioritize Work, 4) Ability to Communicate Orally, 5) Ability to Communicate in Writing, and 6) Ability to Use Computer Systems and Related Software.


Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link: View Assessment Questions


Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

1 - Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.
2 - Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
3 - Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.


Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.


ICTAP candidates who meet the requirements for the Well Qualified category will be placed at the top of the Best Qualified category and be given selection priority.


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Social Security offers a comprehensive benefits program that you can customize for your individual medical and financial needs. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help you balance life with Social Security to life outside of work. Please visit our Careers website at for additional information.


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, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See


RELOCATION:   Relocation expenses will not be paid.


Individuals with disabilities may call us via Federal Relay using the (voice) contact telephone provided.



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Notice Concerning Materially False, Fictitious, or Fraudulent Statements

Anything you claim in the occupational questionnaire, resume and supporting documents may be subject to verification. By completing the application process, you are certifying that any statements you make are true, complete, and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief and are made in good faith. Materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations may lead to disqualification and/or termination of employment.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package, which includes:

·        Your Résumé;

·        The Occupational Questionnaire; and

·        Any applicable Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 03, 2014 to receive consideration.

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

NOTE: 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.


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 an ineligible rating.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete the United States Government Application Cover Page using the following 1200443. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:
1. View and print the occupational questionnaire: Online Questionnaire,
2. Print the 1203FX (Form C) to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX and supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Due to our security procedures, our office will not accept any applications submitted via email or standard mail. The email address is listed only for inquiries about the position or the How to Apply process.


You must submit supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference or qualify on the basis of education.


INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. Candidates who meet the requirements for the Well Qualified Category will be placed at the top of the Best Qualified Category and be given selection priority.   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 Notice of Personnel Action, (SF-50). 
  • proof of your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent;

For more information visit


VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference under competitive procedures, submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD 214 member 4 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other proof of eligibility. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received. For more information visit


PROOF OF EDUCATION: If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts with the course title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To qualify, the degree must be from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education completed in a foreign institution must be certified as equivalent to coursework completed at a U.S. college or university. Certification of equivalency must be submitted at the time of application.


Paula J. Ashburn
Phone: (206)615-2188
Agency Information:
SSA Seattle
701 Fifth Avenue Suite 2900
M/S 292B
Seattle, WA


Once you have successfully submitted your occupational questionnaire, you will receive the following email notifications concerning your application status: (1) Receipt of application; (2) Result of qualifications review and if Referred/Not Referred to the selecting official; and (3) Selected/Not Selected for the position.


If you applied incorrectly or submitted an incomplete application, we will be unable to send you notifications regarding the status of your application. Please read the How to Apply instructions carefully to ensure that you submit a complete application.

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