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    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) American Law Division (ALD) is seeking a Paralegal Specialist to serve the United States Congress and support ALD's Legislative Attorneys by researching and verifying legal citations and statutory and other references, providing technical assistance on the use of legal software and databases, analyzing legal and factual issues within ALD’s responsibility, editing a wide variety of ALD products and preparing these products for electronic publishing, and serving as ALD's principal point of contact with other CRS offices to resolve editorial and publishing issues with ALD products.

    The selectee will have primary responsibility for updating and publishing the online version of the Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (commonly known as CONAN) and its required bound volume and supplements. Strong writing, legal research, and on-line publication skills are essential.

    CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

    CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

    This position description number for this position is 336786.

    The tour of duty for this position is full-time.

    The incumbent may elect to work a compflex or flexitime work schedule.

    RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THE PERSON(S) UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

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    Responsibilities

    Gathers authoritative legal information, using both traditional and electronic resources. Independently analyzes and assists in analyzing novel or unique legal and factual issues. Selects, assembles, summarizes, and compiles substantive legal information, including legislative histories. Analyzes and organizes legal, factual, and archival records. Verifies legal citations and references using applicable style manuals, including the Bluebook. Uses legal software, hardware, web applications, and online databases to assist Legislative Attorneys, and provides troubleshooting expertise with software, hardware, applications, and databases.

    Has primary responsibility for updating and publishing the online version of the Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (CONAN) and its required bound volume and supplements. Reviews and edits CONAN to ensure conformity with CRS technical and editorial standards. Exercises judgment in managing the flow of products for processing and publishing to ensure deadlines are met.

    Reviews and edits a wide variety of ALD products prior to their submission for electronic publication. Researches and verifies legal citations and statutory and other references. Consults with ALD Legislative Attorneys to ensure products conform to CRS technical and editorial standards. Provides assistance to Legislative Attorneys with the online authoring and publishing system and serves as ALD's principal point of contact with CRS offices to resolve editorial and publishing issues with ALD products.

    Keeps abreast of current and emerging developments relating to IT tools and publishing systems and software. Advises and consults with IT staff on the requirements, design, development, and maintenance of CRS publishing systems. Refines and modifies ALD products to conform to changing system requirements and capabilities, and communicates these requirements and capabilities to ALD staff. Participates in testing and analysis of publishing systems and represents ALD on related task forces and working groups. Recommends technical and editorial standards for published material.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States citizens

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    0950 Paralegal Specialist

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