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Grade: 09
* 1.Select the answer that best describes your educational/experience background to meet the basic qualifications requirements for the GS-9 level. You may only select one choice.
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level directly related to the work of this position such as analyzing to identify facts and relevant evidence; preparing cases and related documents; preparing written communication such as drafting charges, complaints, and legal briefs; and researching or applying various statutes, regulations or court decisions, etc. which provides me with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.
  2. I have a Master?s or equivalent graduate degree such as J.D or LLB; or two full years of progressively higher graduate level education in a related field which provides me with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of this position.
  3. I have a equivalent combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE directly related to the work of this position and some graduate level education in a related field that provides me with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the education or specialized experience, or experience /education equivalent combination requirements described above.


Grade: 11
* 1.Select the answer that best describes your educational/experience background to meet the basic qualifications requirements for the GS-11 level. You may only select one choice.
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level directly related to the work of this position such as independently analyzing to identify facts and relevant evidence; preparing cases and related documents; preparing written communication such as drafting charges, complaints, and legal briefs; and researching or applying various statutes, regulations or court decisions, etc which provides the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.
  2. I have an LLM degree or three full years of progressively higher graduate level education in a related field which provides me with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of this position.
  3. I have an equivalent combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE directly related to the work of this position as described above and some graduate level education in a related field that provides me with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the education or specialized experience, or experience /education equivalent combination requirements described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select the response that best describes your experience(s) working as a paralegal. (Check all that apply)
  1. I have been responsible for managing a caseload.
  2. I have been required to analyze and determine sufficiency of evidence.
  3. I have verified and/or reviewed financial forms/agreements for accuracy.
  4. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 2.Please select the statement(s) which best reflects your experience providing advisory services and assistance to management. (Check all that apply)
  1. I have advised employees on the applicable statute of limitations to their cause of action and how to present a claim.
  2. I have advised employees on seeking government approval of claims and/or requests in subrogation or tort recovery.
  3. I have advised employees and/or attorneys on how to file the required Statement of Recovery.
  4. I have advised employees, attorneys, employers, insurance carriers, and/or client agencies concerning the rights and remedies of respective parties.
  5. I have not had experience performing these tasks.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your experience(s) managing a caseload. (Check all that apply)
  1. I have reviewed and/or verified documents for accuracy.
  2. I have independently managed a large volume of cases.
  3. I have prioritized my workload with competing priorities.
  4. I have maintained status reports and/or tracking systems.
  5. I have approved and/or reviewed routine requests.
  6. I have verified and/or processed incoming payments.
  7. I have reviewed case files to determine if an outside party is responsible for claimant�s injury.
  8. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 4.Select the response that best describes your experience preparing reports (i.e., activity reports, statistical reports, status reports, etc.) on a recurring basis.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Please describe your experience developing and/or executing methods, processes and procedures for preliminary case review.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Choose the applications that you can use proficiently at this time. You can choose an item if you are proficient in an equivalent application from another provider. �Proficient� means that you can use the software daily, to complete a wide variety of tasks, with only occasional consultations from peers, supervisors, or reference materials.
  1. Microsoft PowerPoint
  2. Microsoft Word
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. Microsoft Outlook
  5. Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)
  6. Adobe Acrobat
  7. Westlaw
  8. Lexis/Nexus
  9. Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Employee Benefits Library (online)
  10. Concordance
  11. Summation
  12. TrialDirector
  13. Commerce Clearing House online libraries
  14. LRRM report services
  15. Any other litigation database program used to organize and search through large document productions
  16. A document management system used for organizing internal documents, memoranda, briefs, letters, etc.
  17. None of the above


* 7.Which of the following best reflects your experience compiling, organizing and/or indexing case files:
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing customer or client information and/or data to determine its sufficiency:
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing payment information and transactions and following up to clarify and correct information?
  1. I have reviewed payment data or transactions and annotated discrepancies for follow-up by a more senior employee or specialist.
  2. I have researched and reviewed payment data and followed up to obtain information from varied sources in order to reconcile conflicting information and ensure data is documented accurately.
  3. I have researched and reviewed payment data to ensure compliance with statute or regulation and/or policy or procedures.
  4. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 10.Cases include a wide range of legal authorities. The employee for this job is not required to have expertise in these areas, but does benefit from some familiarity with them. Indicate those authorities under which you have logged cases or consulted statutes within the past five years. (Make sure your resume lists all jobs you have held that have provided the experience you indicate.)
  1. Administrative Procedures Act
  2. Child Labor Provisions of the Fair Labors Standards Act
  3. District of Columbia Workers� Compensation
  4. Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  5. Energy Reorganization Act Whistleblower
  6. Energy Employees� Occupation Illness Compensation Act
  7. Fair Labor Standard Act
  8. Family and Medical Leave Act
  9. Federal Employees� Compensation Act
  10. Federal Mine Safety & Health Act
  11. Federal State Extended Unemployment Tax Act
  12. Federal Tort Claims Act
  13. Toxic Substances Control Act whistleblower
  14. Welfare to Work cases under the Social Security Act
  15. Workforce Investment Act
  16. Other Statutes/Acts/Laws
  17. None of the above


* 11.Which of the following best reflect your experience analyzing and evaluating the relevance of and adequately documenting evidence and case-related information?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  4. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 12.Which of the following best reflects your experience in communicating with others on paralegal issues/topics.
  1. I have experience communicating, explaining, or defending complex paralegal issues/topics/ideas or information clearly. Examples may include: orally justifying a controversial paralegal decision (e.g., statute, authority) or recommendation to mgmt.; representing the agency or organization to outside parties; active participation in activities that involve extensive oral communication that include questions of fact or interpretation of policy or regulations regarding paralegal topics/issues.
  2. I have experience communicating and explaining complex ideas or information clearly. Examples may include: explaining to management the procedural and/or technical basis for recommendations and decisions made on their paralegal topic/issue.
  3. I have experience communicating or explaining moderately complex ideas or information clearly. Examples may include: explaining information on a one-to-one basis or to a small group to inform, explain, or promote an understanding of relevant paralegal materials.
  4. I have experience communicating or explaining ideas or information clearly on any topic or issue. Examples may include: explaining information on a one-to-one basis or to a small group to inform, explain, or promote an understanding of related materials.
  5. I do not have any of the experience described above.


* 13.A paralegal specialist is expected to receive �soft copies� of written documents, proofread them, and make formatting, grammar, and spelling changes, as needed. Choose the statement that most accurately describes your experience with these duties.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.Please select from the list below the documents that you have experience drafting on a regular and recurring basis. (Check all that apply)
  1. Legal analyses
  2. Complaints
  3. Motions
  4. Transmittal documents
  5. Appellate briefs
  6. Legal memoranda
  7. Declarations
  8. Discovery
  9. Correspondence
  10. Affidavits
  11. Settlement statements
  12. None of the above