Fort Lee, Virginia
May 18, 2022
May 24, 2022
Full Time

Serves as a Legal Assistant in the OGC at DeCA's headquarters facility. The primary purpose of this position is to provide high quality legal assistant support to the OGC attorneys and paralegals.

Position responsibilities include:
  • Responsible for coordinating, reviewing and processing of legal and administrative support activities in accomplishing the assigned mission of the OGC.
  • Creates, maintains and monitors Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act case files.
  • Assists in correctly monitoring case flow via the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act dockets.
  • General filing and file maintenance; establishing, maintaining, and closing case files or systems of legal records; annotating indices and status records.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National.
  • Must meet minimum age requirement. See the Additional Information section for more information.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System by the announcement closing date or exempt from registration.
  • May be subject to successful E-Verify check. See more information at
  • May be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, based on a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility based on an appropriate background investigation.
  • May be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • Physical Requirements: The work does not require any special physical effort or demands.
  • Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, AWS2 (Gliding)


See the OPM Qualification Standards for more information. This position is covered under Clerical and Administrative Positions.

To qualify for the GS-07 you must possess: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level or equivalent to at least GS-06 under other Federal service pay systems, private sector, or military.

To qualify for the GS-08 you must possess: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level or equivalent to at least GS-07 under other Federal service pay systems, private sector, or military.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience:
To qualify for the GS-07:
  • Performs interrelated legal support work
  • Able to compile correspondence, and possess basic understanding of legal terminology.
  • Examine, adjust, reconsider claims and recommend settlements

To qualify for the GS-08:
  • Able to compile correspondence, and possess basic understanding of legal terminology
  • Independently plan and carry out work, resolve routine problems and handle deviations that arise.
  • Examine, adjust, reconsider claims and recommend settlements and assist claimants with basic problems.

You must also meet the following requirements by the announcement closing date:
  • Current and former federal employees in either the competitive or excepted service and current federal employees applying under VEOA eligibility are subject to time-in-grade . You must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level to be eligible for promotion. See the Required Documents section to learn what documents are necessary to show you meet this requirement. The next lower grade level for the GS-07 position is GS-06. The next lower grade level for the GS-08 position is GS-07.
  • Current civilian employees must have completed at least 90 days of federal civilian service since their latest non temporary appointment from a competitive referral certificate, known as time after competitive appointment . For this requirement, a competitive appointment is one where you applied to and were appointed from an announcement open to "All US Citizens."


You may not use education to qualify.

Additional information

  • We encourage you to review the Safer Federal Workplace information regarding COVID-19.
  • To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
  • Applicants with a Permanent Resident Card (aka Green Card) are authorized to live and work in the U.S. but are not eligible for employment in positions requiring U.S. citizenship. This position requires U.S. citizenship.
  • The minimum age requirement is generally 18 years of age. Employing those under 18 may be possible under certain circumstances. If under 18 years of age, ensure you provide documentation showing how you are eligible.
  • Subject to occasional overtime.
  • Position is non-exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Position is covered by a bargaining unit.
  • Position is not obligated.
  • Financial Difficulty does not automatically remove you from consideration for a position.
  • Position does not meet the DoD criteria for re-employing former Federal employees who retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
  • Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.
  • PCS is Authorized. Most civilian PCS entitlements are now taxable. The Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) reimburses eligible employees for additional Federal, State, and local income taxes incurred as a result of receiving taxable travel income. More information is available at Civilian Relocation/PCS Tax Changes .
  • Due to extensive contact with and involvement in large amounts of confidential and/or proprietary information, the incumbent must understand all applicable standards with regard to handling such information and maintain the highest level of ethics and confidentiality at all times. Additionally, the nature of the work involved precludes the incumbent from entering into any collective bargaining agreement.
  • Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility based on appropriate background investigation

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