Legal Assistant (OA)

Washington, D.C
Aug 24, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of the Consolidated Adjudicatory Boards which are independent quasi-judicial bodies with jurisdiction to hear and decide appeals from decisions from the lower administrative bodies within the Department of Labor.

The incumbent serves as a Legal Assistant (Office Automation) in the Docket Branch of the boards and responsible for records management, maintenance and updating docket folders.

-This position is inside the Bargaining Unit

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Duties are described at the GS-7 full performance level.

Complete closeout cases and ensure data is entered in the Boards computer based case tracking system and in all hard copy record system (docket file, docket sheet, closeout log) and makes all appropriate Case Processing System (CPS) entities

Receives and processes incoming mail and prepares reports as necessary. Receives, reviews and files letters of appeal and supporting documents submitted by appellants or their representatives.

Prepares and mails standardized correspondence to appellants or their representatives to secure further information if requirements are not met pursuant to the Board's Rules of Procedure.

Implements appropriate security measures to ensure limited systems access and integrity of case tracking systems and data.

Works with computer specialists in the Information Resources Management staff in resolving problems to ensure effective maintenance of the agency's case tracking and control systems.

Prepares final decisions and orders of the Board for service. Ensures that copies of the final determination are timely served to all parties, the complete close-out data is entered in the Board computer based case tracking system and in all hard-copy record systems.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
07 - Full Performance Level is GS-07 There is no obligation for future promotions - they are dependent on ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee at a higher level & supervisory approval.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a Public Trust-Low Risk background investigation

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


To qualify for the GS-06 grade level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-05 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience performing legal support work relating to the preparation and processing of legal documents, mail and incoming case related materials.

To qualify for the GS-07 grade level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-06 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience performing legal support work relating to the examination, preparation and processing of legal documents, mail and incoming case related materials using an electronic case tracking system.


Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-06 or GS-07 grade levels.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement, if authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


Category A - Best Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Well Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Qualified - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Computer Skills - Uses computer, software applications, databases, and automated systems to accomplish work

Clerical - Knowledge of filing, typing, entering data, maintaining records, and using and completing forms.

Organizational Awareness - Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.

Customer Service - Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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