Washington, D.C
Oct 18, 2019
Oct 26, 2019
Full Time


The Policy Division of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for drafting regulations, advisory opinions, and other legal memoranda that interpret the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). The Division also provides legal guidance and support to the Commission's Audit Division and Reports Analysis Division. Other responsibilities include reviewing FEC publications and providing policy input on enforcement and litigation matters.

This is a Bargaining position.

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As the Paralegal in this position, you will:
  • Review advisory opinion drafts, rulemaking documents, legal memoranda, and other legal documents.
  • Conduct legal research using tools such as Westlaw, Lexis, and the Commission's search systems for advisory opinions, rulemakings, audit reports and enforcement matters.
  • Analyze legal issues in ongoing matters to determine the appropriate records and data attorneys will need to prepare legal drafts.
  • Prepare relevant documentation on matters for attorney; documentation will detail the facts of the matter and the relevant laws, regulations, policies, or other directives bearing on the matter.
  • Perform a variety of administrative or legal support functions, such as creating and maintaining Policy Division files on advisory opinions, rulemakings, and other legal matters, and assisting attorneys in organizing reference materials. Assist Policy staff with clerical and administrative tasks.
  • Perform data for the Policy Division's quarterly reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Legal and regulatory guidance below).
  • You may be required to serve a 2 year probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade/band requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade).
  • An in-person interview will be required.


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

A. Have one full year of specialized experience performing paralegal or legal work (1) reviewing legal drafts, legal memoranda, and other legal documents; (2) analyzing legal issues in ongoing matters to determine the appropriate records and data attorneys will need to prepare legal drafts; (3) preparing draft correspondence, memoranda, or reports that include all pertinent facts; (4) conducting legal research using tools such as Westlaw and Lexis. This experience must be comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in private or public sectors).


B. Have successfully completed a Ph.D. or 3 full years (54 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher graduate level education leading to such a degree. This education must be completed at an accredited college or university and demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the duties of this position.


C. Have an equivalent combination of the specialized experience described in "A" and the graduate-level education described in "B". To determine if you qualify under this combination, first determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the specialized experience required; then determine your education as a percentage of the graduate education required (note: only graduate education in excess of the first two years is creditable for this combination); and then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Note: You must submit a copy of your graduate transcripts with your application.

In addition, you must provide a cover letter describing your experience with the competencies identified below, an application without a cover letter will not be considered. The cover letter must be at least 2 pages long and must explain how your experience meets the following 3 competencies.

Legal Administration-Perform a variety of administrative or legal support functions, such as creating and maintaining files on legal matters, and assisting attorneys in organizing reference materials (e.g., preparation of subject matter notebooks, PowerPoint presentations, and file indexes).

Research-Knowledge of principles, methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including collection, analysis, and interpretation of information; and the reporting of results

Writing-Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website .

Part-time or unpaid experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

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


Are you using your education to qualify? You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here . You must provide translated transcripts.

Additional information

FEC offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; or transportation subsidies.

If you receive a tentative offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement closes, we will conduct a review of your application package to verify your eligibility and qualifications. If you are found qualified, your application will move forward to additional phases of the review process which will determine the best qualified candidates. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Legal Administration
  • Research
  • Writing

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume listing hours worked per week, dates of employment (month/year) and duties performed for each position held.
  • Transcripts please provide a copy of your transcripts. If you are qualifying on specialized experience please specify in your application.
  • Cover Letter which addresses the competencies identified in the Qualifications section above. The cover letter must be at least 2 pages long and must explain how your experience meets the 3 compentencies.
  • Other supporting documents if applicable:
    • Veterans documents (if claiming preference, or applying under VEOA or 30% disabled veteran eligibility): DD-214 including character of service, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days, and if applicable, SF-15 Form, VA letter, or other documentation required by that form.
    • SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a current or former Federal Employee) showing you hold/held a career/career-conditional appointment and the highest grade or promotion potential held.
    • Certain Family Members of Overseas Employees Eligible under E.O. 12721: Your most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
    • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473: Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the Military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).
    • Peace Corps volunteers and VISTA members: submit a copy of your description of service or other proof of non-competitive eligibility. If you are a former Peace Corps volunteer or VISTA member who is requesting an extension of your non-competitive eligibility, please also provide the necessary documentation to support your request.
    • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment Eligibles: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation or benefits office citing disability - eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).

    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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