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The Office of Chief Counsel is the largest tax law firm in the country. The Office of Chief Counsel serves America's taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. We are as interested in your career as you are!
Please see below for a detailed description of the General Legal Services division and the Paralegal Specialist position.
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WHO IS GENERAL LEGAL SERVICES? The Office of Chief Counsel, General Legal Services (GLS) employs approximately 65 attorneys and 6 paralegals. Work in the GLS Area Counsel field offices is focused on providing advice, support, and litigation representation for IRS and Chief Counsel management in administrative forums and in arbitration, with the majority of case work centering on labor, EEO, and personnel law. The field offices also provide assistance to the Department of Justice in federal courts on such matters, as well as for suits against IRS employees, and may assist with processing claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
As a Paralegal Specialist in the Area Counsel office, you will perform a combination of legal, quasi-legal, technical, project, and administrative tasks including legal research and analysis of issues and matters within a wide range of matters under GLS's jurisdiction. You will also participate in substantive development and support of litigation cases. The following are the duties of this position at the GS-11 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position. As a Paralegal Specialist, you will:
Analyzing and evaluating case files and supporting documents for sufficiency of information, noting and taking corrective action to cure any deficiencies; reconciling factual differences and reconstructing missing facts; researching, reviewing and analyzing available precedent, regulation, policy and procedure relevant to cases; preparing or assisting in preparing substantive case related documents (e.g., opinions, legal memoranda, motions, answers, discovery, etc.); and assisting at administrative hearings.
Performing legal research using WESTLAW, CyberFEDS, PACER, and other appropriate electronic research tools, as well as hard copy resources.
Using automated case management tools; organizing, scanning, Bates numbering, redacting, and assisting in the preparation of exhibits and pertinent administrative files used in litigation.
In Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) administrative cases, reviewing claims, researching and analyzing appropriate state laws, and drafting legal memoranda with recommendations concerning an individual's complaint filed under the FTCA; in FTCA court cases, providing assistance to the U.S. Attorney's office, as requested, such as drafting litigation reports, answers, responses to discovery requests, affidavits, memoranda, and other correspondence; monitoring the status of the case until it is settled or dismissed.
In suits against the United States or its employees, reviewing pleadings; assuring Department of Justice takes any immediate steps required; preparing requests for representation; preparing litigation reports; monitoring case status until it is settled or dismissed.
In EEOC cases, reviewing, summarizing, and analyzing Reports of Investigation prepared by the Department of Treasury Office of Civil Rights & Diversity; drafting Agency comments to the EEOC in response to appeals.
Drafting correspondence, complaints, and settlement agreements in Office of Professional Responsibility cases.
Performing administrative tasks, including assisting attorneys in making arrangements for hearings, arbitrators, transcripts, court reporters and witnesses; verifying implementation of decisions and terms of settlement agreements, including payment of arbitrator fees, attorney fees, back pay and implementation of other required actions; maintaining relevant information on arbitration panel members and researching backgrounds of potential arbitration panel members; gathering, sorting, classifying and interpreting data from various sources to prepare reports.
Identifying and applying relevant regulations and statutes in hearings, such as cases before the MSPB, FLRA, EEOC and arbitrators.
Coordinating and assisting attorneys with litigation hold and e-discovery responsibilities, document review and production.
Preparing responses analyzing claims for reimbursement of bank charges due to alleged erroneous levies; drafting correspondence related to federal claims collection cases.
Drafting legal opinions on issues and matters within the jurisdiction of the Area Counsel (GLS).
Answering telephone and in-person inquiries regarding status and outcome of cases. When necessary, refers the inquiries to the attorney handling the case.
Organizing and analyzing cases and documents utilizing a variety of software packages including database, spreadsheet and word processing applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft EXCEL, SharePoint, etc.
Please note these duties are not all-inclusive.
Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.
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Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Subject to a 1-year probationary period (unless already completed).
Must successfully complete a background investigation.
Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
Undergo an income tax verification.
The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to two years of returns.
Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and a background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
GS-09: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes: using legal case-tracking software to track and prepare reports, assisting attorneys with updating cases and legal files, and engaging in legal research and analyses. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience for this position includes: using legal case-tracking software to track and do reports and analysis; participating in substantive development of independent legal research and analyses of matters associated with federal labor, personnel, and employment law. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.
The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. The experience may have been gained in the public, private sector, or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:
For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.
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