Paralegal Specialist (ICTAP)
Social Security Administration - Atlanta, GA

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Do you have a desire to:
  • Help SSA manage its Social Security programs?
  • Analyze and solve problems?
  • Help to advise millions of retired and disabled individuals?
  • Work on a team to make a difference in people's lives and your own?

Join SSA, one of the top 10 Places to Work in the Federal Government!

APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED FROM those eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) in the Atlanta, GA United States 1 vacancy
commuting area of the position. ICTAP individuals are those Federal employees who have undergone a Reduction in Force (RIF).


This position is located in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review(ODAR) Writing Unit, 61 Forsyth St, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

TYPE OF POSITION: This position is being filled on a part time basis (20-30 hours per week), temporary Appointment NTE 1 year, may be extended.

PROMOTIONAL POTENTIAL: This is not a career ladder position; GS-12 is the full performance level.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • Proof of ICTAP eligibility required.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants unless exempt.
  • This position is a Temporary Appointment Not To Exceed 1 Year.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.

DUTIES: Back to top Paralegal Specialist helps to further the agency's mission by providing a full range of technical support for Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and other technical/professional positions in SSA's hearing offices, for example, formulating decisions on requests for hearings held under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act, as amended; participates fully and assists the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the formulation of case decision; formulates and drafts legally defensible decisions which are supported by the evidence, ensuring that decisions are consistent with the Act and with the agency's regulations, rulings and other agency policies. This support helps to expedite case processing for claims filed under the provisions of the Social Security Act.

All Selectee's are required to complete a 3 week technical training class.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top If you are using experience to qualify, you must meet the qualification requirements as stated below:

For GS-12:

Serves as a program expert with full responsibility for formulating legally sufficient decisions, which address all medical and legal aspects of even the most difficult cases and as supported by the evidence.

Combination of Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this position at this grade level.

NOTE: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12 month period, you will be credited with 6 months of experience).

For more information on substituting education for experience, visit

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicants must be eligible under ICTAP.

Proof of ICTAP Eligibility.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the occupational questions in this document, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. These competencies include knowledge of legal and judicial procedures; review and analyze documentation; research and analyze evidence and facts; interpret and apply statutory and regulatory provisions; oral communication; and use of computer systems and related software. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

1- Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.
2- Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
3- Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Candidates eligible for Veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

BENEFITS: Back to top Social Security offers a comprehensive benefits program that you can customize for your individual medical and financial needs. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help you balance life with Social Security to life outside of work, please visit the following links for more information at Jobseekers or Pay and Benefits .

Please visit our Careers website for additional information.

OTHER INFORMATION: Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Résumé
2. The Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted before midnight (EST) on Monday, January 13, 2014

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete the United States Government Application Cover Page using the following Vacancy ID: 1024618 . Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144 .

Note : To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:
1. View and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire , and
2. Print this 1203FX Form C to provide your response to the questionnaire; and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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