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U.S. Department Of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Open to ALL

U.S. Citizens

Opening Date:

February 12, 2018

Closing Date:

February 26, 2018 (11:59pm EST

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to HR Specialist Marci L. Curry

at (see application details).

Job Summary


Paralegal Specialist - Forfeiture, GS 09/11 (External Candidates)


Detroit Field Office


Detroit, MI

Working Hours:

8:15am - 5:00pm (Monday-Friday)


GS 09:

55,369.00 - $71,981.00

GS 11:

66,991.00 - $87,091.00

Full Performance level:

GS 12

Number of Positions Available:



Full Time/Permanent

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Key Requirements

Must be a current, permanent FBI employee

Must be able to obtain an SCI clearance

Selectee will be required to complete form FD-887, Request for Access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)

Mission Statement:

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties

Performs assignments involving the analysis, evaluation, and development of forfeiture cases and assists in case preparation for litigation.

Determines identity of persons requiring legal notice by obtaining documents, records, or testimony.

Composes legal notices, ensuring publication and documentation through composing communications and reports.

Performs administrative activities associated with the seizure, storage, and disposal of both forfeitable and abandoned property.

Reviews information in case files to identify potentially forfeitable assets in accordance with prospective guidelines and appropriate titles of forfeiture law.

Prepares documents relating to seized property and initiates action to accomplish the seizure, forfeiture, and disposition of property.

Coordinates disposition of property with various levels/agencies and ensures accounting of costs and classification of expenses.

Assists in the execution of search warrants.

Maintains contacts with vendors, bankers, individual petitioners, attorneys representing petitioners and defendants.

Prepares letters that serve as follow-up correspondence with judicial forfeitures.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure your specialized experience (SE)/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI's Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.

Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Veterans' preference will be applied.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

Analytic Thinking



Governance and Legal Jurisprudence

Information Management

Organizing and Planning


To qualify at the GS 09 level: Applicants must have one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 07 grade level.

SE is:

Processed administrative claims and other litigation matters

Researched various legal and regulatory sources

Analyzed case information to identify relevant issues related to administrative claims, civil or criminal complaints and/or litigation

Prepared documents relating to seized property

Orally communicated to obtain additional information and/or evidence

To qualify at the GS 11 level: Applicants must have one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS 09 grade level.

SE is:

Analyzed, evaluated, and developed a variety of complex forfeiture cases

Assisted in forfeiture case preparation for litigation

Performed extensive title searches to determine true ownership of real property

Prepared written recommendations regarding forfeiture matters

Maintained liaison with civil and criminal Assistant United States Attorneys in all forfeiture matters


All degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Education may be substituted for SE as follows:

GS 09:

Applicant must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GS 11:

Applicant must have a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process:

Step 1: Click the Start button to begin an application. You will be prompted to either Sign In to continue the application or to register with FBIJOBS if you don't already have an account.

Step 2: Follow the Step by Step process to submit an application. You will be guided through each step in the process. You are required to complete all sections of the application to successfully submit your application.

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates

A complete assessment questionnaire

Other supporting documents (

if applicable

College transcripts, if qualifying based on education or if there is a positive education requirement

Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50

Most recent Performance Appraisal; not applicable to current FBI employees

Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation as part of your application, please follow the instructions below.

Step 1: Follow the steps of the application process until you reach the Attachments step.

Step 2: Click Add Attachment.

Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or Other if one is not available).

Step 4: Populate the Attachment Purpose field. Click Continue.

Step 5: Choose the device on which the attachment is located.

Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.

Step 7: To add additional attachments at this point in the application process click the on the Attachments step.

To attach documentation to your Global Profile please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click My Submissions.

Step 2: Click the Add Attachment located under the Cover Letters and Attachments section.

Step 3: Follow steps 3 - 6 above.

You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information

The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.

Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.

Management may select any grade for which this position has been announced.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.

If you are hired, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-months of their probationary period has concluded.

Probationary Employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.

Memorandum of Understanding:

Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on an SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):

a. Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)

b. The month/year work began

c. Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)

d. Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the Cover Letters and Attachments section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type Other.

Veterans' Preference

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.


Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative's appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at

(see application details)

, telephone at (see application details), or FAX at (see application details). Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests. Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations. Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

(please use the apply button below)

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