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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Librarian (Legal and Legislative Research)
Open Period:
05/23/2014 - 06/11/2014


GS - 1410 11/12
USD $63,091 - USD $98,305
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time Career/Career Conditional
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Krista Moffat


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Closing date extended from June 9, 2014 to June 11, 2014.

U.S. Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:
 The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today’s global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world.Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.
The Office of Chief Counsel Library, IRS, is looking for enthusiastic Librarians to join our research and legislative teams and gain valuable experience in a legal environment.  Our mission is to serve 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.  The Tax Library provides support to the Office of Chief Counsel and the Internal Revenue Service.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12 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.

  • Participates with supervisor in developing policies, plans and objectives relating to the research services and the legislative history work of the Library with emphasis on these of online and other automated research systems.
  • Provides comprehensive reference, research and advisory services to personnel of the IRS by answering a wide range of comprehensive reference questions relating to law, taxation and legislation that often involves locating information that is not included in various information centers and automated retrival systems to locate and select the appropriate materials, makes analyses as necessary, and prepares answers to reference questions.
  • Provides detailed instructions to library clientele on the content, nature and use of Chief Counsel's library resources including how to search manual and automated databases.
  • Performs complex literature searches, both manual and automated, which require systematic, comprehensive, and exhaustive searches for legal and non-legal information.
  • Administers and monitors the Library’s various contracts, leases, and subscription agreements for electronic database services and equipment, reviewing statements and invoices and resolving billing problems as necessary.
  • Produces selected and annotated bibliographies on specific subjects, compiles information packages for Chief Counsel personnel; develops resource directories in both paper and electronic format.
  • Designs and performs complex online searches of appropriate databases in areas involving legislative materials and issues.
  • Initiates, plans, and develops programs for providing access to the Library’s unique collections of government and legislative documents.
  • Plays a pivotal role in development and implementation of automated system for indexing of legislative history materials.
  • Responsible for maintaining and developing print and electronic collections of legislative research materials, both current and historical; collection responsibilities include the following subject areas: tax, appropriations, bankruptcy, social security, government contracts, freedom of information and disclosure, federal employee benefits, and public sector labor law.
  • Is responsible for monitoring and tracking legislative activity of interest to the Office of Chief Counsel; utilizes both manual and automated services to ensure that legislative tracking functions are comprehensive, timely, and that all current and pending legislation of interest to the agency is properly identified and monitored.
  • Provides sophisticated legislative research and reference services to the legal staff of the agency in areas involving tax, appropriations, bankruptcy, social security, government employment, and employee benefits legislation.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.
Key Requirements:
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment".
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.
  • Education Requirements:
    Please look under Required Documents for educational documentation.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: 1) Thorough knowledge of library and information science concepts, principles and practices; 2) Comprehensive knowledge of online information retrieval systems, both bibliographic and full-text systems, especially in the area of legislative research; 3) Ability to locate legal and tax information from a variety of published and unpublished sources and electronic databases and make authoritative recommendations on legislative history collection development and selection; and 4) Ability to communicate orally and in writing with an audience composed of legal and non-legal personnel in a library or training setting. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates.  If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, Category A, Category B or Category C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.  Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

    Referral:  If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned the to Category B or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.
    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    Basic Requirements:

    A) Completion of 1 full year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or unversity, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree; or

    B) A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college level education, training, and experience.  To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively the the education, training, and experience provide a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services. 

    In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have directly related education and/or one year of specialized experience in the amounts required for the grade levels below.

    You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the grade level in the Federal Service as indicated below:

    GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level. Specialized experience for this position includes serving as librarian-in-charge of limited specialized collection on legislative or legal subject matters within a larger library or provides references service where source materials are readily accessible and prepares bibiliographies based on legal user interest profiles.

    GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience for this position includes providing reference, research and advisory services to legal patrons, uses knowledge to procure selected and annotated bibliographies on specific subjects and gives instruction to clientele on the content, nature and use of library resources.

    After meeting basic requirements, you may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:

    GS-11: Candidates must possess a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) or 3 full years or progressively higher level graduate education in library science OR you may qualify by a combination of experience or education.  Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    GS-12: Generally education is not qualifying at the Grade 12.

    For Librarians (Legal/Legislative Research): In addition to meeting the qualifications for a librarian, applicants must also possess a specialized knowledge of the legal and legislative reference field as it relates to the position.  As such an applicant’s education or experience must have included or been supplemented by the requirements specified in one of the paragraphs below:

    a.    A full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university that meets all academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree that included at least 24 semesters hours in the legal or legislative reference field: or

    b.    Having completed at least 24 hours of legal study in an accredited law school for positions primarily concerned with providing library services in law or legislative reference; or

    c.     Four years of pertinent experience of such nature and level to provide a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, terminology and expressions of the legal and legislative reference field; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in these fields; ability to acquire additional information about these fields and related fields; and some knowledge of literature resources in these fields.

    Such experience should be equivalent to that which would have been acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year curriculum in an accredited college or university with major study in legal and/or legislative reference, or combination of subjects, as specified in (a) above; or legal training as specified in (b) above; or

    d.     Any time equivalent combination of experience as described in (c) with education and described in (a) or (b) above. 

    The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. 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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    • Our comprehensive benefits are very generous.  Our benefits package includes:                
    • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
    • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
    • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
    • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
    • A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.
    • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:
    Agency Benefits:
    Other Information:

    We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
    Other Information:
    • A 1-year probationary period is required.
    • 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.
    • 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 2 years of returns.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday).  If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.  Treasury provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Krista Moffat at if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.  

    To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
    • You will be re-directed to Treasury’s CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.
    • To complete, you must click the “Finish” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

       If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.
    Required Documents:
    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

     All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION:  If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.  

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION:  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.

    Contact Information:

    Next Steps:
    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status”. For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on “more information.”

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.