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Grade: 12

1 GS-12: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 52 weeks of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level as defined in the announcement.
  • I have less than 52 weeks of full-time specialized experience as described above.
Do you have legal and legislative reference experience or knowledge that meets one of the definitions below? Your answer must be supported by your resume and/or transcripts. 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 (continued in next question)
2 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 ad described in (a) or (b) above. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3

Select the following statements which best describe your expert knowledge and experience in library and information management and research services. This experience must have been attained in a research organization library or information resource center setting. Your resume must support your level of experience claimed.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in setting priorities and policies for reference and research services.
  • I have experience utilizing knowledge of current and emerging research strategies, methodologies, and sources.
  • I have experience using qualitative and quantitative resources or databases to respond to client requests.
  • I have experience utilizing information technology in an information research setting.
  • I have experience working closely with librarians and other managers in developing best practices in reference and research services.
  • I do not have experience that meets any of the definitions above.
4

Select the systems and methods used to search electronic resources, enhance access to collections, and increase efficiency of the work. (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • Online Library Catalogs
  • Web Publishing/Editing Software
  • Word Processing and Document Management Software
  • Spreadsheet and Database Management Software
  • Other authoritative online government resources (e.g., Congress.gov, Govinfo, Federal Agency Websites)
  • Email and Scheduling Software (e.g., Outlook)
  • None of the above
5

In the above mentioned technology methods, select the statement which best describes your experience using these systems and methods:

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience serving as an expert resource to peers and clients on utilizing the several of the technologies listed above as they relate to information gathering, sharing, and research.
  • I have experience providing guidance to peers and clients on utilizing several technologies listed above as they relate to information gathering, sharing, and research.
  • I have limited experience serving as a knowledge resource for peers and clients on utilizing a few of the technologies as they relate to information gathering, sharing, and research.
  • I have limited experience serving as a resource on utilizing technologies for either information gathering or research.
  • I do not have any experience as described above.
6

Which of the following electronic search systems (bibliographic and full-text) do you have experience as a librarian using in the performance of your duties? (Select all that apply):

Answer to this question is required
  • Accurint
  • Bloomberg Law
  • CQ.com
  • Congress.gov
  • Govinfo
  • HeinOnline
  • Lexis
  • PACER
  • Tax Analysts
  • Westlaw
  • None of the above
7

Which statement best describes your research skill with the above mentioned electronic search systems?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have advanced research skill using seven to eight of the above electronic search systems.
  • I have advanced research skill using five to six of the above electronic search systems.
  • I have advanced research skill using three to four of the above electronic search systems.
  • I have limited research skill using five to eight of the above electronic search systems.
  • I have limited research skill using one to four of the above electronic search systems.
  • I do not have research skills that match the description above.
8

Which of the following best describes your experience tracking legislation and compiling federal legislatives histories for topics of interest to the Internal Revenue Service. Your resume must support your answer:

Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert and have at least five years of experience in tracking tax-related federal legislation and compiling federal tax legislative histories and rarely require supervisory oversight.
  • I am considered an expert and have at least five years of experience in tracking federal legislation and compiling federal legislative histories and rarely require supervisory oversight.
  • I have at least three years of experience tracking federal tax legislation and compiling federal tax legislative histories. I may require some supervisory oversight.
  • I have at least three years of experience tracking federal legislation and compiling federal legislative histories. I may require some supervisory oversight.
  • I have limited experience tracking federal legislation and compiling federal legislative histories. I will require supervisory oversight and would need to work closely with an experienced colleague in order to complete my work.
  • I have no experiencing tracking and compiling federal legislative histories.
9

Which of the following best describes your applied knowledge of performing business research (finding company, industry, economic, and financial information) and using related research resources (e.g. ABI/Inform , Accurint, S&P Capital IQ, EBSCO Business Source Ultimate, EDGAR, Factiva, Nexis). Your response must be supported by your resume.

Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert at conducting business research. I am recognized by colleagues and clients as an authoritative resource. I have worked on requests requiring complex business information research and analysis. My work could serve as a model for others. I almost never require supervisory oversight of my work.
  • I have advanced experience conducting business research. I am known as a “person to ask”. I work independently and rarely require supervisory oversight.
  • I have intermediate experience conducting business research. I can work independently, but occasionally I require supervisory oversight or consultations with more experienced colleagues to complete my work.
  • I am a novice at conducting business research. I require supervisory oversight and would need to work closely with an experienced colleague in order to complete my work.
  • I have no experience conducting information research with a legal focus.
10

Select the activities which reflect your experience conducting in-depth information research with a legal focus. (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • Conducting in-person or online reference interviews.
  • Conducting research using print/electronic resources both independently and while assisting others.
  • Designing and executing data searches and suggesting search strategies to others.
  • Identifying and synthesizing current and authoritative data, statistics, and information.
  • Evaluating and recommending major publications and electronic resources.
  • None of the above.
11

In the above mentioned experience, which of the following best describes your level of experience in conducting information research activities with a legal focus in a library, information center, or research organization setting (e.g., think tank, federal research organization, law library, corporate library, news library)? For example, compiled surveys on complex topics; conducted federal statutory surveys and evaluated results; compiled legislative histories; preformed expert witness research; or researched particular court cases.

Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert at conducting in-depth information research with a legal focus. I am recognized by colleagues and clients as an authoritative resource. I have anticipated and resolved requests requiring complex information research and analysis. I have independently conducted information research similar in scope and complexity to the examples described in the question above. I almost never require supervisory oversight of my work.
  • I have advanced experience conducting in-depth information research with a legal focus and I have conducted information research similar in scope and complexity to the examples described in the question above. I am known as a “person to ask”. I work independently and rarely require supervisory oversight.
  • I have intermediate experience conducting information research with a legal focus and I have participated with a team of information professionals in conducting information research similar in scope and complexity to the examples described in the question above. I can work independently, but occasionally I require supervisory oversight or consultations with more experienced colleagues to complete my work.
  • I am a novice at conducting information research with a legal focus. and I have participated with a team of information professionals in conducting information research. I often require supervisory oversight and would need to work closely with an experienced colleague in order to complete my work.
  • I have no experience conducting information research with a legal focus.
12

Select the activities which reflect your experience conducting in-depth information research with tax-related topics. (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • Conducting in-person or online reference interviews.
  • Conducting research using print/electronic resources both independently and while assisting others.
  • Designing and executing data searches and suggesting search strategies to others.
  • Identifying and synthesizing current and authoritative data, statistics, and information.
  • Evaluating and recommending major publications and electronic resources.
  • None of the above.
13

Which of the following best describes your experience providing and performing in-depth federal regulatory research services?

Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert. I am recognized by colleagues and clients as an authoritative source. I have extensive experience providing regulatory research services and fully understand the federal regulatory process. I can compile detailed and complex regulatory histories. My work could serve as a model to teach others. I work independently and I almost never require supervisory oversight of my work.
  • I have advanced experience providing regulatory research services. I am known as a “person to ask” when difficult questions arise. I have an advanced understanding of the federal regulatory process. I can compile detailed regulatory histories. I work independently and rarely require supervisory oversight.
  • I have intermediate experience providing federal regulatory research services. I understand the federal regulatory process. I can work independently, but sometimes I require supervisory oversight or consultations with more experienced colleagues to complete my work.
  • I am a novice. I have basic federal regulatory research experience and only occasionally provide related research services. I require supervisory oversight and would need to work closely with an experienced colleague in order to complete my work.
  • I have no experience providing federal regulatory research services. I would require training.
14

Which of the following best describes your experience providing in-depth research services in the areas of federal taxation and tax-related research?

Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered an expert. I am recognized by colleagues and clients as an authoritative source. I have extensive experience in a law library setting providing research services for federal taxation, including a significant amount of tax legislative and regulatory research work. I almost never require supervisory oversight of my work.
  • I have advanced knowledge of federal taxation and tax legislative and regulatory research and have experience providing related research services. I am known as a “person to ask” when difficult questions arise. I work independently and rarely require supervisory oversight.
  • I have an intermediate understanding of federal taxation and tax legislative and regulatory research and have some experience providing related research services. I can work independently, but sometimes I require supervisory oversight or consultations with more experienced colleagues to complete my work.
  • I am a novice. I have basic knowledge of federal taxation and tax legislative and regulatory research and have a little experience providing related research services. I require supervisory oversight and would need to work closely with an experienced colleague in order to complete my work.
  • I have no experience with federal taxation and tax legislative and regulatory research. I would require training.
15

Which of the following legal reference sources have you provided training on for library clients? (Select all that apply)

Answer to this question is required
  • Legal databases (e.g., Bloomberg Law, Lexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, PACER)
  • Online legislative resources (e.g., CQ.com, Congress.gov)
  • Asset locater databases (e.g., Accurint)
  • Federal government documents (e.g., Govinfo)
  • Court docket research (e.g. PACER )
  • Business research resources (e.g., ABI/Inform, Capital IQ, EDGAR, Factiva)
  • None of the above
16

Which of the following best describes your experience planning and conducting in-depth training on legal reference sources in all formats in a library, information center, or research organization (e.g., think tank, federal research organization, law library, corporate library, news library):

Answer to this question is required
  • I have advanced experience planning and conducting customized one-on-one, classroom, and electronic distance learning on a full range of legal reference sources.
  • I have moderate experience planning and conducting two of the following: customized one-on-one, classroom, or electronic distance learning.
  • I have limited experience planning and conducting customized one-on-one, classroom, or electronic distance learning.
  • None of the above.
17

Choose all the statements that best describe your oral and written communication skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals and the agency leadership. (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • I regularly communicate organization goals, objectives and priorities.
  • I clearly explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  • I brief individuals outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  • I represent a branch/office at important meetings and on task forces or committees.
  • I make formal presentations to subordinate staff, employees at all levels and management.
  • I have presented proposals and recommendations and writing reports to explain technical procedures to client organizations and resolve problems.
  • I have fostered cooperation and consensus among groups in fostering agency goals.
  • I have received an award (performance, special act, etc.) for my oral and written communication skills that I used in support of agency goals and agency leadership. (Please list your award(s) on your resume.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
18

I have demonstrated writing experience in (Select all that apply):

Answer to this question is required
  • Research and reference responses
  • Presentations or briefings
  • Training manuals or guidelines
  • Summaries, abstracts, or descriptive metadata
  • Content for display on web pages
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

Thank you for your interest in applying for this position.
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Please be sure that your resume contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your current supervisor and two additional professional references that we may contact. Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your supervisor is specified in your resume.
1 Have you held a political position within the Federal Government within five (5) years of the closing date of this announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I have held a political position within the past five years.
  • Yes, I am currently on a position based on a political appointment.
  • No, I have not held a political position within the past five years.
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  • True
  • False