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Job Responsibilities : Employee Benefits Investigator

Salary : $150700 per year

Company : US Employee Benefits Security Administration

Location : Albuquerque, NM US

Duties

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Reviews and analyzes voluntary compliance letters transmittal memoranda litigation referrals and reports of investigation to ensure that the documents meet the legal and evidentiary sufficiency and are written in conformity with national enforcement policy.
  • Conducts research concerning complex policy and program issues and questions that have been raised by the regional offices or through review by the Office of Enforcement staff.
  • Develops and prepares background and analytical reports or oral briefings to provide information and answers to issues and questions.
  • Reviews and analyzes monetary results packages from assigned regional offices(s) for documentary and evidentiary sufficiency and conformance to EBSA guidance policies and procedures. Independently addresses and resolves discrepancies when possible prior to final review and/or approval.
  • Develops and monitors continuing enforcement projects; ensures field office(s) are kept abreast of current developments in the law regulations exemptions and regional and national office initiatives.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Position requires Public Trust-Low Risk Background Investigation.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the Required Documents section for additional requirements.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g. telework remote work etc.) subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.

Qualifications

For the GS-13 – Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-12 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as analyzing legal issues involving laws such as Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) and other similar health laws polices and regulations; applying civil investigative techniques; and providing technical guidance reviewing and evaluating ERISA covered health plans and a variety of other health and insurance products and vehicles.

Education

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-13 level for this position.

Additional information

Persons who are deaf hard of hearing blind or have speech disabilities please dial 711 to access telecommunications relay services.

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration flexibility and fairness so that all individuals can participate and contribute to their full potential.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

2 last Competencies from How You Will Be Evaluated

Interpersonal Skills – Shows understanding professionalism courtesy tact empathy concern and politeness even with individuals who are difficult hostile or distressed. Demonstrates team effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others e.g. diversity race gender disabilities and other individual differences.

Decision Making/Problem Solving – Employs strategic and critical approaches to problem solving e.g. identifying and considering issues/problems determining accuracy and relevance of information as well as generating identifying evaluating and implementing alternative solution approaches to resolve issues/problems deliver services and provide value.

Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement if authorized.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

If you meet the minimum qualifications you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Categories

Category A (Best Qualified) – Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B (Well Qualified) – Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C (Qualified) – Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) – All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical – Knowledge of requirements and regulatory guidance of ERISA; EBSA mission functions programs and priorities; and civil laws administered by other Federal and State agencies impacting employer-sponsored health and welfare plans.

Oral Communication – Expresses info to individuals or groups effectively taking into account the audience and nature of the information (ex. technical sensitive controversial); listens to others attends to nonverbal cues and responds appropriately. Uses correct English grammar punctuation and spelling to communicate information (for ex. facts ideas or messages) in a clear succinct and organized manner.

2 last Competencies in Other Information

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview structured interview written test work sample etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

Click here for Evaluation details.

INFORMATION FOR CTAP[/ICTAP] ELIGIBLE(S) ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under CTAP [or ICTAP] you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) will be considered well-qualified if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

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  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have – whether you’re a permanent part-time temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits however check with your agency to make sure you’re eligible under their policies.

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also do not upload password-protected documents.

    – Resumes are required – provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience please list the month year and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.
    • Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran’s Preference SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days click Active Duty). Without this documentation you will not receive veteran’s preference. For more information go to https://www.fedshirevets.gov.
    • Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
    • Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience but may be submitted. Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • How to Apply

    To apply for this position you must complete the initial online application to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section.

    Note: If you are unsure refer to your last or most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) or ask your servicing Human Resources Specialist.) If you don’t know what type of appointment you are on you may find copies of your SF-50s in your electronic personnel folder (eOPF).

    Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.

    SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT! For help go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/.

    STEP 1 – Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov including Resume and Saved Documents
    Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time include # of hours worked per week); otherwise your application may be considered incomplete.

    STEP 2 – Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS)
    Once you have identified a job on www.usajobs.gov that you wish to apply for click on the title and click the Apply button . For questions about the vacancy contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. Click “Start Application” and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5 click “Continue to Agency Site”.

    STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL)
    On the Department of Labor (DOL) page create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”. Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step Documents is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

    STEP 4 – On the “Review and Submit” step click “Submit Application”
    The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.

    STEP 5 – Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS clicking the vacancy then “Update Application”.

    Agency contact information

    Mary Bradford

    Phone

    202-693-0365

    TDD

    7-1-1

    Email

    Bradford.Mary@dol.gov

    Address

    Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration

    Chicago Staffing Center

    Chicago Illinois 60604

    United States

    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration. Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

    For instructions on how to check the status of your application go to Step 7 on: Using DOORS and USAJOBS Help Guide. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here for instructions.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also do not upload password-protected documents.

– Resumes are required – provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience please list the month year and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.
  • Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran’s Preference SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days click Active Duty). Without this documentation you will not receive veteran’s preference. For more information go to https://www.fedshirevets.gov.
  • Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
  • Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience but may be submitted. Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Help

This job is open to

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Open to all U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area; Also being advertised as job announcement #MS-22-CHI-EBSA-0295 for status applicants; to be considered for each apply to BOTH announcements.

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