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Job Title:Investigator (Pension)

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Employee Benefits Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-PHIL-EBSA-0009

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$50,620.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 10, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1801-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Silver Spring, MD, USView Map
Philadelphia Metro Area, PA, US
19106View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

JOB SUMMARY:

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.
The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

These positions are with the U.S. Department of Labor/Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and will be filled in either the Philadelphia, PA or Silver Spring, MD Offices. The Employee Benefits Security Administration Offices are responsible for planning, directing, and administering a program of enforcement to ensure maximum compliance throughout the geographical jurisdiction of the Office with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the criminal provisions of the United States Code as they relate to employee benefit plans.

This position is inside the bargaining unit. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 level.  Promotions must meet all regulatory requirements and recommendations by management, promotions are not guaranteed nor implied.Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.  Positions may be filled at either the GS-9 or GS-11 levels and may be filled at either one or both locations.  Silver Spring, MD GS-9 - $51,630-$67,114, GS-11 $62,467.00-$81,204.  Philadelphia, PA GS-9 $50,620-$65,801, GS-11 $61,245-$79,615. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a security clearance.
  • Subject to frequent travel/Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.

DUTIES:

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Plans, conducts, and coordinates civil and criminal investigations or reviews of small single or multi-employer plans or service providers. Participates, as a team member, in the conduct of larger reviews and is assigned issues which can be addressed and resolved by reference to established guidelines and procedures. Participates in meetings and conferences with plan officials and their legal and financial representatives. Works with the legal staff of the Department's Office of the Solicitor (SOL) and the Department of Justice in preparing investigations and developing documentary evidence for civil litigation and criminal prosecution.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants may qualify based on either education or experience as described below. Qualifications Based on Experience: For GS-9: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal service (but not limited to Federal service) as defined below: Specialized experience is work experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of qualifying work include: experience as a compliance inspector, analyst, planner or investigator whose work related to the field of employee benefit plans and/or Federal and/or state financial regulatory statutes; experience conducting financial audits in the employee benefits field using conventional auditing techniques.  Candidates who apply on the basis of education must submit their college transcripts with the online applications.

At the GS-11 One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service (but not limited to Federal service) as defined below: Qualifying specialized experience for this position is work experience that provided a knowledge of ERISA rules, regulations and enforcement and regulatory policies and procedures, as well as of Federal criminal statutes and the Federal rules of evidence. In addition, knowledge and experience in investigative techniques and methods of financial examination in order to obtain the necessary information to assess employee benefit plan operations, fiduciary conduct and individual transactions.


 OR for the GS-9:  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. Qualifying graduate work would include public administration, business administration, finance, economics, political science, statistics and accounting.  For the GS-11:  Education substitution for specialized experience: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., in one of the following fields related to the position: accounting, finance, business administration, insurance, banking, securities, law or economics. If you are using education to substitute for specialized experience, transcripts MUST be submitted, otherwise you will be rated ineligible.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet either the specialized experience or education described above in order to qualify for the position.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 - 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 - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - 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 (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Communication Skills: Clearly and effectively conveys information (orally and in writing) to individuals and groups, taking into account the audience and nature of the information. Actively listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Persuades others to accept recommendations. Individual Effectiveness: Organizes work and sets realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Demonstrates interpersonal skills that support an environment in which constructive communications takes place. Technology Application: Uses computers and computer software applications. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; determines accuracy and relevancy of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations. Identifies rules, principles or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions. Knowledge and Application of Employee Benefit Plan Law: Knowledge and application of the laws, regulations, court proceedings, precedents, interpretations, and exemptions governing the employee benefit plan community. The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.

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).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 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 be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.
For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!
STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.
STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  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.
- 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 to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.
- Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under SCHEDULE A)  of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
For more details, please see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities.
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted
- Peace Corps Document (if applicable) - Certification of satisfactory service from the Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.
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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cathy Gross
Phone: 215-861-5118
Fax: 215-861-5089
TDD: 215-861-5096
Email: gross.cathy@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
The Curtis Center
170 S. Independence Mall West
Suite 600 East
Philadelphia, PA
19106
US
Fax: 215-861-5089

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.
To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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Job Announcement Number:

DE-13-PHIL-EBSA-0009

Control Number:

333236200