Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the Federal service.
Specialized Experience is experience which is in or directly related to the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of position.
At the GS-9 level , applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience or a master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. or two (2) full academic years of graduate level education in one or a combination of the following fields related to the duties of the position: accounting, finance, business administration, insurance, banking, securities, law or economics;
One (1) year of specialized experience that demonstrates the ability to perform investigative work in the employee benefits field, equivalent to the GS-7 level (see examples of qualifying experience below). Specialized experience may have been gained in government, pension and health benefit plan administration, or a consulting firm, law firm, actuarial or accounting firm, labor union, health and pension trade association or research service, bank trust department, brokerage firms, insurance companies or investment firm. Examples of qualifying experience 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 and the responsibilities described under "Position Duties and responsibilities."
* Experience in closely related occupations involving specialized work directly involved in assessing or assuring finance- related regulatory compliance such as financial auditing, provided the experience clearly demonstrated the application of (1) knowledge of the laws, regulations and administrative procedures involved in assessing and assuring compliance and (2) skill in the use of techniques and methods for the identification and correction of regulatory violations.
*Professional legal work, a substantial portion of which required interpretation of Federal laws and legal requirements concerning health and pension plans or in such related fields as labor law, taxation, securities, real estate, corporations, trusts, bankruptcy, and investments.
*Professional auditing and accounting work that involved determining compliance with Federal and State laws governing health and pension plans, securities, banking, insurance or corporations.
*Analysis of Federal laws or regulations, or development of policy involving an employee benefit plan or a related function.
For additional information, refer to OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual, Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions.
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 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.
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. 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; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
Interpersonal Effectiveness: Demonstrates interpersonal skills that support an environment in which constructive communications take 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.
Investigations: Knowledge of investigative principles and techniques; ability to investigate and analyze plan operations and practices, financial transactions, and business arrangements, background information and other evidentiary materials; ability to draft clear and comprehensive reports including investigative findings and recommendations for corrective actions.
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".
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