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Job Title:Legal Assistant (Hearing Clerk)

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Job Announcement Number:HHS-OMHA-DE-13-875660

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$37,983.00 to $49,375.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Saturday, April 27, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0986-06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 4 years

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

08

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) located in Arlington, VA. This position is Term NTE 4 years.  This is a full time TERM appointment.  TERM appointments may be extended up to 4 years at the discretion of management and in accordance with applicable regulations.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

 

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-OMHA-MP-13-875663

under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.



 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation required.

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position, you will:

Maintain case files to record actions, events, exhibits, information and materials related to case hearing or case disposition.

Review case records for adherence to the Agency procedures; and exhibiting of case files as directed by Agency policy.

Identify and acquire additional information required to perfect a case previous to scheduled hearing or other disposition.

Prepare routine correspondence, notices and papers on case status, including notices of dismissal, extensions and other similar actions.

Identify deficiencies, track and acquire necessary materials, records information and verify adequacy of records before closing a case.

Continuously monitor hearing schedules and case management system.  Track case development to verify that case milestones are progressing as planned.

Make all support arrangements necessary to carry out scheduled hearings including verifying scheduling arrangements with appellant, appellant's representative and other parties to the case as necessary.

Arrange for recording equipment, video teleconferencing technology, or other electronic equipment required for a particular hearing.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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For the GS-6 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks in a non-temporary appointment at the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service. 

Specialized experience may be defined as knowledge of and skill in applying comprehensive rules, regulations and procedures applying to Medicare Part A, B C and D appeals; or comprehensive knowledge of formats, legal terminology, requirements and purposes. Excellent oral and writing skills in English and Spanish in order to provide procedural and scheduling information to appellants and there representatives.

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Conditions of Employment:

 

1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

 

2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

 

3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

 

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

 

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

 

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

 

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid: No

 

8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

 

9. Drug Screening Required: No

 

10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No

 

11. Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No

 

12. Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

 

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Knowledge in applying rules, regulations, and procedures applicable to health insurance program appeals.

Knowledge of legal terminology and/or requirements for legal documents and exhibits to review case files.

Knowledge of medical terminology and/or requirements for legal documents and exhibits to review case files.

 

Abillity to speak,read, and write in English and Spanish.

Abillity to speak English and Spanish in a professional manner.

Ability to use automation software, equipment, and systems.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing.

Ability to communicate  clearly and concisely orally.

Ability to use various online reference resources, (i.e., bilingual dictionaries of medical/legal terminology.

 

This is a bilingual position.  Applicants will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English and Spanish.  You must be able to speak, read and write in English and the selected language in order to be considered proficient in that language.  Interviews will be conducted in Spanish to determine your level of proficiency orally and in writing.

 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans.

 

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

 

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 875660.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email quickquestions@psc.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

        

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 06, 2013.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Vernon X. Davis
Phone: (301)492-4535
Email: VERNON.DAVIS@HHS.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS OHR
200 Independence Ave SW
HHH Building
Suite 801
Washington, DC
20201

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

 

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Job Announcement Number:

HHS-OMHA-DE-13-875660

Control Number:

341706200