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Job Title:  Workers' Compensation Assistant
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs
Job Announcement Number:  DE-13-PHIL-OWCP-0047

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,921.00 to $46,255.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 01, 2013 to Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Term NTE 3 years - FULL TIME
1 vacancy in the following location:
Greensburg, PA, USView Map
U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area. Also being advertised as job announcement #MS-13-PHIL-OWCP-0068 for status applicants, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) applicants & persons eligible under these non-competitive authorities:  VRA; 30% or more compensably disabled veterans; persons w/disabilities (Schedule A); present/former Peace Corps (PC) personnel & former PC volunteers.  To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.


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.

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 are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Greensburg, PA district office of the Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation Programs. The mission of the office is to provide black lung benefits and medical treatment coverage to coal miners who have been totally disabled by chronic dust disease of the lungs arising out of employment in the Nation's coal mines, as well as to provide benefits to the survivors of coal miners who died from the disease. Under the direction of the District Director, the incumbent provides technical assistance in developing evidence in support of claims.

This is a TERM position not to exceed 3 years.  Appointments may be in one year increments up to 4 years. Click Term employees for more information.


  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a security clearance.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.


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GS-06: The incumbent process and adjudicates selected claims. Examines and reviews claim forms and evidence submitted. Assembles information for statement of facts and statements of issues for review and use by Claims Examiners. Reviews, approves or recommends appropriate actions on payment of medical bills or vouchers. Responsible for coding bills and forwarding for entry into system. Responsible for such benefit roll maintenance activities as annual beneficiary recontracts. Assisting black lung beneficiaries with any various post-adjudicative problems and changes, including missing or delayed checks, address changes, reports of death, and changes in dependency status. Answer questions concerning the development of facts and evidence to support a claim. Applies a lay medical knowledge of various physical impairment covered by the program in assisting claimants to develop medical information necessary to adjudicate a claim. Explains appellate rights and provisions of the black lung program to denied claimants and assists them in perfecting their appeals of adverse decisions. Reviews claims for completion of periodic case reviews. Obtain medical evidence by scheduling medical appointments. Also, authorizes medical testing at the request of the Solicitor of Labor. Responsible for authorizing and initiating payments for medical testing and related expenses to either medical provider or the claimant.

GS-05:Process and adjudicates selected claims. Examines claim forms and evidence submitted to determine acceptability. Identifies and analyzes questions which may be involved, such as timeliness of filing, office jurisdiction, covered employment under the regulations, and dependency issues. Initiates development of evidence to document the particular issues in the claim. Determines whether the Trust Fund or an Employer is liable for claim, and if a responsible operator is involved, places that operator on notice. Analyzes contents of claims folders and applies a good working knowledge of program policies, procedures, and regulations toward development of initial determinations or resolution of the inquiry/problem presented. Screens, as necessary, written and telephone inquiries from Congressional and public sources. Provides technical advice, guidance and information about the black lung program not only to claimants who call or visit the District Office, but also to attorneys, mine operators, insurance carriers and their representatives. Assist claimants in completing applications for benefits. Answers questions concerning the development of facts and evidence to support a claim. Applies a lay medical knowledge of various physical impairments covered by the program to develop medical information necessary to adjudicate a claim. Prepares cases for hearing by determining evidence and non-evidence, the issues involved, the interested parties, and the number of copies required. Assists black lung beneficiaries with various post entitlement actions, such as missing checks, changes of address, changes in dependency status and reports of death and secures the needed documentation. Draft new letters or pattern paragraphs for review and approval. Uses various word processing software packages including word processing, database, spreadsheet, electronic mail or graphics or uses varied functions of several of these types to produce statistical summaries and data lists in support of the office. A fully qualified typist is required. Controls and reviews mail directed to the district director referring only material which requires his/her personal attention and/or signature. Establishes and maintains priority files on projects and/or material related to administrative and program functions. Maintains records, files and progress reports on assignments and projects. Sets up schedules for reporting data ensuring that deadlines are called to the attention of the responsible office personnel. Maintains inventory of all office equipment on database, updating records as necessary. Ensures that all yearly publications, supplies and equipment needed to maintain office operations are purchased and maintains a record of each purchase on database. Prepare/coordinates the preparation of a wide variety of administrative records and report dealing with travel, training, time and leave usage, acts as timekeeper for the district office. A fully qualified typist is required.


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GS-05: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-4.

GS-06: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-5.

Specialized Experience - 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 position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience:

At the GS-05: Processing and adjudicating claims; examining claim forms and evidence submitted; assisting claimants in completing applications for benefits; preparing cases for hearing; reviewing annual reports; uses various word processing software packages including advanced software functions including word processing, database, spreadsheet, electronic mail or graphics or uses varied functions of several of these types to produce correspondence, reports, statistical summaries and data lists in support of the office. Maintains records, files and progress reports; experience working with computer information systems and its operations in order to extract and update status information; experience providing customer service; experience preparing/coordinating the preparation of administrative records and reports dealing with travel, training, time and leave usage.

GS-06: In addition to the specialized experience mentioned above, experience reviewing, approving or recommending actions on payment of medical bills or vouchers; assisting claimants with post adjudicative problems including missing or delayed checks, address changes, reports of death, and changes in dependency status; experience obtaining medical evidence by scheduling medical appointment; experience authorizing and initiating payments for medical testing and related expenses.

substitution of education for experience:

For GS-5: 4 years above high school in any field. For GS-06, education is not creditable for position above the GS-05 level.

If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.  If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.  See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.  

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body 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 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.


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):
Technical: Knowledge of how to perform one's job. Refers to specialized knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience. Oral Communication: Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations and responds appropriately. Writing: Communicates information in a sufficient and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience. Customer Services: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individual who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individual who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services. Technology Application: Uses machines, tools, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computers applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format. Clerical: Knowledge of filing, typing, entering data, maintaining records, taking shorthand, and using and completing forms.

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.


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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.


This position is inside the bargaining unit. This position has known promotion potential to the GS-06 grade level. Promotion is neither implied nor guarantee. Additional selections may be made from this announcement. 

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.



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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 .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 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, 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.  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


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.  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:

- 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.


Jysaira Martinez
Phone: 215-861-5118
Fax: 215 861-5089
TDD: 215 861-5096
Agency Information:
Labor, Ofc of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Curtis Center
170 S. Independence Mall West
Suite 600 East
Philadelphia, PA
Fax: 215 861-5089


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.

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