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Job Title:  Human Resources Specialist ( Employee Benefits)
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  Army National Guard Units (Title 32)
Job Announcement Number:  13-118-I*

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,923.00 to $66,195.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 to Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Full Time - Indefinite NTE 30 SEP 2014
1 vacancy in the following location:
Centennial, CO United StatesView Map
*NTE 30 SEP 2014


Colorado National Guard Dual Status

Technician Announcement


Colorado National Guard Dual Status Technician Announcement Technicians are employed under the authority of Title 32 USC, Section 709, which states, in part, that technicians are to be employed in "the administration and training of the National Guard," and "the maintenance and repair of supplies issued to the National Guard."

The following documents are required to be part of your application to be considered for this position



REQUIRED: HRO Application Checklist: 

REQUIRED: A current Resume and/or OF 612

REQUIRED: Specialized Experience documented in resume with mm/yy - mm/yy format (see instructions below)

REQUIRED: Your DD214 (if available) or Service School Certificate awarding your MOS/AFSC

If substituting education for Specialized Experience, include transcripts



Current Enlisted members of the Colorado Army/Air National Guard (COARNG/COANG)


 Immaterial - Must be able to obtain AFSC or MOS within 1 year of hire


 E-6/ TSgt or SSG


 E-4/ SrA or SPC

*This position may be converted to permanent without further competition*

This position is located in the Human Resources Office (HRO).  The primary purpose of the position is to provide technical, procedural and evaluative assistance in the area of employee benefits for both Army and Air National Guard organizations.  Accomplishes work through the use of an automated personnel system.


  • Membership in the Colorado Army/Air National Guard
  • Must hold the grade of E-4 to E-6
  • Compatible Military Assignment MOS/AFSC
  • Participation in Direct Deposit is mandatory
  • Submit All Required Documentation
  • Must be able to hold a Secret Security Clearance


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Major Duties:


Provides technical guidance and procedural assistance to managers, supervisors, and employees in executing a variety of employee benefits programs, which may include workers’ compensation, retirement, health and life benefits, Thrift Savings Program (TSP), etc.  Develops and carries out specific projects to accomplish the technical support mission of the Human Resources Office.  Advises supervisors and employees on regulatory requirements of the programs and develops instructions.  Reviews and interprets policies, directives, and other issuances by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), National Guard (NGB), Department of Labor (DOL), and outside control agencies for applicability to activities serviced.  Takes appropriate action to comply with such directives and guidance or refers the matters to the proper functional staff for action.  Coordinates publication of local policies and regulations. 

Serves as a technical expert in matters regarding employees’ claims for Workers Compensation.  Serves as the Injury Compensation Program Administrator and primary point of contact for the Federal Employee’s Compensation Act (FECA) program for facilities at numerous statewide locations.   Investigates facts and develops cases relative to on-the-job injuries, illnesses, processes non-routine and routine claims, which require identifying and substantiating information; and compiles pertinent information for use in filing, as well as controverting claims.  Coordinates case details between employees, supervisors, medical personnel, and claims offices.  Reviews claims and medical documents.  Reviews CA-1, CA-2, and other program forms submitted by/for employees concerning occupational injury, illness or disease for accuracy and completeness.  Solicits required information from employee and supervisor, as necessary, to complete documents.  Obtains facts to reconcile any noted conflicts or discrepancies in description of injury or accident site.  Assesses and analyzes situations to ensure minimum compensation costs are expended and light duty policies are implemented.  When appropriate, coordinates with management and other HRO Specialists to ensure light duty is afforded the employee. 

Works through appropriate channels with the DOL, Civilian Personnel Management Service (CPMS) Injury and Unemployment Compensation Division, and supervisors to determine that payment of legitimate claims is made, fraud is reported, and questionable claims are reviewed.  Researches and presents any questionable cases to DOL for further action.  Provides information and assistance to claimants and supervisors concerning processing procedures.  Tracks claim status and follow-up requirements, monitors, and coordinates eligibility for continuation of pay for eligible claimants.  Provides counseling to employees and supervisors on matters relating to

workers’ compensation, such as determination on job reassignments, light duty, options regarding leave for time off the job, and potential compensation.  Obtains facts to reconcile apparent conflicts regarding payment of benefits, medical bills, etc.  Researches, writes, and composes draft local instructions, directives, and reporting requirements for the FECA Program.


Manages and monitors Office of Worker’s Compensation (OWCP) cost for the state, and develops programs and processes to help reduce OWCP costs by coordinating with employees, DOL, medical professionals, and supervisors to return employees to work as soon as medically possible.  Provides background information or answers congressional inquiries related to injured employees claims.  Makes initial contact with all compensation recipients and subsequent contacts as necessary.  Works with rehabilitation counselors and field nurses on return to duty under the Nurse Intervention Program.  Utilizes the Injury Compensation/ Unemployment Compensation (IC/UC) computer system to make inquiries and monitor claim status.  Analyzes claims to determine appropriateness of payment.  Responsible for processing and maintaining the various IC claims forms and providing additional information as required in the completion/ submission of such forms.  May initiate appeals of unwarranted claims and attends the IC appeals hearings.  Maintains automated data system and produces required reports.  Prepares program publicity and local instructions implementing specific portions of the Worker’s Compensation program.  Develops, modifies, and conducts FECA and Workers Compensation training to supervisors, managers, and conducts briefing for technicians.

Assists in administering the retirement programs for technicians desiring to retire under any of the retirement systems.  Processes retirement actions, which are moderately complex, non-controversial, and/or recurring cases related to both the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Services Retirement System.  Provides counseling to management, employees, retirees, and family members on the complex retirement insurance benefits, entitlements/options.  Interprets, applies, and explains to employees retirement and insurance laws, regulations, and policies.  Interprets regulations and provides advice to employees concerning reinstatement of insurance, conversion of life insurance, and features of the programs and options associated with retirement.  Researches employment records for applicability to federal career, e.g., adjustment in service computation dates.  Analyzes information to establish the length and type of creditable service, and prepares annuity computations for employees.  Researches regulations and records and advises employees on the buy back of creditable time for retirement.  Determines the amount of retirement contributions, refunds of contributions, payments, and repayments needed for service credit to include military deposits, and whether all special requirements and conditions applicable to the type of case have been met; and whether the requirements for payment of a survivor annuity or lump sum are satisfied.  Assists employees in the preparation of retirement applications and related documents. 

Provides technical guidance and assistance to management and employees on benefit programs such as Federal Employee Health Benefits, Federal Employees

Group Life Insurance, Thrift Savings Program, Long Term Care Program, Mass Transportation Program, etc.  Reviews, interprets, and distributes informative material on new, changed, and pending policy changes for employees that impact on existing benefit program entitlements.  Provides counseling to management, employees, and beneficiaries regarding program coverage, options, variances in coverage, and advantages and disadvantages of benefits.  Conducts new employee orientations covering numerous aspects of the technician program.  Advises individuals’ taking AGR tours of their restoration rights during out-processing.  Serves as authority within the HRO for TSP.  Counsels and advises employees throughout their employment concerning participation in the plan.  Advises employees on all facets of TSP, such as loan provisions, calculation of benefits and contributions, investment options and the pros and cons of each fund, withdrawal of contributions, transfer of fund contributions to qualified pension plans.  Assists with the development of technical guidance and in the implementation of benefit program changes.  Conducts open seasons for TSP, health benefits, and life insurance in the appropriate timeframe. 

Composes letters or summaries relating to a variety of employee benefit matters.  Recommend changes to operating policies and procedures.  Develops, modifies, and conducts presentation of basic and/or refresher training in employee benefit procedures such as workers’ compensation, retirement, TSP, etc.  May serve in the absence of the higher graded specialist.  Performs other duties as assigned.














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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE NOTE Specialized experience will be used to determine qualifications for the announced position.  An applicants RESUME must provide in detail how they meet each specialized experience bullet listed below.  It must be documented with "from (mm/yy)" and "to (mm/yy)" dates  and description of the specialized experience.  DO NOT copy each bullet listed below word for word and place into your resume; you must describe your personal experience as it pertains to each bullet.  You will be immediately disqualified if you fail to include this information in your resume (we will not make any assumptions regarding your experience).    
Must have at least 24 months Specialized Experience in the following:

1.  Experience, involving the administering, delivering, maintaining, advising, and adapting basic concepts, principles, and theories of Human Resources to the unique organizational, management, and mission requirements.


A maximum of 12 months of the required experience may be substituted by successful completion of undergraduate study in an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester hours. The education must have been in fields directly related to the type of work of the position.

-Military skill set is determined by AFSC/MOS requirements.  Upon selection, individuals must be assigned to a compatible military AFSC/MOS in accordance with statutes and National Guard Bureau regulations and must obtain/maintain all requirements of the AFSC/MOS.  Specific requirements are found in: references listed below, NGB Compatibility tables and your local Personnel section.

-For positions requiring the operation of motor vehicles, candidates must have a valid state driver’s license for the state in which they live or are principally employed.

-For positions requiring a security clearance (Secret or Top Secret) the applicant must possess or be able to obtain a clearance within one year of appointment. 




NGB Qualification Standard GS-0201 / Position Description D1057000


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Main New Employee Website -

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:


Failure to submit the required documents will be grounds for disqualification without further review

  • REQUIRED: HRO Application Checklist:
  • REQUIRED: A current Resume and/or OF 612, providing military rank, DOB, SSN and TVA #
  • REQUIRED: Specialized experience documented in your resume with mm/yy to mm/yy format (see instructions)
  • REQUIRED: Your DD214 (if available)  or Service School Certificate awarding your MOS/AFSC

If substituting education for Specialized Experience, include transcripts

  1. You will be taken to the Application Manager to submit all required documents after you apply for this position.
  2. If you would like to inquire about joining the Colorado Army National Guard please contact SGM Aragon @ (720) 250-2712
  3. If you would like to inquire about joining the Colorado Air National Guard please contact TSgt Mays @ (720) 847-9449
  4. PCS funds are not available.
  5. Be advised that if selected for a military technician position where membership in a reserve component is a condition of employment, your bonus may be terminated and may or may not be subject to recoupment. Questions pertaining to recoupment may be directed to the State Incentives manager at (720) 250-1337.
  6. If this position is open to Air Force AGR applicants, AGR Applicants need to submit a DMA 121, Current Records Review RIP (available on vMPF via AF Portal, Current and Passing Report of Individual Fitness (from Air Force Fitness Management
    Systems – AFFMS) and Military Resume to 140 FSS/FSMP, Attn: TSgt Lisa Shoup, 18860 E. Breckendridge Ave., Stop 65, Buckley AFB, CO 80011. AGR applicants will be required to transfer their employment authorization (EA) upon selection for this position. Certain AGR position are fenced and your EA may not be transferable, please contact the HRO or your AGR manager if you don't know if your EA can be moved.
  7. A security clearance may be required for this position. Please contact the selecting supervisor or state security manager with questions regarding clearances.
  8. Must be fully qualified or able to obtain AFSC/MOS within one year unless otherwise specified in this announcement. If this position requires specific ASVAB scores, please contact the selecting supervisor with any questions.
  9. This position may be contingent on the vacancy of the incumbent even if not otherwise stated in this announcement. Please contact the HRO with any questions regarding hiring dates.
  10. If this position is posted as an Indefinite Technician it may be converted to Permanent without further competition. Please contact the HRO with any questions regarding employment status.
  11. Per ARNG-HRH Policy Memorandum #10-39, mandatory Full Time Staff (FTS) training is required within a year of hire as a condition of employment in vacancy announcements for both Technician and Active Guard Reserve positions.  Failure of new FTS personnel to complete NGB prescribed courses at PEC within the first year of employment may be cause for reassignment to other full time positions or termination of their employment.


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Applicants Responsibility:

Please use the "Apply Online" button on the right of this screen and download all requested documentation mentioned in the next section or your packet may be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration.  You are responsible for the completion and turn-in of your application, all contents, and attachments.  Incomplete applications will be considered "not qualified" because of lack of information.  The HRO is not responsible to inform you that your packet is incomplete.  When the qualification records are completed for the selecting supervisor, the decision is final.  If you need clarification or help please contact the HRO.

If you have questions about applying or other HR related issues or questions please call:

SGT Rachel Cornett @ 720-250-1168,  Email


CPT Kona Quewon @ 720-250-1168, Email

If you have questions about the position itself please contact the Agency Information contact located on the right of the screen.



The following documents are required to be part of your application to be considered for this position. 

HRO Application Checklist:

A current Resume and/or OF 612, providing military rank, DOB, SSN and TVA #

Specialized Experience documented in your resume with mm/yy to mm/yy format (see instructions above)
Your DD214 (if available)  or Service School Certificate awarding your MOS/AFSC

If substituting education for Specialized Experience, include transcripts




Berton P. Pennell
Phone: (720)250-1170
Agency Information:
6848 S Revere Pkwy
Centennial, CO


When this announcement closes, each application will be qualified and rated.  "Qualified" means that we will compare your experience with a standardized set of qualification criteria (Specialized Experience) for the particular position being announced.  "Rated" means, if there is more than one grade listed on this announcement, you will be found qualified at one of those grades according to the number of months experience you have listed.  If your application is found qualified, it will be rated accordingly and forwarded to the selecting supervisor.  If found not qualified, you will receive an email indicating that you were "not qualified".

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