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    This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), in the Office of Health Plan Standards & Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA), a major component of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), which administers and secures compliance with Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). 

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    Responsibilities

    This position is located in the Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA), a major component of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), which administers and secures compliance with Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). OHPSCA's mission is to plan, direct, and carry out a program to provide policy and technical guidance regarding the positions of ERISA and other laws affecting group health plans.

    The incumbent serves as an Employee Benefits Law Specialist. As a technical expert in OHPSCA, the incumbent: (1) drafts major precedent-setting and far-reaching interpretations, variances, opinions, and guidance concerning the group health plan provisions of ERISA; (2) provides technical advice and assistance to other components of EBSA and DOL, HHS, IRS, Treasury, the Executive Office of the President (EOP), other Federal and state agencies, and the public; (3) conducts extensive research; (4) recommends office policies and positions; (5) actively participates in the planning and execution of major regulation projects and other projects involving interpretations, advisory opinion, procedures, and forms; and (6) reviews work and provides guidance to lower level specialists in OHPSCA.

    Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:

    Develops and writes complex and far-reaching interpretations, opinions, involved in applying ERISA and related laws to case situations and issues.

    Evaluates and determines the sufficiency of the information, documents and arguments and issues submitted by plan administrators, fiduciaries, industry groups, plan participants and beneficiaries and their representatives, employers, employees, and special interest groups.

    Performs research and evaluation needed in fact-finding and policy development, and drafts the rule-making documents for publication in the Federal Register. Analyzes and evaluates public comments, assesses data from a wide variety of sources, writes issue papers, and recommends agency actions or positions at appropriate stages of the project.

    Conducts research and analyzes legal and policy precedent (i.e., including a review of relevant legislative history, existing law, regulations, agency opinions, court and administrative rules) to ensure that proposed positions are consistent with those previously developed.

    Formulates and executes major regulatory and policy review and development projects which may require the incumbent to coordinate efforts of other ERISA, tax, legal and health care specialists to analyze complicated information; describe and compare policy alternatives; assess economic and political constraints; and present findings to policy makers, plan officials and the public.

    Serves as a liaison and authoritative source of information and provides technical advice and guidance to other DOL offices, Congress, other Federal and state agencies, plan officials and representatives industry, health care, insurance, labor organizations and the public regarding the statutory and regulatory requirements governing ERISA.

    Maintains liaison with the senior personnel of other Federal agencies including HHS, IRS, Treasury, as well as EOP and: (1) secures and furnishes technical advice or assistance; (2) provides interpretive guidance; and (3) identifies, differences in the interpretation of ERISA, PPACA, HIPAA, COBRA, GINA, WHCRA, Newborn' and Mothers' Health Protection Action Act, MHPAEA and an array of related laws affecting group health plans, potential regulatory or policy conflicts, and other problems of mutual concern.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - The employee may travel once or twice per year.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14 - This position is at the Full Promotion Potential (FPL).

  • Job family (Series)

    0958 Employee Benefits Law

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