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    Summary

    Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is responsible for planning, directing and administering a program of enforcement to ensure maximum compliance with Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and criminal provisions of US Code as they relate to employee benefit plans. Offices initiate, execute and coordinate civil/criminal investigations of alleged violations of ERISA and conduct financial investigations of all types of employee benefit plans & related entities.

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    Responsibilities

    GS-1801-11; will complete the following tasks with some supervision from a supervisor or higher level investigator:

    Plans, conducts and coordinates moderately difficult civil and criminal investigations of health, pension and other employee benefit plans, service providers, trust departments, and other financial entities having relationships and conducting transactions with the plan.

    Determines the scope and investigative approaches to be taken for each investigation. Researches and reviews targeting data, reporting and disclosure documents, case files and other background information relative to the entity being investigated; and determines investigative scope and approaches as well as setting forth the issues(s) being investigated and possible remedies needed for correction. 

    Initiates and arranges for meetings, conferences, and discussions with plan officials, service providers, and their financial and legal representative to explain: the conduct of the investigation, what ERISA requires, EBSA policy and procedures, and to conduct formal interviews. Prepares and serves subpoenas when necessary to obtain desired records, documents, information, and testimony.  

    Examines and analyzes: employee benefit plan financial records, trustee meeting minutes, claims data, and other plan records to determine compliance with plan documents and ERISA; Form 5500 series of annual reports with financial statements and audit reports prepared by plans’ accountants; and fidelity bonding to determine coverage and adequacy in accordance with ERISA, and records to ensure proper payment of benefit claims.

    Prepares comprehensive and well-documented investigative reports, using computers and computer software applications. Clearly and effectively conveys information (orally and in writing) taking into account the audience and the nature of the information. Actively listens to others and persuades others to accept recommendations.

    Works with the legal staff of the Department's Office of the Solicitor (SOL) or Department of Justice in preparing cases for civil litigation and/or criminal prosecution and developing documentary evidence. 

    GS-1801-12; will complete the following tasks with little to no supervision from a supervisor or higher level investigator:

    Independently plans, conducts and coordinates civil and criminal investigations of large and varied health, pension and other types of employee benefit plans, service providers, trust departments and other financial entities having relationships and conducting transactions with the plan. Employee benefit plans investigated typically involve large numbers of participants, large sums of plan assets, complex organizational structures and accounting systems, and complex financial transactions.

    Determines scope of assigned investigations and the general investigative approach to be taken, considering: (1) targeting data, reporting and disclosure documents, and other background information relative to the entity being investigated; (2) the issues being investigated; (3) the sections of ERISA believed to be violated and references to relevant interpretations and regulations; (4) required elements of proof; (5) estimated time for completion; (6) records to be reviewed, interviews to be conducted, information and documentation to be collected, and (7) possible remedies needed to achieve correction.

    Initiates and arranges for meetings, conferences, and discussions with plan officials, service providers, and their legal and financial representatives to explain: the conduct of the investigation, ERISA requirements, EBSA policy and procedures, and conducts formal interviews. Prepares and serves subpoenas when necessary to obtain desired records, documents, information, and testimony. 

    Examines and analyzes: employee benefit plan financial records, trustee meeting minutes, claims data, and other plan records to determine compliance with plan documents and ERISA, proper payment of health claims, fiduciary conduct of officials associated with the plan, prudence of financial investments and the propriety of specific transactions; Form 5500 series of annual reports with financial statements and audit reports prepared by plans’ accountants; and fidelity bonding to determine coverage and adequacy in accordance with ERISA.

    Prepares comprehensive and well-documented investigative reports, using computers and computer software applications. Clearly and effectively conveys information (orally and in writing) taking into account the audience and the nature of the information. Actively listens to others and persuades others to accept recommendations.

    Works closely with and provides technical assistance to the legal staff of the Department's Office of the Solicitor (SOL) or Department of Justice in preparing cases for litigation, developing documentary evidence and preparing witnesses. 

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536572500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.