Legal Administrative Specialist (Benefit Authorizer)
Social Security Administration - Woodlawn, MD

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Do you have a desire to:
help SSA manage its Social Security programs?

analyze and solve problems?

help and advise millions of retired and disabled individuals?

work on a team to make a difference in people's lives and your own?

Join SSA, one of the top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government!

Legal Administrative Specialist (Benefit Authorizer) contributes to the agency's mission through the processing of disability cases. This position is located in the Deputy Commissioner for Operations (DCO), Office of Central Operations (OCO), located in Baltimore, Maryland. Incumbents of this position are responsible for all facets of disability cases.


Former Federal employees eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) in the local commuting area.


U.S. Citizenship Required

Selective Service Registration, if applicable

Background and/or Security Investigation Required

The incumbent makes final determinations on the full range of post-adjudicative actions, entitlement and non-entitlement to benefits, continuing entitlement to benefits, and the payment amounts thereof. Adjust established benefits and effectuates payments through the system or Single Payment System (SPS). Initiates and responds to written contacts and/or telephone contacts to resolve issues or discrepancies and/or explain or obtain information pertaining to various aspects of the Titles II, XVI and XVIII of the Social Security Act.

This position is being filled on a part-time basis, Temporary NTE 1 Year. This appointment may be extended for an additional year. Additional selections may be made within 6 months from the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the work of the position. This experience includes: developing, examining, investigating, adjudicating or authorizing claims; or other experience in analysis, development or review of a retirement or pension program.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Substitution of education for general and specialized experience will be made in accordance with the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

For the GS-9: A Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D. if related may be substituted for the 52 weeks of specialized experience.

A combination of education and experience may be used to meet 100% of the total qualification requirements for grades in which education and experience are acceptable.

For the GS-9: Only graduate education beyond the first year is creditable toward meeting the total qualification requirements.

Employees who are substituting education for experience must provide transcripts with their application package (unofficial copies are acceptable). Official copies of the transcript must be provided upon selection.

For information on substituting education for experience, visit

The evaluation you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. These competencies include researching and analyzing data, interpreting and applying procedures, and oral and written communication. Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes about 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following Link:

View Assessment Questions

Your application will be evaluated under the

Category Rating

method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

1 - Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.

2 - Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

3 - Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

Social Security offers a comprehensive

benefits program

that you can customize for your individual medical and financial needs. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help you

balance life with Social Security to life outside of work

. Please visit our Careers website at

for additional information.

Selective Service:
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See


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