Social Insurance Specialist (Claims Authorizer)
Social Security Administration 4.1547 reviews - Woodlawn, MD
Part-time, Temporary

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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!

Social Insurance Specialist (Claims 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 develops, reviews, adjudicates, authorizes and reconsiders difficult and complex claims for benefits under the appropriate titles of the Social Security Act. Evaluates evidence and develops all non-medical factual and legal issues involving disability. Makes the final decision regarding eligibility or entitlement to disability. Decides non-medical aspects of Disability and Supplemental Security Income claims under Title II and XVI, respectively, of the Social Security Act, as amended.

This position is being filled on a part-time basis, Temporary NTE 1 Year; may be extended. 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-9 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 data of this announcement.

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-11:
A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR a LL.M. in a related field.

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-11:
Only graduate education beyond the second 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 oral and written communication, problem solving, and planning and organization. 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:

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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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