Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.
These positions are located in the Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Region IV, District Office in Miami (Plantation), FL and Regional Office in Atlanta, GA. Each Office initiates, executes, and coordinates civil and criminal investigations of alleged violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and conducts financial investigations of all types of employee benefit plans.
This position is also being advertised as Vacancy Announcement Number MS-12-ATL-EBSA-036 for status applicants. To be considered for both non-status and status, you must apply to each announcement.
These positions will be filled as an Investigator or Auditor. You will need to apply for both in order to receive consideration. Please see announcement number DE-12-ATL-EBSA-039.
SALARY (MIAMI): GS-9: $50,204 - $65,260 PA GS-11: $60,742 - $78,962 PA
SALARY (ATLANTA): GS-9: $49,581 - $64,450 PA GS-11: $59,987 - $77,981 PA
APPLICANTS BILINGUAL IN THE ENGLISH AND SPANISH LANGUAGES ARE PREFERRED.
Subject to frequent travel.
Relocation and PCS may be authorized.
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
The incumbent plans and conducts investigations or reviews of small single or multi-employer plans or service providers. Participates, as a team member in the conduct of larger reviews and is assigned issues which can be addressed and resolved by reference to established guidelines and procedures. Participates in meetings and conferences with plan officials and their legal and financial representatives of various State and Federal agencies, the Department's Office of the Solicitor, and the Department of Justice explaining ERISA requirements, providing technical support, information about findings and preparing summaries of meetings. Works with the legal staff of the Department's Office of the Solicitor, and the Department of Justice in preparing investigations and developing documentary evidence for civil litigation and criminal prosecution. May serve as a witness for the Agency at civil and criminal court trials and may testify before Federal/State grand juries concerning facts and evidence developed during investigations.
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience may include: knowledge of the nature and practices of the employee benefits industry; knowledge of the design, operation and administration of pension plans and employee welfare benefit plans; knowledge of and experience with investments and financial products as well as analysis, review and understanding of financial statements; knowledge of and experience with the selection and monitoring of investments and service providers; knowledge of an experience with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) applicable to employee benefit plan financial reporting; knowledge of and experience with the practices and compensation of employee benefit plan service providers, including investment advisers, consultants, accountants and third party administrators; knowledge of and experience applying the provisions of ERISA, including experience with COBRA and HIPAA compliance; knowledge and experience in analyzing and interpreting legal materials, technical and policy guidance; experience conducting audits, investigations and reviews related to compliance with laws, regulations and policies; experience conducting audits, investigations and reviews of employee benefit plans and/or financial institutions; demonstrated ability to communicate complex legal and financial concepts orally and in writing; and demonstrated ability to produce quality work products within tight timeframes.
GS-9: 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 can be substituted for specialized experence. GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related can be substituted for specialized experence.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions. Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity. Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position. Category C - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position. Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information): COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Clearly and effectively conveys information (orally and in writing) to individuals and groups taking into account the audience and nature of information. Actively listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately; Persuades others to accept recommendations. INDIVIDUAL EFFECTIVENESS: Organizes work and sets realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior. INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS: Demonstrates interpersonal skills that support an environment in which constructive communications take place. TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION: Uses computers and computer software applications. CRITICAL THINKING/PROBLEM SOLVING: Identifies and analyzes problems; determines accuracy and relevancy of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evlauate alternatives and make recommendations. Identifies rules, principles or relationships that explain facts, data or other information; analyzes information and makes corrective inferences or draws accurate conclusions. INVESTIGATIONS: Knowledge of investigative principles and techniques: ability to investigate and analyze plan operations and practices, financial transactions, and business arrangements, background information and other evidentiary materials' ability to draft clear and comprehensive reprots including investigative findings and recommendations for corrective actions. KNOWLEDGE AND APPLICATION OF EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN LAW: Knowledge and application of the laws, regulations, court proceedings, precendents, interpretations, and exemptions governing the employee benefit plan community. STRATEGIC THINKING: Understands organizational mission and functions; the practices, operations, and concerns of the employee benefit plan industry; and the interrelationships between government and the regulated community.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview, a panel review, written test, writing sample, etc. INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [B] or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM . For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS .
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