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This position is located in the National Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (DLHWC), Finance Branch. The Finance Branch of the DLHWC is responsible for overseeing the assessment and collection of $125 million a year from more than 600 Insurers and self-insured employers, payment of compensation to about 5000 benefit recipients totaling $130 million. The incumbent Assists the Branch Chief in the assessment of self-insured employers and insurance carriers under Section 44 of the LHWCA, including receipt and review of the Form LS-513, maintaining the Special Fund assessment database, calculation of Special Fund assessment rates and amounts, preparing reports, coordination of mailing assessment documents, tracking assessment payments, deposits, and collection of late payments. Serves as the DLHWC subject matter expert on the Special Fund assessment process for industry stakeholders and the Division; This position is inside the bargaining unit. GS-13 is the full performance level of this position. SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AS INSTRUCTED IN "HOW TO APPLY." FAILURE TO SUBMIT REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Requires applicable supplemental documents or you will be found ineligible.
Must be at least 16 years of age.
Coordinates with the outside auditors to ensure accurate, timely and effective audits focused on verifying carrier and self-insured employer assessment reports and submissions. Also serves as liaison with DOL IG financial auditors to provide Special Fund assessment documentation for the DOL internal annual financial audit. Assists the BFMI Branch Chief in the monitoring and management of security deposits accounts once a carrier or self-insured employer is declared insolvent. Liaisons with the Office of the Solicitor of Labor in the litigation of pending bankruptcies. Reviews cases referred from the District Offices for the approval of claims under Sections 8(f), 18(b) and 32(a) of the Act, including preparing concise accurate summary of the facts and circumstances, citing the pertinent evidence; conducting and furnishing the results of research essential in the consideration of the questions involved; developing additional evidence, if necessary; and, furnishing appropriate recommendations to the Director, DLHWC, for denial or acceptance of claims and authorization of benefit payments. Under the direction of the Branch Chief, manages claims paid from the Special Fund or from DLHWC-held security deposits from insolvent self-insured employers and insurance carriers, including processing compensation and medical payments in accordance with compensation orders, coordinating with the district offices to review the continuing eligibility of benefit recipients, and initiating modification of awards when necessary. Serves as main or backup staff for Suspended case list, and Data Entry operator (SCF claims system). Provides technical assistance to district office personnel through written and oral communications regarding questions directed to the National Office on insurance, financial management, and Special Fund assessment. Also provides similar assistance to external stakeholders. This includes the drafting of correspondence to Members of Congress, Federal Officials, private employers, attorneys, claimants, union representatives, insurance companies, and members of the press. Maintains liaison with other DOL staff and other Federal agencies as required in order to carry out program mission. Such staff includes those of the OWCP Director, OCFO, OIG, SOL, Treasury, Congress, insurance carriers/self insured employers, attorneys, and other stakeholders. Assists the Division's IT team to improve the efficiency of the DLHWC financial management and data systems. Under the supervision of the Financial Branch Chief, assists the Director, DLHWC, in policy planning, including recommendations on the desirability and feasibility of proposed legislative and regulatory changes, and initiating new or modifying existing policies and procedures related to the Special Funds assessment and benefit payment processes. Carries out a variety of complex special assignments as required, involving coordination of financial management and insurance issues within the responsibility of the division.
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience must be typically in or related to the position and has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience researching claims and benefit payments, financial transactions, and eliciting specific information; reviewing claims/benefits cases in order to provide final adjudication of medical claims; developing long-term plans for a complex organization and executing them. This experience may have been gained in such work as exercising full technical and administrative/managerial responsibility for processing medical claims, conducting investigations of complex medical claims, and/or servicing in the insurance field or an agency that required the processing of complex, medical or compensation claims.
Education cannot be substituted at this grade level.
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 Best Qualified – Applicant fully 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.
Category B Well Qualified - 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 C Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.
Writing - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations.
Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
Self-Management - Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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.
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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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