<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The positions are located in the Office of Regulations and Interpretations (ORI), a major component of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). EBSA is responsible for administering and securing compliance with the provisions of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), as well as certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and the Federal Employees Retirement System Act. <br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />As a professional, with extensive knowledge of the provisions of Title I of ERISA, the incumbent participates in the formulation, analysis, and implementation of national policies affecting employee benefit plans, plan sponsors, financial institutions and other providers of services to employee benefit plans. <br /><br />Conducts in-depth analyses of legal and policy issues arising under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and related laws and regulations affecting employee benefit plans. <br /><br />On the basis of research and analyses, prepares clear, concise and accurate memoranda, options papers, interpretive rulings, regulations, legislative provisions affecting employee benefit plans, plan sponsors, plan participants and beneficiaries, financial institutions (banking, insurance, mutual funds) and other parties involved with employee benefit plans. <br /><br />Participates, individually or as a member of a team, in regulatory, legislative and other high priority initiatives of the Office and the Agency; and leads and conducts in-depth policy and legislative analysis of issues. <br /><br />Participates in inter- and intra-agency reviews of interpretations, regulations, guidance, legislative and other matters and issues regulations affecting the regulation of employee benefit plans.<br /><br />Develops and provides training, technical assistance, and other guidance necessary to the administration of the Office and the Agency, including technical assistance and support for enforcement and legislative initiatives. <br /><br />Represents the Division, Office and Agency at meetings, conferences, seminars sponsored by EBSA, other agencies, professional organizations and civic groups. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Infrequent<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.</li> <li>Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.</li> <li>This position is inside the bargaining unit.</li> <li>U.S. Citizenship is required.</li> <li>The full performance level is GS-14.</li> </ul> <br /><br />Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. <br /><br /><strong>Specialized experience is defined as:</strong> Progressively responsible experience that demonstrated the ability to perform work in the field of pension and welfare plans. Such experience may have been gained in (1) management, administration, development, analysis, audit, financial management, or termination of such plans or their funds; or (2) in closely related work such as taxation, securities, and investments involving such plans or their funds.<br /><br />Specialized experience may have been gained in government, a welfare and pension plan administration or consulting firm, law firm, actuarial or accounting firm, labor union, welfare and pension association or research service, banking trust department, or investment firm. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:<br /><br />- Analysis and application of fiduciary, reporting and disclosure, coverage, bonding, funding, participation and vesting, administration, and termination provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and related laws, regulations, court decisions, and precedent rulings.<br /><br />- Development of proposals for new or revised pension or welfare plans, petitions for exemptions, or requests for rulings under governing law.<br /><br />- Legal work, a substantial portion of which required interpretation of Federal laws and legal requirements concerning welfare and pension plans.<br /><br />- Auditing or accounting work that involved determining compliance with Federal and State laws governing welfare and pension plans.<br /><br />- Analysis of Federal laws or regulations, development of policy, and drafting of proposed changes in an employee welfare and benefit plan or a related function.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />There is no substitution of education for the required specialized experience.<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. <br /><br />Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.<br /><br /><strong>Categories</strong><br /><br />Category A – Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.<br /><br />Category B – Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.<br /><br />Category C – Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.<br /><br /><strong>Evaluation Factors (Competencies)</strong> – All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:<br /><br /><strong>1. Oral/Written Communication:</strong> Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct, and organized manner.<br /><br /><strong>2. Interpersonal Skills:</strong> Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. Demonstrates team effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others; e.g. diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.<br /><br /><strong>3. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:</strong> Employs common sense approaches to problem solving, e.g. identifying, and considering issues, determining accuracy and relevance of information, as well as implementing alternative solution approaches, to resolve issues, deliver services and provide value.<br /><br /><strong>4. Technical Competence in Employee Benefits law – </strong>Knowledge of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code and the operation of employee benefit plans. <br /><br />The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). <strong>The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.</strong> Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)<br /><br />INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".<br /><br />Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. <strong>You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.</strong> <strong> Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.</strong> Also, do not upload password protected documents.<br /><br />- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http: www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx <br /><br />- Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.<br /><br />- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted<br /><br />Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.