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Announcement Number:
DE-19-BNY-EBSA-09
Hiring Agency:
Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
Position Title:
Employee Benefits Investigator
Open Period:
12/05/2018 - 12/18/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1801 11/12
Salary:
USD $70,111 - USD $109,245
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full time
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Promotion Potential Explanation:
There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.
Duty Location(s):
FEW
in
New York, NY, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Greg Ramos
646-264-5017
ramos.gregory@dol.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Also advertised as job # MS-19-BNY-EBSA-10 for status applicants, VEOA eligible, ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area. To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

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.


These positions are inside the bargaining unit

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

GS-11: The incumbent conducts or participates in moderately difficult civil and criminal investigations focusing on the analysis of employee pension and welfare benefit plan operations and the business, financial and accounting practices of a variety of related entities (e.g., bank trust departments, investment managers, insurance companies, and other service providers).  In so doing, the incumbent performs a range of activities required to assess the fiduciary conduct and/or criminal actions of plan officials and service providers; and, the appropriateness of financial investment of plan monies, and compliance with the ERISA reporting, disclosure, and bonding standards and the requirements of related civil and criminal Federal and state civil and criminal statutes. regulations, interpretations, administrative and court rulings.

GS-12: The incumbent independently plans and conducts complex civil and criminal investigations focusing on the analysis of employee pension and welfare benefit plan operations and the business, financial and accounting practices of a variety of related entities (e.g., bank trust departments, investment managers, insurance companies, and other service providers).  In so doing, the incumbent performs a range of activities required to: 1) assess the fiduciary conduct and/or criminal actions of plan officials and service providers; 2) determine the appropriateness of investment of plan monies; and, 3) evaluate compliance with the ERISA reporting, disclosure, and bonding standards and the requirements and related civil and criminal Federal and state laws.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position will require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a valid drivers license and ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Education Requirements:
    If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.  If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.  See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.  

    If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

    College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
    Evaluations:

    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.

    Categories

    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.

    Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

    Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:


    Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.


    Technical Competence - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.


    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.


    Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.


    Writing - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.



     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).  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.  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.)

    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 [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

    Qualifications:

    Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.


    GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service (but not limited.to Federal service) as defined below:


    GS-12: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS- 11 in the Federal service (but not limited to Federal service) as defined below.


    Specialized experience is work experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.


    GS-11: Examples of qualifying work experience include: experience as a compliance inspector, analyst, planner or investigator whose work related to the field of employee benefit plans, and/or Federal and/or state financial regulatory statutes or experience conducting financial audits in the employee benefits field using conventional auditing techniques. Examples of specialized experience also include knowledge of investigative principles and techniques; ability to investigate and analyze financial transactions, background information and other evidentiary materials; ability to draft clear and comprehensive reports including investigative findings and recommendations for corrective action.


    GS-12: specialized experience is the same as GS-11, but performed with less supervision.


    In addition to the examples of specialized experience shown above additional credit will be given if your application resume also demonstrates knowledge of ERISA laws and regulations and includes your ERISA experience.





    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).  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.  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.)

    INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

    Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:
    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.

    Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section.

    Follow the steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST  be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.

    SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!  For help, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/.  

    STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov, including Resume and Saved Documents
    Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.  FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.


    STEP 2 - Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS)
    Once you have identified a job on www.usajobs.gov  that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button .  For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement.  Click “Start Application” and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page.  You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application.  At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.


    STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL)
    On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”.  Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page.  The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions.  The 4th progress step "Documents" is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.


    STEP 4 – On the “Review and Submit” step, click “Submit Application”
    The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.

    STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.

    Required Documents:

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.  Also, do not upload password protected documents.

    - 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

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

    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.


     


    Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

    Next Steps:

    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

    For instructions on how to check the status of your application, go to Step 7 on: Using DOORS and USAJOBS Help Guide.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here for instructions.