Legal Assistant (Hearing Clerk)
Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.
This position is located in the Office of the Secretary, Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals, Arlington, VA.
The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) nationally administers the third level of hearings and appeals for the Medicare program. OMHA provides the basic mechanisms through which individuals and organizations dissatisfied with Medicare determinations affecting their rights in the Medicare program may obtain a hearing under the Social Security Act.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 50TH APPLICATIONS, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-OMHA-MP-17-1877900 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.
Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services through this vacancy announcement.
- Not Required
Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service (or equivalent) in the normal line of progression for this occupation as stated below.
At the GS-07 level:
Qualifying experience for GS-07 includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-06 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes using office automated software; reviewing routine case records for regulatory and procedural compliance; correcting case record deficiencies; reviewing standard case files for completeness; preparing correspondence, actions and papers for conventional case dispositions to assist staff in the adjudication of healthcare claims cases; and experience with audio and video teleconferencing equipment operations.
At the GS-08 level:
Qualifying experience for GS-08 includes one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience applying comprehensive rules, regulations, and procedures to healthcare appeals; experience with formats, medical terminology, legal terminology, requirements and purposes for a variety of legal documents, exhibits and documents for case file review; experience communicating in writing using plain language principles to prepare routine correspondence, notices and documents on case status, including notices of dismissal, extensions, and other similar actions.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.
Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
5. A financial disclosure statement may be required.
6. A one-year probationary period may be required.
7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No
8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
9. Drug Screening Required: No
10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
11. Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No
12. Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No
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