Legal Administrative Specialist (Policy)

Washington, D.C
Nov 06, 2019
Nov 13, 2019
Full Time


As a Legal Administrative Specialist (Policy) at the GS-0901-11/12/13 with a full performance level of GS-13, you will be part of RS/Retirement Policy,Office of Personnel Management. If selected, you will be responsible for performing work involving matters of major significance and importance, sensitivity, or complexity relating to Federal employee retirement and insurance benefits.
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  • Reviewing proposed legislation introduced in the Congress and developing reports and comments for transmission to the Congress through OMB.
  • Preparing analyses of newly enacted or pending legislation to determine their effects on retirement benefits, on the administration or operation of the retirement systems.
  • Developing Congressional testimony for the Director or Associate Director concerning proposed legislation, retirement program issues.
  • Determining the content of and preparing new or revised regulations and government-wide instructional material to implement new legislation.
  • Exercising control over OPM submissions in retirement appeals (exclusive of Disability and Special Entitlement cases) pending before the MSPB to ensure that the agency's position is fully and clearly reflected in the record.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period


For the GS 11/12/13: You must have
For the GS-11: Applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education to be minimally qualified for this position as follows:
A. I have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-9 level or pay band in the Federal service) which demonstrates all of the following:
  • Providing advisory services and guidance on legislative changes, program initiatives or new developments; and
  • Planning and carrying out studies and projects that involved any aspect of Federal employee retirement and insurance benefits programs.
B.I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in one or a combination of the following fields: Healthcare Administration, Health Policy, Business Administration, Management, or similar relevant degree, or LL.M., if related.
C. I have some specialized experience as described in A and B, but less than one year and I have some graduate education, but l do not have a Ph.D. or equivalent and I have less than three years of graduate education as described in B. I have computed the percentage of these requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education by 54. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
D. My education and/or experience do not match any of the qualification requirements reflected above.

For GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that includes reviewing current and proposed regulations and policies in light of new laws and court decisions; serving as an advisor and prepare briefings on variety of legal and technical issues on retirement benefits; and identifying, researching, analyzing laws that involved complex retirement and insurance benefits cases.

For GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that includes extensive knowledge of Federal employee retirement and insurance programs; experience drafting policies and regulations; preparing government wide instruction material to implement new legislation; and conduct studies of program concepts and principles regarding operational issues or problems that will affect employee benefits.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid. OPM employees may qualify for an exception.

The full performance level of this position is GS-13

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application:

If you are a veteran and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.
If you are a veteran and you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference click here .

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

For Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the three quality categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified. Qualified Category = Does not exceed the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement. Well Qualified Category = Meets the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the Critical Competencies defined below. (This category must be met to be considered under ICTAP procedures) Best Qualified Category = Meets the basic qualifications requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement and excels in the Critical Competencies defined below. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Administration and Management
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Retirement Knowledge
  • Teamwork
  • Written Communication

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent or higher will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
    • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held
  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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