Legal Administrative Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 14, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Full Time


As a trainee Legal Administrative Specialist at the GS-0901-5/7/9 level, with a full performance level of GS-11, you will be part of the Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management. This announcement will be used to fill Legal Administrative Specialist positions across Retirement. Services.

The Retirement Services mission is to process and oversee the Federal civil service retirement systems and benefits administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
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  • Determine entitlement to and the amount of retirement and survivor annuities under CSRS or FERS.
  • Decide eligibility of retiring employees and their dependents to continue life and health insurance.
  • Analyze record material and documentation to make decisions that may involve issues such as creditability of service, the validity of marriages under applicable state laws, the extent of recognition of parenthood, etc
  • Adjudicate benefits of unusual technical difficulty, and counsel annuitants and their families about their options.
  • Respond to inquiries from various outside parties including Congressional sources, agency representative, union officials, retirees, their survivors/heirs.
  • Make adjustments to recurring CSRS or FERS annuities and perform other requested retirement account maintenance services

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-5: You must have three years of general experience, at least one of which was equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-4 level in the Federal service. This experience may have been obtained in either the Federal or private sector. Experience is described as: Demonstrating the ability to plan and organize work. Communicating effectively orally and in writing. Analyzing problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions. You must have acquired telephone, computer, mathematical and interpersonal skills OR 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree.

For the GS-7: You must have at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal government. This experience may have been obtained in either the Federal or private sector including analyzing and evaluating information, planning, organizing and coordinating work. General business fiscal operations practices such as accounting, bookkeeping, finance, human resources services, payroll, and/or employees benefits programs OR One year of graduate level education OR superior academic achievement ( S.A.A. ) in a discipline which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

For the GS-9 - I have at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal service that included a combination of most of this experience: knowledge of the laws, regulations, policies and precedent decisions governing retirement systems, health & life benefits programs; working knowledge of the Employees Compensation Law and laws governing other retirement systems; understanding the requirements, procedures, and tax limitations that apply to retirement claims and retirement payments; and performing reconciliation of open season health benefits actions using knowledge of insurance programs, regulations, laws, documented evidence and new evidence to reach determinations

OR Have two full years of graduate education or a Master's degree, LL.B., J.D. or equivalent degree. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to do the work.

OR Have a combination of experience and education that meets the minimum qualification requirements

Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. One year at the GS-05 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-07 level.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of 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.


Additional information

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

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:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Customer Service
  • Decision Making
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Oral Communication
  • Organizational Awareness

All qualified Non Competitive applicants and the best qualified Merit Promotion applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) employees who meet the definition of surplus or displaced from a position in the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility. For more information:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
    • Your most recent Promotion, Within Rate Increase (WRI/WGI), or Appointment/Conversion SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held.
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable.
    • CTAP Reduction-In-Force documentation, if applicable.
  • 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.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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 .

    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.

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