Employee Benefits Investigator & Employee Benefits Investigator (Spanish) - Recent Graduate

Silver Spring, Maryland
Jan 16, 2022
Jan 23, 2022
Full Time

Reviews and analyzes multiple types of documents and reports of investigation for legal and evidentiary sufficiency and conformity with national enforcement policy. Records this data in appropriate database, with supervisory/senior investigator assistance.

Researches policy, program issues, and questions that have been raised. Analyzes materials, discerns relationships and interrelationships, and reports findings. Develops and prepares reports or oral briefings to provide information/answers to issues and questions; with supervisory/senior investigator assistance.

Conducts or participates in conducting investigations. Includes thorough analysis and gathering of evidence, identification of violations and resolution of issues identified, with supervisory/senior investigator assistance.

Reviews and provides comments on proposed operating plans. Evaluates case activity on an ongoing basis for consistency with plan and policy. Identifies issues, analyzes problems and develops solutions; with supervisory/senior investigator assistance.

Conducts research, collects and develops data reports on enforcement program, administrative operations and accomplishments of the office; with supervisory/senior investigator assistance.

Employee Benefits Investigator (Spanish) regularly use Spanish language translation skills in performing duties listed above and on a as needed basis to assist other office staff; receives assignments involving people who may communicate in native Spanish language and unable to communicate effectively using English language.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • For bilingual position, must be able to speak/read/write Spanish language.

This is an appointment under the DOL Recent Graduates program. The program duration is one year. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement. The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period. Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program.

We are filling both English and bilingual vacancies. For the bilingual vacancies, applicants will be required to self-certify proficiency in Spanish by responding to a Spanish language question which will be used to determine initial language proficiency. Applicants who are otherwise qualified and referred must satisfactorily complete an interview to demonstrate their Spanish language proficiency in order to be considered for appointment.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.


Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service or meet the education requirement or have an equivalent combination of education and experience. Specialized experience is experience in or directly related to the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

For the bilingual vacancies, applicants will be required to self-certify proficiency in Spanish by responding to a Spanish language question which will be used to determine initial language proficiency and also meet the specialized experience or education listed below. Applicants who are otherwise qualified and referred must satisfactorily complete an interview to demonstrate their Spanish language proficiency in order to be considered for appointment.

Applicants must possess 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience:

-Experience that provided knowledge of laws, policies, regulations, and precedents.
-Experience participating in investigative projects, audits, etc.
-Knowledge of investigative and auditing principles and techniques.
-Experience in researching and reviewing reports, discovery documents, and other case filings.
-Experience in identifying, analyzing and solving problems, determining accuracy and relevancy of information and generate alternatives.


Master's or equivalent graduate degree, if related;


two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related;


LL.B. or J.D., if related.


To be eligible for an appointment, you must meet the requirement A or B:

A. Completed all requirements for Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational, or Technical Degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years;


B. Was released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for a degree or certificate.

You must submit an academic transcript from your academic institution showing the date that you most recently completed the academic requirements described above. See the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. To use your education as a basis for meeting the Minimum Qualification Requirements (MQR) 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 MQR, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken 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 demonstrating that you meet the eligibility and MQR for this position, your application will be deemed incomplete & 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 or you will be ineligible for further consideration.

Additional information

  • This is an Open and Continuous Announcement. The final application dispositions will be completed once all of the positions have been filled or the announcement reaches the end of the open period.
  • The first cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications is 1/12/2022. Additional cut-off dates will be: 1/27/2022; 2/11/2022; 2/25/2022 (closing date).
  • This announcement may be closed early if sufficient applicants apply to fill the anticipated vacancies or may be extended, if needed.

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.

Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

This job is not 100% telework; it requires employees to report on a regular basis to their assigned office location.

This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.