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Workers Compensation Claims Examiner

Company name
Office of Workers Compensation Programs

Salary
$44,986.00 to $71,537.00

Location
Golden, CO

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Open & closing dates

02/13/2018

to

02/27/2018

Salary

$44,986 to $71,537 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 07 - 09

Work schedule

Full-time

Appointment type

Permanent

Location

FEW vacancies in the following location:

Lakewood, CO

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Transfer

Veterans

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

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Announcement number

MS-18-DAL-OWCP-019

Control number

491202400

Duties

Duties

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.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Lakewood, CO. This position has promotion potential to GS-12. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval. This position is inside the bargaining unit. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Special Employment Consideration: DOL encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e. intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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Responsibilities

The Workers' Compensation Claims Examiner adjudicates a broad range of disability and death claims, as well as investigates, pay benefits for claims; manages ongoing cases; pays medical expenses and compensation benefits to injured workers and survivors; and helps injured employees return to work when they are medically able to do so.

The incumbent is assigned a broad range or disability and death claims on an unscreened bases, uses initiative and judgment in developing facts and evidence, and in making initial determinations for compensation in a timely manner. Examine cases which involve traumatic injuries and non-traumatic injuries. Examine claims for factual sufficiency and legal correctness. Identify the specific problems in each given case in order to determine the types of information required. Analyze the response and make the decision; often requires review and analysis of voluminous and complicated material. Review and process death claims. Make determination concerning beneficiaries’ entitlements. Adjudicate claims on the basis of written medical and factual evidence secured by correspondence or through investigation. Determines wage earning capacity. Enters data into the automated system, or is responsible for the entry of all appropriate claims adjudication, and compensation adjustment data.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current/former Fed. employees w/ competitive/reinstatement eligibility; ICTAP/CTAP eligibles in local commuting area; Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act eligibles; Veterans' Recruitment Appointment, 30% or > compensably disabled veterans; persons w/disabilities; present/former Peace Corps (PC) personnel & former PC volunteers.

Also advertised as job announcement #DE-18-DAL-OWCP-0004 for non-status applicants; to be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

Job family (Series)

0991 Worker's Compensation Claims Examining

Requirements

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

U.S. Citizenship.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the Required Documents section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

For the GS-7 level, Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. OR, Specialized experience: Ability to develop, investigate, adjudicate, or authorize claims. OR, 1 full year of graduate level education. OR, superior academic achievement. The experience may have been acquired in examining, administrative, contact, legal or other responsible work activities.

FOR GS-09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for GS-09; 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. Specialized experience should have provided the candidate with the knowledge and abilities required to develop, examine, investigate, adjudicate, or authorize claims for disability and death compensation. Specialized experience should include: Knowledge of medical terms and findings causes of diseases, treatment methods and probable results, relationship of disability to ability to work. Ability to develop and evaluate pertinent medical facts and evidence and to apply and interpret laws, regulations, policies, precedents, and other criteria for disability and death cases.

Education

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.

Additional 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

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP

/ CTAP

, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #23 and 26 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

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

Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence - Knowledge and application of the laws, regulations, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations. Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change. 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. Written Communication - 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. Flexibility - Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity. 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). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document

. 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.

The following documents are required from ALL applicants:

- Most Recent SF-50 that indicates current grade, step, and competitive status* - All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles

MUST submit.

*Warning: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step. Ensure you submit your most recent SF-50 indicating grade, step and competitive status to establish your eligibility for this position.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months (or reason explaining why one cannot be provided) - applies to current and former Federal employees and VEOA

applicants. If you do not have one, you must submit a statement explaining why one cannot be provided or you may not be considered for this position.The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP

/ CTAP

Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)

and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 vs. Copy 1)

- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):

(a) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A)

(b) Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

(c) 30% or More Compensably Disabled Veterans

(d) Former Peace Corps Volunteers

or Current or Former Peace Corps Employees

- 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.

Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the Education Section for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

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.

Benefits

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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.

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, click the Agency Contact Information link. 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. Pull documents from your USAJOBS Account by clicking U icon under Action. Warning: BE SURE TO pull documents from your USAJOBS Account by clicking U UPLOAD icon under Action. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - On the Application Review 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.

Agency contact information

Sharon Smith

Phone

972-850-4432

TDD

800-735-2989

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

smith.sharon.s@dol.gov

Address

Labor, Ofc of Workers' Compensation Programs

OASAM- Dallas Region

Dallas, Texas

United States

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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

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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