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Investigative Assistant

Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

in Chicago IL

Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Open & closing dates: 06/07/2019 to 06/20/2019

Pay scale & grade: GS 07

Salary: $46,554 to $60,522 per year

1 vacancy in Chicago IL

Telework eligible? No



This position is located in the Department of Labor/EBSA, Chicago, IL.   EBSA enforces Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and related rules and regulations.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.  


The incumbent assists Employee Benefit Investigators or Auditors with larger and/or complex investigations by locating, recording, consolidating, analyzing or summarizing information related to the investigation or preparing accounting schedules, spreadsheets and other analyses.  Assists professional staff by conducting internet or database searches or by locating, recording, consolidating, analyzing or summarizing information related to investigations or customer service inquiries or preparing schedules or other analyses.  Researches and summarizes precedents, cases, ERISA and related Federal laws, court rulings, agency policy and regulations, and applicable interpretations, exemptions, and opinions.  Coordinates all information referrals to and from the Internal Revenue Service.  Participates in the identification of potential investigative subjects by reviewing Form 5500s, contacting plan representatives, and researching potential subjects.  Assists the Customer Service Unit by receiving incoming telephone inquiries pertaining to issues, participant complaints regarding plan noncompliance with ERISA, and questions concerning ERISA and other benefit plan issues.  Uses Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as printing equipment to create, copy, edit, store, retrieve and print work products in a variety of formats.  Performs general administrative functions including receiving phone calls; greeting visitors; eliciting information and personally responding to inquiries as appropriate; handling correspondence; photocopying; scanning; mass mailing; filing; timekeeping; and other special projects as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be at least 16 years old and an U.S. Citizenship.
  • Requires a one year probationary period.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

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.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.  


GS-7: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-6 level in the Federal Service but the experience is not limited to Federal Service.

Specialized experience is experience that has 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 work of the Investigative Assistant. 

Some examples of qualifying experience include: Experience assisting others with locating, recording, consolidating and summarizing information and data; experience establishing and maintaining computerized files, such as Word and Excel;  experience preparing and reviewing letters, memoranda, reports, and other documents, assuring proper grammar, format, spelling, etc.; experience answering phone calls in a professional manner; experience with organizing and maintaining a filing room.


There is no education substitution for this position.

How to Apply

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