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Employee Benefits Law Specialist, Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance

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

in Washington DC / Telecommute

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

Open & closing dates: 08/06/2019 to 08/20/2019

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Salary: $117,191 to $152,352 per year

Several vacancies in Washington DC

Telework eligible? Yes as determined by agency policy



This position is located in the Department of Labor (DOL), Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), in the Office of Health Plan Standards & Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA), a major component of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), which administers and secures compliance with Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). 


This position is located in the Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA), a major component of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), which administers and secures compliance with Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). OHPSCA's mission is to plan, direct, and carry out a program to provide policy and technical guidance regarding the positions of ERISA and other laws affecting group health plans.

The incumbent serves as an Employee Benefits Law Specialist. As a technical expert in OHPSCA, the incumbent: (1) drafts major precedent-setting and far-reaching interpretations, variances, opinions, and guidance concerning the group health plan provisions of ERISA; (2) provides technical advice and assistance to other components of EBSA and DOL, HHS, IRS, Treasury, the Executive Office of the President (EOP), other Federal and state agencies, and the public; (3) conducts extensive research; (4) recommends office policies and positions; (5) actively participates in the planning and execution of major regulation projects and other projects involving interpretations, advisory opinion, procedures, and forms; and (6) reviews work and provides guidance to lower level specialists in OHPSCA.

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:

Develops and writes complex and far-reaching interpretations, opinions, involved in applying ERISA and related laws to case situations and issues.

Evaluates and determines the sufficiency of the information, documents and arguments and issues submitted by plan administrators, fiduciaries, industry groups, plan participants and beneficiaries and their representatives, employers, employees, and special interest groups.

Performs research and evaluation needed in fact-finding and policy development, and drafts the rule-making documents for publication in the Federal Register. Analyzes and evaluates public comments, assesses data from a wide variety of sources, writes issue papers, and recommends agency actions or positions at appropriate stages of the project.

Conducts research and analyzes legal and policy precedent (i.e., including a review of relevant legislative history, existing law, regulations, agency opinions, court and administrative rules) to ensure that proposed positions are consistent with those previously developed.

Formulates and executes major regulatory and policy review and development projects which may require the incumbent to coordinate efforts of other ERISA, tax, legal and health care specialists to analyze complicated information; describe and compare policy alternatives; assess economic and political constraints; and present findings to policy makers, plan officials and the public.

Serves as a liaison and authoritative source of information and provides technical advice and guidance to other DOL offices, Congress, other Federal and state agencies, plan officials and representatives industry, health care, insurance, labor organizations and the public regarding the statutory and regulatory requirements governing ERISA.

Maintains liaison with the senior personnel of other Federal agencies including HHS, IRS, Treasury, as well as EOP and: (1) secures and furnishes technical advice or assistance; (2) provides interpretive guidance; and (3) identifies, differences in the interpretation of ERISA, PPACA, HIPAA, COBRA, GINA, WHCRA, Newborn' and Mothers' Health Protection Action Act, MHPAEA and an array of related laws affecting group health plans, potential regulatory or policy conflicts, and other problems of mutual concern.


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.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Position requires Public Trust-Low Risk Background Investigation.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


GS-14: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to GS-13, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as: Progressively responsible experience that demonstrated the ability to perform work in the field of employee benefit plans and/or health insurance. Such experience may have been gained in (1) management, administration, development, analysis, audit, financial management, or termination of such plans; or (2) in closely related work, such as health insurance.

Specialized experience may have been gained in government, employee benefit plan administration or consulting, a law firm, an actuarial or accounting firm, a labor union, a relevant trade association or research service, or an insurance company. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Analysis and application of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and related laws, regulations, court decisions, and precedent rulings.
  • Development of employee benefit plans, petitions for exemptions, or requests for rulings under governing law.
  • Legal work, a substantial portion of which required interpretation of Federal laws and legal requirements concerning employee benefit plans, or in related fields as health insurance.
  • Auditing or accounting work that involved determining compliance with Federal and State laws governing employee benefit plans, or insurance.
  • Analysis of Federal laws or regulations, development of policy, and drafting of proposed changes in an employee benefit plan or a related function.


Education cannot be substitute for the required specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level. 

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