Employee Benefits Security Administration Employee Benefits Investigator in Boston, Massachusetts
Summary The Investigator position provides direct support and assistance to higher level investigators and managers and conducts research on policy, program, and case related issues and questions, and gathers and evaluates data relevant to specific cases. Investigator's plan, direct, and administer a program of enforcement to ensure maximum compliance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and criminal provisions of the U.S. Code as they relate to employee benefit plans. Responsibilities Major duties include but are not limited to: - 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. Requirements Conditions of Employment Appointment to this position may require a background investigation. Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met. Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen. Driver's license desirable but not required. Position requires Public-Trust-Low Risk Background Investigation. Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. 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. Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation. Qualifications Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. 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 GS-9 level, 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. OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree, if related; OR two (2) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, if related; OR LL.B. or J.D., if related. OR Combination of both education and specialized experience. 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 Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or have speech disabilities, please dial 711 to access telecommunications relay services. The mission of the Department of Labor (DOL) is to protect the welfare of workers and job seekers, improve working conditions, expand high quality employment opportunities, and assure work-related benefits and rights for all workers. As such, the Department is committed to fostering a workplace and workforce that promote equal employment opportunity, reflect the diversity of the people we seek to serve, and model a culture of respect, equity, inclusion, and accessibility where every employee feels heard, supported, and empowered. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES 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. If additional vacancies become available, additional selections may be made from this announcement. 2 Last Competencies from "How You Will be Evaluated" Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences. Technology Application: Uses machine, tools, instruments, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format.