New job Employee Benefits Investigator in California

Employee Benefits Investigator

Company : US Employee Benefits Security Administration
Salary : $73,827 - $95,980 a year
Location : California

Full Description



Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is responsible for planning, directing and administering a program of enforcement to ensure maximum compliance with Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and criminal provisions of US Code as they relate to employee benefit plans. Offices initiate, execute and coordinate civil/criminal investigations of alleged violations of ERISA and conduct financial investigations of all types of employee benefit plans & related entities.


GS-1801-11; will complete the following tasks with some supervision from a supervisor or higher level investigator:

  • Independently plans, conducts, and coordinates civil and criminal investigations of large and varied employee benefit plans, service providers, trust departments, and other financial entities having relationships and conducting transactions with the plans.
  • Determines areas of coverage for assigned investigations and the general investigative approach to be taken.
  • Initiates and arranges for meetings, conferences, and discussions with plan officials, service providers, and their legal and financial representatives to explain the purpose and scope of investigation.
  • Prepares comprehensive and well-documented investigative reports (including evidentiary materials and related documentation, work paper and financial analyses, problem identification, findings, citation of ERISA and related laws, regulations, interpretations, etc., and recommendations for disposition and/or the necessity of civil or criminal investigation of additional transactions).
  • Facilitates voluntary compliance arrangements and actions and serve as a technical resource in negotiations with plan officials, fiduciaries and their legal representatives to secure monetary restitution and other remedial actions.
  • Works closely with other EBSA investigators, auditors, and managers within the immediate office and in other regional and national offices in the Agency.
  • Works closely with and provides technical guidance to the legal staff of the Department's Office of the Solicitor (SOL) or Department of Justice in preparing cases for litigation and developing documentary evidence.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel will normally be within assigned geographic area.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

  • Job family (Series)

    1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Requires a valid drivers license.
    • 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.

    To be eligible for a VRA appointment, an individual must have been discharged under honorable conditions (i.e., honorable or general discharge), and must be:

    • A disabled veteran; or
    • A veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, campaign, or expedition; or
    • A veteran who, while on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or
    • A veteran who was discharged or released from active duty within the last three years.

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

    This job is not 100% telework; it does require employee to report on a regular basis to the office in Pasadena, CA.


    Applicants must have 52 weeks 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-11:

    To qualify for the GS-11 grade level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level or pay band in the Federal Service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

    Specialized experience is experience that provided knowledge of ERISA rules, regulations and enforcement and regulatory policies and procedures, as well as Federal criminal statutes and the Federal rules of evidence; knowledge and experience in investigative techniques and methods of financial examination in order to obtain the necessary information to assess employee benefit plan operations, fiduciary conduct, and individual transactions.


    3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (related to the position to be filled.)


    LL.M., if related;


    Combination of education and specialized experience.

    Education and experience can be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements. Note: Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level can be combined with the appropriate level of experience to qualify for positions at grade GS-11.


    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

    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 inside the Bargaining Unit.

    Additional positions may be filled from this announcement if more vacancies become available.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be referred for selection without ranking, in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans’ preference requirements.

    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 a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.).

    To preview questions please click here.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. 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.

    - Resumes are required - provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list the month, year, and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.
    • Veterans Documents are required: To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to
    • 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.

    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


    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. Opens in a new windowLearn 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.


This job is open to

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligibles only. This position is also announced under DE-21-CHI-EBSA-0168; open to the public. To be consider under both announcements you must apply to both.

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