of Legal Positions
Staff attorneys, working in hearing offices throughout the country, provide
professional legal assistance to administrative law judges. In these challenging
positions, you will assist in pre-hearing legal preparation, research,
decision preparation and other post-hearing actions. Employees may progress
to higher levels, including supervisory positions.
General Attorney (GS-11, 12, 13, 14)
General Attorneys working in the OGC Headquarters and Regional Offices work on a broad variety of challenging and important legal work. OGC attorneys partner with the Department of Justice to represent SSA in program and general litigation before federal district and appellate courts. OGC attorneys also represent SSA before administrative agencies, and provide legal advice on matters ranging from family law and trust law to employment law and labor relations. They may also deal with Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act issues, federal contract law, ethics, bankruptcy, tort claims, and civil rights matters. OGC offers a collegial environment in which experienced attorneys are eager to share their expertise. Attorneys joining OGC are given responsibility for their own caseloads, but also receive intensive mentoring, training, and support.
(GS-9/11/12, 13, 14)
Attorney-advisors, working in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review headquarters,
perform a variety of activities relating to the hearings and appeals process.
In these positions you might: advise and assist Appeals Council Members
or the Chief Administrative Law Judge; develop administrative law procedures,
policy and/or guidelines concerning hearings, appeals and civil action
processes; provide guidance for implementing court orders and precedential
court decisions; or develop and implement litigation strategies.
Administrative Law Judge
Working in hearing offices throughout the country, administrative law
judges conduct impartial de novo hearings and issue decisions to claimants
who have appealed previous Social Security determinations. They are hired
from a register of qualified candidates established by the U.S. Office
of Personnel Management.
(Appeals Council Member GS-15)
Located at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, the Appeals
Council is the appellate body which reviews and acts on ALJ decisions
and dispositions on requests from claimants, or on its own motion. Appeals
Council Members, also recommend action concerning decisions appealed to
the courts, and recommend whether appeals should be taken to higher courts
on judicial reversals of the Commissioner's decision.