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Announcement/Examination Closed: Vacancy Announcement Number 2008ALJ � 134575 for the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) examination, issued on July 30, 2008, is closed to the receipt of applications. The announcement will remain closed, except as required by 5 CFR 332.311, until the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) determines that it is necessary to re-open the ALJ examination as explained below.

Applicants who completed the 2008 ALJ examination under Vacancy Announcement Number 2008ALJ � 134575 had their names placed on the ALJ register. The ALJ register is used as the source of names to make referrals to agencies for employment consideration when they have entry level ALJ vacancies to fill. Names are referred in numerical score order, based on the duty location of the position(s) to be filled and the geographical preference of applicants. It is the responsibility of the agencies to make selections from the list of candidates referred for employment consideration from among the highest three available names, taking into consideration veterans' preference rules regarding order of selection.

It is OPM's responsibility to ensure that the ALJ register maintains a sufficient number of qualified ALJ candidates to meet the projected hiring needs of agencies, including enabling agencies to have an adequate number of choices for each position to be filled. Consequently, OPM will periodically re-open the ALJ examination as the need arises. Future open periods for the ALJ examination will be posted by a vacancy announcement on OPM's website at:

Major Duties: ALJs conduct formal hearings involving cases where all interested parties are given advance notice of the hearing; an opportunity to submit facts, arguments, offers of settlement or proposals of adjustment; and, an opportunity to be accompanied, represented, and advised by counsel or other qualified representatives. ALJs rule on preliminary motions, conduct pre-hearing conferences, issue subpoenas, control hearings (which may include written and/or oral testimony and cross-examination), review briefs, and prepare and issue initial or recommended decisions, along with written findings of fact and conclusions of law therein. Oral or documentary evidence may be received, but irrelevant, immaterial, or unduly repetitious evidence is excluded. Decisions are issued upon consideration of the whole record, or those parts of it cited by a party and supported by and in accord with reliable, probative, and substantial evidence.

Qualification requirement: The Qualification Standard for an ALJ position is provided on OPM's website at

In addition to meeting the experience and licensure requirements described in the OPM Qualification Standard, the ALJ examination also requires the completion of an Accomplishment Record, a Written Demonstration, and a Structured Interview.

Ten-Point Veterans: Applicants who are entitled to apply for a closed examination pursuant to 5 CFR 332.311, and are interested in applying for the ALJ examination must provide the required proof of veterans' preference entitlement by email to

For more information on Filing Applications After Announcements Close, please visit: For general veterans' preference information, please visit:

AS OF: 7/28/2008

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