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News Release

Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Contact: Michael Orenstein
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM to Announce Re-Opening of the Administrative Law Judge Exam

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management today announced it will re-open the Administrative Law Judge examination to refresh the list of eligible candidates who serve as impartial arbiters at regulatory and benefits-granting federal agencies.

OPM will officially announce the 2008 ALJ examination on its USAJOBS website ( in the near future. The application filing period will be made public at that time; the application limit will factor-in future agency hiring needs.

OPM Director Linda M. Springer said the new examination advances the agency's strategy of maintaining a sufficient number of qualified ALJ candidates to serve as arbiters of fact in formal proceedings requiring a decision on the record.

"From time to time, we must re-open the exam to ensure federal agencies have access to ALJ candidates who will serve the interests of America's citizens expeditiously and in accordance with law," said Springer. "Additionally, we are giving professional men and women the opportunity to serve their country in an important capacity."

The examination involves a multi-part assessment of an applicant's qualifications, including proof of specific legal experience and submission of a written Accomplishment Record. Individuals who score highest in this phase will then participate in a written demonstration and structured interview.

OPM last opened the ALJ examination in May 2007. Within six days, OPM had received its stated limit of 1,250 completed applications.

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