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Friday, March 04, 2016
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

Statement from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Regarding the 2016 Administrative Law Judge Examination

Washington, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is announcing it will open the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Examination to interested applicants in the near future by posting a job opportunity announcement on USAJOBS (

ALJs serve as impartial arbiters at regulatory and benefits-granting agencies, and individuals who are interested in applying are urged to monitor the USAJOBS website in the coming weeks. A notice also will be posted on the OPM ALJ website at

The ALJ examination involves a full review of applicant qualifications, including specific legal experience and bar status, and a multi-part assessment of relevant competencies, through the use of online, proctored and in-person assessments. Applicants who pass the preliminary qualification screening and proceed past an online assessment process will then be scheduled to participate in the proctored and in-person assessments in the Washington, DC, area.

By applying for the ALJ examination, applicants are essentially applying to be placed on a register (i.e., a list of eligibles), not for a specific job at a specific agency. The ALJ register is a list of applicants who are eligible for selection as an entry-level ALJ. It is used to make referrals, based on final scores and location choices, to agencies for employment consideration when they have entry-level ALJ vacancies to fill. In order to be placed on the register, an applicant must meet the qualification requirements, successfully complete all components of the ALJ examination and receive a final numerical rating.”

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