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Administrative Law Judges



By statute, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has a non-delegable duty to administer the Administrative Law Judge examination, through which agencies make competitive service appointments of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ). The Administrative Law Judge Program Office (ALJPO) was established to carry out the agency’s responsibility for planning, operating and directing the recruitment, examination and employment of ALJs. ALJPO also provides approval of agency requests for ALJ personnel actions and the utilization of ALJs. Specifically, the office acts on requests for all ALJ non-competitive actions; requests for inter-agency details and assignments to non-ALJ duties; requests for increases in pay based on superior qualifications; classification issues; and administration of the ALJ priority referral program.

The ALJPO also is responsible for administering the ALJ Loan Program and the Senior ALJ Program. The ALJ Program is nationwide in scope and has a very high degree of sensitivity and importance to the Government and to the public.



The ALJ Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA) is currently closed to the receipt of applications except as required by 5 CFR 332.311. OPM will open the ALJ JOA on an as needed basis.  When this occurs, it will be posted on OPM's USAJOBS website.

WD/LBMT Scheduling — As of August 13, 2015, applicants who completed the Online Component between June 22 – July 6, 2015 and were notified that they met the criteria to proceed to the next phase of assessments in the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) examination process, have been sent Admission Notices for the Written Demonstration/Logic Based Measurement Test and Structured Interview.

Appeals Results Notifications — As of August 14, 2015, appeals results notifications have been issued to all applicants who appealed their Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) examination rating for ALJ Job Opportunity Announcement ALJ2013-847661.

Online Component (OC) open period June 22 – July 6, 2015 - Applicants who were contacted on or about June 10, 2015 regarding participation in the OC of the ALJ examination and 10-point preference eligibles who applied in the previous quarter for the closed ALJ examination have been sent notices containing the OC open period (June 22-July 6, 2015) and additional related details. If you were contacted and have not received such notification, send an inquiry to and include a copy of your June 10, 2015 message. If you did not receive the June 10, 2015 message with the subject line: “ALJ Online Component Time-Sensitive Link” then this message does not apply to you.

10-Point Preference Eligibles

Pursuant to 5 CFR 332.311, “a 10-point preference eligible is entitled to file an application at any time for an examination for any position for which OPM maintains a register, for which a register is about to be established, or for which a nontemporary appointment was made in the preceding three years. For the purposes of this paragraph OPM shall hold an examination not later than the quarterly period succeeding that in which the application is filed.”

The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Program Office, administers the ALJ examination on a quarterly basis to 10-point preference eligibles who meet the regulatory requirement and apply for the closed ALJ examination.  

Additional information can be found in the OPM VetGuide.

If you are a 10-point preference eligible and interesting in applying for the closed ALJ examination, please submit a request to take the examination and provide the required proof of veterans' preference entitlement by email to

10-point preference eligibles should also review the Notices tab for any relevant information.

10-Point Preference Notices

Online Component (OC) open period June 22 – July 6, 2015 - Ten-point preference eligibles who submitted a complete ALJ application package the previous quarter for the closed ALJ examination and who have met the preliminary qualifications screening have been sent notices containing the OC open period (June 22-July 6, 2015) and additional related details.  If you have not received such notification, send an inquiry to

Contact Us

Note that inquiries related to the ALJ examination, register and application process must be sent to the ALJ email address at  This ensures that there is a record of all correspondence and that ALJ inquiries are dealt with consistently.  To ensure fairness among interested individuals, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) generally does not respond to telephone calls, email inquiries, or other forms of communications unless sent to the designated ALJ email address indicated above.

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