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Administrative Law Judges

 

Overview

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.

Notices

Note

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.

Opportunity for Applicants to Update their Geographic Preferences and Continuing Interest — The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is giving certain ALJ applicants the opportunity to update their geographic availability and to indicate if they are still interested in appointment consideration as an ALJ. Such applicants must meet one of the following conditions: 1) your name appears on the current Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) register of candidates available for appointment consideration as an ALJ, 2) while on the register you have temporarily suspended your ALJ application for appointment consideration until further notice, 3) while on the register the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has temporarily suspended your ALJ application as described in the ALJ Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA), ALJ2013-847661, 4) during the period of August 31 – September 11, 2015, you self-scheduled your Written Demonstration/Logic Based Measurement Test session of the ALJ examination on-line, and 5) you participated in the Online Component Assessment in November/December 2015.

If you meet one of the above conditions, you have already been sent the survey: "Opportunity for Applicants to Update their Geographic Preferences and Continuing Interest." If you have not received this survey, you must send an inquiry to aljapplication@opm.gov, by no later than December 23, 2015, and confirm your email address. This will serve as your new email address of record for all future notifications. If OPM does not receive your inquiry by December 23, 2015 or if you receive the survey and do not respond by the deadline date specified in the survey, you will have no other opportunity to update or change your geographic preferences until the next time an ALJ announcement opens. (Posted 12/18/15)


ALJ Examination Notice of Results — As of November 10, 2015, Notices of Results and related information has been sent to applicants who were scheduled for and/or completed the Written Demonstration, Logic Based Measurement Test and Structured Interviews from August – September 2015. If you fall within this category and have not received such notification, send an inquiry to aljapplication@opm.gov. (Posted Nov. 18, 2015)


Structured Interview Location Change — Beginning December 1, 2015, the Structured Interview component of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) examination will take place at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009. Applicants who self-scheduled their Written Demonstration/Logic Based Measurement Test (WD/LBMT) for Nov. 30, 2015 through Fall 2015 will be given their Structured Interview Admission Notices on the day of their WD/LBMT session. Note that through Nov. 20, 2015, the Structured Interviews will continue to be held at the Embassy Suites, 1250 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037. (Posted 11/12/2015)


ALJ Licensure Requirement Reminder — Applicants who are participating in the ALJ examination (currently or in the future) must ensure that they satisfy the ALJ licensure requirements as described in the “QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED section of the ALJ Job Opportunity Announcement, ALJ2013-847661.  Failure to meet and maintain the licensure requirements will be the basis for deeming a candidate ineligible at any stage of the examination process or while on the ALJ Register. (Posted 10/21/15)


Status of the ALJ Examination — In the event of a Federal government shutdown, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Administrative Law Judge Program Office, remains on course for administering the ALJ examination as scheduled.  All applicants should plan on reporting to the assessment sites as instructed in their Admission Notices, unless otherwise instructed.


ALJ Examination Structured Interview  Applicants who have self-scheduled their Written Demonstration/Logic Based Measurement Test during the scheduling window will receive their Structured Interview Admission Notice containing your specific interview session time on the day of their Written Demonstration/Logic Based Measurement Test session. Therefore, applicants must keep the next day open (from 7:00 am – 4:30 pm) in order to participate in their scheduled Structured Interview session.  It is critical that applicants not leave the testing site until they receive the Structured Interview Admission Notice.  Travel plans should be made based on this two-day scheduling plan.  The Structured Interviews will take place at the Embassy Suites, Georgetown, 1250 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037.  


Inclement Weather — Applicants should check the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) current operating status prior to reporting to their scheduled Written Demonstration/Logic Based Measurement Test (WD/LBMT) and Structured Interview sessions regarding any closures or delayed openings by OPM. Should inclement weather cause a closing of Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area on the date of your scheduled test session(s), your WD/LBMT and/or SI will be cancelled and subsequently rescheduled. Once the new test schedules have been finalized, you will be sent new Admission Notices via email for the appropriate assessment component.


On-line Component (OC) Notifications Sent — Applicants and appropriate 10-point preference eligibles who were sent messages regarding participation in the OC open period (June 22–July 6, 2015) have been notified of the results of the OC assessment as of 8/14/15.


Proctored and In-Person Component Notifications Sent — Applicants who received a rating of IMSJ and whose scores on the Online Component have been determined to be within the range to move forward to the Proctored and In-Person Components (i.e., Written Demonstration (WD) and Logic-Based Measurement Test (LBMT), and the Structured Interview (SI)), have been notified of their new status as of 8/14/15.


Self-Scheduling Notifications Sent — Applicants who were notified on 8/14/15 that they were moving forward to the Proctored and In-Person Components (i.e., Written Demonstration (WD) and Logic-Based Measurement Test (LBMT), and the Structured Interview (SI)), of the ALJ examination were sent further details on 8/28/15 regarding the self-scheduling process. The self-scheduling window is open from 8/31/15 (12:01 am EDT) through 9/11/15 (11:59 pm EDT). After the 2-week scheduling window has closed on 9/11/15, applicants are not allowed to use the on-line link to reschedule their previous appointed session. Attempts to do so are deemed invalid and new sessions will not be honored. After 9/11/15, applicants may be rescheduled only once during the next quarterly examination administration anticipated to take place in Spring 2016. Such reschedule requests must be submitted in writing to aljapplication@opm.gov.


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 aljapplication@opm.gov 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.

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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 aljapplication@opm.gov.

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 aljapplication@opm.gov.

Contact Us

Note that inquiries related to the ALJ examination, register and application process must be sent to the ALJ email address at aljapplication@opm.gov.  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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