Social Insurance Specialist (Claims Specialist)

US Government Other Agencies And Independent Organizations Lincoln , NE 68501

Posted 3 months ago

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This position is located in the Lincoln, NE Field Office at Room 240100 Centennial Mall N Lincoln, NE 68508-3803.

NOTE: This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis. Additional selections may be made within six months from the closing date of this announcement.

This is a career-ladder position leading to the GS-11 grade level.

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Once selected for the Claims Specialist position in SSA, you will contribute to the Agency's mission through direct and personal service to the public. This includes speaking with beneficiaries about their rights under the Social Security laws, gathering facts and evidence to establish eligibility for benefits, making critical decisions to determine the amount of benefits paid to individuals, and using state-of-the-art computer technology to access and update information about claims.

Claims Specialists conduct interviews with the public to obtain, clarify, and verify information about initial and continuing eligibility for retirement, survivors, disability, health insurance benefits, and eligibility for supplemental security income including State supplements. In addition, they resolve discrepancies, clarify issues and make final decisions for initial and post-entitlement for benefits and payments; adjudicate and authorize entitlement or disallowance actions at all levels of difficulty and complexity under programs administered by SSA.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0105 Social Insurance Administration

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required

  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (

  • Background and/or security investigation required

  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results

  • Selectees are required to serve a 1 year probationary period

  • Relocation expenses will not be paid

  • Complete the initial online assessment and USA Hire Assessment, if required

  • Must pass Competency Assessment Interview Process (CAIP) Interview


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. If you are using experience to qualify, you must have:

You may qualify at the GS-5 grade level (starting salary $35,265) if you possess the following: Three years of general experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the federal service that demonstrates the ability to 1) analyze problems, identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; 2) plan and organize work; 3) communicate effectively orally and in writing; and 4) use online technology and automation tools. Examples of qualifying experience include analyzing, explaining, applying or interpreting laws, rules, regulation or policies.

Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period), you will be credited with 6 months of experience.


COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT INTERVIEW PROCESS (CAIP) INTERVIEW - Applicants will be required to participate in a panel interview (after basic eligibility determination) to demonstrate an aptitude for meeting and dealing with the public. Applicants must pass this interview process in order to be found fully qualified for this position and receive further consideration for selection.

This interview will cover typical situations, which might be encountered on the job, in person or over the telephone. Applicants must demonstrate qualities such as clarity of speech, ability to listen, ability to establish confidence and put others at ease and the ability to organize and express thoughts clearly. If you do not pass the CAIP interview, you will not qualify for the job. Panel interviews may be conducted via video conferencing software, if technically feasible.

NOTE: Previous Meet and Deal results are not valid for this vacancy announcement; you will be required to complete the CAIP assessment.


SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION: If you are qualifying for this position based on completed education at an accredited U.S. college, university, or other educational institution, you must provide a copy of your transcripts or other proof of education prior to being appointed.

NOTE: Education completed in a foreign institution must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs. It is the applicant's responsibility to acquire U.S. Certification and provide it at the time of application.

For a list of Credential Evaluation Services, log on to: Credential Evaluation Services.

GS-5: Completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree OR a combination of post-high school education and the general experience described above. One year of study is defined as 30 earned semester hours or 45 earned quarter hours.

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Experience and education as described above may be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

GS-5: Experience and education as described above may be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Experience and education will be computed as percentages of the overall requirements and must equal to 100 percent when combined.

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Social Insurance Specialist (Claims Specialist)

US Government Other Agencies And Independent Organizations