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AA with OMHA. Anyone applying?

I know that the agency is hiring for supervisory attorneys a legalmessenger06/26/18
I think I did applied for the positions you are mentioning. kelsen106/26/18
You might have a shot, I think the requirement is “experie legalmessenger06/26/18
Sometimes I feel hopeless about these federal positions, but kelsen106/26/18
I don’t want to out myself with location, but I got hired legalmessenger06/26/18
I'm glad to read you had that opportunity, dont worry, I don kelsen106/26/18
legalmessenger did you apply recently (like within the past lawyermom107/03/18
I applied for the new office opening postings that were put favorandgrace06/26/18
No overtime at the moment, but yes to credit hours. You can legalmessenger06/26/18
I applied to one of the new field offices but never heard an newkid50406/26/18
Congrats on the offer! Almost everyone in the office came legalmessenger06/26/18
Sounds like a dream to me....I just hope... kelsen106/26/18
I applied for Cleveland. Still haven’t heard back. I’m sobeitunion06/27/18
Good luck! I should never have been hired (two years out of legalmessenger06/27/18
but why do you feel you shouldnt have been hired? Its not li favorandgrace06/27/18
I’m the only person in the entire office that was hired ri legalmessenger06/28/18
I imagine that might have helped you get the job. A lot of downwardslope06/28/18
Interesting. I guess that is the advantage of working in a s legalmessenger06/28/18
Thank you - not many stories like that. I appreciate it. sobeitunion06/27/18
If someone happens to know a little bit of info about the hi kelsen106/28/18
All I know is that it is a very slow process. I think I inte legalmessenger06/28/18
Wow it is slow. I bet every agency is like that. I am just d kelsen106/28/18
There is no way to tell. If you are bumping up on a deadline downwardslope06/28/18
kelsen, i just emailed the HR email that was in one of the p lawyermom107/03/18
Thanks lawyermom for the update. Still waiting on some news. kelsen107/03/18
I had applied to a few offices, so still waiting. lawyermom107/05/18
just an update for those interested: talked to a live person lawyermom107/11/18
Well, they are back at square 1 with the ALJ hiring since th downwardslope07/11/18
Yeah, everybody in the office is talking about the Order. So legalmessenger07/12/18
Wait what order? What does it say and how does it affect fed favorandgrace07/12/18
There is an executive order ending competitive hiring of ALJ downwardslope07/12/18
I am not getting this completely but I will google it. Appli kelsen107/12/18
Before OMHA ALJs were hired off the ALJ register or as trans downwardslope07/12/18
As an update on this thread, this is an amendment pending to lawyermom107/16/18
So I guess this means they are not going to hire for now. kelsen107/17/18
I think they are still hiring and moving ahead-saw some more lawyermom107/19/18
Atlanta is a new office. They decided not to open the propos downwardslope07/20/18
I saw the Atlanta posting. Will apply as well. kelsen107/20/18
Just got a message that I was referred in Cleveland. Been d sobeitunion07/26/18
I got referred for Seattle. Any idea when interview selecti dcm198308/01/18
Unfortunately, I have no idea and I haven’t been able to f sobeitunion08/01/18
Would they hire someone with no HHS experience for the senio dcm198308/03/18
Can anyone speak to the exit options for this job? If it do purplemarker108/10/18
I was referred for the Arlington, VA location. Are decis 55beauty08/11/18
https://federalnewsradio.com/unions /2018/07/executive-orders dcm198308/12/18
Are OMHA decisions published online for the general public t newkid50408/12/18
Does someone knows when the Atlanta new office will be open? kelsen108/14/18
By the end of FY 2019 I have heard. They just decided on the downwardslope08/14/18
Thank you!! So... how do you think it will work out for the kelsen108/14/18
Any interviews yet? Still crickets here... sobeitunion08/17/18
Interviews are starting next week in some midwest offices. sbh121208/17/18
Any interviews yet for the Arlington Office? fedjob08/28/18
I applied for many of the AA jobs posted by USAjobs.gov in v catwoman33309/05/18
The Boston office is not opening due to the cost of the loca downwardslope09/05/18
I was offered an interview for the Seattle Office. Does anyo legaleye09/05/18
What position did you interview for? Did they ask typical newkid50409/06/18
@legaleye, congrats on the interview! From reading previous catwoman33309/07/18
Catwoman, do you have a clue what you are talking about? OMH downwardslope09/07/18
I agree with downwardslope. john0909/07/18
Apologies downwardslope. I was thinking of a supv.-level at catwoman33309/08/18
SSA is GS 11/12 for decision writers. You’d have to become 55beauty09/10/18
Even with the high turnover, I think “most” attorneys at keydet09/10/18
I got an interview request two weeks ago for the Alberquerqu favorandgrace09/11/18
Congrats favorandgrace!! catwoman33309/12/18
Any updates? Sounds like there were interviews and referenc sbh121209/18/18
Did someone applied for the Atlanta office? kelsen109/21/18
As an update... I interviewed for the Seattle office. It sou legaleye09/29/18
Anyone know if the Cleveland office extended offers yet? I k throwaway709/30/18
I know someone that interviewed in the Cleveland office a fe sbh121210/01/18
I know someone that was offered an interview with the Phoeni legaleye10/02/18
I understand that offers have been extended for Phoenix and legaleye10/15/18
Offers have gone out for the Cleveland office. sbh121210/16/18
Same for Atlanta... but have no idea about the starting date kelsen110/16/18
Just checking in to the thread, congrats to those that have legalmessenger10/29/18
Re: the ALJ hiring. Do you mean off the street or for sitti keydet10/30/18
I have heard that ALJs have moved from SSA into the new offi downwardslope10/30/18
I think they’re mostly being selected from other agencies, legalmessenger10/31/18
Someone earlier on this thread mentioned telework might be e throwaway711/01/18
Our union has been sounding the alarm that telework (and man legalmessenger11/02/18
Hi all! Just wanted to chime in here and say that I appl shm3211/07/18
Same here. I also applied for OMHA jobs early last summer b catwoman33311/08/18

legalmessenger (Jun 26, 2018 - 4:02 pm)

I know that the agency is hiring for supervisory attorneys at GS13 and lowly decision writers like myself starting at GS9. Several new field offices opening up. For me it’s been a great gig, happy to answer questions.

Anyone on here applying?

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kelsen1 (Jun 26, 2018 - 4:15 pm)

I think I did applied for the positions you are mentioning. Applied two cities. I know it is GS13 but it will not hurt if you apply. Probably those positions are already filled with inside people but we can be lucky. I have over 7 years of experience but not so sure if I qualify for it but did it anyways. Still under received status.

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legalmessenger (Jun 26, 2018 - 4:19 pm)

You might have a shot, I think the requirement is “experience commensurate to GS12” for at least a year or something.

I got hired without the slightest chance of being hired. It was a Unicorn snowflake in hell. And yet here I am. Good luck!

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kelsen1 (Jun 26, 2018 - 4:37 pm)

Sometimes I feel hopeless about these federal positions, but whenever I read some stories like you I started to feel some hopes again. I also have experience in the Healthcare field. Can I ask where did you get hired and the position? Thanks!

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legalmessenger (Jun 26, 2018 - 4:59 pm)

I don’t want to out myself with location, but I got hired at a “new” field office as an attorney advisor at GS9. The pay sucked (and still kinda sucks) but I quickly went to GS11 and there’s a lot of opportunity to move around between offices.

We are part of the treasurers union and have a great contract. Telework, super flexible work schedule with credit hours, etc. I work 4 10s with two days at home, it’s awesome. Work is still interesting, judges are mostly cool and the office atmosphere is very laid back. Total opposite from my experience in private practice, which I hated. Your healthcare background is super valuable. You won’t be happy with the starting pay for GS9, but you get your foot in the door for GS13 gigs, as well as the coveted ALJ placement (if the ALJ is not a soon extinct animal).

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kelsen1 (Jun 26, 2018 - 5:15 pm)

I'm glad to read you had that opportunity, dont worry, I dont need to know your specific location, it just that as I said it motivates me whenever I read stories like yours. I have been on and off on USAjobs applications hoping that someday I will get an opportunity. So far it looks like the hiring process its being a little faster these months. I could be wrong... Appreciate your comments.

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lawyermom1 (Jul 3, 2018 - 1:08 pm)

legalmessenger did you apply recently (like within the past few months) or have you been there for awhile?

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favorandgrace (Jun 26, 2018 - 5:09 pm)

I applied for the new office opening postings that were put up last month. Hoping to get referred, but I haven't heard anything since then.

Do you get to work overtime/ amass credit hours?

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legalmessenger (Jun 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm)

No overtime at the moment, but yes to credit hours. You can bank your credit hours so they rollover with each pay period and use them just like your annual leave.

Plus there’s the pension and retirement benefits. Not a ton of money, but if you have kids and a working spouse, it’s a really good law job. No clients, no billable hours, no clients... no clients.

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newkid504 (Jun 26, 2018 - 8:10 pm)

I applied to one of the new field offices but never heard anything.

What type of legal issues do you see most often?

I just received an offer from SSA but I wouldn't mind working for OMHA.

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legalmessenger (Jun 26, 2018 - 9:10 pm)

Congrats on the offer!
Almost everyone in the office came from SSA. Everyone I’ve talked to prefers OMHA.

As far as issues, it’s a very small universe. Statutory definition of reasonable medical necessity, some regs, a bunch of CMS manuals, and many more obscure “local coverage determinations” and policy articles are the authorities. We never cite case law or even previous alj decisions, and it’s all de novo.

That being said, there’s always new and weird stuff in the healthcare world so it doesn’t get old. In SSA you will actually deal with beneficiaries, we almost always deal with appellants who are the providers, often with counsel. Less skin in the game, less drama. Production quota is easily met if your Judge is cool.

It’s not for everyone, but I love it because it never interferes with my personal time. I leave the office and I’m done. Sometimes it feels like you’re an insurance adjuster, which is kind of true. But there are subtleties to writing a really good decision (that no one will read, except the conclusion and order), and it’s satisfying to do it quickly and well.

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kelsen1 (Jun 26, 2018 - 9:41 pm)

Sounds like a dream to me....I just hope...

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sobeitunion (Jun 27, 2018 - 2:56 pm)

I applied for Cleveland. Still haven’t heard back. I’m not holding out much hope given my experience applying for federal jobs though

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legalmessenger (Jun 27, 2018 - 3:52 pm)

Good luck! I should never have been hired (two years out of school, experience working in dysfunctional solo’s office, no preferences), but somehow it happened. The only hit I ever got on a usajobs app.

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favorandgrace (Jun 27, 2018 - 4:50 pm)

but why do you feel you shouldnt have been hired? Its not like you were unemployed. With your stats at the time, I would have been expecting to be hired at GS12.

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legalmessenger (Jun 28, 2018 - 1:26 am)

I’m the only person in the entire office that was hired right from the private sector instead of from a different fed agency, so it just feels like a super lucky break. I’m not a vet or a URM, I had zero administrative law experience (not that it mattered). I was going nuts working for the solo, and I was actually making even less money.

It is pretty crazy that you start out as a gs9, but coming from my previous job as an associate making $36k a year, it was heaven sent.

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downwardslope (Jun 28, 2018 - 7:04 am)

I imagine that might have helped you get the job. A lot of people come out of the private (or even public) sector can’t afford to take a GS-9. I had a low paying state job, but it still paid better than GS-9 especially when you take into account that my state job had far superior benefits to the fed job and I was in a place with no state income tax. I know at SSA when I was in training, everyone complained about being forced to take a GS-11 and people were coming in with 5, 10, or even 20 years of experience. However, at least with SSA, you can usually start earning overtime at some point in your first year, which helps a lot for people who are interested.

FWIW, I did similar work to what they do in OMHA in my state job and agree it is a lot more interesting, but couldn’t accept a GS-9, especially in some of the locations that are like Miami and Seattle where only a GS-12 would be manageable.

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legalmessenger (Jun 28, 2018 - 11:29 am)

Interesting. I guess that is the advantage of working in a storage closet for a burnt out hack of a solo for $15.00 an hour: even the GS9 looks extremely good from where you’re already sitting.

I look back on those days with humor now. I actually did work in a storage closet. Duties included personally serving eviction process on broke tentants. Getting the really unhinged clients that the solo would not deal with, calling me on my cell all the time. Spending many, many hours researching how to do the procedural stuff because the aspie-boomer solo did not/would not give any advice or guidance. Then getting berated by boss for not billing that research time. Then getting screamed at by clients for billing that research time. “Why am I paying you to learn how to do your f&$ckkng job?! Didn’t you go to law school???”

I loved going to court, and I loved those few victories when the client really got a great outcome. But even when they got a great outcome, they still were almost never happy. Even when they seemed happy, NO ONE paid their bill in full. I made $36k a year, no bonuses, and yet knew I was “lucky” to have the job.

Yeah, GS9 sounded real good.

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sobeitunion (Jun 27, 2018 - 7:01 pm)

Thank you - not many stories like that. I appreciate it.

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kelsen1 (Jun 28, 2018 - 10:03 am)

If someone happens to know a little bit of info about the hiring process of these positions it will be appreciated if you post something. The one I applied for closed yesterday and I am clueless about what to expect next and for how long.

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legalmessenger (Jun 28, 2018 - 11:32 am)

All I know is that it is a very slow process. I think I interviewed in April, got a tentative offer mid June, and actually started in November.

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kelsen1 (Jun 28, 2018 - 12:09 pm)

Wow it is slow. I bet every agency is like that. I am just desperately frustrated where I am and wishing and hoping for a change.

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downwardslope (Jun 28, 2018 - 12:35 pm)

There is no way to tell. If you are bumping up on a deadline, like the end of the fiscal year or a possible shutdown/lapse in funding, a hiring process may go quickly to ensure a person is hired. In other situations, it can take nine months from the time of the application to the start date.

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lawyermom1 (Jul 3, 2018 - 1:10 pm)

kelsen, i just emailed the HR email that was in one of the postings and probably got some type of auto-reply message about the sheer volume of applications and that they were still reviewing. I sent that email last week.

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kelsen1 (Jul 3, 2018 - 1:26 pm)

Thanks lawyermom for the update. Still waiting on some news. My applications are just under received status. Did you apply?

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lawyermom1 (Jul 5, 2018 - 11:01 am)

I had applied to a few offices, so still waiting.

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lawyermom1 (Jul 11, 2018 - 12:55 pm)

just an update for those interested: talked to a live person earlier today and they said that staff are still reviewing the applications, but they had a goal of trying to get folks hired by the end of the fiscal year. Unclear how many positions, but "multiple" which seems to mean more than 40 (IMO).

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downwardslope (Jul 11, 2018 - 2:28 pm)

Well, they are back at square 1 with the ALJ hiring since they had the EO yesterday. I am not sure how close they were to making new hires, but it seems like it might it might make it significantly more difficult to staff offices if they are going to be getting 4K applications for every ALJ position that is open.

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legalmessenger (Jul 12, 2018 - 10:40 am)

Yeah, everybody in the office is talking about the Order. Sounds like OPM will basically go away altogether (???), so who knows what will happen with new hiring.

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favorandgrace (Jul 12, 2018 - 11:05 am)

Wait what order? What does it say and how does it affect federal hiring? let me go google..

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downwardslope (Jul 12, 2018 - 11:41 am)

There is an executive order ending competitive hiring of ALJs and making them excepted service.

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kelsen1 (Jul 12, 2018 - 12:17 pm)

I am not getting this completely but I will google it. Applied to two positions in two cities and I think there were few vacancies. They were 4 or 5 posted. My application its still under received.

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downwardslope (Jul 12, 2018 - 12:52 pm)

Before OMHA ALJs were hired off the ALJ register or as transfers from SSA. Now that can’t happen because ALJs are excepted service if they transfer to a different agency. So what that means is that there are no new judges to open up these additional offices or an easy way to hire.

Before it was just a matter of posting a certificate of people on the register or who were ALJs elsewhere. Now they have to hire another way. USAJobs is not required, but it still puts them way behind ALJ hiring than they were before when they had candidates in mind.

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lawyermom1 (Jul 16, 2018 - 7:23 pm)

As an update on this thread, this is an amendment pending to the FSGG Appropriations bill in the House that would ban funds from being used to implement the EO that @downwardslope mentioned above.

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kelsen1 (Jul 17, 2018 - 9:41 am)

So I guess this means they are not going to hire for now.

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lawyermom1 (Jul 19, 2018 - 11:12 pm)

I think they are still hiring and moving ahead-saw some more jobs posted on usajobs for attorneys in some offices.

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downwardslope (Jul 20, 2018 - 7:32 am)

Atlanta is a new office. They decided not to open the proposed office in Boston due to cost and are now looking to put one in Atlanta instead. They are probably posting all of them just in case they don’t have enough attorneys that transfer with the current OMHA judges who are interested.

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kelsen1 (Jul 20, 2018 - 9:07 am)

I saw the Atlanta posting. Will apply as well.

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sobeitunion (Jul 26, 2018 - 10:15 am)

Just got a message that I was referred in Cleveland. Been down this road enough times to know that referred doesn’t mean much, but still happy to get the referral.

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dcm1983 (Aug 1, 2018 - 8:31 am)

I got referred for Seattle. Any idea when interview selections will be made?

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sobeitunion (Aug 1, 2018 - 10:43 am)

Unfortunately, I have no idea and I haven’t been able to find much online. I believe the hope is to hire before 9/30/18, so I would imagine soon. I think there were a lot of openings at each site due to a giant backlog of appeals, so a lot of folks will have gotten referred.

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dcm1983 (Aug 3, 2018 - 5:14 pm)

Would they hire someone with no HHS experience for the senior attorney advisor position? It was open to the public and I got referred, but it seems like it would be a promotional spot for the GS-12s.

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purplemarker1 (Aug 10, 2018 - 10:36 am)

Can anyone speak to the exit options for this job? If it doesn’t go to a GS13 and promotions are scarce, I can’t imagine people stick around all that long. But where do they go? Thanks

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55beauty (Aug 11, 2018 - 8:46 am)

I was referred for the Arlington, VA location.

Are decision writers assigned to one ALJ, or do they write for a group of ALJs?

What is the training like?

How soon do you get to work from home?

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dcm1983 (Aug 12, 2018 - 2:58 pm)

https://federalnewsradio.com/unions/2018/07/executive-orders-prompt-worrisome-new-bargaining-proposals-from-hhs-nteu-says/


Ughhh...is the trump admin going to ruin this job? Sounds like they're going to take away telework and put management in a position where they can harass employees they don't like for whatever reason by denying them AWS or leave. Given what's going on in other agencies, it seems there is a lot of potential for management to load up the agency with trump-loving yes-men. If they cripple the union, it's just going to make it super easy for management to abuse their positions and make life hell for the rank and file employees for their own personal gain rather than the good of the taxpayer or the claimant.

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newkid504 (Aug 12, 2018 - 8:19 pm)

Are OMHA decisions published online for the general public to read?

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kelsen1 (Aug 14, 2018 - 10:04 am)

Does someone knows when the Atlanta new office will be open?

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downwardslope (Aug 14, 2018 - 10:05 am)

By the end of FY 2019 I have heard. They just decided on the location.

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kelsen1 (Aug 14, 2018 - 10:07 am)

Thank you!! So... how do you think it will work out for the position they recently posted for this office? I got referred. Not that I have big hopes but I just wonder how will this proceed...will they start hiring and then the training will take place in a different place or will they wait till 2019 to start it all?

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sobeitunion (Aug 17, 2018 - 1:21 pm)

Any interviews yet? Still crickets here...

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sbh1212 (Aug 17, 2018 - 4:30 pm)

Interviews are starting next week in some midwest offices. I don’t have all the details but I have a friend that applied and is being interviewed early next week.

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fedjob (Aug 28, 2018 - 10:31 am)

Any interviews yet for the Arlington Office?

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catwoman333 (Sep 5, 2018 - 8:55 pm)

I applied for many of the AA jobs posted by USAjobs.gov in various OMHAs across the nation. I have yet to hear back from anyone interested in an interview.

I did receive an email last week re: cancelling the position in the planned Boston office. No real reason given. My guess is those multiple OMHA job listings posted last summer were either very premature (agency just collecting resumes or trying to assess interest level for future openings or--more likely IMHO--the agency did plan massive, nationwide hires before the end of the fiscal year but everything was halted or delayed by higher ups because of election cycle and/or politics.

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downwardslope (Sep 5, 2018 - 10:27 pm)

The Boston office is not opening due to the cost of the location being too expensive. That is why the position was canceled. Instead they have decided on Atlanta. I think the other offices are interviewing now.

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legaleye (Sep 5, 2018 - 10:22 pm)

I was offered an interview for the Seattle Office. Does anyone have any idea about the production requirements for this job? I'm curious if this would be better/worse than SSA. Any thoughts?

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newkid504 (Sep 6, 2018 - 6:15 am)

What position did you interview for?
Did they ask typical questions?

I can't answer if its better/worse than SSA. Not sure what you are expecting out of a job (other than a paycheck) or your life situation. SSA might fit one person better than another.

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catwoman333 (Sep 7, 2018 - 12:06 am)

@legaleye, congrats on the interview! From reading previous postings, I understand AA starting salary scale at OMHA is higher than at SSA, GS 13/14 I think. SSA starts people at GS11 with possible promotion NTE GS 12. SSA jobs are temp (NTE 2 or 4 years). Turnover at SSA is very high, perhaps for those reasons. I also understand some AAs are allowed to work at home a few days a week after a year of meeting production goals.


Best of luck in the interview, and let us know how it goes!!

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downwardslope (Sep 7, 2018 - 6:01 am)

Catwoman, do you have a clue what you are talking about? OMHA pays 9/11/12 just like SSA. Turnover at SSA outside of DC is actually not very high and most people are brought in off term contracts if they meet the quota. The quota is quite easy to meet, unlike at the VA. I have not heard anything negative about OMHA either.

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john09 (Sep 7, 2018 - 7:57 am)

I agree with downwardslope.

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catwoman333 (Sep 8, 2018 - 10:00 pm)

Apologies downwardslope. I was thinking of a supv.-level atty listing I saw at OMHA awhile ago.

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55beauty (Sep 10, 2018 - 10:02 am)

SSA is GS 11/12 for decision writers. You’d have to become a Senior AA or Group Supervisor to get a 13 because decision writers top out at 12.

Although VA has promotion potential to GS 14, the key word is “potential.” They churn and burn new employees quickly so most new hires don’t make it out of year 1 as a 9 or 11.

With both SSA and VA, making the quota is a function of what cases your supervisor or judge gives you and the pickiness of the judge signing the decision. Some sign anything, while others send it back over a comma.

Is there more autonomy in writing at OMHA?

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keydet (Sep 10, 2018 - 10:51 am)

Even with the high turnover, I think “most” attorneys at BVA make it out of probation. A fair few don’t, but not the majority.

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favorandgrace (Sep 11, 2018 - 9:14 pm)

I got an interview request two weeks ago for the Alberquerque, NM office. The Ohio office was assisting with interviewing and hiring, as NM is a new office.

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catwoman333 (Sep 12, 2018 - 11:43 pm)

Congrats favorandgrace!!

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sbh1212 (Sep 18, 2018 - 3:35 pm)

Any updates? Sounds like there were interviews and reference checks in the past few weeks.

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kelsen1 (Sep 21, 2018 - 12:26 pm)

Did someone applied for the Atlanta office?

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legaleye (Sep 29, 2018 - 12:36 pm)

As an update... I interviewed for the Seattle office. It sounded like they're doing quite a bunch of interviews that will conclude next week. They asked general questions and it was a fast interview. I also applied for the Atlanta office, but haven't heard anything (though, another board suggests those interviews have started).

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throwaway7 (Sep 30, 2018 - 9:32 pm)

Anyone know if the Cleveland office extended offers yet? I know interviews were held the end of August.

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sbh1212 (Oct 1, 2018 - 7:52 am)

I know someone that interviewed in the Cleveland office a few weeks ago and has not heard anything since.

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legaleye (Oct 2, 2018 - 12:22 am)

I know someone that was offered an interview with the Phoenix office recently.

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legaleye (Oct 15, 2018 - 11:29 pm)

I understand that offers have been extended for Phoenix and Albuquerque. Has anyone else heard anything about the other locations? Any additional insight into life as an AA at OMHA?

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sbh1212 (Oct 16, 2018 - 2:34 pm)

Offers have gone out for the Cleveland office.

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kelsen1 (Oct 16, 2018 - 2:58 pm)

Same for Atlanta... but have no idea about the starting date, or training in any of the offices. Do you know if everybody will start at the same time?

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legalmessenger (Oct 29, 2018 - 6:39 pm)

Just checking in to the thread, congrats to those that have been interviewed. I know our office has been interviewing, but not many hires yet. We are hiring ALJs as well, as soon as that mess gets figured out.

Life at OMHA is great in my opinion. Focus is on quantity more than quality, production expectation is very reasonable IMO (depends on the judge though); they are short decisions for the most part so not a lot of stress. Keep us posted...

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keydet (Oct 30, 2018 - 12:56 pm)

Re: the ALJ hiring. Do you mean off the street or for sitting ALJs at other agencies?

I know post-EO, it’s a brave new world.

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downwardslope (Oct 30, 2018 - 2:33 pm)

I have heard that ALJs have moved from SSA into the new offices.

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legalmessenger (Oct 31, 2018 - 11:45 am)

I think they’re mostly being selected from other agencies, but no one knows for sure. Literally no one understands the hiring process right now.

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throwaway7 (Nov 1, 2018 - 9:59 am)

Someone earlier on this thread mentioned telework might be eliminated in the next contract? Is that true? Also, under the current contract, how long before an employee is eligible for telework?

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legalmessenger (Nov 2, 2018 - 2:47 am)

Our union has been sounding the alarm that telework (and many other wonderful perks of fedlife) are under attack by the agency. Telework may or may not be part of the next contract, and it would be a huge bummer if it went away. However, even if it doesn’t get into the contract, it would be up to the management of individual field offices to actually eliminate it. Super unlikely that it would ever be “eliminated”, but it is a concern.

Under the current contract, new hires have to wait three months before getting on an approved telework schedule.

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shm32 (Nov 7, 2018 - 1:33 pm)

Hi all!

Just wanted to chime in here and say that I applied to a posting in may and got a call yesterday for a phone interview in Irvine, CA. I also applied to the Arlington, VA location, but havent heard anything.

I have similar experience as OP. 2 years out of law school with experience working for dysfunction solos, but currently doing doc review, so here's hoping! Any tips would be much appreciated.

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catwoman333 (Nov 8, 2018 - 3:38 pm)

Same here. I also applied for OMHA jobs early last summer but no response until now (phone interview). So for those who applied ages ago, but heard nothing for months, don't give up hope, assume those jobs were already filled.

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