Claims Specialist

Social Security Administration

About the organization

Social Security has provided financial protection for our nation's people for over 80 years. Chances are, you either receive Social Security benefits or know someone who does. With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation's history.

We are passionate about supporting our customers by delivering financial support, providing superior customer service, and ensuring the safety and security of your information — helping you secure today and tomorrow.


As a Claims Specialist with SSA, you will contribute to the Agency's mission through direct and personal service to the public. Claims Representatives interview applicants for benefits, determine a claimant’s initial eligibility for Social Security benefits, and analyze any evidence that will help make that determination.
These employees obtain, clarify, and verify data used to analyze claims and make benefit decisions. A Claims Specialist:
•Provides direct service to the public
•Conducts interviews and adjudicate customer’s claims for retirement, survivors and disability benefits
•Works with beneficiaries to establish continuing eligibility for payment.
•Provides assistance with administrative appeals.
•Authorizes payment
•Offers referral services
•Identifies and investigates potential program abuse
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For GS-5: Three years' general experience that demonstrates the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally/writing.
For GS-7: One year's specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include assisting individuals with establishing their entitlement to receive benefits; or adjudicating, authorizing or reconsidering claims; representing programs before the general public and providing information through the media; or evaluating benefit program operations to assess the integrity and quality; or interpreting program requirements and formulating policies, procedures and guidelines.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Education may be substituted for experience or may be combined with experience and will be made in accordance with the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions. Selectees who use education to qualify will provide official transcripts.
For GS-5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor’s degree. One year of study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.
For GS-7: One full year of graduate level education in a related field OR a Bachelor’s Degree with superior academic achievement in a related field.


Starting $40,271 - $49,884 with promotional potential to $73,827 in 2-3 years

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

This is an open call for resumes from RPCVs and transitioning Peace Corps staff with noncompetitive eligibility (NCE). This is not a guarantee of employment.

Please email your resume, college transcripts and evidence of non-competitive eligibility to [email protected]

If your Peace Corps service ended more than a year before the submission of your resume, in addition to the above items, please submit evidence of military service, statement of activities since the time your NCE certification expired, and/or any additional information you wish to be considered in extending your NCE.

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