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Note: Does not cover descriptions or samples for the 7 new competencies. Does not cover exam questions or exam preparation strategies. (This information is not available to any ALJ Candidate yet.)
In March 2013, the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) opened a new Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Examination through a job announcement on USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov). The ALJ Writing Guide is mandatory reading for any attorney who would like to apply for Administrative Law Judge positions with the US Government. As of this writing, no applicant has seen or completed the new examination. Although this Guide covers only the original 6 of what are now 13 competencies tested for in the new exam, the process for developing narrative content for use in the resume and online experience assessment remains exactly the same.
At this time, the precise contents of the online component of the exam are known only to OPM. However, applicants may want to refer to this page for information about situational judgment tests: (click here). You may also want to review this example which relates to the way hiring officials test logical reasoning: (click here).
The examination process for ALJs is among the most complex in all of OPM. Strict adherence to OPM’s requirements is essential; moreover, there are certain conventions applicable to all non-Excepted Service applications that candidates are expected to adhere to, regardless of federal status. These conventions are not spelled out in OPM’s announcements, but form a central theme of the ALJ Writing Guide.
This book is designed to help you write all parts of the ALJ application:
“Closed, baby, closed. I wonder how many apps they got? My guess is way more than 900 and, almost by definition, all had to be nearly one button push away from Submit. I have to admit that but for the email alert from your office, I would have been SOL. Once again, thank you. I would never have known about the position, let alone know it became available and let alone be able to file a good response in one day.”