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Administrative Law Judges

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.

Contact Information

ALJ Vacancy Announcement
The ALJ vacancy announcement will open to receipt of applications on an as needed basis. Openings of this announcement will be posted on OPM's USAJOBS website.
ALJ Examination
All inquiries concerning the ALJ examination, including inquiries from ALJ applicants on the current ALJ Register and prospective ALJ applicants should be directed to aljapplication@opm.gov.
Ten-Point Veterans
Applicants who are entitled to apply for a closed examination pursuant to 5 CFR 332.311, and are interested in applying for the ALJ examination must provide the required proof of veterans' preference entitlement by email to aljapplication@opm.gov.
Control Panel