U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: Feb 06, 2023
(a) OPM administers a Senior Administrative Law Judge Program in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3323(b)(2). The Senior Administrative Law Judge Program is subject to the requirements and limitations in this section.
(b) A senior administrative law judge must meet the:
(1) Annuitant requirements under 5 U.S.C. 3323;
(2) Professional license requirement in § 930.204(b); and
(3) Investigations and suitability requirements in part 731 of this chapter.
(c) Under the Senior Administrative Law Judge Program, OPM authorizes agencies that have temporary, irregular workload requirements for conducting proceedings in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 556 and 557 to temporarily reemploy administrative law judge annuitants. If OPM is unable to identify an administrative law judge under § 930.208 who meets the agency's qualification requirements, OPM will approve the agency's request.
(d) An agency wishing to temporarily reemploy an administrative law judge must submit a written request to OPM. The request must:
(1) Identify the statutory authority under which the administrative law judge is expected to conduct proceedings;
(2) Demonstrate the agency's temporary or irregular workload requirements for conducting proceedings;
(3) Specify the tour of duty, location, period of time, or particular cases(s) for the requested reemployment; and
(4) Describe any special qualifications the retired administrative law judge possesses that are required of the position, such as experience in a particular field, agency, or substantive area of law.
(e) OPM establishes the terms of the appointment for a senior administrative law judge. The senior administrative law judge may be reemployed either for a specified period not to exceed 1 year or for such time as may be necessary for the senior administrative law judge to conduct and complete the hearing and issue decisions for one or more specified cases. Upon agency request, OPM may reduce or extend such period of reemployment, as necessary, to coincide with changing staffing requirements.
(f) A senior administrative law judge serves subject to the same limitations as any other administrative law judge employed under this subpart and 5 U.S.C. 3105.
(g) A senior administrative law judge is paid the rate of basic pay for the pay level at which the position has been classified. If the position is classified at pay level AL-3, the senior administrative law judge is paid the lowest rate of basic pay in AL-3 that equals or exceeds the highest previous rate of basic pay attained by the individual as an administrative law judge immediately before retirement, up to the maximum rate F.