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Overview of VAPAHCS
DEU – 5pt, 10pt
The Application Process
Merit System/Status Candidates
30% Disabled Veterans
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System 3801 Miranda Ave Palo Alto, CA 94304 (650) 493-5000
Our Mission, Vision & Values
VAPAHCS has embarked on a journey to transform our organizational culture. The goals, sub-goals and initiatives reflected within our Strategic Plan are designed to achieve a service oriented, user friendly, efficient, results-driven health care organization. The course we have charted reflects the goals of VA, VHA and VISN 21. PUTTING VETERANS FIRST!
Our Mission, Vision & Values
PUTTING VETERANS FIRST! Mission Statement: Honor America’s veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being Vision Statement: To be a patient-centered integrated health care organization for veterans providing excellent health care, research, and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner; and a back-up for National emergencies Core Values: Trust, respect, excellence, commitment and compassion
VHA is the world’s largest healthcare complex in the world
VAPAHCS (3500 employees) is a teaching hospital, providing a full
range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology as
well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is
provided in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation,
neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.
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Modesto Clinic expanding
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Expansion of Modesto CBOC
Stanislaus County (2011)
South Alameda County
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Title 5 Title 38 Hybrid Title 38 Competitive Excepted TYPES OF APPOINTMENTS
Delegated Examining Unit (DEU)
These are added to the passing score of a
veteran who meets the qualifications required for each specific category.
5 Point Preference During a war OR… Dates Served Comments 12/7/41 to 4/28/52 World War II 4/28/52 to 7/1/55 1/31/55 to 10/15/76 More than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, and part of these dates 9/11/01 to last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom More than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, and part of these dates 8/2/90 to 1/2/92 Gulf War Campaign medal authorized Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge Enlisted after 9/7/80 Campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran, continuously for 24 months or full period called or ordered to active duty (not required for certain SC veterans) Entered on duty on or after 10/14/82 Campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran, continuously for 24 months or full period called or ordered to active duty (not required for certain SC veterans)
10 Point Preference Qualifications Served any time and has a present SC disability, is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or Department of Veterans Affairs Purple Heart qualifies as disabled Unmarried spouse of certain deceased veterans Spouse of a veteran unable to work because of a service connected disability Mother of a veteran who died in service Mother of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled
DD Form 214
DD Form 214
OF 612 and Resume Builder (online)
DD214/Statement of Service
VA rating letter/SF15
USA Jobs - Electronic
External Postings - DEUs
Only You Know What You Did!
Many Vets neglect to write the small stuff
Be specific – what, when, how often, type of supervision
Many skills are omitted
DO NOT USE RESUME AGENCIES!
DO NOT CUT & PASTE Job descriptions!
When Preference Applies: Merit vs. Competitive
Merit Promotion Announcements:
Vet Preference points do not apply
Allows Veterans to apply to positions open
ONLY to status applicants
Veterans’ Preference points apply
MERIT SYSTEM (STATUS APPLICANTS)
Current Federal Employees
Sch A, Transfers from other Federal Agencies, Reinstatement Eligible's
Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) authority
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
30% or more disabled veterans
EXCEPTIONS TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS
People with Disabilities (SCH A)
30% or more disabled veterans
Selective Placement Programs
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):
This authority permits an agency to appoint an eligible veteran who has applied under an agency merit promotion announcement that is open to candidates outside the agency.
Eligibility: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a
candidate must :
be a preference eligible or veteran separated after substantially completing at least 3 years of continuous active duty service performed under honorable conditions.
(VRA) Veterans Recruitment Appt Authority
The VRA is a special authority by which agencies can appoint an eligible veteran without competition. The VRA is an excepted appointment to a position that is otherwise in the competitive service. After 2 years of satisfactory service, the veteran is converted to a career-conditional appointment in the competitive service.
Disabled veterans; or
Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or
Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or
Recently separated veterans.
30% or more disabled veterans 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans : These veterans may be given a temporary or term appointment (not limited to 60 days or less) to any position for which qualified (there is no grade limitation). After demonstrating satisfactory performance, the veteran may be converted at any time to a career-conditional appointment.
Veterans’ Employment Information These are the “Armed Forces”
Who is a Veteran?
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 clarified the scope of the term "veteran" for the purposes of determining who is entitled to veterans' preference. OPM is in the process of revising its regulations to conform to this clarification. In the interim, agencies should rely upon the statute and OPM guidance in determining who is entitled to veterans' preference.
Note: Information that follows pertains only to Title 5. Title 38 uses some of the same terms, but in different ways.
What is Veterans' Preference?
Veterans' Preference provides a uniform method for giving special consideration to qualified veterans' seeking Federal employment.
Who is Entitled to Veterans' Preference?
Honorable or General discharge: DD214
Veterans' who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-veterans' for hiring from competitive lists and in retention during reductions in force and may be considered for special noncompetitive appointments for which only they are eligible.
Military retirees at the rank of Major, Lieutenant Commander, or higher are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled veterans' (does not apply to Reservists who will not begin drawing military retired pay until age 60)
Non-disabled Veterans: Active duty for training by National Guard or Reserve Soldiers does not qualify as active duty for preference
Disabled Veterans: Active duty includes training in the Reserves or National Guard (per MSPB decision Hesse v. Dept. of Army)
Certain examinations are open only to preference eligibles as long as such applicants are available.
Custodian (Housekeeping Aid)
Positions Restricted to Veterans
Must be registered for Selective Service
Members separated from Active Military Service, separated for any reason before age 26
Members of the Armed Forces on active duty (active duty for training does not constitute “active duty” for registration purposes) do not have to register, but…
Letters of Exception
Types of Excepted Service Title 38 Appointments
Pure Title 38
Appointments in VHA in direct patient care (physicians, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, optometrists, chiropractors, etc.)
Hybrid Title 38
Appointments in VHA in direct patient care (pharmacists, medical technologists, dietitians, radiology technicians, LPNs, etc.) who are Title 38 for hiring and Title 5 for firing
Veterans Canteen Service
Appointments to positions assigned to the Canteen Services located in individual facilities.