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  • Different uses for Title 38: Title 5 war = declared by Congress. Title 38 defines “period of war” to include many non-declared wars, including Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. Such conflicts entitle a veteran to VA benefits under Title 38, but not necessarily to preference or service credit under Title 5.
  • POP QUIZ FROM YOUR PRE-WORK READING ASSIGNMENT Why do we give veterans preference? In recognition of their sacrifice, Congress enacts laws to prevent vetrans seeking Federal employment from being penalized for their time in military service. VP recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform, restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for government employment and acknowledges the larger obligation owed to disabled veterans
  • Different uses for Title 38: Title 5 war = declared by Congress. Title 38 defines “period of war” to include many non-declared wars, including Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. Such conflicts entitle a veteran to VA benefits under Title 38, but not necessarily to preference or service credit under Title 5.
  • Since the civil war. Veterans’ Preference Act of 1944
  • This doesn’t mean that you can’t select through internal placement.
  • 25 minutes: Use the T5 vs. T38 vs. Hybrid T38 document in participant’s binders (Pages 52-56) to discuss the differences in these positions. Facilitator should highlight the types of positions for each, the difference in hiring processes, qualification differences and how salaries are determined. The Facilitator has important points printed in blue. 5 minutes: Go over slide and have participants answer whether the listed positions are T5, T38 or Hybrid. Answers will come up on the screen after each click.
  • Since the civil war. Veterans’ Preference Act of 1944

Transcript

  • 1. VA Palo Alto Health Care System
    • PRESENTERS:
    • HR SPECIALISTS
    • TERI PICKLE
    • JESSICA PARKER
    • LILY HUANG
    • HR FRONT DESK 650-858-3951
    “ Ensuring VHA has effective human capital to serve Veterans”
  • 2. Agenda
    • Overview of VAPAHCS
    • DEU – 5pt, 10pt
    • The Application Process
    • Merit System/Status Candidates
    • Veterans Preference
      • VEOA/VRA
      • 30% Disabled Veterans
    • Federal Resume/Experience
    • Testimonials
    • Questions & Answers
  • 3. VA Palo Alto Health Care System 3801 Miranda Ave Palo Alto, CA 94304 (650) 493-5000
  • 4. 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!
  • 5. 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
  • 6.
    • 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.
  • 7.
    • 8 CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic)
      • Menlo Park
      • Livermore
      • San Jose
      • Monterey
      • Sonora
      • Stockton
      • Capitola
      • Modesto Clinic expanding
      • Fremont
    VA Palo Alto HCS
  • 8.
    • Future Cites
      • Expansion of Modesto CBOC
        • Stanislaus County (2011)
      • South Alameda County
        • (2015)
    VA Palo Alto HCS
  • 9. Overview VA Palo Alto Health Care System
    • You can now:
    • Visit us on Facebook
    • – Follow the VAPAHCS and become a fan
    • Follow us on Twitter
    • – Know instantly news or activities of your VISN
  • 10. Title 5 Title 38 Hybrid Title 38 Competitive Excepted TYPES OF APPOINTMENTS
  • 11. COMPETTIVE
    • Delegated Examining Unit (DEU)
    • PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES:
    • 5 Point
    • 10 Point
    • These are added to the passing score of a
    • veteran who meets the qualifications required for each specific category.
  • 12. 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)
  • 13. 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
  • 14. DD Form 214
  • 15. DD Form 214
  • 16. USA Jobs
  • 17.
    • Application
      • OF 612 and Resume Builder (online)
      • OF 306
      • DD214/Statement of Service
      • VA rating letter/SF15
    • USA Jobs - Electronic
      • External Postings - DEUs
    Applying
  • 18.
    • 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!
    Résumés
  • 19. 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
    • Competitive:
    • Veterans’ Preference points apply
  • 20. 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
  • 21.
    • EXCEPTIONS TO VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS
    • People with Disabilities (SCH A)
    • 30% or more disabled veterans
    Selective Placement Programs
  • 22. VEOA
    • 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.
  • 23. (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.
  • 24. 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.
  • 25. Veterans’ Employment Information These are the “Armed Forces”
  • 26. 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.
  • 27. What is Veterans' Preference?
    • Veterans' Preference provides a uniform method for giving special consideration to qualified veterans' seeking Federal employment.
  • 28. 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)
  • 29.
    • Certain examinations are open only to preference eligibles as long as such applicants are available.
      • Custodian (Housekeeping Aid)
      • Elevator Operator
      • Guard
      • Messenger
    Positions Restricted to Veterans
  • 30.
    • 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
    Selective Service
  • 31. 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.
  • 32. T5, T38 or Hybrid?
    • Clerk Typist
    • LPN
    • Physician
    • Tractor Operator
    • Cook
    • Nurse
    • Dietitian
    • Podiatrist
    • Pharmacist
    • Program Specialist
    • Audiologist
    • Certified Respiratory Therapist
    • Medical Records Technician
    • Medical Technologist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant
    • Secretary
    • Physician Assistant
    T5 Hybrid T38 T5 T5 T38 Hybrid T38 Hybrid T5 Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid Hybrid T5 T38
  • 33. VET PREFERENCE - TITLE 38
    • Hybrid
    • If both candidates are equally qualified. Vet should
    • be given preference first.
    • Full
    • Does not apply
  • 34. When Does Veterans' Preference Not Apply?
    • Does not apply to SES
    • Does not apply to promotion, reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer or reinstatement
  • 35.
    • Careers/Current Openings
    • http://www.palo-alto.med.va.gov/Careers.asp
    • Nursing Jobs
    • VA Jobs Vacancy announcements nationwide throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs
    • USAJOBS Vacancy announcements nationwide at all federal agencies
    VAPALO ALTO HCS
  • 36.
    • Try not to write
      • Use MS Word, or electronic forms
        • Shows computer skills
    • KSAs (knowledge, Skills, & Abilities)
      • Explain how you did the task and at what level
      • Refer to the questions
      • Be honest with yourself
    Good Advice to Know
  • 37. “ Ensuring VHA has effective human capital to serve Veterans” Testimonials
  • 38. Questions