To administer programs involving health care, pensions, education funding, employment aid and memorial services to aid U.S. Veterans and their families. The Department of Veterans Affairs also runs the veterans’ hospital system and operates its national cemeteries.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C. Field offices nationwide, all U.S. territories and Manila, Philippines. VA has 155 hospitals, nearly 900 health clinics, 58 regional offices and 123 cemeteries. Highest concentration of employees: California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.
The Department of Veterans Affairs ranked 18th out of 30 agencies in the 2010 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings with an index score of 63.6.
VA has created many programs to attract qualified candidates to join in serving Veterans. As a result of the agency’s academic affiliations across the nation, thousands of undergraduates and graduate students in medical fields complete their clinical rotations and residencies at VA health care facilities. Additionally, VA has hired and trained seven dedicated national healthcare recruiters along with program support assistants. The recruiters will work with local human resources, workforce planners, service directors and other key staff to plan and execute results-driven recruitment strategies for hard-to-fill health care positions. These experienced recruiters will be fully immersed in filling challenging vacancies. VA also has a presence at many college job fairs in the Washington, D.C. area as well as job fairs targeted to Veterans seeking civilian employment.
In FY 2007, VA granted over 3,600 recruitment bonuses worth over $27.5 million. The number of recruitment bonuses increased greatly during FY 2008, as VA granted over 5,700 recruitment bonuses worth over $53.2 million. The Education Debt Reduction Program allows VA to provide up to $50,000 in education loan repayments for newly appointed health care professionals. The education loan(s) must be for courses that led directly to qualifying for the appointed position. Since its inception in 2003, this program has provided nearly $78 million to over 7,000 VA health care professionals. Beginning in October 2009, $20 million will be dedicated to funding the Education Debt Reduction Program each fiscal year.
With over 350 occupations, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has opportunities for a variety of candidates. Using agency-wide workforce analysis, VA has identified key occupations for focused recruitment. Attracting qualified health care professionals, claims examiners, information technology specialists, and human resources specialists remains a priority for the agency. As is true for many federal agencies, VA anticipates losing a large percentage of employees due to retirement during the next five years. This will provide numerous opportunities for joining VA’s workforce as well as career advancement in the second largest federal agency.
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Demographics source: FedScope, OPM
Source: Fedscope 09/08
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