Field Examiner

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Mar 23, 2018
Closes
Mar 23, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Must possess a valid Driver License.
  • Must reside within a 50 mile radius.
  • FlexiPlace Agreement: Work-at-Home

    A FlexiPlace Agreement will be reviewed and renewed annually. The FlexiPlace Agreement requires the employee to ensure that a proper work environment is maintained. Work-at-home participants must complete and sign a safety checklist, VA Form 0740b, that proclaims the home safe for an official home work site and to ensure all the requirements to do official work are met in an environment that allows the tasks to be performed safely. The employee agrees to permit access to the home work site by agency representatives as required, during normal working hours, to repair or maintain Government-furnished equipment and to ensure compliance with the terms of this agreement. The agency representative will provide the employee with a minimum of 24 hours' notice (except in emergency situations that require immediate action). If a FlexiPlace employee must ship their equipment to the official duty station or bring it to the nearest VA Regional Office for repairs as appropriate, an agency representative will provide the employee with reasonable advance notice. The employee may be required to report to the official duty station or the nearest VA Regional Office while the equipment is under repair. For work-at-home, the employee is required to designate one area in the home as the official work or office area that is suitable for the performance of official Government business. The Government's potential exposure to liability is restricted to this official work or office area for the purposes of FlexiPlace. The employee must have a telephone, workspace suitable to perform work, utilities adequate for installing equipment, and space that is free from interruptions and provides reasonable security and protection for government property.

    FlexiPlace is not a substitute for dependent care.

    Remote Connection to the VA Network: The ability to connect to the VA Network is a mandatory component of working as an out-based employee. The end user should have a broadband Internet connection. This can be in one of several forms; a Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) referred to as "dial up" is not sufficient to use for either remote connection type. The employee is responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of the broadband service. If the employee is unable to connect to the Internet in general, he or she needs to work with his or her ISP to ensure Internet connectivity. Out-based employees may receive an air card if needed or for travel.

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/22/2018.

    Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 grade level. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09 grade level.The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

    You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
    • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Conducting investigations and evaluations surrounding funds, safety, and general quality of life, Analyze and advise on benefits, Conducting investigations into funds usage, Making determinations on claims of benefits and associated circumstances. OR,
    • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you mut have Masters degree at the GS-09 grade level, or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree at the GS-11 grade level. OR,
    • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond.
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

    Physical Requirements: Travel to and from veteran residence, homeless shelters, and office buildings to conduct examinations.

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    Knowledge of Veterans Benefits Administration Policies, provisions, objectives, laws and regulations, to include compensation and pension.
    Knowledge of the requirements surrounding the appointment and performance of fiduciaries.
    Knowledge and skill in the full range of investigation techniques, including interviews, interrogation, documenting, searches, and surveillance.
    Skill in communication, ability to communicate clearly and concisely, as well as experience dealing with member of varying cultural groups.
    Knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act, and release of sensitive documents.

    Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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