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The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world. This benefits system traces its roots back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. The Pilgrims passed a law which stated that disabled soldiers would be supported by the colony. The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to "consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans."

This forum also includes the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Perhaps you are working for the VA or interested in working for the VA. Here is a forum to share your experience with the VA.

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covigreen  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 21, 2022 7:56:51 AM(UTC)
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I was recently presented with a TO for an AMSA position out in the Northern Cali area. I'm currently in the Washington state area as a GS 6 Step 4 in a non-MSA role. Initially, the new position offer letter stated a GS-6 Step 1 at $57,522~. However, I asked if it were possible to match my current GS and Step. He seemed to consider it and reached back out days later with an email confirming this was doable. I was later sent a revised TO letter with the new GS/Step and pay and presented him with my current position's SF-50, which listed my current position and status. This bump in pay would make my new salary $63,605. I patiently waited on my Firm Offer and once I received a phone call from another HR specialist, she opened with 'Hi. Are you ready to accept the offer for Blank VA for $63,605.'.

Well, there were some other miscommunications happening and I was told that they can't match my current grade and step because I'm coming from a non-MSA role to an MSA role, but had I come from another MSA role, they'd be able to match it. The kicker is that before the miscommunication bit, they were going to offer me the GS 6 Step 4.

The area of Northern Cali I'd be moving to is quite expensive and I'd only need to be there for in-person training before going 100% remote.

I'm not sure what to do. I truly do want this remote position because I would like to go back home and save some money, but I don't know if they're jerking me around because they can or because they think I won't ask questions. My current job is awful and the leadership isn't knowledgeable about my position to be of any assistance.


Any thoughts and ideas??
FlatAffect  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 21, 2022 4:22:57 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: covigreen Go to Quoted Post

Any thoughts and ideas??


I work in a Mental Health Clinic as a provider and I have my own AMSA who completes all my RTC's and admin work.

I would advise you to think about the cost of living in California and that the AMSA position is basically an entry-level position that doesn't pay well until you become an AMSA supervisor and even that position is terminal.

Have you considered another type of position within VA that has more upward mobility?

The major factor when transferring within the Federal system is cost of living and sometimes they don't pay enough for an area, like most of California.

The VA systems in California are always sending internal emails looking for Mental Health providers because it's too expensive to live there and GS-11/12 doesn't pay enough!

Look before you leap, young COVI!
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