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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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yoshi222  
#1 Posted : Sunday, April 16, 2017 6:43:09 AM(UTC)
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I have a formal question, and hopefully we can turn this forum into a productive discussion. What's it about?
Disclosing the different types of hiring authorities authored by Congress-in simple terms. (No links to websites, articles, etc).

My question:

Is there a hiring authority that allows Veterans to jump time-in-grade or to go from a GS-4 to a GS-8 WITHOUT meeting Time In Grade restrictions?

Now, let's turn this into a productive discussion about the different hiring authorities available to Veterans. I am familiar with the www.fedshirevets.gov website; however, the information is vague and lacks detail. So, I thought we could start a discussion aimed specifically at the hiring authorities, their purpose, and how they help Vets.

I start the first one as an example. If I understand the Schedule A correctly, it allows you to apply as a status candidate. Meaning you're a federal employee and passed your probationary period. You've obtained status. It DOES NOT give you the right to employment. The real kicker comes from the local union contract; READ IT!!! Issues such as this are addressed.

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Hyde  
#2 Posted : Sunday, April 16, 2017 9:37:15 AM(UTC)
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Yes is the quick answer to your question. The authority you are looking for is Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA). You can be appointed under this authority at any grade level up to and including a GS-11 or equivalent. This is an excepted service appointment. After successfully completing 2 years, you will be converted to the competitive service. Veterans' preference applies when using the VRA authority.
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thalweg on 4/17/2017(UTC)
frankgonzalez  
#3 Posted : Monday, April 17, 2017 2:53:58 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: EASyGoing Go to Quoted Post
Yes is the quick answer to your question. The authority you are looking for is Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA). You can be appointed under this authority at any grade level up to and including a GS-11 or equivalent. This is an excepted service appointment. After successfully completing 2 years, you will be converted to the competitive service. Veterans' preference applies when using the VRA authority.

However, you won't be able to use any GS-4 experience to qualify at the higher grade beyond GS-5, so you have to use experience outside your GS position to qualify.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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thalweg on 4/17/2017(UTC)
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Schefule A...one type is a appointment type nn c9mpetitively due to targeted disability that is certified by a doctor or by state vocational rehab dept.

Just like a veterans appt after 2 years it's excepted then transfers.

With a veteran schedule A doesn't matter much if they are also 30% or more in disability. It's posdibe you are eligible for schedule A but not have 30%.

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