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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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Go saints  
#1 Posted : Sunday, November 26, 2017 5:05:06 AM(UTC)
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More so than any other gov't agency, it seems the VA posts almost all openings on USAJobs as "open just to agency employees." Current feds not with the VA are ineligible to apply, as is the general public.

While I have occasionally seen this limitation on non-VA postings, it is not very common. So why does the VA do it so much? To me they're losing out on good applicants, especially those already working for Uncle Sam in a non-VA role with an adjudicated background check already in their profile.
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#2 Posted : Sunday, November 26, 2017 2:11:14 PM(UTC)

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The VA in the DC area is still under the hiring freeze and can only move VA employees within the VA to new jobs per Shulkin.

https://federalnewsradio...ds-of-headquarters-jobs/
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#3 Posted : Sunday, November 26, 2017 7:55:05 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Go saints Go to Quoted Post
More so than any other gov't agency, it seems the VA posts almost all openings on USAJobs as "open just to agency employees." Current feds not with the VA are ineligible to apply, as is the general public.

While I have occasionally seen this limitation on non-VA postings, it is not very common. So why does the VA do it so much? To me they're losing out on good applicants, especially those already working for Uncle Sam in a non-VA role with an adjudicated background check already in their profile.


AFGE master agreement probably plays a part
Hawaiiannative  
#4 Posted : Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:35:35 PM(UTC)
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They already have the chosen one picked out.

Happens all the time.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, January 16, 2018 9:18:49 AM(UTC)
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Interviews are a formality.
FederalFanny  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5:14:00 PM(UTC)
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This is simple. It is literally less applications to screen. HR gets slammed with applications as it is. When a position is open to the public, the number of applications multiplies exponentially.
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