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Kenaz  
#1 Posted : Monday, May 13, 2019 2:24:11 PM(UTC)
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Hello,

HR indicated all that was left prior to final offer was the pay panel (or "board") to receive materials and decide upon a GS level and step rate. My materials were all submitted on 5/2/2019 and I have not heard back from HR or received a final offer yet.

1.) How often do Pay Boards meet?
2.) How long does it usually take for them to decide upon a GS level and step rate?
3.) Who exactly composes a pay board?

Thanks!

Edited by user Monday, May 13, 2019 2:26:15 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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I have never heard of such a thing. The GS level should have been set when the announcement went out. In cases where the announcement may have stated more than one possible GS level (ie. GS 9 or 11), two different lists should have come out dependent on qualifications. They would choose which list to hire from. I think they are BSing you.
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Originally Posted by: ex-military Go to Quoted Post
I have never heard of such a thing. The GS level should have been set when the announcement went out. In cases where the announcement may have stated more than one possible GS level (ie. GS 9 or 11), two different lists should have come out dependent on qualifications. They would choose which list to hire from. I think they are BSing you.
For medical people in the VA, there are pay panels who set the pay based on local pay rates and the qualifications and experience of the person.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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Kenaz on 5/25/2019(UTC)
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I have never heard of such a thing. The GS level should have been set when the announcement went out. In cases where the announcement may have stated more than one possible GS level (ie. GS 9 or 11), two different lists should have come out dependent on qualifications. They would choose which list to hire from. I think they are BSing you.
For medical people in the VA, there are pay panels who set the pay based on local pay rates and the qualifications and experience of the person.



Interesting. Learn something new every day. So, would these panels be set up primarily for doctors and surgical specialists? I wouldn't think they would be for nurses or med techs.
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9:27:55 AM(UTC)
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I have never heard of such a thing. The GS level should have been set when the announcement went out. In cases where the announcement may have stated more than one possible GS level (ie. GS 9 or 11), two different lists should have come out dependent on qualifications. They would choose which list to hire from. I think they are BSing you.
For medical people in the VA, there are pay panels who set the pay based on local pay rates and the qualifications and experience of the person.



Interesting. Learn something new every day. So, would these panels be set up primarily for doctors and surgical specialists? I wouldn't think they would be for nurses or med techs.
Nurses (RN and above), Physician Assistants and Doctors that I know of.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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I have never heard of such a thing. The GS level should have been set when the announcement went out. In cases where the announcement may have stated more than one possible GS level (ie. GS 9 or 11), two different lists should have come out dependent on qualifications. They would choose which list to hire from. I think they are BSing you.
For medical people in the VA, there are pay panels who set the pay based on local pay rates and the qualifications and experience of the person.



Interesting. Learn something new every day. So, would these panels be set up primarily for doctors and surgical specialists? I wouldn't think they would be for nurses or med techs.
Nurses (RN and above), Physician Assistants and Doctors that I know of.



pharmacists are also boarded by a psb, and i believe some other hybrid 38s, maybe social work?
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Originally Posted by: Kenaz Go to Quoted Post
Hello,

HR indicated all that was left prior to final offer was the pay panel (or "board") to receive materials and decide upon a GS level and step rate. My materials were all submitted on 5/2/2019 and I have not heard back from HR or received a final offer yet.

1.) How often do Pay Boards meet?
2.) How long does it usually take for them to decide upon a GS level and step rate?
3.) Who exactly composes a pay board?

Thanks!


some of this will depend on job series, i think. look up, if you dare, VA handbook 5005/92 from 1/2018 there is more info on boarding that you will ever care to know.
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#8 Posted : Monday, May 20, 2019 3:12:20 PM(UTC)
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I have never heard of such a thing. The GS level should have been set when the announcement went out. In cases where the announcement may have stated more than one possible GS level (ie. GS 9 or 11), two different lists should have come out dependent on qualifications. They would choose which list to hire from. I think they are BSing you.
For medical people in the VA, there are pay panels who set the pay based on local pay rates and the qualifications and experience of the person.



Interesting. Learn something new every day. So, would these panels be set up primarily for doctors and surgical specialists? I wouldn't think they would be for nurses or med techs.

This falls under Title 38, U.S. Code, Section 7431 (SUBCHAPTER III—PAY FOR PHYSICIANS, PODIATRISTS, AND DENTISTS) and 7451 (SUBCHAPTER IV—PAY FOR NURSES AND OTHER HEALTH-CARE PERSONNEL). This relates to appointments, pay setting, and other regulations for Medical Professionals, specific to the V.A. Yes, this is for Nurses (RNs and Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurse-Practitioners), as well as Physicians, Dentists, P.A.'s, etc. I don't believe Surgical Techs are included. You can view the current Title 38 pay rates for different localities at: https://www.va.gov/OHRM/Pay/
Keep in mind that the Pay Panel may decide you qualify as a Nurse 2, or a Nurse 3, for example, depending on your education, experience, and qualifications. Local market pay affects your salary, as well.

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