Full-Time Veterans Claims Examining Job for the Veterans Benefits Administration
WARTAC Challenge The Warrior Training Advancement Course (WARTAC) is a pilot program sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), to train wounded warriors and transitioning Service members to process VA disability claims.
WARTAC is open to Wounded Warriors and active duty Service members in the transition process (generally within 90 to 120 days of discharge).
This 14-week training program provides participants with an opportunity to learn the skill set of a VA Veteran Service Representative (VSR).
The ultimate goal is to hire participants as Veterans Service Representatives at VBA Regional Offices.
Consequently, participants must meet performance standards, which include production and quality elements.
If you meet one of the following Special Appointment Authorities you may be considered.
However, you must also meet the qualifications for the position.
You are required to select your top three (3) locations for which you wish to be considered for upon graduation.
Ultimate selections will be used on the needs of the agency.
Veteran Recruitment Appointment (VRA) - This authority allows consideration of any Veteran who is service-connected disabled OR separated within the last three (3) years; OR in receipt of a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal; OR in receipt of the Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation AND separated under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge).
*Service members who are currently on Active Duty and expect to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days are eligible for consideration.
Special Employment Consideration - VOW Act WARTAC is open to Wounded Warriors and active duty Service members in the transition process (within 90 to 120 days of discharge).
In accordance with the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, transitioning Service members must: Meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements for the job opportunity; submit certification on letterhead on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of service and contain the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date and the character of service; and separate from the armed forces within 120 days after the date of the certification submission.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/16/2018.
Specialized Experience: Applicants 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.
Demonstrated experience interpreting, regulations and applying laws required to explain, evaluate and recommend determinations of eligibility to claimant request for services and benefits.
Examples of Specialized experience include, but are not limited to: The ability to request relevant medical or administrative evidence to make eligibility determinations.
Experience analyzing medical evidence, benefit and/or legal evidence to identify and recognize required actions for claim development.
Experience in explaining program benefit entitlements and requirements OR Education: GS-07: Successful completion of one (1) full year (18 credit hours) of graduate level education in an accredited college or university which demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
OR GS-07: Completion of a full four-year (120 credit hours) course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and meet one of the following conditions under Superior Academic Achievement.
OR Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) is a means of qualifying on the basis of education, if you are within the area of consideration as stated in the "Who May Be Considered" section of this announcement (first page).
S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
1. Class standing--Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)--Applicants must have a grade-point average of: a. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ('B' or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or b. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ('B+' or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place.
For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.
3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society--Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies.
OR Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify.
To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned.
When substituting you can use graduate level education you have earned beyond a Bachelor's Degree.
Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess.
Add the two percentages.
The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-07.
For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e.
50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e.
50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.
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.
Eligible applicants under VRA and Camp Pendleton VSR (2018-16) WARTAC Candidates