Position may be filled at the GS-9 Target 11 or GS-11.
This Field Examiner position is for the Department of VA, Veterans Benefits Administration, located in the Fiduciary Hub. The Field Examiner determines the payee (fiduciary), best suited to the needs and situation of VA beneficiaries, who are incompetent due to legal disability, mental disability, physical disability or minority.
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Upon Selection, Employee must reside in Cookeville, TN
- Evaluate psychiatric and/or court determinations of incompetence by means of field investigations in order to arrive at independent determinations as to whether or not adult VA beneficiaries have the mental capacity to handle their own funds.
- Perform on-site fact-finding to ascertain the total of a beneficiary's income, assets and obligations by inspecting the environmental setting and assessing the social, economic and industrial adjustment.
- Develop information through observation, analysis of records, personal interviews and depositions of beneficiaries, their relatives, and/or disinterested witnesses in the community.
- Verify evidence to establish accuracy and authenticity. In the case of a minor beneficiary, verifies or determines the existence, identity, and custody of the minor.
- When a fiduciary is required, determines the most effective, practical and/or economical pay arrangement based on the beneficiary's situation.
- Periodic overnight travel may be required based on mission needs; up to two to three weeks travel per month is possible.
- On a routine basis, the incumbent in this position will be required to operate a government-owned motor vehicle; therefore, incumbent must possess a valid state driver's license.
- Supervise veterans transitioning to financial independence under the direct pay program
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: 36002A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Required
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
- Job family (Series)
1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.08/27/2020.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. . The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
If you are a current VBA employee outside of the commuting area seeking a reassignment or change to lower grade via this vacancy announcement, you must currently hold the GS-9 (or higher) and the promotion potential of your current position must be at least GS-11.You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
Specialized Experience: You 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.
Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: progressively responsible work that required independent identification of significant sources of information to detect fraud and misuse of funds; discernment of the requirements for the appointment and performance of a fiduciary which includes the regulations and/or provisions regarding contested claims and dependency issues; documentation of complaints/concerns; conducting inquiries to determine if violations have occurred; conducting investigative activities (research, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of data and information) while using tact and problem solving techniques to make appropriate recommendations, prepare reports and convey technical information; and exercising sensitivity in the process of determining suitability by evaluating the performance and/or documenting the misuse of funds of fiduciaries.
GS-9 - To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree; or two (36 semester hours) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS.
Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-9 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used in combination with experience. For example, for grade GS-9, only graduate level education beyond the first year of study (18 semester hours or the equivalent) may be combined with experience to meet total qualifications. Example: The position to be filled is at grade GS-9. You have 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to grade GS-7, and you have completed 27 semester hours of graduate level education. You meet 50 percent of the qualifications required through graduate level college education. You also meet 50 percent of the qualifications required through experience. You are eligible because both percentages in this example together will add up to 100 percent. Your first year of graduate study is not qualifying for GS-9. In every case where combinations of experience education are used, the total percentage must equal at least 100 percent in order for you to be qualified.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.
Physical Requirements: The work requires driving in government-owned automobiles, often very long distances requiring overnight lodging. Some walking and climbing of stairs is required since most interviews with VA beneficiaries are conducted at the residences of the beneficiaries. Many field examinations are conducted in residences that pose an imminent threat because of the condition of the residence, the presence of drugs or guns, or because of the nature of the condition rendering the beneficiary incompetent. The Field Examiner must remain alert to possible dangerous situations involving hostile or unstable beneficiaries. Field examinations may also be conducted at homeless shelters, on the street, or in other undesirable locations.For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/xqttzadavcxcbszsqyautyfrbst.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.