Veterans Benefits Administration Supervisory Witer/Editor in Washington, District Of Columbia

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OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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The incumbent serves as the Supervisory Writer/Editor (SWE) for compensation Service (CS) and reports directly to the CS Executive Management Officer (EMO). The SWE supports the CS Director's Office as the focal point for all correspondence requiring approval of CS Leadership, to include the Director, Deputy Directors, and Assistant Directors. Ensures that correspondence (to include White House, Congressional, sensitive, and other critical incoming inquiries) is properly staffed, vetted, and responded to in a high quality , timely, and consistent manner. Ensures document control using SharePoint, including tracking, concurrence and storage. Supervises and manages the CS Director's Office Program Analysts and Assistants (ranging in grades from GS-7 to GS-13). Ensures documents produced by CS are uniform in style and voice and works with document authors and SMEs to ensure integrity of content. Serves as the CS IG/GAO Liaison, the Bulletin Editor for the Veterans Service Center Manager CS Bulletin, a CS liaison with other Central Office staffs, and acts as the EMO in his/her absence. Edits documents produced by CS for clarity, brevity, accuracy, compliance with the Plain Writing Act of 2010, ease of understanding by a diverse audience, and ensures all relevant issues are addressed prior to and after review by Deputy Directors or Director and prior to release by CS. Identifies instances in which conclusions, proposals, procedures, or policies are not well articulated or well supported. Assists with creating and maintaining a comprehensive style guide, to include templates for a variety of documents, for use by all members of CS. Conducts individual and group training as needed. Reports to the Executive Management Officer on such topics as error trends, updates to the style guide, and suggested template formatting changes. Continues to attend training in writing, editing, and communication to reinforce current skills and develop new one.

Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Writer/Editor PD# 037832 Travel Required: Not Required Relocation Authorized: No You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

Physical Requirements: PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of lightweight items (eg. folders, claims files, etc.)

This position has a position-sensitivity level of Public Trust-Low Risk. Selections made under this announcement are conditioned upon favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check with written Inquiries (NACI) per VA Handbook 0710. An investigation will be conducted after the effective date of the selection. An individual currently holding the appropriate clearance does not require additional investigation. An individual receiving unfavorable adjudication is ineligible to remain in this position.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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, 03/19/2018. Time-in-grade: 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.

GS - 14: 52 weeks at the GS - 13. level.


Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-13) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: writing or editing a variety of scientific, legal or educational documents; researching and developing information to edit written documents; and using various software applications for developing, editing and formatting written materials

There is no educational substitution for the GS-14 level.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. This experience would have been gained in a position where your primary responsibilities included advising and providing information on VA benefits. This means that you must have performed claims processing assignments which allowed you to analyze complex problems, identify essential facts, determine corrective action to secure documentation to support claim, advising and providing information on VA benefits, explaining pertinent legal provisions, regulations, and related administrative practices and assisting individuals regarding how best to provide needed documents and evidence required in obtaining benefits. Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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 works 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.

Additional information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy.

VA CAREER TRANSITION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CTAP) AND INTERAGENCY (ICTAP) In accordance with VA Handbook 5330, a CTAP/ICTAP eligible will received special selection priority consideration if (1) applying at or below the grade level from which separated with no greater promotion potential than the position from which separated, (2) is within the commuting area, and (3) is determined to be "well qualified" for this position.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


  1. You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.
  2. Ability to direct (plan, organize, control, review) the work activities of subordinates in a central office organization.
  3. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with individuals within and outside the Department.
  4. Knowledge of veterans benefits or associated administrative and/or support programs.
  5. Ability to analyze data and information for programs, policies, systems, plans and procedures.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • SF-50

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

  • Other
  • Resume
  • SF-50

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/19/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Daniel Short

(410) 230-4424



VBACO HRC Baltimore 810 Vermont Ave NW Washington, DC US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/06/2018 to 03/19/2018

Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent