This is a Bargaining Unit position.
This Field Examiner, GS - 1801-9/11 Target 11 is a virtual position with the incumbent's duty station assigned to their home of record, but reports to the Fiduciary Hub located in the Veterans Benefits Administration, Regional Office, Lincoln, NE.
As a Field Examiner for the Veteran Benefits Administration you will:
Learn more about this agency
Perform field examinations to determine who to appoint as fiduciary
Ensure that veterans are receiving the full range of VA benefits to which entitled
Conduct investigations involving the misuse of VA funds
Recommend court actions to remove a fiduciary due to misuse of funds or misconduct
Investigate and determine issues including contested claims, continuous cohabitation, deemed valid marriages and child/parental relationships
Investigate and determine issues including special appointments, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC), disability and death pension, and deciding the propriety of special apportionment of benefits
Supervise veterans participating in the direct pay program
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation
Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
A probationary period may be required for employees and supervisors
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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.
The Office of Personnel Management's group coverage qualification standards, associated individual occupational requirements (IOR), and individual qualification standards covering white collar occupations in the Federal competitive service can be found here.
To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07/09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as work that involves:
Conducting professional interviews or reviewing case work to obtain essential information or assess competence for decision making
Investigating for the purpose of gathering evidence to obtain essential information or assess competence for decision-making
Interpretation and application of federal, state and local laws
Knowledge of insurance or eligibility programs, Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act
Such experience is to be substantive and relevant and may have been gained in Law Enforcement, Auditor Positions, as a Claims Processor, or have performed other duties equivalent to the GS-7 level in the 1801 series.
Conducting professional interviews and case work to obtain essential information and assess competence
Evaluating the appointment and performance of fiduciaries
Using advanced investigative techniques including interrogations, document searches, and surveillance
Thorough knowledge of insurance or eligibility programs, Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act
Such experience is to be substantive and relevant and may have been gained in Investigatory Positions, as a Social Worker, Attorney, or have performed other duties equivalent to the GS-9 level in the 1801 series.
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-09 or GS-11 level:
Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or
2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or
LL.B. or J.D., if related
A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or
3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or
LL.M., if related.
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 and GS-11 levels. 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 both grade levels. 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.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. 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.
Department Of Veterans Affairs