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Job Title: Field Examiner
Company Name: Veterans Benefits Administration
Location: Owensboro, KY
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/05/2018
Expire Date: 04/06/2018
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Job Description
Field Examiner

This Field Examiner (FE) position is for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration, Louisville, KY Regional office out based to Owensboro, KY. The incumbent determines the payee (fiduciary) best suited to the needs and situations of VA beneficiaries who are incompetent due to legal disability, mental disability, or physical disability. The FE ensures that incompetent beneficiaries receive all the benefits they are entitled to, and takes necessary actions to protect their assets.


As a Field Examiner for the Veteran Benefits Administration you will:

  • 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.

Work Schedule: 7:30am to 4:15pm. Alternate work schedules are available.

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.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing of this announcement.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to grade GS-07 in federal service).

Specialized Experience includes 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. Note that in order to be qualified based on specialized experience, you must demonstrate in your resume that you have experience working with fiduciaries in ways related to the duties described in this announcement. Qualifying experience may have been gained in a position administering pension or health benefit plans, working in a consulting, actuarial or accounting firm, labor union, health and pension trade association, bank trust department, insurance company or investment firm.

Note: 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 you document, to include volunteer experience.

Applicants may substitute education for the experience required.

For grade GS-09: 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.

It is your responsibility to provide documentation or proof that you have met the applicable educational requirements for substitution if you are claiming education in lieu of experience. Applications submitted without the required supporting documents will not be accepted. An unofficial transcript; statement from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation is acceptable at the time of application. Education submitted must be appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov/.

Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify. 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. Likewise, for grade GS-11, only graduate level education beyond the first two years (36 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 experience. 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.

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. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
  • Resume


Resume
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format, however, we strongly recommend using USA Jobs resume builder as it contains all of the information required on Federal resumes.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must reflect hours worked per week, the inclusive dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your resume does not reflect this information you will not receive credit for the experience.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. We would recommend that you not submit more than one version of your resume.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, we will not use it to make eligibility and qualification determinations, and you may not be considered further for the vacancy.
Applicants claiming veterans' preference must also submit:
  • A legible copy of your DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) is required. The member 4 copy of your DD Form 214 is preferable. Copies of DD-214's can be requested here.
  • Current active duty members must submit a signed statement of service from their commander dated within the last 120 days that reflects their expected discharge date, their release from active duty under honorable conditions, any medals awarded, and the timeframe of their service so that eligibility can be determined.
  • Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 and all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference. This includes a VA letter supporting your disability claim with the overall percentage listed.
  • If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for veterans' preference, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor here.
Transcripts
  • If you are basing all or some of your qualifications on education or if a degree is required for the position, a transcript must be included as part of your application package.
  • An unofficial transcript may be submitted, however, it must reflect the course names, levels, credits earned, grades received, and degree conferred if applicable.
  • Your transcript (official of unofficial) must reflect the degree conferred date if you are substituting a degree for experience. Refer otherwise to allowable substitutions of education for experience as outlined in the vacancy announcement.
  • A photocopy of a degree is not acceptable in lieu of a transcript.
  • An official transcript will be required at a later date if you are selected for the position.
  • Whenever possible it is preferable that you submit copies of official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may lack essential information necessary for a full evaluation of your qualifications.
Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must also submit:
  • Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted by the closing date of the announcement. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing of this announcement.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to grade GS-07 in federal service).

Specialized Experience includes 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. Note that in order to be qualified based on specialized experience, you must demonstrate in your resume that you have experience working with fiduciaries in ways related to the duties described in this announcement. Qualifying experience may have been gained in a position administering pension or health benefit plans, working in a consulting, actuarial or accounting firm, labor union, health and pension trade association, bank trust department, insurance company or investment firm.

Note: 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 you document, to include volunteer experience.

Applicants may substitute education for the experience required.

For grade GS-09: 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.

It is your responsibility to provide documentation or proof that you have met the applicable educational requirements for substitution if you are claiming education in lieu of experience. Applications submitted without the required supporting documents will not be accepted. An unofficial transcript; statement from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation is acceptable at the time of application. Education submitted must be appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov/.

Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify. 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. Likewise, for grade GS-11, only graduate level education beyond the first two years (36 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 experience. 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.

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