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    The Under Secretary for Health leads the country's largest integrated health care system and is directly responsible to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the Veterans Health Administration. The terms of appointment, qualifications, and pay are stipulated by law (38 USC § 305). The position serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States. Total compensation will be determined by the individual's qualifications.

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    The Under Secretary for Health (USH) is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Nation's largest integrated health care system. The four statutory missions of VHA are: 1) to develop, maintain, and operate a national health care delivery system for eligible veterans; 2) to administer a program of education and training for health care personnel; 3) to administer a health care research and development program focused on improving Veterans' health and well-being; and 4) to provide contingency support for the nation's health care during times of war or national emergency.

    The USH assures delivery of timely, appropriate, cost-effective services to more than 9 million veterans enrolled in VA health care. VHA has a special responsibility to care for and support research to improve the well-being of veterans with service-connected disabilities and is responsible for specialized services such as care for spinal cord injury, mental illness, substance abuse, polytrauma and other conditions.

    The VA health care system provides care and social support services to 9 million enrolled veterans through a system of 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), 300 Vet (readjustment and counseling) Centers and 70 mobile Vet Centers, over 100 VA nursing homes (known as Community Living Centers) and multiple programs to support older veterans at home, 103 VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs, 7 Centralized Mail Out Pharmacies, all of which are administered through 18 regional networks, a national headquarters and other support offices. In addition, the VA health care system is a national leader in integrating multiple virtual care options, a capability that matured rapidly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • US citizenship is required.
    • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
    • Successful completion of a background investigation.
    • Complete White House Presidential Personnel vetting process successfully.
    • Senate Confirmation.
    • Drug Testing Required.


    Candidates for the Under Secretary position must be highly effective leaders who have demonstrated experience in overseeing or directing the operations of a large health care enterprise. Candidates must be committed to the high quality care of our Nation's Veterans, implement the Secretary's vision to transform VA, and serve as an accountable and innovative steward of the human capital and financial resources of the VHA.

    By law, the Under Secretary for Health shall be appointed solely on the basis of:

    Demonstrated ability in the medical or allied health profession, in health care administration and policy formulation, and in health care fiscal management; and

    Substantial experience in connection with the programs of the Veterans Health Administration or programs of similar content and scope.


    Additional information

    Additional Agency Contact:
    Angelita Bennett
    (202) 379-6248

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Step 1: Minimum qualifications.

    Step 2: Screening by Executive Board to determine group of candidates to be considered by the Commission.

    Step 3: The Commission interviews the most qualified candidates.

    Step 4: The Commission recommends the final candidates for consideration by the Secretary and the President.

    You will be evaluated based upon your resume, application or curriculum vitae, and an interview if invited to appear before the Commission.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process


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    Required Documents

    A complete application for this position includes the following items: Resume or Curriculum Vitae

    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.


    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

    Your complete application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date 08/09/2021 in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.

    To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, complete the online questionnaire, and submit required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue.


    You may e-mail your application to VAUSH@va.gov

    Agency contact information

    Lucrecia Murdock


    Office of the Secretary - 1007
    810 Vermont Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20420
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    The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications for the position of Under Secretary for Health of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

    The USH is a presidential appointee subject to Senate confirmation. Candidates for the Under Secretary position must be visionary leaders who have demonstrated an ability to conceptualize and implement the Secretary's vision, and are dynamic advocates who can move an ambitious agenda forward to meet the needs of our Nation's veterans.

    The Under Secretary for Health leads the country's largest integrated health care system and is directly responsible to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the Veterans Health Administration. The terms of appointment, qualifications, and pay are stipulated by law (38 USC § 305). The position serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States. Total compensation will be determined by the individual's qualifications.

    Next steps

    The most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview with the Commission.

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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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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/608732700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.