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Job Title:  Medical Officer (Disability Evaluation)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Benefits Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VB 828517-TMH

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) VB828517

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.

  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Promotion Potential: GS-12
  • Must have and maintain a current Medical License.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Submit a complete application and all supporting documents.
  • Complete the online questionnaire.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Must possess a current Medical License


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The Medical Review Officer (Disability Evaluation) posses highly expert medical knowledge, well-developed skills and abilities concerning evaluation of disabilities, practical knowledge of adjudication and authorization function in the compensation and pension programs, as well as the abilities to effectively train staff. The Medical Review Officer must have and maintain an active medical license.


  • Provide independent medical opinions in the timely adjudication of claims.
  • Participate in the quality assurance program, serves as a training officer and technical adviser to the Veterans Service Representatives (VSRs), Rating VSRs, and Decision Review Officers (DROs).
  • Knowledge of adjudication and authorization function in the compensation and pension programs.
  • Expert medical and pharmacology knowledge sufficient to understand and accurately interpret medical reports and other medical evidence, including expert opinions.
  • Broad and detailed knowledge of federal laws pertaining to disability benefits.
  • Knowledge of computer systems technology and all successor systems, electronic mail, and PC-based programs to utilize rules-based methodology, monitoring and correspondence preparation.
  • Skill in written communication to inform claimants and colleagues of decisions rendered and the reason and bases for the decision.
  • Ability to evaluate evidence and allegations and draw sound conclusions.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act requirements for release of information to requesters.
  • Must have and maintain a current Valid Medical License.


SELECTIVE FACTOR - This position has a required "Selective Factor" for qualification. All applicants must possess, “a permanent, full, and unrestricted medical license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.” If you do not provide a copy of your license or any such documentation that will substantiate your possession of the required medical license, you will be deemed not qualified.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work normally involves mental rather than physical exertion. The work is primarily sedentary; however, there may be some walking, standing, and carrying of light items such as papers, books, claims folders, and files from one desk to another or for returning to storage. Carts are utilized to carry large number of claims folders. This will require the incumbent to push or pull the cart from one area to another. 


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

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the basic requirements, in addition, to meeting the minimum qualifications for the Medical Officer (Disability Evaluation) position.

Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. [A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) (or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country).]

Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training. (This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or administrative positions not requiring direct patient care.) For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.

  • An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, general practice, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA.
  • A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training.

SELECTIVE FACTOR:  Licensure: For positions involving patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.



GS-12: 2 years of graduate training or equivalent training and experience that provided knowledge, skills, and abilities for the work of the position to be filled. This position involves evaluating specialized medical cases or developing specialized guides, thus requiring training and experience in a specific area of medicine (e.g., general surgery, psychiatry, and neurology).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Applicants must possess training and experience that clearly demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities. This training and/or experience MUST be reflected by descriptions of your experience in your resume.

  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, to provide independent medical opinions.
  • Knowledge of federal laws and regulations pertaining to disability benefits.
  • Knowledge of the Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act for release of Information to requesters.
  • Ability to evaluate evidence and allegations to draw sound conclusions.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with individuals from varying levels of knowledge and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of computer systems technology and all successor systems, electronic mail, and PC-based programs.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must submit original official college transcripts from an accredited educational institution that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.


Applicants will be ranked based on three quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying Veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided. Documentation to support designated preference for 5pt (TP) or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, and XP) ...etc. is required to award preference. (See "Required Documents" section.) For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


Information about The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: VA may offer newly-appointed federal employees, credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.


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To apply for this position: you must provide a complete Application Package (see "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on Wednesday, February 06, 2013. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using Vacancy ID 828517. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required:
Résumé, responses to the Occupational questionnaire, Veterans' Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate (which includes dates of service and character of discharge). Unofficial college transcript(s) if education is used to qualify. Use this checklist to ensure you've submitted everything. You will not be contacted for additional information.


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Phone: (313)596-7213
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After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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