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Job Title:  Veteran Law Judge
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Board of Veterans Appeals
Job Announcement Number:  VA-13-904226-NE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$129,065.00 to $138,878.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 to Monday, July 1, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


The Department of Veterans Affairs is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of Veteran Law Judges from all sources: within VA, within the Federal government, and from the private sector. Therefore, we have streamlined our recruitment process and, we are only announcing our positions for 14 days.

The Board of Veterans Appeals is composed of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government.  These leaders possess well honed Veteran Law skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment.


This position is in the Excepted Service


Multiple similarly categorized positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


"This announcement has been extended to clarify instructions for faxed versus online applications and to increase the character limit for online narrative responses."   


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Some travel will be required.
  • A one year trial period is required, if not previously completed.
  • Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree and be licensed to practice law.


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The incumbent serves as a Veteran Law Judge in the Office of Veterans Law Judges (OVLJ) within the Board of Veterans’ Appeals


Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Managing, mentoring, training, developing and leading staff counsel;
  • Reviewing requests for and determining whether statutory and regulatory provisions pertaining to hearings are satisfied;  
  • Identifying the issues raised by and on behalf of the appellant and determining which of these issues has been procedurally developed for appellate review;
  • Analyzing all previously developed evidence and appraising previous adjudicative processes by the originating agency; 
  • Determining whether there are other parties with adverse interests who may be joined in a contested appeal;
  • Recommending to the Chairman that subpoenas be issued or revoked;
  • Correlating and resolving conflicting evidence;
  • Fully considering all the evidence of record and issuing decisions which are completely independent and final, signed by the Veterans Law Judge and published to the parties in interest without prior review; 
  • Ruling on motions, as provided by the applicable law and regulations; and
  • Conducting in person or video conferencing hearings. 


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Applicants must possess a JD or LLB degree from an accredited school of law and be licensed to practice law.

In addition, applicants must have the necessary years of general experience plus the following amount of specialized experience: 


General Experience:  Applicants must have a full seven (7) years of experience as a licensed attorney preparing for, participating in, and/or reviewing formal hearings or trials involving litigation and/or administrative law at the Federal, State or local level.

Qualifying administrative law experience involves cases in which a formal procedure was initiated by a governmental administrative body and includes:

  • participating in settlement negotiations in advance of hearing cases;
  • preparing for hearing and/or trial of cases;
  • preparing opinions;
  • hearing cases;
  • participating in or conducting arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution approved by the administrative body; or
  • participating in appeals related to the types of cases above.


Specialized experience is defined as experience dealing with laws and regulations pertaining to veterans' benefits, as set forth primarily in Title 38 of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations, and areas of medicine and/or laws as related to the Board's jurisdiction.  This experience has been gained at the next lower grade level or its equivalent.

Education may not be substituted for specialized experience.

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.


If you meet the minimum qualification requirements your application will be further evaluated to determine the extent your work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities shows you have the knowledge, skills and abilities of the position.  Written narratives must show clear, concise examples of level of accomplishment and the degree to which you possess the requirements.  If you paraphrase, the written narrative without providing examples, you will not receive credit.  The information provided is used to determine "best qualified" candidates either by a single evaluator or a rating panel.        


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees.


Equal Employment Opportunity:  Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors that are prohibited by law.  All applicants will receive consideration without regard to non-merit reasons (race, sex,national origin, age, religion, handicap or any other non-merit factor).

Reasonable Accommodation:  This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the specialist listed in the announcement.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case by case basis.



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We strongly encourage you to apply online.Your complete application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.


To Apply Online:  To begin, click Apply online button and follow the prompts to register and submit your application.  To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status" Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.


To Apply By Fax:  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, occupational questionnaire (OPM form 1203-FX), and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that they are received right side up.  You must obtain and print a copy of the Occupational Questionnaire associated with this announcement View Occupational Questionnaire and OPM Form 1203-FX, which will be use to provide your answers (refer to below link for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX).  The form URL is:  In addition to your resume and OPM Form 1203-FX, please fax a separate typed narrative statement which briefly describes any experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards which demonstrate your ability to meet each of the mandatory Rating Factors identified in the announcement for this position.  (Written responses to the Rating Factors should not exceed 6 pages and are to be double spaced using the Arial 14 point font with at least one-inch margins.)


A complete application for this position includes the following items:


1.  Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet the qualification requirement(s) for this position.  Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact.  Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.  


2.  Complete responses to the following Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire on the OPM Form 1203-FX if you are applying by fax.



Nikole Ellis
Phone: (202)461-5478
Agency Information:
VA Corporate Senior Executive Management Office
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


Once the vacancy announcement closes, a review of your application package will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  You will be mailed your status and/or referral to the hiring official at a later date.

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