Job Overview


The terms of appointment, qualifications, and pay are stipulated by law (38 USC § 306). The position serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States.



The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications for the position of Under Secretary for Benefits (USB) of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).

The USB 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 Benefits leads the Veterans Benefits Administration and is directly responsible to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for non-medical Veterans benefits matters.


The Under Secretary for Benefits provides leadership and direction for the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), a large component of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Under Secretary for Benefits reports directly to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary on non-medical Veterans benefits matters.  The Under Secretary serves as the Secretary's representative on matters relating to Veterans benefits programs and must be committed to the priorities, goals, and objectives of the Department.

The Under Secretary formulates and articulates VBA policies to implement the policies and programs of the Department.  The Under Secretary is charged with addressing specific challenges to improve VBA's benefits delivery services in all program areas.  Specifically, these challenges include providing timely and accurate disability claims decisions as the volume of new claims and the complexity of those claims continue to steadily increase; ensuring timely delivery of benefits to the increasing numbers of veterans participating in VA education programs; maintaining the integrity of the loan guaranty program in a changing economy and housing market; and vocationally rehabilitating and counseling disabled Veterans seeking employment opportunities. The benefits provided include compensation for service-connected disabilities; pensions for aged, needy, and totally disabled Veterans and Veterans' survivors; vocational rehabilitation and employment services; educational and training assistance; home buying assistance; estate protection services for Veterans under legal disability; information and assistance through personalized contacts and outreach programs to separating service members and other special groups of Veterans; and life insurance programs.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
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Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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