The incumbent serves as a Attorney-Adviser (Veterans), for the Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA or Board). The jurisdiction of BVA extends to all questions of law and fact under laws that affect the provision of benefits by the Secretary to Veterans or their dependents or survivors. The incumbent must be able to draft decisions in all types of appeals, including those of exceptional difficulty, complexity or controversy, for review by a Veterans Law Judge.Learn more about this agency
The work is very similar to a judicial clerkship, in that the principal duty of the attorney is to work directly with a Veterans Law Judge to draft tentative decisions in Veterans' appeals. It is an entry level position with promotion opportunities to GS-14.
The incumbent must be able to draft decisions in all types of appeals, including those of exceptional difficulty, complexity or controversy, for review by a Veterans Law Judge. This position requires developing an expert knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to Veterans benefits, as set forth in Title 38 of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations; the precedent decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit), and the United States Supreme Court; and the precedent decisions of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) General Counsel. Specifically, the incumbent reviews and evaluates the credibility and probative value of medical and lay evidence in claims files; drafts a high volume of tentative appellate decisions based on that review; and conducts research on questions encountered in case review or as requested by the Veterans Law Judge.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
Compressed/Flexible: Available after trial period of six months
Telework: Available after a trial period of one year
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Attorney-Advisor (Veterans)/#03141A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
This vacancy is open to the public as a standing register. Candidates will be referred (issued for review) to the service (if meeting all qualification and document requirements) on a monthly basis. This position is subject to close at any time during the open period once all vacancies are filled. Qualified applicants will be referred to the Selecting Official for consideration on the following dates: November 30, 2018; December 28 , 2018 and January 28, 2019
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