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Department of Veterans Affairs announces hiring-freeze changes

April 26, 2017, 03:04:00 PM

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Department of Veterans Affairs announces hiring-freeze changes

WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced an update to its hiring-freeze guidelines for the Department.

Effectively immediately, hiring restrictions are removed for the Veterans Health Administration’s medical facilities; for medical and non-medical positions; and for Veterans Benefits Administration regional and field offices. The VA’s National Cemetery Administration had no restrictions, and this remains unchanged.

However, in order to streamline VA’s corporate structure and administrative positions, VA will maintain a process that requires thorough review before hiring. Hiring in the administrations must have the appropriate Under Secretary level approval; and at VA’s Central Office, the Chief of Staff must approve.

“VA is committed to serving Veterans, but at the same time improving efficiency and reducing bureaucracy,” said Dr. David J. Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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