U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$33,394.00 to $43,414.00
Open & closing dates
$33,394 to $43,414 per year
Pay scale & grade
2 vacancies in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
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?
The VATVCBHCS is comprised of the Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic (CCOPC), Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic (CCSC), Harlingen Outpatient Clinic (HOPC), Health Care Center at Harlingen (HCC), Laredo Outpatient Clinic (LOPC), and McAllen Outpatient Clinic (MCOPC). The VATVCBHCS is an ambulatory health care system providing health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. The VATVCBHCS also operates a 100-patient Home Based Primary Care program and a 200-patient Care Coordination Home Tele-Health Program. Through the utilization of inpatient/emergency department contracts, approximately 2600 inpatient admission and 5800 ER visits are managed by VATVCBHCS. Affiliated with the University of Texas Regional Academic Health Campus, the system has an active ambulatory care program and serves as a teaching and training site for medical residents. The VATVCBHCS is responsible for an enrollee population of over 30,000 veterans and 350,000 outpatient visits annually.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
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The individual serves as a Prosthetic Purchasing Agent for the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS), utilizing various purchasing methods (IFCAP vs. Prosthetics package) when applicable (blanket purchase agreements, government-wide purchase card and purchase and delivery orders), with the responsibility of providing support for VATVCBHCS. The position is responsible for procurement of a wide variety of specialized, complex, and routing patient specific supplies, service and equipment for the VATVCBHCS. Procurements will be under the micro-purchase threshold. The individual reviews complex prosthetic consults for a wide variety of prosthetic/orthotic/surgical devices, medical supplies, durable medical equipment, and delivery/installation services prior to purchasing. Examples of items purchased are manual and power custom wheelchairs designed for individual patients, custom fabricated artificial legs, arms, and eyes (prostheses), custom braces or orthoses, hearing aids, eyeglasses, aids for the blind (computers, closed circuit television, voice recognition and other devices), specialty hospital beds and mattresses, feeding pumps, durable medical equipment, pain management devices and electrodes, oxygen and other respiratory equipment, tubing, concentrators, including special items made to order for medical research functions of the VA by negotiation and competitive procurement methods. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Taking necessary actions to ensure funds are obligated in advance to prevent delinquent obligations;
Authorizing and preparing purchase orders for a wide variety of prosthetic and orthotic devices, medical supplies and home medical equipment and repairs as directed by the prosthetic representative supervisor;
Understanding of and following procurement regulations, ensuring compliance with national prosthetic contracts/BPAs, and entering purchasing data into prosthetic database;
Knowledgeable about Prosthetic and Integrated Funds Distribution Control Point Activity (IFCAP) software and utilizing correct CMS, HCPCS and VA coding;
Ensuring that purchase card reconciliations are accurate/completed in a timely manner, receiving reports are completed for inventory received, and following up on order to ensure they are closed out in a timely manner;
Maintaining electronic filing system of all documentation as required by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR);
Receiving and analyzing electronic Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Services (PSAS) consults/prescriptions for items, services, and home medical equipment from VA providers; and
Receiving phone calls, correspondence, and visits from\m Veterans, family members, Veteran Service Organizations and clinical staff about eligibility, equipment, services, and benefits that are available.
Work schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Alternate schedules may be necessary to meet the needs of the organization).
Position Description Title/PD#: Purchasing Agent Prosthetics/ 740-3553-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary; however the work requires some physical effort, such as standing, walking, bending, or sitting.
Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, March 2, 2018.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
Specialized Experience:Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-5) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Purchasing supplies such as, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, bathroom equipment, environmental control units, blind aides, cognitive devices, seating and wound care items. Coordinating appointments for patients with vendors, counsels patients and their families or representatives regarding eligibility for and the use of prosthetic and sensory aids. Soliciting and purchasing items from approved sources. This experience does not have to be acquired as a VA employee. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.
OR Education: 4-full years of education above the high school level or have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college of university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school. NOTE: A transcript or course listing MUST be submitted if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education..
OR Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants must possess a combination of specialized experience and education equivalent to the above requirements. (Combinations of experience and education are computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level, then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level). NOTE: A transcript or course listing MUST be submitted if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.
KSA 1 - In-depth knowledge of the body of procurement regulations, methods, procedures, and business practices to make prosthetic purchases.
KSA 2 - Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
KSA 3 - Knowledge of basic anatomy, location of body organs, and medical terminology.
KSA 4 - Ability to effectively community with a wide variety of veterans, family members, and clinical staff.
KSA 5 - Knowledge of price analysis techniques to evaluate prices and costs for specialized medical equipment.
KSA 6 - Ability to reconcile purchase card orders, maintain proper logs of procurement account orders with invoicing.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
. 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.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on March 2, 2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10130247
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Agency contact information
VA TX Valley Coastal Bend HCS
2701 S 77 Sunshine Strip
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.