This bill would require the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to change its administrative procedures in order to make it easier for the agency to recruit and retain physicians and other employees. It would look to improve the VA’s employee recruitment and retention programs, while also establishing fellowship programs aimed at enhancing the experience of existing employees. There would be fellowships for 18-30 VA employees and private sector employees to diversify their training and boost their experience.
Each year, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) would be required to identify staffing shortages for five clinical and five non-clinical occupations within the VHA and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VA would establish a database listing each vacant VA position that is critical, difficult to fill or both and provide human resources personnel with employee recruitment and retention training. For applicants who aren’t chosen, the VA would consider them for other similar vacant positions.
The VA would also be required to collect information about the effectiveness of its hiring practices, and make that information available each year to let the Veterans Integrated Service Network or a comparable public or private organization use it to gauge effectiveness.