The Secretary may place employees of the Department in such Army, Navy, and Air Force installations as may be considered advisable for the purpose of adjudicating disability claims of, and giving aid and advice to, members of the Armed Forces who are about to be discharged or released from active military, naval, or air service.
Prior sections 701 and 702 were renumbered sections 1901 and 1902 of this title, respectively.
Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in section 231 of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 102–83, §2(a).
Reemployment of Former Employees at Department of Veterans Affairs
Pub. L. 115–46, title II, §204, Aug. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 963, provided that:
"(1) formerly occupied any career or career conditional position at the Department of Veterans Affairs within 2 years before applying for reemployment at the Department;
"(2) voluntarily left such position, or was subject to a reduction in force, and had a satisfactory performance record while occupying such position; and
"(3) since leaving such position has maintained licensing requirements, related to the position, if any, and gained skill, knowledge, or other factors related to the position."
Promotional Opportunities for Technical Experts at Department of Veterans Affairs
Pub. L. 115–46, title II, §205, Aug. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 963, provided that: "Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act [Aug. 12, 2017], the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall establish a promotional track system for employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs that the Secretary determines are technical experts pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Secretary for purposes of carrying out this section. Such system shall—
"(1) provide any such employee the opportunity to advance within the Department without being required to transition to a management position; and
"(2) for purposes of achieving career advancement—
"(A) provide for the establishment of new positions within the Department; and
"(B) notwithstanding any other provision of law, provide for increases in pay for any such employee."
Employment of Students and Recent Graduates by Department of Veterans Affairs
Pub. L. 115–46, title II, §206, Aug. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 963, provided that:
"(1) are employed in a qualifying internship or fellowship program at the Department;
"(2) are employed in the Department in a volunteer capacity and performing substantive duties comparable to those of individuals in internship or fellowship programs and meet the required number of hours for conversion;
"(3) are employed in the Department under a contract or agreement with an external nonprofit organization and performing substantive duties comparable to those of individuals in internship or fellowship programs;
"(4) have received educational assistance under chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code; or
"(5) graduated from a qualifying educational institution, as defined by the Department, and have not reached 30 years of age.
Recruiting Database at Department of Veterans Affairs
Pub. L. 115–46, title II, §208, Aug. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 964, provided that:
"(1) each vacant position in the Department of Veterans Affairs that the Secretary determines is critical to the mission of the Department, difficult to fill, or both; and
"(2) each vacant position in the Department of Veterans Affairs for a mental health professional.
"(1) may ensure that applicants described in subsection (b) are considered for such position; and
"(2) may use the database established under subsection (a) to assist in filling such position.
Exit Surveys at Department of Veterans Affairs
Pub. L. 115–46, title II, §211, Aug. 12, 2017, 131 Stat. 966, provided that:
"(1) Reasons for leaving the Department.
"(2) Efforts made by the supervisor of the employee to retain the individual.
"(3) The extent of job satisfaction and engagement during the employment.
"(4) The intent of [the] employee to either remain employed within the Federal Government or to leave employment with the Federal Government.
"(5) Such other matters as the Secretary determines appropriate.
"(1) is anonymized, including through the use of a location that allows for privacy;
"(2) is not directly visible by another employee; and
"(3) does not require the departing employee to input any personally identifiable data.
"(1) aggregated at the Veterans Integrated Service Network level; and
"(2) shared on an annual basis with directors and managers of facilities of the Department and the Veterans Integrated Service Networks.
"(A) An analysis of the most common reasons employees choose to leave the Department.
"(B) The steps the Secretary is taking to improve retention, particularly for mission-critical occupations.
"(C) The demographic characteristics of employees choosing to leave the Department.
"(D) Any legislative barriers to improving employee retention.
"(E) The total number of employees who voluntarily separated from the Department and the number and percentage of whom took the exit survey under subsection (a)."