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VA Board of Veterans Appeals Q&A

I have an interview with the VA board for an attorney adviso dcm198310/26/16
These sound like questions you should ask them...except #8 notthedroidyo11/29/16
Hi, i will have an interview with the VA board for an attorn usproud11/29/16
It was a short, 15 minute interview with three people. The q dcm198311/29/16
My friend used to work there. It seemed awful, but was reall spaghetti12/01/16
I heard that too, but they recently changed the production s dcm198312/01/16
How do you like your new job, dcm? john0912/04/16
It's going well so far! Lots of new hires and everyone is pr dcm198312/04/16
Sounds nice! Glad you are enjoying it. I'm anxiously await thermocutty12/05/16
They're interviewing through the end of the week. For those joshdoctson12/05/16
Seems like they called people with offers the next day based thermocutty12/05/16
I'm in the same boat thermocutty. I also had an interview o js7712/05/16
Well at least we can be nervous together then lol. thermocutty12/05/16
At the very least I know they have interviews going on Decem kramer71612/05/16
I asked them about the time frame during the interview and t usproud12/12/16
I got the same answer. kramer71612/15/16
I applied for this job in September and have received no mov t3success12/12/16
Did you guys get your photos taken for your ID badges on the js7712/12/16
Hi js77, I recently had an interview with BVA. How long did lawgirl201612/15/16
Anyone else have their interview today? lawandwar12/15/16
I had my interview in the morning. I couldn't get a read on kramer71612/15/16
Any cool insight on the building itself (cafeteria, parking, joshdoctson12/15/16
I don't have many fresh insights. I took the metro and walke kramer71612/16/16
I had my interview yesterday, it was a remote one and i didn lawandwar12/16/16
I wonder how much longer the agency plans to interview with joshdoctson12/15/16
As of this time, I have not received a final offer or start js7712/15/16
I heard the budget through fiscal year 2017 is already set. lawgirl201612/15/16
Here is my update and timeline for reference: -Applied mi thermocutty12/16/16
Thank you very much for the timeline. Having a point of refe kramer71612/16/16
Congratulations. I'm still awaiting the next step in the pro lawandwar12/16/16
Via email. I heard some people got calls. I guess it depen thermocutty12/20/16
Thermo, have you received a firm offer yet? I'm still waiti js7712/20/16
Not yet. They did ask me to pick a start date as late as Ja thermocutty12/20/16
It might take a while before we get our formal offers. I th js7712/21/16
Did your usajob account status ever change? lawandwar12/20/16
My USAJobs account status only changed after referral. It re joshdoctson12/21/16
What was your timeline from interviewing to being selected? lawandwar12/21/16
I interviewed remotely the week of December 5th (either Wedn joshdoctson12/21/16
Congratulations. I'm still awaiting the next step in the pro lawandwar12/16/16
I haven't heard anything either, but if they stay consistent kramer71612/20/16
did you need to do the eqip online background application? W bvalw01/08/17
Just wanted to check in. Have any of the people who intervie kramer71612/27/16
Nope. Interviews on 14th and no word yet. lawandwar12/27/16
They said to follow-up in about ten to twelve days after the kramer71612/28/16
Yes I think they may be short staffed as well. I absolutely lawandwar12/28/16
Hey thermocutty, have you received a firm offer as of today, js7712/28/16
I got an email two weeks ago after my fingerprints saying I jddidtie12/28/16
Yes, I received the same email jdd. Have you received a for js7712/28/16
Hey! I got my final offer letter yesterday. I'm guessing y thermocutty12/30/16
I also received my final offer letter. Looking forward to me joshdoctson01/02/17
Congratulations on your offer. I am hoping that we hear next kramer71601/02/17
I sent a follow-up e-mail to the person they told me to cont kramer71601/05/17
This wait is ridiculous. Who did you send a follow up email lawandwar01/05/17
I sent the e-mail to the person who initially contacted me a kramer71601/06/17
Right no news is good news. If they hated us I'm sure we wou lawandwar01/06/17
I got a reply. Basically said the HR team is small and that kramer71601/06/17
That makes me feel better. Let me know what they say. lawandwar01/06/17
1) had interview on December 12th. 2) Got an email with Te bvalw01/08/17
Have your fingerprints cleared yet? You should receive a fi js7701/08/17
I did HR had no info. I do not see a reason why it wouldn't bvalw01/08/17
Orientation started today and it looks like they do orientat joshdoctson01/09/17
Appreciate the info. Sounds like if I get hired then Feb. 6t kramer71601/09/17
Hey Kramer, when did you interview? I was the 15th and I sti lkskins01/09/17
I interviewed on the 14th. I only emailed the new address on kramer71601/09/17
if it helps anyone, got my official offer letter today. Star bvalw01/11/17
Thank you. It seems that everyone has been processed up thro kramer71601/11/17
Yes definitely seems that way. Wonder if the week of Decembe lawandwar01/11/17
Did you recieve it via email? From who I the agency? Trying lawandwar01/11/17
One person on here interviewed on the 15th, and they are sti kramer71601/11/17
Me too, especially considering the fact that emails go unans lawandwar01/11/17
So I was one of the people with 12th interview and 16th cond bvalw01/11/17
I sent an e-mail before to HR, and it took them four days to kramer71601/11/17
Doubt a hiring freeze really gonna happen. But if it does, y bvalw01/11/17
The person who gave me the tour said that I think a conditio kramer71601/11/17
Trump says he wants a freeze that doesn't mean it'll happen. bvalw01/11/17
Dude, you're kidding yourself if you think it isn't happenin joshdoctson01/11/17
That puts it a bit into perspective. I am not saying it won' bvalw01/11/17
I am banking on the fact that you can't mess with the VA too lkskins01/12/17
I used to work at the BVA and they hired hundreds of attorne yulacu01/12/17
Hope that trend continues. How did you like working for the kramer71601/12/17
A couple of things First, I e-mailed HR again. I haven't kramer71601/13/17
I think the va will be exempt from a potential freeze as it lawandwar01/13/17
Hopefully, it won't be an issue, but I am assuming the hirin kramer71601/13/17
Right. We're in the same boat so far. Hopefully we here some lawandwar01/13/17
Here is hoping we get the answer tomorrow. Just want some cl kramer71601/16/17
To you as well! lkskins01/17/17

dcm1983 (Oct 26, 2016 - 11:45 am)

I have an interview with the VA board for an attorney advisor job soon. Can anyone answer these questions?

1. What questions can I expect in the interview?
2. Is the job secure? I heard rumors of layoffs in the past.
3. Do you get promoted to a higher grade every year with good performance until the 14 cap?
4. Is overtime mandatory?
5. How many days do they telework?
6. Are the production demands difficult?
7. What is the office environment like?
8. Is it better than the Ssa attorney advisor job?


Thanks!

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notthedroidyo (Nov 29, 2016 - 2:33 pm)

These sound like questions you should ask them...except #8

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usproud (Nov 29, 2016 - 1:53 pm)

Hi, i will have an interview with the VA board for an attorney advisor job soon, i would like to know how was your experience in the interview?

Thanks

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dcm1983 (Nov 29, 2016 - 3:39 pm)

It was a short, 15 minute interview with three people. The questions were fairly straightforward regarding my qualifications and how I would respond to adjudicator feedback, differences of opinion, time pressure, etc. It was friendly and there weren't any unusual questions.

Congrats on the interview!

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spaghetti (Dec 1, 2016 - 3:36 am)

My friend used to work there. It seemed awful, but was really dependent on the judges you worked for.

It's a heavy production, churn and burn kind of place. Turnover was constant because a lot of people hate the job. Lots of firings as well. Frankly from everything he told me it sounded terrible. If you're looking for a cushy fed job, look elsewhere.

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dcm1983 (Dec 1, 2016 - 8:16 am)

I heard that too, but they recently changed the production system to alleviate some of those concerns, and they hired hundreds of new attorneys. It looks better now.

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john09 (Dec 4, 2016 - 11:14 am)

How do you like your new job, dcm?

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dcm1983 (Dec 4, 2016 - 12:45 pm)

It's going well so far! Lots of new hires and everyone is pretty friendly and supportive. It seems like a good, professional environment focused on public service. GS-14 is non competitive, and the environment is collaborative. The revised production system appears to be reasonable and flexible. My only concern is office space. They don't have room for all of the new hires, but they will hopefully work around the problem with expanded telework.

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thermocutty (Dec 5, 2016 - 11:14 am)

Sounds nice! Glad you are enjoying it. I'm anxiously awaiting word after the interview. I'd be fine if they set me up in a broom closet.

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joshdoctson (Dec 5, 2016 - 11:41 am)

They're interviewing through the end of the week. For those who have already interviewed: did they give any time frame whatsoever? What is the parking situation like?

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thermocutty (Dec 5, 2016 - 11:51 am)

Seems like they called people with offers the next day based on what others have said. I guess that doesn't bode well for me since it's now been longer than that but no idea.

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js77 (Dec 5, 2016 - 12:36 pm)

I'm in the same boat thermocutty. I also had an interview on Thursday and haven't heard anything yet.

Thanks dcm for your reply!

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thermocutty (Dec 5, 2016 - 12:48 pm)

Well at least we can be nervous together then lol.

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kramer716 (Dec 5, 2016 - 1:35 pm)

At the very least I know they have interviews going on December 14th since that is when mine is. Thank you for doing this thread. I have been trying to figure out the questions asked, how long it takes to get an offer etc. Good luck to all those who have been interviewed.

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usproud (Dec 12, 2016 - 8:46 am)

I asked them about the time frame during the interview and they answer me that after their selection, human resource department have 14 days to contact the selected candidates.

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kramer716 (Dec 15, 2016 - 4:11 pm)

I got the same answer.

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t3success (Dec 12, 2016 - 9:27 am)

I applied for this job in September and have received no movement on my application whatsoever. Not even "referred" it just says "received."


Very sad!

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js77 (Dec 12, 2016 - 5:07 pm)

Did you guys get your photos taken for your ID badges on the first day of work or shortly after being fingerprinted?

I was told that we need to wait 48 hrs after being fingerprinted before we can get our photos taken. Unfortunately, going back and forth to VA Central Office is proving to be quite inconvenient given my current full time job.

Can we wait until we start to get our photos taken for the PIV cards?

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lawgirl2016 (Dec 15, 2016 - 10:56 pm)

Hi js77, I recently had an interview with BVA. How long did it take after your interview to find out that you were hired? Did you get a call/email? How long did your background check take? It looks like they are trying to start people within 1-2 months of their interview. Anyone else have insight as well? Thanks in advance!

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lawandwar (Dec 15, 2016 - 12:48 am)

Anyone else have their interview today?

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kramer716 (Dec 15, 2016 - 4:14 pm)

I had my interview in the morning. I couldn't get a read on the panel which doesn't give me that much confidence but who the hell knows. They were all nice but not overly excited. I went on the tour after the interview and saw the workspaces, overall had a good experience but just wish I had a better read on the panel.

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joshdoctson (Dec 15, 2016 - 4:24 pm)

Any cool insight on the building itself (cafeteria, parking,offices, floors and finishes, etc)? Also, what if anything did they say about start dates?

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kramer716 (Dec 16, 2016 - 1:15 pm)

I don't have many fresh insights. I took the metro and walked from Chinatown which I wouldn't recommend. Another person who was being interviewed did drive in from Baltimore, and she parked in a garage across the street, so there is close parking but no clue as to how much they charge. As for the building, I thought it was entirely VA, but I guess they only have a couple of floors. If we get hired, they will put us in a room that resembles a classroom with computers set up on long tables. The goal is to get the new hires into offices as soon as possible. You will probably have to share office space. If you last a year, then they allow you to telework, and it seems they prefer that you do that due to the lack of office space. They didn't say that, but that was the sense I got. I didn't see a cafeteria, but there were places to eat near the building.

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lawandwar (Dec 16, 2016 - 12:48 am)

I had my interview yesterday, it was a remote one and i didnt get a good read on the panel either. your right, who knows. hopefully we get hired.

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joshdoctson (Dec 15, 2016 - 8:04 am)

I wonder how much longer the agency plans to interview with the impending freeze. JS77- has HR sent you a start date yet? When are you providing your current employer notice?

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js77 (Dec 15, 2016 - 2:57 pm)

As of this time, I have not received a final offer or start date. I will give my current employer notice when I get a final offer.

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lawgirl2016 (Dec 15, 2016 - 10:57 pm)

I heard the budget through fiscal year 2017 is already set.

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thermocutty (Dec 16, 2016 - 3:57 pm)

Here is my update and timeline for reference:

-Applied mid-October.
-Referred earlyish November and then notified of interview later in the month.
-Remote interview on December 1 (pleasant but very short so I couldn't really tell what they thought of me).
-Notification of selection and tentative offer on Dec 9 (subject to starting clearance process i.e. fingerprints and some forms).
-Completed fingerprints earlier this week.
-Today I was told I'm cleared and to pick start dates between Dec 27, or Jan 8.

I assume the next step is a final offer and official start date. So far the process fairly painless and everyone at HR has been very responsive.

I assume they want to get as many people in before the inauguration just in case a hiring freeze is some sort of day 1 or day 30 initiative. Beyond that, I believe they genuinely need a lot of people. Looking at their 2015 annual report, the appeals backlog has increased over the last 5 years. A huge chunk of the claims come from Vietnam vets, so we probably haven't even seen the bulk of OIF/OEF claims that will come about. Also, service member awareness of VA benefits is very high. Based on my time in the military, I can say there are a lot of programs and benefits that go overlooked, but everyone knows about the VA and uses some of their benefits at one point or another. I'm guessing the VA will be fairly busy for another decade at least.

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kramer716 (Dec 16, 2016 - 4:20 pm)

Thank you very much for the timeline. Having a point of reference is good. I was trying to gauge how quick the turnaround was for a conditional offer.

Congratulations on your tentative offer and I hope that I get picked up as well. Good luck the rest of the way.

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lawandwar (Dec 16, 2016 - 7:57 pm)

Congratulations. I'm still awaiting the next step in the process. Hope I get picked up as well. How were you notified that you were selected.

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thermocutty (Dec 20, 2016 - 12:03 pm)

Via email. I heard some people got calls. I guess it depends on whichever HR person is handling your file.

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js77 (Dec 20, 2016 - 12:06 pm)

Thermo, have you received a firm offer yet? I'm still waiting for mine.

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thermocutty (Dec 20, 2016 - 12:19 pm)

Not yet. They did ask me to pick a start date as late as Jan 8, so I assume that will come prior.

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js77 (Dec 21, 2016 - 8:50 am)

It might take a while before we get our formal offers. I think HR is busy onboarding the class that starts next week and processing the new hires from the group that interviewed mid-December.

We probably get our formal offers next week after the new class starts.

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lawandwar (Dec 20, 2016 - 11:20 pm)

Did your usajob account status ever change?

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joshdoctson (Dec 21, 2016 - 12:48 am)

My USAJobs account status only changed after referral. It remains in that status even after receipt of my tenative offer.

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lawandwar (Dec 21, 2016 - 8:25 am)

What was your timeline from interviewing to being selected?

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joshdoctson (Dec 21, 2016 - 3:55 pm)

I interviewed remotely the week of December 5th (either Wednesday or Thursday) and received my tentative offer via email the following Monday.

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lawandwar (Dec 16, 2016 - 7:57 pm)

Congratulations. I'm still awaiting the next step in the process. Hope I get picked up as well. How were you notified that you were selected.

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kramer716 (Dec 20, 2016 - 4:52 pm)

I haven't heard anything either, but if they stay consistent regarding his timeline with us, then we should hear by the end of the week. Good luck to everyone.

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bvalw (Jan 8, 2017 - 9:49 pm)

did you need to do the eqip online background application? Was it processed prior to getting a start date or they conduct investigation while you already start working? Thanks!

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kramer716 (Dec 27, 2016 - 4:04 pm)

Just wanted to check in. Have any of the people who interviewed in mid-December heard anything?

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lawandwar (Dec 27, 2016 - 5:05 pm)

Nope. Interviews on 14th and no word yet.

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kramer716 (Dec 28, 2016 - 11:04 am)

They said to follow-up in about ten to twelve days after the interview, but I am going to wait until next Wed. I believe the person who said HR is getting a new class ready before they do new offers is correct. Plus, I think they are probably short-staffed this week due to vacations. Anyway, good luck to everyone who has interviewed and I hope to get to meet you all in DC soon. I well let you know what I learn from any follow-ups.

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lawandwar (Dec 28, 2016 - 11:10 am)

Yes I think they may be short staffed as well. I absolutely dread waiting- feels like I'm waiting on bar results all over again.

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js77 (Dec 28, 2016 - 9:09 am)

Hey thermocutty, have you received a firm offer as of today, Dec. 28?

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jddidtie (Dec 28, 2016 - 1:09 pm)

I got an email two weeks ago after my fingerprints saying I was cleared to enter on duty. Did you get something like that?

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js77 (Dec 28, 2016 - 3:08 pm)

Yes, I received the same email jdd. Have you received a formal offer yet? I assume you will be in the class that starts on January 9.

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thermocutty (Dec 30, 2016 - 11:03 am)

Hey! I got my final offer letter yesterday. I'm guessing yours is forthcoming if you haven't received it already. I'll see you there!

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joshdoctson (Jan 2, 2017 - 11:21 am)

I also received my final offer letter. Looking forward to meeting the rest of our pledge class next week!

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kramer716 (Jan 2, 2017 - 1:48 pm)

Congratulations on your offer. I am hoping that we hear next week either way. I forget who said it, but whoever said this feels like waiting for your bar results is correct Happy New Year to all and hopefully we will all be meeting in DC in a few weeks.

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kramer716 (Jan 5, 2017 - 1:58 pm)

I sent a follow-up e-mail to the person they told me to contact and so far, no response.

I hate waiting, but at least there is still hope. Good luck to everyone.

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lawandwar (Jan 5, 2017 - 2:31 pm)

This wait is ridiculous. Who did you send a follow up email to? I would just like to know something already.

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kramer716 (Jan 6, 2017 - 2:01 pm)

I sent the e-mail to the person who initially contacted me about my interview time. I still haven't heard anything so will try to send one again next week if I don't hear anything by Wed.

I buy into the sentiment that they are processing the class before us before doing our stuff. I think the BVA are in a time crunch to get everything done before Jan. 20th. I guess the positives we can take from not hearing anything is they haven't said no. I would be much more concerned if you heard something and I didn't and vice versa. Plus, I think if they hated either one of us then they would have just put out the rejection letter almost immediately.

Anyway, I guess we just have to stick with the good ole' saying "No news is good news." Good luck to you and will check back if I hear anything.

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lawandwar (Jan 6, 2017 - 2:14 pm)

Right no news is good news. If they hated us I'm sure we would hAve heard by now. I'm tired of stalking my email though!!! And I'm kind of at a standstill with my practice not knowing when I'd have to pick up and leave if the answer is yes. I just want someone to say something already.

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kramer716 (Jan 6, 2017 - 4:37 pm)

I got a reply. Basically said the HR team is small and that no news is good news. Gave me another e-mail to use to get more information. so will e-mail them now.

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lawandwar (Jan 6, 2017 - 6:24 pm)

That makes me feel better. Let me know what they say.

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bvalw (Jan 8, 2017 - 12:40 pm)

1) had interview on December 12th.
2) Got an email with Tentative offer on the 16th. In the email the person asked to call her office. I tried calling for about a week and went straight to vm, wouldn't reply to emails either. Eventually reached her and sent me an email with Tentative selection and fingerprint requirements.
3) Did finger prints on December 30th, was told to expect an email on the 30th or 31st with instructions. Never got the email until the January 6th. Had to do the eqip online application for background check.

Anyone who did number 3 already, how long AFTER that did you get a final official offer letter and a start date? Thanks in advance!

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js77 (Jan 8, 2017 - 10:07 pm)

Have your fingerprints cleared yet? You should receive a final offer when your fingerprints clear.

Your best bet would be to contact HR tomorrow to check on the status of your offer.

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bvalw (Jan 8, 2017 - 10:48 pm)

I did HR had no info. I do not see a reason why it wouldn't clear, but did everyone get the eqip code and online application or is it just for select candidates?

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joshdoctson (Jan 9, 2017 - 4:24 pm)

Orientation started today and it looks like they do orientations every 2 weeks, so take that for what it's worth.

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kramer716 (Jan 9, 2017 - 5:28 pm)

Appreciate the info. Sounds like if I get hired then Feb. 6th would be mine. Don't think they can get me processed before Jan. 23rd. So, knock on wood, we do get hired. How was orientation? They made it sound like you are in class for the first month before you get put on a team.

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lkskins (Jan 9, 2017 - 5:38 pm)

Hey Kramer, when did you interview? I was the 15th and I still have not gotten word yet either. I did the same as you and emailed the man who contacted me for the interview and was told to email a different address (which I have emailed twice with no reply) Definitely getting anxious LOL

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kramer716 (Jan 9, 2017 - 5:58 pm)

I interviewed on the 14th. I only emailed the new address once so far. I e-mailed them once before in October just to get a status and see what the process is and they got back to me in four days, so, knock on wood, the same thing happens this time. If it doesn't, I will try to shoot off an e-mail next week then probably try calling at the end of next week. If I get a response I will let you all know what I hear

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bvalw (Jan 11, 2017 - 12:51 pm)

if it helps anyone, got my official offer letter today. Start dates between the 17th and Feb 6th. See my timeline above.

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kramer716 (Jan 11, 2017 - 1:26 pm)

Thank you. It seems that everyone has been processed up through the people who interviewed on Dec. 12th. After December 12th, it appears that no one has heard anything. I sent an e-mail to HR to get a status, and they have yet to reply. Will probably send one more and then try calling sometime next week if I don't hear anything.

Congratulations on your offer, good luck to you and hopefully I will see you in a few weeks.

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lawandwar (Jan 11, 2017 - 1:40 pm)

Yes definitely seems that way. Wonder if the week of December 14th were the last interviews. Seem like we would have heard something by now

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lawandwar (Jan 11, 2017 - 1:41 pm)

Did you recieve it via email? From who I the agency? Trying to see if there's a direct person I can speak with or email.

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kramer716 (Jan 11, 2017 - 1:58 pm)

One person on here interviewed on the 15th, and they are still in the same situation as us.

What concerns me is the person who interviewed on Dec. 1st, and they received their conditional offer Dec. 9th, so eight-day turnaround. You have the person interviewed on Dec. 12th receive their conditional offer on Dec. 16th, so up to that point, it seemed like a pretty quick turnaround. I wasn't as concerned because was thinking that Christmas and the holiday season would slow things down, but now it is getting a bit more concerning. I am still holding on to the principle of "no news is good news.", but I am getting more nervous now.

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lawandwar (Jan 11, 2017 - 2:18 pm)

Me too, especially considering the fact that emails go unanswered, calls go to vm and then inauguration rumors about fed hiring freezes. I think no news is good news until I see someone who interviews on the 14/15th get an offer and I don't. I wonder if not selected, would we hear anything.

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bvalw (Jan 11, 2017 - 3:19 pm)

So I was one of the people with 12th interview and 16th conditional email offer. It was not until the 27th!!!! that I was finally able to reach out to HR (I called everyday since the 16th), I tried calling over 100 times if not more and left various voicemails and send many emails. Bottom line is without pointing any fingers, apparently, HR is slow because they hire way more than usual to try and beat a potential hiring freeze (which never really happens btw).

This is not to say you were 100% selected or not selected, but I would not give the timing too much thought.

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kramer716 (Jan 11, 2017 - 2:49 pm)

I sent an e-mail before to HR, and it took them four days to get back to me, so hopefully I hear by the end of the week.

As to the hiring freeze, I think it won't kick in until Feb. 1st if he does it and I believe if we receive our offers before then we are good. Do not hold me to that, but I think that is the situation so we can be offered Jan. 31st, hiring freeze kicks in Feb. 1st and we should still be fine, so I would say our dead man walking date is Jan. 31st if we don't hear anything.

I am hoping they let us know, but I have my doubts at this point. At the very least I hope they change our status on usajobs.gov.

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bvalw (Jan 11, 2017 - 3:20 pm)

Doubt a hiring freeze really gonna happen. But if it does, you will need your fingerprints to clear and get a firm offer letter prior I believe.

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kramer716 (Jan 11, 2017 - 3:24 pm)

The person who gave me the tour said that I think a conditional offer was sufficient, but she didn't really know so you may be right.

Anyway, fingerprints won't be an issue. I had to get fingerprinted for my last job so I can get those done ASAP. Would just hope to get the firm offer letter ASAP. I hope you are correct regarding the hiring freeze, though.

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bvalw (Jan 11, 2017 - 5:59 pm)

Trump says he wants a freeze that doesn't mean it'll happen. It happened last I think when Reagan was in office...

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joshdoctson (Jan 11, 2017 - 8:17 pm)

Dude, you're kidding yourself if you think it isn't happening.

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bvalw (Jan 11, 2017 - 8:31 pm)

That puts it a bit into perspective. I am not saying it won't happen, I am saying there's a high chance it won't. Besides, I would worry more about Trump closing out or merging certain departments then a possible hiring freeze. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-federal-agencies-job-openings-trump-20161230-story.html

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lkskins (Jan 12, 2017 - 10:12 am)

I am banking on the fact that you can't mess with the VA too much hahaha, but there was a hiring freeze in all but name during sequestration for attorneys at least so definitely hoping to get on board first...

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yulacu (Jan 12, 2017 - 10:54 am)

I used to work at the BVA and they hired hundreds of attorneys in the middle of sequester. I was there during the government shutdown and we continued to work and get our checks on time because the BVA had so much money. There may be a freeze in government hiring for some agencies, but I think the VA, CBP, and other GOP favorites aren't going to be on the chopping block.

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kramer716 (Jan 12, 2017 - 10:59 am)

Hope that trend continues. How did you like working for the BVA?

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kramer716 (Jan 13, 2017 - 11:14 am)

A couple of things

First, I e-mailed HR again. I haven't received a response from the earlier e-mail but trying one last attempt before I start calling next week.

Second, as to the hiring freeze. When I check USAJOBS I always use the search term "Attorney Advisor." When I used that before I would usually get somewhere around 110 to 130 listings, not all for Attorney positions but you get the point. I searched a couple of days ago, and it's down to 88, and I searched yesterday, and it's down to 80. I could be way off, but it looks like a hiring freeze is coming. The BVA and Dept. of Veterans Affairs could be exempted out, but I would assume the worst.

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lawandwar (Jan 13, 2017 - 12:46 pm)

I think the va will be exempt from a potential freeze as it seems as if the va would be a necessary agency for a while. But I'm sure a lot of government agencies are preparing for a potential hiring freeze.

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kramer716 (Jan 13, 2017 - 1:14 pm)

Hopefully, it won't be an issue, but I am assuming the hiring freeze will happen, so I will try to get some clarity next week. Worse comes to worst; the BVA continues to ignore me.

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lawandwar (Jan 13, 2017 - 2:21 pm)

Right. We're in the same boat so far. Hopefully we here something next week

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kramer716 (Jan 16, 2017 - 11:46 pm)

Here is hoping we get the answer tomorrow. Just want some closure. Good luck.

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lkskins (Jan 17, 2017 - 12:13 am)

To you as well!

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