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Telework and OT for BVA Decision Writers

Hey, I would appreciate any info you guys may have. I know t oddis50003/09/19
Telework issue aside, how do you like working there? Ot catwoman33303/09/19
Judging by the comments in the thread, "VA Board of Veterans john0903/10/19
For the regular telework program you must come in to the off whynot03/10/19
You can be approved for telework after 6 mos only if approve somefed03/09/19
Thank you so much for the information, it is greatly appreci oddis50003/10/19
oddis500 (Mar 9, 2019 - 1:06 pm)

Hey, I would appreciate any info you guys may have. I know the Board allows telework after 6 months. What is telework to them, as in, how many days are you allowed to telework after the first 6 months?

Also, after 18 months you are allowed to "work remotely" and only be in the office "four times a year." What does that mean? Four days per year? Once per quarter? Who decides, and are the four days used for training or just regular work?

Lastly, does the BVA allow overtime pay for writers? Thanks for any help.

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catwoman333 (Mar 9, 2019 - 8:26 pm)

Telework issue aside, how do you like working there?

Other threads make it sound like a VERY stressful place with high turnover.

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john09 (Mar 10, 2019 - 10:50 pm)

Judging by the comments in the thread, "VA Board of Veterans Appeals jobs are back," I think the general consensus on jdunderground is that the Board is a high stress/high turnover place to work. I was honestly quite shocked by dcm1983's comment dated Sept. 23, 2018 at 6:21 pm that the Union's "freedom of information act request revealed that 25% of new hires in the last few years are no longer with the board." Given that level of mismanagement, I can understand why nearly 100 Board attorneys signed the Union's loss of confidence letter to Congress in September 2017.

Moreover, have you seen the responses to the Union's FY 2018 BVA Attorney Quota Survey? Some of the attorneys at the Board seem downright suicidal! Management at the Board made the right call in allowing full time telework; I certainly wouldn't want to work in close proximity to stressed out/suicidal people.

Survey: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/54d0133f-83ff-4891-bb6e-2414e1ce3205

Loss of Confidence Letter:
https://www.afge.org/contentassets/a91c998d3be44362a75c5c67c60852f7/loss-of-confidence-statement.pdf

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whynot (Mar 10, 2019 - 3:53 pm)

For the regular telework program you must come in to the office at least 2 days per pay period (i.e. 2 days in a two-week period). You can come in more if you want.

For the remote program available after 18 months, you can live anywhere in the US. Although you can be called into the office up to 4 times a year, so far in over a year-and-a-half of the program, we have not required anyone to come in. If we ever do, it would be at government expense with travel and hotel paid for by the Board.

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somefed (Mar 9, 2019 - 10:01 pm)

You can be approved for telework after 6 mos only if approved by your supervisor. The decision for telework approval is based on the supervisor's asessment of your ability to maintain satisfactory production and quality.

You can do overtime after 6 months. Overtime work does not count toward the annual production goal for cases, and you have to be making your production goal to be approved for overtime.

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oddis500 (Mar 10, 2019 - 10:15 pm)

Thank you so much for the information, it is greatly appreciated.

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