VA Collaborates with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on
Temporary Job Opportunities to Fight COVID-19
The Trump Administration has called for a whole-of-government approach toward fighting the Coronavirus. For the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), this means an extensive outreach and social media campaign to Federal retirees with a deep sense of public service duty to return to Government and join the fight. The whole-of-government approach also includes partnership with OPM. OPM is helping VA communicate temporary COVID-19 job opportunities to the public on USAJobs at: https://www.usajobs.gov/. OPM has also established a portal in response to COVID-19 where VA can post reimbursable and non-reimbursable details and temporary opportunities to the Federal workforce.
The COVID-19 Surge Response Program is designed for Federal employees to have an opportunity to support the overall response to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Surge Response Program uses Open Opportunities as a central location for Federal agencies to post details and/or temporary assignments. VA is especially looking for nurses and other health care providers, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, technicians, housekeeping aides, and food service workers.
VA needs current Federal employees with applicable skills to join us in the national effort to combat COVID-19. To apply, Federal employees must have supervisory approval, in writing, and need not be in a similar or related position to qualify for the detail and/or temporary rotational assignment. The supervisory approval may be in the form of an email message from the supervisor.
Employees may follow these steps to learn more about the program and how to apply:
1. Visit the COVID-19 Surge Response Program on Open Opportunities.
2. Read about the details and/or temporary assignments.
3. Apply to a detail and/or temporary assignment:
- You will need to create a user profile account on OpenOpportunities.gov in order to apply to a detail and/or temporary assignment.
· To apply, Federal employees must have supervisor approval in writing to include email.
4. Federal Agencies review applications and select individual(s) for the detail and/or temporary rotational assignment.
5. Prior to starting the detail and/or temporary rotational assignment, a Memorandum of Understanding will be completed between the host agency and the home agency (or component, where individual rotates within their home agency).
Thank you for supporting the Federal response to COVID-19.
Veteran Administration Secretary Robert L. Wilkie