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.
38 U.S. Code § 701. Placement of employees in military installations
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Reemployment of Former Employees at Department of Veterans Affairs
“(a) In General.—
Notwithstanding sections 3309 through 3318 of title 5, United States Code, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may noncompetitively appoint a qualified former career or career conditional employee to any position within the competitive service at the Department of Veterans Affairs that is one grade or equivalent higher than the grade or equivalent of the position at the Department most recently occupied by the employee.
“(c) Definition of Qualified Former Employee.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘qualified former employee’ means any individual who—
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
“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—
Employment of Students and Recent Graduates by Department of Veterans Affairs
“(a) In General.—
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall prescribe regulations to allow for excepted service appointments of students and recent graduates leading to conversion to career or career conditional employment of a student or recent graduate of a qualifying educational institution, as defined by the Department.
“(b) Applicability.—The conversion authority described in subsection (a) shall be applicable to individuals in good standing who—
Recruiting Database at Department of Veterans Affairs
“(a) Establishment.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall establish a single database that lists—
“(b) Qualified Applicant.—
If the Secretary determines that an applicant for a vacant position listed in the database established under subsection (a) is qualified for such position but does not select the applicant for such position, the Secretary, at the election of the applicant, may consider the applicant for other similar vacant positions listed in the database for which the applicant is qualified.
“(c) Prolonged Vacancies.—If the Secretary does not fill a vacant position listed in the database established under subsection (a) after a period determined appropriate by the Secretary, the Secretary—
may ensure that applicants described in subsection (b) are considered for such position; and
may use the database established under subsection (a) to assist in filling such position.
Exit Surveys at Department of Veterans Affairs
“(a) Exit Surveys Required.—
“(1) In general.—
“(b) Survey Content.—The survey shall include, at a minimum, the following:
Reasons for leaving the Department.
Efforts made by the supervisor of the employee to retain the individual.
The extent of job satisfaction and engagement during the employment.
The intent of [the] employee to either remain employed within the Federal Government or to leave employment with the Federal Government.
“(c) Anonymity of Survey Content.—The Secretary shall ensure that data collected under subsection (a)—
is anonymized, including through the use of a location that allows for privacy;
is not directly visible by another employee; and
does not require the departing employee to input any personally identifiable data.
“(d) Sharing of Survey Data.—The Secretary shall ensure that the results of the survey required by subsection (a) are—
aggregated at the Veterans Integrated Service Network level; and
“(e) Annual Report.—
“(1) In general.—
Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act [Aug. 12, 2017] and not less frequently than once each year thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives a report containing the aggregate results of the exit survey under subsection (a) covering the year prior to the report.
“(2) Contents.—Each report submitted under paragraph (1) shall include, for the period covered by the report, the following:
An analysis of the most common reasons employees choose to leave the Department.
The steps the Secretary is taking to improve retention, particularly for mission-critical occupations.
The demographic characteristics of employees choosing to leave the Department.
Any legislative barriers to improving employee retention.