Purchasing Agent
Department of Veterans Affairs - New York, NY

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New York, NY United States

The incumbent is responsible for the acquisition of a wide variety of medical, scientific, technical and specialized supplies, services and equipment for both male and female patients of Network 3 Prosthetics with medical hospitals located in NY, Brooklyn, St. Albans, Northport, Bronx, Montrose, Castle Point, East Orange and Lyons, along with numerous CBOC’s and Outpatient Clinics located throughout the VISN. Services are provided to numerous access points located throughout the VISN and also includes extensive primary service area supported by specialized Clinical and Prosthetic Programs to include a Spinal Cord Injury Unit. Provide assistance to examining physicians and therapists on various prosthetic and prescription requests, such as, availability, selection and acquisition of prosthetic devices or services which affect the eligible beneficiaries recovery and rehabilitation; differentiate between the many item types, their application and to determine their appropriateness. Must be aware of manufacture productivity trends, new initiatives and fabrication shifts both favorable and unfavorable that may have an impact on Network 3 Prosthetics capacity to provide timely service in a cost effective manner using government contracts. Counsels beneficiaries, their families and representatives as to eligibility and entitlement for prosthetic services to include issuance of new and/or replacement appliances and repairs; provides education to the patient and caregiver on wheelchair assembly usage and care; refers beneficiaries to proper local, state or federal agencies or organizations for assistance when the needs cannot be met within the scope of the Prosthetic Program, and assists in administering various specialized programs, such as; optical program, durable medical equipment program, hearing services/aid program and orthotic services as needed. Reviews complex prosthetics request for a wide variety of prosthetic and orthotic devices, medical supplies and durable medical equipment prior to purchasing. The incumbent may accomplish final review and approval of these orders in the absence or unavailability of the Senior Prosthetic Representative, Chief, Information Resources Section, or Network 3 Lab Chief. Arranges follow-up examinations for patients, who have received prosthetic and orthotic appliances, assisting in the evaluation of experimental or test devices used by patients, authorizing replacement for both non-custom and custom fitted appliances and administering the prosthetic repair program. Inspect and evaluate custom-fitted devices for which replacements have been requested and authorizing replacement for identical appliances when no medical problem is evident. Responsible for placing orders for patients on the Home Oxygen Therapy Program. Maintains accurate records that comply with JCHAO standards and ensures that the patients are evaluated for follow-up. Works closely with vendor to promptly establish patients in the program. Certifies vouchers/invoices after reviewing for compliance to contract cost. Responsible for reviewing all requests for prosthetic items for eligibility and accuracy. Incumbent must be able to interpret patient records and make determinations whether the veteran had previously been issued the items in a recent transaction. Incumbent ensures that all prosthetic requests are loaded into the Prosthetic Request Suspense Tracking software to comply with VA Central Office and Congressional mandated directive to ensure requests are completed within the five-day mandated period from the date of the prescription.


Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

Qualifications & Evaluations

GS-7: One (1) year of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-6 level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that demonstrates knowledge of the body of procurement regulations, methods, procedures and business practices to make purchases involving the specialized requirements for veterans with a variety of both mental/physical handicaps.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp .
Note: All qualifications must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. (Thursday, September 19, 2013)

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

Benefits & Other Info

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits program that you can customize for your individual medical and financial needs. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help you balance life with the VA to life outside of work. For additional information about the many benefits of a career with the VA, please visit our " Benefits at a Glance " webpage at http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

How to Apply

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 19, 2013 .
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

B. If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire . 2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf . 3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

More Info

New York
Agency Employees Only NTE 1 year

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***


Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Per Year
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After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.
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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...