Federal Manager's Daily Report

The VA has said that it is seeing results from its hiring initiative for mental health professionals, which includes new approaches including a virtual trainee hiring fair, where 74 mental health professionals completed training and accepted positions at VA facilities.

VA said the initiative has already exceeded its goal of filling 1,000 positions in the mental health profession, one in which the VA has struggled to remain fully staffed, along with numerous other medical professions; the department has about 50,000 vacancies, the large majority in its Veterans Health Administration.

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“The department is currently planning a second, internal virtual-trainee hiring event focused on connecting, matching and retaining current VA psychology trainees and placing them into vacant positions at VA facilities,” an announcement said.

Other features of the initiative include use of facility-specific hiring and retention plans, which enabled them to hire as vacancies opened; use of national hiring announcements offering loan repayment and other incentives; and a dedicated website describing working at the VA and listing reasons to work there, ranging from “the mission to serve America” to “access to cutting-edge technology.”