VA Intends To Exempt Front Line Caregivers from Hiring Freeze

Washington DC VA Medical Center

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced exemptions to the federal hiring freeze in the President’s memo dated January 23rd, 2017. The authorities outlined in the President’s memo provide VA the ability to continue filling essential positions that provide public safety services to our Veterans. We strongly believe that these exemptions are in line with the President’s intent.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to exempt anyone it deems necessary for public health and safety, including front line caregivers,” Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Snyder said. “The President and VA remain committed to seeing that our Veterans receive the quality care and benefits they’ve earned. This is the right thing to do for our Veterans.”

In the accompanying memo, there were approximately 70 exempted positions at the the VA. Specifically exempted positions include physical therapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, nurse, nurse anesthetist, physician assistant and medical officer. The exemptions apply to both the outpatient and inpatient facilities. Ongoing training and residencies were also exempted.