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An IT career with the Department of Veterans Affairs is more than just a career in public service—it’s a purpose-driven career that allows you to reach your highest potential by collaborating with some of the brightest minds on today’s most innovative projects.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) is to collaborate with our business partners to create the best experience for all Veterans.

Our Vision

To become a world-class organization that provides a seamless, unified Veteran experience through the delivery of state-of-the-art technology.

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Our Vision

Join us on our quest

“We touch so many parts of the Veteran’s experience. That is the beauty of what we do,” shares Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer Mr. Kurt DelBene. “Whether it’s helping everybody in VA to be more effective through the desktop tools we provide, or whether it’s the critical systems in health care and benefits, we’re at the heart of delivering that experience to Veterans.”

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We do IT

The Office of Information and Technology offers the full range of information technology related careers.

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  • Cybersecurity

    Cybersecurity

    Create a cybersecurity-aware culture that enables risk-based decision-making, enforcement, and accountability measures.  Deliver enterprise-wide strategy, policy, governance, and network defense that protects and defends Veterans’ information. 

    Office of Information and Technology services supporting this functional area

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    IT Product Development and Delivery

    IT Product Development and Delivery

    Design, develop, and implement innovative IT solutions that create delightful experiences for our Veterans. Leverage modern software engineering practices and technologies to enable rapid delivery of quality products.

    Office of Information and Technology services supporting this functional area

  • Leaders from the office of information and technology discussing strategy and its impact on our stakeholders.
    IT Strategy, Governance, and Business Operations

    IT Strategy, Governance, and Business Operations

    Lead large-scale cross-functional initiatives that drive innovation across the VA. Optimize IT spending and performance and ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations. Innovate and deliver resources and programs that enable VA to attract, develop, and retain a diverse and talented IT workforce that supports VA’s mission and vision.

    Office of Information and Technology services supporting this functional area

  • Technical Infrastructure, Operations, and Support

    Technical Infrastructure, Operations, and Support

    Build and operate the infrastructure that supports mission-critical applications and services that are used by millions of people and Veterans every day. Provide reliable, secure, and user-friendly IT solutions that enable employees to communicate and collaborate effectively across the enterprise.

    Office of Information and Technology services supporting this functional area

Work with us

Why we work in OIT

Embracing continuous improvement and flexibility

I value that OIT has built a culture that embraces continuous improvements and flexibility in its organization, leading to innovation and a fast-growing environment. OIT has presented challenging new opportunities that have helped me pursue excellence in my work and continue to inspire and fortify me. It has been extremely rewarding to manage a team that creates IT innovation and focuses on delivering exceptional products to enhance the Veteran’s experience and that of their families.

Samantha Francalancia

Samantha Francalancia

Office of Strategic Sourcing

Delivering meaningful impacts

Being part of the OIT family within VA has afforded me the chance to work with such a diverse cast of dedicated, passionate, and innovative teams who come together to ensure our IT infrastructure, services, and tools are delivering meaningful impacts for both our Veterans and our employees. I’ve been with this family for over ten years and continue to be inspired by and appreciative of my colleagues every day! 

Felicia Chao surround by cherry trees that are blooming.

Felicia Chao

IT Budget and Finance

Innovation as a beacon for government

I joined OIT, one of the largest federal tech workforces, driven by the belief that the innovation we achieve here could serve as a beacon for the rest of government. Whether we’re setting new standards in compensating our technologists or pioneering first-of-their-kind talent development programs, we are setting the bar for putting people first.

Christopher Paris

Office of People Science

Working at VA for all the right reasons

I never expected that I was going to work for the Government. I came from private sector tech doing product design and software development, and I joined what I thought was going to be a 1-year fellowship. What I found here is that everyone is working at a place like VA for the right reason.

Charles Worthington

Chief Technology Officer

Second to none

The mission of VA is second-to-none for technical people seeking a career where they are applying their skills to services that matter in the lives of Veterans, their families, their caregivers, and their survivors. Part of modernizing and making an organization that people want to join is to continue building an innovative, diverse, and inclusive workplace.

Kurt DelBene

Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer
Employment

Benefits of Federal Service

Working for the Federal Government provides more than competitive pay, generous benefits, job security, and a chance to advance your career. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers strong starting salaries, steady growth opportunities, and employment incentives like recruitment and relocation bonuses and retention allowances. Regular performance-based increases are also available, as are incentive awards like special contribution awards, quality step increases, and superior performance awards.

Special Salary Rates

Beginning in July 2023, IT professionals at VA in General Schedule (GS) positions GS-5 to GS-15 across 2210, 1550, and 0854 occupational series receive a locality-specific higher rate of basic pay.

The Special Salary Rate (SSR) helps VA build and sustain a workforce that can carry out our mission of providing Veterans and their families with the world-class benefits and services they have earned.

Check out the special salary rate tables.

We know your personal time is important. That’s why employees start out with eleven paid holidays each year: New Year’s Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. You’ll also earn annual leave for vacations, rest and relaxation, and personal business or emergencies. 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. Hours are earned each biweekly pay period, and a maximum of 240 hours may be carried over from one leave year to the next.

As a federal employee, you’ll also earn sick leave that may be used for your or a family member’s medical, dental, or optical exams or treatment. Regardless of your length of service, you’ll earn 13 days of sick leave each year.

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active-duty service member. This credited service can determine the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved before the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

As a VA employee, you’ll have access to comprehensive federal health insurance plans that may pay up to 75 percent of health premiums. You can also contribute to a Flexible Spending Account to take care of any medical expenses. No medical exam is required to enroll, and there is no waiting period. Coverage may be carried into retirement. Eligible employees can sign up to participate in the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP). This program provides long-term care insurance to help pay the costs of care when employees need help with activities performed every day or when employees have a severe cognitive impairment.  There are no government contributions to this program.

You may enroll in the government-wide Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program as a federal employee. FEGLI provides a variety of coverage and benefit amounts. Coverage is automatic for most employees unless the coverage is waived.

The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) consists of three components: Social Security benefits, a basic annuity plan, and the tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Employees pay full Social Security taxes and a small contribution to the basic annuity plan. As your employer, we automatically make 1 percent of your salary contribution to your TSP. You may also elect to contribute a percentage of your salary to the plan, and we will match your contributions up to a total of 5 percent of your salary.

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings plan for civilian employees of the U.S. Federal Government. The purpose of the TSP is to provide retirement income. The TSP offers Federal civilian employees the same savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401-K plans. The TSP is a defined contribution plan.

We’re committed to creating fulfilling career pathways for current and future employees that allow our staff to focus on leading our strategic vision rather than spending excessive time on task management. Through our Talent Management System and Leadership Development Framework, you can cultivate the skills you need to excel in your field.

VA will often pay for full- or part-time college studies. If you have student loans, you may be eligible to apply for the Student Loan Repayment Program and, if approved, receive up to $40,000 per year and $100,000 total toward your loans in return for a one-year service agreement.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Getting started

First Time Applying for a Federal Job?

Applying for a Federal Government job may look intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these best practices for submitting your federal resume.

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for positions within the Office of Information and Technology, and selectees are subject to a background or suitability investigation. Designated or random drug testing may be required. If selected, you will be required to complete an online onboarding process and may be required to serve a probationary period.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Our job announcements require a complete application, which includes a resume, transcript, and any additional documents required by the USAJobs announcement.

One size doesn’t fit all for a federal resume. As with any job application, you should tailor your resume to the position’s requirements. Federal resumes also require additional information and may be lengthier than traditional resumes. Your federal resume should include the following:

  • Job announcement number, job title, and job grade of the job you’re applying for
  • Your full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, and personal email address
  • Country of citizenship
  • Any special hiring authorities (e.g., Veteran, Peace Corps/AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, Schedule A)
  • Education, including college name, city, state, zip code, majors, type, and year of degrees held
  • All relevant work experience, including key work, volunteer experiences, academic accomplishments, extra-curricular activities, and any unique skills. Be sure to list how and why these skills have been used in specific instances.
  • Your current supervisor’s information, if available, to contact
  • Any job-related training or certificates and licenses
  • Job-related honors, awards, accomplishments, leadership activities, memberships, or publications.

Applications for federal positions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the vacancy closing date. Avoid uploading password-protected documents.

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