Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Purchasing Agent in Big Spring, Texas

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1997262 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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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Special Employment Consideration: 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., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous educational programs. Outpatient services include: Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Women's Health, Transition and Care Management, Home Based Primary Care, Tele-Health, Anticoagulation Clinics, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center, with specialty referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staffed with approximately 600 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico area, with a Veteran population of approximately 57,000. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, VISN 17 and is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 87 in Big Spring, Texas with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.

Big Spring, "The Crossroads of West Texas" is home of the newly restored historic "Settles Hotel", "The Spring", and home of the National Championship Howard College Hawks Basketball and Baseball teams. With a growing economy, our city has many new businesses locating in the area offering more shopping and family orientated attractions. Big Spring is centrally located within driving range of the following communities Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene, and Lubbock, Texas.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of ineligible due to missing forms. Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package (including licensure if required). We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, incomplete uploads or fax transmissions.

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.


This is a full time permanent Purchasing Agent in Prosthetics Service at the West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring, Texas. Incumbent receives and analyzes prosthetic requests and prescriptions for items, service, and durable medical equipment from physicians, therapists, medical center personnel, patients or their representatives. Incumbent reviews the request(s) for completeness, comparing disability or diagnosis to equipment and/or service normally provided for the condition(s). Incumbent examines clinical health records and administrative files to determine legal eligibility and medical entitlement for prosthetic items and services. Incumbent identifies priorities to comply mandates. Incumbent will ensure all orders over micro purchase threshold are entered into the eCMS (Electronic Contract Management System), VA Authentication Federation Infrastructure (VAAFI). Incumbent procures, rents or leases general and special supplies, services, and equipment. Incumbent regularly works with Logistics to conduct joint physical inventories. Incumbent maintains inventory stock and performs record functions in inventory. Incumbent make recommendations to management for changes to products, stock processes, and other areas of the program. Incumbent responsible for identifying items that fully meet the needs of the facility but are at a cost more advantageous to the Government. Other duties as assigned.

Relocation/recruitment incentive is not authorized for this position.

Work Schedule: Typical work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. However, this position may require work beyond this schedule.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Not required for this position.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Time in grade requirements apply when applicable.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Minimum Requirements for the GS-5: Candidates must have one full year of specialized experience at the GS-4 level OR four years of education above the high school level. Specialized experience is experience gained that is related to the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or closely related to the work of the position.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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.

Physical Requirements:This position requires prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal; The ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room; Climbing associated with stocking of equipment in storage areas; Issuing stock, and/or medical appliances to VA personnel, Veterans, families, etc.; Carrying/lifting items weighing up to fifty pounds.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

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.

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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

EEO Policy Statement: The VA is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment actions must be taken on the basis of merit and without discrimination.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Veterans Information:

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-08 to 2017-08-28

Salary: $32,844 to $42,702 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 05

Series: 1105 Purchasing

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VHA-519-17-NR1997262tdt-BU

Control number: 476576900