VA Significantly Boosts Hiring as COVID-19 Cases Among Employees and Veterans Spike

Government Executive: The Veterans Affairs Department has netted more than 5,000 employees since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the new employees are helping handle a recent surge of cases within VA's health care network, officials told lawmakers on Thursday.

VA has onboarded a whopping 20,000 new staff members since March 29, netting 8,000 workers after accounting for departures during that time. Using various authorities, some of which were newly granted in the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, VA has brought its time-to-hire down from a 94-day average to 10-12 days during the pandemic.

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