Dedicated, motivated, and highly-energetic Management and Program Analyst skilled and focused on building strong working relationships with fellow staff, supervisors, and stakeholders in order to improve services to veterans, service members, and dependents.
Instrumental in the writing, development and implementation of the regulations, procedures and training for the deployment of the Post 9/11 GI Bill for Veterans, Servicemembers, and their dependents.
Project manager for the development and deployment of the standardized Supplemental Training Support System (TPSS) for the Department of Veteran Affairs Claims Examiners.
Spearheaded training development and efforts for the deployment of the National Training Curriculum mandated by the Under Secretary for Veteran Benefits Administration. Reduced employee error rate by 15% through development of standardized training for all Regional Processing Offices. Led Education Service successful development and deployment of training for Business and Functional Requirements for VA's Long Term Solution (LTS) .
Reduced employee error rate by 15% through development of standardized training for all Regional Processing Offices.
Led Education Service successful development and deployment of training for Business and Functional Requirements for VA's Long Term Solution (LTS) .
Work independently as a Military Service Coordinator to servicemembers, veterans, and dependents stationed abroad in Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium.
Perform a variety of tasks that are broad in nature regarding Compensation, Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation eligibility and entitlement for VA Benefits.
Provide additional support and guidance regarding regulation and policy to contract and government personnel that provide services for the Soldier for Life Program and Army Community Services (ACS).
Performs VA benefits briefings providing subject matter expert knowledge, individual counseling, preliminary claims processing, public affairs services, and interagency coordination.
Travel extensively throughout Germany including some evenings and weekend travel to accommodate military personnel schedules.
Support individuals and families preparing for separation from military service while providing vital information and assistance for a smooth transition to civilian life.
Maintain the highest level of dignity and respect at all times while remaining professional and courteous as a representative of the United States of America, Department of Veteran Affairs.
Work closely with military organizations (VFW, American Legion) to advertise VA Support to veterans and surviving spouses who reside in Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium.
Attend annual events such as Retiree Appreciation Days, Officers Annual Briefing, Military Education Conference, and information sessions to brief on legislative updates and changes in benefits (i.e. Compensation, Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Home Loans)
•Manage and direct meetings and necessary training sessions to facilitate information exchange with Department of Defense (DoD) to clarify the Veteran Benefits Administration (Education Programs) role and responsibility to implement and administer education benefits to servicemembers and veterans.
•Serve as a technical authority and subject matter expert providing support to various business lines and stakeholders for education benefits (eligibility and entitlement) policy and operations for servicemembers, veterans and dependents.
•Participates in discussions, meetings, and conferences with Regional Processing Offices, contractors, stakeholders, subject matter experts, and technical personnel, and other federal agency officials to gain information, investigate facts, present conclusions and or recommendations in order to obtain concurrence and develop alternate courses of actions to standardize training for all Regional Processing Offices, and to mutually resolve problems.
•Analyze, and identify policy, procedural and processing issues and their potential impact on military education eligibility and entitlement established by the Montgomery GI Bill.
•Develop policy guidance and other technical assistance by drafting Congressional letters, procedural advisories, and policy advisories based on the Code of Federal Regulations, adjustments in operational procedures.
•Serve as a subject matter expert and technical authority for senior contractors, senior management, and claims examiners within the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense, Institutions of Higher Learning local and international, servicemembers, veterans, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders concerning policies, guidance, training, or related program issues for VA's eligibility and entitlement for military education benefits.
•Develop and interpret regulatory amendments based on court decisions, general counsel opinions, and changes in VBA policy.
•Write Procedural, Policy and Training Advisories for field offices to improve work processes by researching Code Federal Regulations (38 CFR), M-22 manual, and training reminders (White Papers, FAST Letters, etc).
•Monitors proposed legislation on military education benefits and activities identified for special interest and keeps supervisor informed of developments through conferences and briefing papers.
•Initiates and executes complex administrative/management projects.
•Analyzes and evaluates operational trends and recommends more efficient, effective and economical ways to meet workload and program goals by participating in planning sessions.
•Reviews, analyzes and evaluates proposed congressional changes, operating procedures and delegations of authority that may affect VA's claims processing and program operations.
•Conduct outreach and training to Military Overseas Coordinators (Transition Assistance Program for TAP Briefings) Military Organizations, School Certifying Officials, State Approving Agencies, and Regional Processing Offices employees.
•Work extensively with the Project Management team reviewing reports, for timeliness and impediments in order to deliver TPSS Modules, and training content for the National Training Curriculum with minimal impediments.
•Analyze and collaborate with the Department of Defense in order to retrieve data elements for service members and veterans eligibility of education benefits.
•Audits and implements special training reviews requested by Assistant Director to ensure transfer of knowledge of new legislation and policy changes in specific target areas for claims processing.
•Collaborate with other Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from various regions to develop the National Training Curriculum in order to standardize training for all RPOs.
•Prepares and submit a comprehensive quarterly training data report for each RPO on their target completion rate for all employees.
•Review and edit the Job Task Analysis Report to ensure to capture and validate the technical claims processing procedures performed by Veteran Claims Examiners (VCEs).
•Executed Quality Assurance site visits at all RPOs to ensure training is conducted and consistent with policy and procedures.
•Acting Team Leader for various issues (i.e. meetings, resource planning, costing processes for TPSS projects).
•Identifies and proposes solutions to management problems for claims processing including resources, contract support, SMEs, training, quality trends, and employee development characterized by their breadth, importance, and severity based on previous operational procedures where results yielded less positive or inadequate.
•Reviews internal processes and procedures, and recommends improvements to promote efficiency and cost savings. Evaluates, processes, and recommends effective organizational changes.
•Performs program cost analysis such as development of life cycle maintenance, or performs cost benefit or economic evaluations of TPSS training programs, content development for NTC, system updates.
•Provides subject matter expert advice and assistance for congressional inquiries, Regional Processing Offices, Chief Liaison Officers, contract support and other government agencies and the general public alike.
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