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No Clear Plan to Fill More Than 45,000 Job Vacancies at VA


The front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The VA stressed that job vacancies should not be equated with performance.

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4 Sep 2018 | The Department of Veterans Affairs released eye-opening figures over the weekend showing that the VA had more than 45,000 full-time job vacancies -- thousands more than had previously been reported.

Under the new quarterly reporting requirements of the VA Mission Act, signed into law by President Donald Trump in June, the VA said that as of June 30 there were "45,239 overall vacancies at the department, out of a total of 419,353 full-time authorized and budgeted positions."

Richard Sisk has more than 45 years of journalism experience in reporting and editing in the U.S. and abroad. He has been’s Pentagon reporter since 2016. Sisk is a Vietnam veteran who served with the 2nd Battalion, Fourth Marines, in 1967-68.

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