Recommend that the grade/funding of VACO-mandated positions match the local classification of the position to avoid the accumulation of excessive hiring lag funds. For example, HUD/VASH SW positions typically are funded as GS12-5 from VACO though locally classified and posted as GS11 (at least in my VISN). This resulted in subtantial hiring lag funds that "had" to be spent in other ways, as returning funds to VISN/VACO is frowned upon by both entities, especially as the end of the FY nears. Savings possible in FY11 = $600 to $700,000 at one medical center.
Idea No. 5588