Letter to the editor

Early in September, I received a letter informing me that I hadn't been selected for a computer specialist position at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center, Fla. But Sept. 17, I received a telephone call from Bay Pines informing me that I had been selected for one of the computer specialist positions. Talk about something coming out of the blue.

Anyway, I accepted the position. Now, the job was announced offering no moving expenses, but I did ask if Bay Pines offered a sign-on bonus. Answer: No. But I was told that it is normal to get one day of authorized absence per 400 miles of travel. Great. I was 2,300 miles away, so I would get five days of travel.

But when I got to work, I had an e-mail that basically stated that Bay Pines couldn't give authorized absence for travel and that I would have to use my own leave time.

I read all the time that the federal government is hurting for information technology personnel, and here is a prime example of why IT personnel leave the federal government.

In the end I told Bay Pines that if they are unwilling to compensate me with any form of relocation assistance, then I feel that the Bay Pines VAMC is not demonstrating that it is the caliber of facility that I would be happy joining and declined the position.

Navar Holmes Department of Veterans Affairs


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