Ask for the relo package, which is really more of a sign-on bonus than anything. It will give you more than a step-bump would, and you wont have to go through the peer review committee.For VA jobs out of fellowship, is it unheard of to start at GS12 step 2 or 3+?
The VA is one of the most "stuck in there ways" places I've ever experienced. For neuro, I'm sure you can have a say in what days you do evals vs have report writing days? But I would bet the productivity target in not very negotiable.Also, in the event you end up taking the job, give some thought to how you'd like to setup your clinic grid/schedule.
In non-VA jobs, the latter part would be something you'd want to negotiate ahead of time.
Our newer providers have been able to adjust their grids a bit when coming in. But the system's reqs leave a bit to be desired RE: overall flexibility.I can't imagine that this happens very often. The VA is one of the most stuck in there ways places I've ever experienced.