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1VETERANS, SPOUSES, AND FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT "Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
2News Release, June 15, 2011 OPM Director John Berry "Through the President's Veterans Employment Initiative, OPM and our agency partners are helping tens of thousands of veterans and their families continue their legacy of service," said OPM Director John Berry. "These are some of the best, brightest and hardest-working Americans in the federal government. While we've accomplished a lot in the first year, too many veterans are still unemployed and we're going to keep pushing to do even better going forward."
3News Release, June 15, 2011 OPM Director John Berry (Cont.) 25.6 percent of total new hires across the federal government in FY 2010 were veterans. This is a 1.6 percentage point increase from FY Second, of the veterans hired in FY 2010, 23,140 are disabled veterans compared to 20,448 in FY This is a 1.2 percentage point increase.
4Why is Veterans' Preference Important in the Federal Hiring Process? Provides a veteran an advantage in Federal employment or special consideration for appointment BUT Does not guarantee a veteran a jobADVANTAGE pertains toadditional points given to veteran status andpreference in selection (i.e., can’t pass over a veteran to select a non-veteran without justification and approval)"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
5Veterans' Preference vs Veterans Not all veterans are eligible for Veterans' PreferenceVeterans need not have Veterans' Preference to gain some hiring advantagesNot all people with Veterans' Preference are actually veteransVets do not have to have vet pref to gain some hiring advantages:Non-preference vets can be considered for VRA and VEOA appointments"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
6When Veterans' Preference rules does NOT apply Jobs in the Senior Executive ServicePositions for which Senate confirmation is requiredCertain medical occupations in the VA (title 38)Retirees at the rank of lieutenant commander (major) or higher UNLESS they are disabledCPS or CP veterans do not “float to the top” for scientific or professional jobs at or above GS-9*"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"*Except GS-1102, Contracting.
7Types of Veterans' Preference CPS: disability of 30% or moreCP: disability of at least 10% but less than 30%TP: Served at specific time and not disabledXP:Served any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits or pension but does not qualify as CP or CPSReceived a purple heartEligible spouse, mother, widow/widowerNote: National Defense Authorization Act of 2006 allows applicants who have not previously claimed preference to contact DEU to give them preference now before submitting proof of eligibility.
8Preference and Federal Rating and Ranking A qualified veteran receives added points advantage during theFederal rating and ranking process5 Point Preference: Five points are added to passing examination score or rating for designated periods served.10 Point Disability Preference: Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of veteran who served at any time AND has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least ten percent but less than 30 percent.10 Point 30 Percent Disability Preference: Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a veteran who served at any time and has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
9Preference and Federal Rating and Ranking Continued 10 Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; ORa veteran who received a Purple Heart
10Preference and Federal Rating and Ranking Continued10 Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of spouses, widows, widowers, or mothers of veterans. Both a mother and a spouse (including widow or widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same veteran’s service if they both meet the requirements. Neither, may receive preference if the veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
11SPECIAL NOTEWhen agencies use a numerical rating and ranking system to determine the best qualified applicants for a position, an additional 5 or 10 points are added to the numerical score of qualified preference eligible veteransWhen an agency does not use a numerical rating system, preference eligibles ,who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the highest category on the referral list (except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category.You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable. If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15 [152 KB]) "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference."
12"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired" 30%+ DisabledVeteran with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or morePosition vacancy need not be announcedMeet minimum qualifications, including written test, if applicableNo grade level limitationAppointed for 60 days or more, can be converted to permanent at anytime12,934 TOTAL VETS WITH DISABILITIES WERE HIRED IN fy 20077,958 OF VETS HIRED IN FY 2007 WERE 30%+ DISABLED"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
13Special hiring authorities/programs for Veterans Non-competitive appointment, (i.e., no competition, no rating and ranking, but must meet minimum qualifications)Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)30%+ Disabled VeteransVocational Rehabilitation ProgramsCompetitiveVeterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)Fy 2005 NEW HIRES – VETERANS ONLY21% DEU17% VRA1% DIRECT HIRE<1% BL/BC<1% SCEP4% FCIP<1% PMF38% VEOA19% OTHER (EXCEPTED SERVICE)"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
14"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired" --VRA--Eligibility:Disabled (indefinite eligibility)Served on active duty during a war, campaign, or expedition (indefinite eligibility)Awarded Armed Forces Service Medal (indefinite eligibility)Separated within the last 3 yearsPosition vacancy need not be announcedMeet minimum qualifications; no rating and rankingGS 11 and belowTraining program required for those with less than 15 years educationAppointment for 2 years; converted to permanent with satisfactory performanceVeterans’ preference rules apply if 2+ vets applied for same job7,593 VETS WERE HIRED UNDER VRA IN FY 2007Minimum qualification requirements:EducationExperienceMedical or physical standardsLicensureAgeSecurity clearanceNot ALL veterans are eligible for VRA. E.g., those who were separated with less than honorable condition, or not disabled or no badge and were separated for more than 3 years.Vet pref applies if more than 2 eligible vets applied for the same job."Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
15"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired" --Voc Rehab--Enrolled for training or work experience programUpon completion of training programagency may appoint noncompetitivelyPosition related to what the vet trained forNo vacancy announcement required"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
16"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired" --VEOA--Eligibility:A preference eligible, orhave substantially completed 3 or more years of active service, andHonorably dischargedPosition vacancy announced under internal merit promotionVacancy not limited to agency’s workforceRated best qualified to be referred and selectedVeterans preference rules do not applyCareer/career-conditional appointment("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.)13,438 OF VETS WERE HIRED THRU VEOA in FY 2007"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
17Are Military Retirees Eligible? VEOA (Continued)Are Military Retirees Eligible?Per the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, to receive preference, a veteran must have been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). The veteran must also be eligible under one of the preference categories.Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference in appointment unless they are disabled veterans.
18"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired" Passing over a veteran The same rules apply for competitive and excepted serviceIf a veteran is a 30%+ disabled (CPS):Agency must notifythe veteranOPMVeteran has 15 days to respond to OPMOPM approves/disapproves pass overIf a veteran is NOT a 30%+ disabled:Agency approves"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
19"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired" Important tidbits10-point vets may file an application at anytime180-day restriction of military retirees in DOD can be waived by SecDef, or during national emergencyCURRENT SITUATION: “…For the duration of the national emergency, Department of the Army appointing authorities may appoint retired members of the armed forces without processing a 180-day waiver…..) (SecDef Ltr September 27, 2001)"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
20What to do if veterans rights are violated If Veterans' Preference rights are violated:File a complaint with the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) .After VETS, can appeal to MSPBIf discriminated against because of disability:File a complaint with EEOCOr, contact OPM"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
21"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired" TIPTo maximize chances of landing a Federal jobMake sure vet is considered under ALL hiring methods/authorities/programs for which eligible"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
22Military Spouse Employment Rights and Preference "Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
23Military Spouse Preference And Employment Opportunities There are various opportunities available to Military Spouses.DoD Military Spouse Preference Program (Status and Non-Status Candidates)Non-competitive Appointment for Military Spouses2010 Military Spouse Intern ProgramDerived Veterans Preference
24Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Derived from Title 10, U.S. Code, Section 1784, Employment Opportunities for Military SpousesApplies to spouses of active duty military members of the Army Forces, including Coast Guard, who relocate to accompany their sponsor on a permanent change of station move.
25MSP APPLIES IF:The spouse was married to the military sponsor prior to the reporting date to the new assignmentThe relocation was based on PCS move and not for separation or retirementThe vacancy is within the commuting area of the sponsor’s permanent new duty stationThe spouse is among the “best qualified” group and is within reach for selection.
26Military Spouse Employment Preference Military spouses who are current or former Federal employees are referred for vacancies within the U.S., its territories, and possessions, through the DoD PPP Program (S).Eligibility requirements:Current Federal career or career conditional employeeVeterans Readjustment Authority (VRA) employee or Schedule appointed for persons with disabilitiesReinstatement eligibleReturning from OverseasUnder PPP, eligibility continues from 30 days prior to the sponsor’s reporting date throughout he tour until the spouse accepts or declines a continuing (lasting one year or longer) appropriated or non-appropriated fund position with any Federal agency in the local commuting area."Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
27Spouses Not Eligible For Consideration Through PPP Eligible for MP hiring preference when applying for DoD positions in the U.S. or in foreign areas through the Office of Personnel Management or a DoD Delegated Examining Office (DEU) competitive examination.Hiring preference only applies to the specific announcement under which the spouse is applying and only if that list is used to fill the position.Spouses applying for positions in foreign areas (not through OPM or DEU) receive MSP hiring preference consideration under procedures established by the local activity.These spouses may file applications for employment with the overseas Human Resources Office 30 days before their anticipated arrival; however, they may not receive preference until actually arriving at the overseas location."Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
28Documents Required All spouses must submit the following: Application or ResumeStatement Requesting PreferenceCopy of Military Sponsor’s PCS OrdersSpouses who are current or former permanent Federal employees or who are returning from overseas employment must also submit:Copy of Standard Form 50 (SF 50) documenting current or previous appointments, andCopy of last performance appraisal
29Application Procedures CIVIL SERVICE (APPROPRIATED FUND)CIVIL SERVICE (NON-APPROPRIATED FUND)Filled through the Human Resources Office on military installations. Spouse preference is available for positions in grades GS-15 and below or equivalent wage grade positions. Certain positions, such as DoD school teachers and intelligence related activities may be excluded.Filled by the NAF human resources office on your military installation. MSP applies to NAF positions at grades NF-3 and below (or equivalent grade levels). NAF positions include jobs at military exchanges, recreation facilities, restaurants, and other NAF activities.Create an application within the applicable resume building web-site, i.e.,Have an appointability or eligibility in the civil service system.Current or previous work experience in the Federal government (AF or NAF) or military serviceFile an application with the Installation NAF Human Resources Office, unless a web-site alternative is available.Attach a copy of your sponsor's PCS orders.Hiring office may want a written statement requesting MSP.You must apply for Program "S", the Priority Placement Program for military spouses. This is the only way you can exercise your military spouse preference for an AF position within CONUS. You can apply for the "S" Program through the local civilian human resources office.
30Noncompetitive Appointment For Certain Military Spouses Executive Order 13473, September 11, 2009Federal agencies may hire “qualified” military spouses without going through the competitive processNot limited to specific positions or grade levelsUse of this authority is discretionary with agencies and hiring managersNo hiring preference is afforded and no entitlement is presentInternal vacancy announcement will stipulate discretion for authorityApplicant must apply and request consideration under this authorityTo be considered, must apply through a merit promotion announcement (no need to register with DOD HRO)Permanent, term, or temporaryOnly one permanent appointment/No limit on term or temporary appointments"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
31Which Military Spouses Are Eligible For Noncompetitive Appointment PCS – Relocating with sponsor to new duty station, limited to geographic area of orders, copy of PCS orders, proof of marriage, eligibility exists for two years Disability of Service Member – Spouse of retired military member with 100% disability or retired or released service members with 100% disability rating from the VA or applicable branch of service."Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
32"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired" Which Military Spouses Are Eligible For Noncompetitive Appointment (cont.)Death of Service member – Service member killed on activity duty, surviving spouse must be un-remarried, no geographic restrictions, proof of service member’s death and proof of marriage."Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
33HOW TO USE THE NONCOMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT PROGRAM WHEN APPLYING FOR A FEDERAL JOB ON USAJOBS Step 1 Eligibility section of USAJOBS search page. Check off YES to the last question. A person with non-competitive appointment eligibility? No___ Yes
34Step 2Find your documentation that you will need to prove eligibility and upload into USAJOBS, applicationmanager.gov or other online application systemFor example, to confirm eligibility the hiring agency must verify the individual has a valid marriage certificate or other documentation verifying marriage (such as any official documentation verifying a recognized common law marriage). In addition, the service member's spouse must be authorized on the military orders assigning the service member to a certain post.
35Add to your resume – make your Appointment eligibility stand out Step 3Add to your resume – make your Appointment eligibility stand outAnna S. Ward1347 Elliott Way / Annapolis, MD 21225Cellular: / Residence:Eligible: Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses,5 CFR Parts 315 and 316Veterans Preference: None or 10-points derived preference (if eligible)
36Step 4Find Federal jobs on USAJOBS that will consider your Noncompetitive appointmentFind any job listed on USAJOBS for any grade level, and any type of position. It is up to the agency and the human resources office to review the documentation for the Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military spouses. Provide the documentation and maybe it will help you stand out above other candidates. The following Q&A came from this excellent DOD website:
37Step 5Find Federal jobs through Family Support Offices/ employment Readiness Offices and TAP classesFederal agency human resources recruiters can advise the family support Offices, Employment Readiness Offices and TAP classes about positions for spouses.
38A NONCOMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT IS IN YOUR HANDS! The Noncompetitive Appointment for Certain Military Spouses could be a hiring consideration program that could help you begin and manage a stable, quality and career position with the US Federal Government. There are no guarantees. It is simply a marketing opportunity to utilize your status as a military spouse to improve your military family lifestyle and your own career. Your dedication to your military spouse and family is valued and respected. Your career is important. The Federal government provides the best positions / careers in the nation and hopefully you can land one of them through this program and your own advocacy while a member of a military family.
39Derived Veterans’ Preference (XP) (Variation Of Veterans Preference) Spouse of a disabled veteran who is unable to work because of a service-connected disabilityMother of a veteran who died or permanently disabled while on active duty during a war, campaign, or expeditionUnmarried widow or widower of a veteran who died while on active duty during a war, campaign, or expeditionAdds 10 points to earned score under competitive examinationDo not float to the topReceive 10 additional pointsThere are other eligibility requirements"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
402010 Military Spouse Intern Program 200 National Defense Authorization Act (Section 564) authorized pilot program to secure internships for military spouses with Federal agenciesDoD will reimburse Federal agencies for first year salary, benefits, and training costs if an eligible military spouse is appointed to a permanent position offering training and career progression.Ideally, the positions will be potable to accommodate the constant geographic relocation of a spouse
41Eligibility All spouses of ACTIVE duty service members except: Spouse who is legally separated from service member when the person begins the internshipSpouse who is also a member of the Armed Forces on active dutySpouse who is retired member of the Armed Forces
42LETS SEE WHAT WE CAN FIND See if you can find a announcement that provides for an opportunity for noncompetitive appointment for certain military spouses. Discuss how you would advise a client in this regard.
43Link for more information: The military spouse website provides additional information and helpful resources for hiring managers, agencies, and military spouses to understand the process and address questions.Link for more information:
44SUMMARY: Why is the Consultation Process Important? One-on-one opportunity for dialogue between the client and our company.Client opportunity to explain their education, experience, and concerns.Explore the wealth of information contained OPM web-siteReview salary/wages mechanismReview classification families and standards as they relate to the client's experience, education, and goals.Review qualification standards as they relate to the client's experience, education, and goalsExplore USAJobs and its processes and specific vacancy announcements as they relate to the client's experience, education, and goalsExplain and discuss available client services."Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
45FEDERAL CAREER COUNSELLING JOB CONSULTATION WORKSHOP HANDS ON PRACTICE CONDUCTING A CONSULTATION PAIR UP IN GROUPS OF TWO UTILIZE KNOWLEDGE GAINED THUS FAR TO GUIDE YOUR CLIENT TOWARD A SUCCESSFUL END GROUP WRAP UP PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
46FEDERAL SYSTEM OVERVIEW Complex but simplifiedClimate changes with administration agendaPresident Obama’s Hiring Reform InitiativeSpecific types of appointmentsVeteran PreferenceSpouse Hiring Preferences and AppointmentsMerit system principles"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"
47"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired" ARMED FOR SUCCESSGood Luck to all of you and thanks so much for attending Attention to Detail and Persistence are Imperative To Success"Writing and Consulting...Our Services Get Clients Hired"