Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Future of Government Data Centers
- The Future of IT: How CIOs Can Enable the Service-Oriented Enterprise
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Modern Mission Critical Series
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
- Air Traffic Management Transformation Report
- Cloud First Report
- General Dynamics IT Enterprise Center
- Gov Cloud Minute
- Government in Technology Series
- Homeland Security Cybersecurity Market Report
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Technology Insights
- The Cyber Security Report
- The Next Generation Cyber Security Experts
Shows & Panels
Federal job hunt made easier for outgoing military members
Tuesday - 6/19/2012, 7:51pm EDT
Special to Federal News Radio
Active-duty military expected to be discharged under honorable conditions now can start their federal job hunt with one less hoop to jump through.
Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry released a memo Friday providing guidelines, facts and frequently asked questions for the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act.
The VOW Act, signed by President Barack Obama Nov. 21, requires agencies to give certain active duty service members veterans' preference when they apply for jobs.
As part of the old application process, agencies mandated that service members provide certification of release or discharge from active duty. But with numerous individuals beginning to search for employment prior to discharge, these procedures left many people facing an uphill battle to find a job.
OPM enacted the Vow Act to ensure these individuals did not lose the opportunity to be considered for federal service, Berry wrote in the memo, even if they didn't have a DD form 214 to submit along with their resumes.
Now, active-duty military applicants can obtain a document from the military that certifies the service member is projected to be released from active duty no later than 120 days after the document is signed. If the certification expires, an agency must request other documentation acceptable under the provision in the law that grants the service member eligibility to veterans' preference, Berry wrote.
Agencies can consider an outgoing service member who submits proper documentation in lieu of a DD form 214 for an appointment or preferential entitlement.
OPM provided a few other details in the FAQs, instructing agencies to grant service members' tentative veterans' preference, but to verify the individual meets the law's definition of "preference eligible" before awarding permanent veterans' preference.
Keith BieryGolick is an intern at Federal News Radio