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27.002 Federal Employment Assistance for Veterans
OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
Veterans Preference Act of 1944, Public Laws 78- 359, 93-508, 94-502, 95-520, 95-454, 97-72, 97-306, 98-543, 99-576, 101- 237, 102-16 and 102-568; Executive Order 11521, March 26, 1970.
To provide assistance to veterans in obtaining Federal employment.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Veterans may obtain employment information from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offices. (1) Disabled veterans and certain wives or husbands, widows or widowers, and mothers of veterans receive 10 points added to earned eligible ratings in Civil Service examinations. (2) Veterans separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions before October 15, 1976, receive 5 points. As of October 15, 1976, 5 point veterans' preference is awarded to veterans with campaign and expeditionary medals or who served on active duty during the period beginning August 2, 1990, and ending January 2, 1992. (3) Under the Veterans Readjustment Appointment (VRA) Program, excepted appointments of eligible Vietnam-era veterans and post-Vietnam-era veterans may be made by agencies to positions in the competitive service up to grade GS-11 in accordance with regulations issued by OPM. Veterans must meet minimum qualification requirements for the positions. Written tests, if required, may be waived for veterans readjustment appointees by an agency. Eligible veterans must have served more than 180 days active duty and have other than a dishonorable discharge from military service. (4) Under the special appointing authority for 30 percent or more disabled veterans, veterans with service-connected disability ratings of 30 percent or more may be appointed noncompetitively to any grade level in the competitive service. (5) OPM became responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring the Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP) in the Federal service on October 1, 1982. Agencies must have current DVAAP plans for the employment and advancement and retention of disabled veterans.
Applicant Eligibility: (1) Five-point preference is given to veterans separated under honorable conditions, and who served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States during certain periods of time or have a campaign or expeditionary medal. Ten-point preference is given to disabled veterans and certain wives or husbands, widows or widowers, and mothers of veterans. (2) Certain veterans who served in the armed forces after the period August 5, 1964, are eligible for a veterans readjustment appointment. (3) Public Law 94-502 authorizes Federal agencies to provide unpaid training or work experience, as a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs vocational rehabilitation for a disabled veteran. Such training may be designed to provide noncompetitive appointment.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Not applicable.
Account Identification: 24-0100-0-1-805.
As of September 30, 2001, 480,464 received assistance, veterans or 26.9 percent of the non-Postal Federal work force, excluding Army and Air Force National Guards. Disabled veterans totaled 81,131 or 16.9 percent of these veterans. There were 11,059 veterans' readjustment appointments in the Federal work force. Data are not yet available for fiscal year 2002.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
"Veteran Preference," EL- 3 (8/95); "Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans," EL-4 (8/95); "Medical Disqualification of Preference Eligibles," EL-8 (8/95); "Job Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities", EL-11 (8/95) (for use by Disabled Veterans); Regulations: 5 CFR 211, 5 CFR 213, 5 CFR 307 and 5 CFR 720.
Regional or Local Office: For further information contact the National Office shown below under the Headquarters Office listing.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: