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Human Resource Practitioners
Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP)
Most departments and agencies in the Federal Government are required to have an affirmative action program for the recruitment, employment, and advancement of disabled veterans. The law requires agencies to develop annual Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP) Plans.
Each year, agencies must submit DVAAP accomplishment reports to OPM. The accomplishment reports must describe agency efforts to promote the maximum employment and job advancement opportunities for disabled veterans as well as certain veterans of the Vietnam era and of the post-Vietnam era who are qualified for such employment and advancement. As part of their submission package, each agency must include a signed statement certifying that the agency has an up-to-date DVAAP plan.
OPM provides guidance and assistance to Federal agencies in developing DVAAP plans. Agency and OPM responsibilities are covered in title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 720, subpart C, and also 38 United States Code, section 4214. OPM reviews each submission to determine whether it is consistent with the applicable law and regulations. OPM submits an Annual Report to Congress on the employment of veterans in the Federal Government.