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Veterans' Preference

OPM administers entitlement to veterans' preference in employment under title 5, United States Code, and oversees other statutory employment requirements in titles 5 and 38. As HR professionals and Hiring Managers, it is important to understand veterans’ eligibility and their specific rights and benefits in Federal employment.

We want veterans to view the Federal Government as the employer of choice and we aim to provide agency officials with the tools and resources needed to successfully hire a veteran. Your partnership in this endeavor will ensure its success!

The following information is intended to be a handy reference in your daily operations.

  • Veteran Employment Program Offices - an agency officer or employee with full-time responsibility for its Veterans Employment Program. The Veteran Employment Program Managers are an invaluable resource for human capital professionals, leadership and hiring managers on the potential of veterans, integrating veteran's recruitment, hiring, development and retention into workforce consistent with law and merit system principles.
  • Overview of Special Hiring Authorities– Veterans appointing authorities can bring qualified veterans to the fore and speed the selection process.
  • Vet Guide - The VetGuide provides a comprehensive description of the special rights and privileges that veterans enjoy with respect to Federal employment.
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) - USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
  • Reasonable Accommodations - Federal agencies are required by law to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified employees with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations can apply to the duties of the job and/or where and how job tasks are performed.
  • eBenefits - A Department of Veterans Affairs website where employers can post jobs and search verified job seeker profiles and more
  • DOL-VETS - A Department of Labor website providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting veteran’s employment rights.
  • – The site connects veterans and employers through job banks, state employment offices and American Job Centers.
  • Statutes & Regulations – Laws and regulations intended to be a handy reference in your daily operations.
  • Transmittals – Relevant news and transmittals related to veterans' employment.

Statutes & Regulations

As an HR professional, the following list of laws and regulations is intended to be a handy reference in your daily operations.

Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority, Public Law 107-288, the Jobs for Veterans Act, enacted November 7, 2002, revised the eligibility requirements for a Veterans' Readjustment Appointment (which the act redesignated as a Recruitment Appointment (VRA)).

  • E.O. 11521
  • 5 CFR part 307
  • 8 U.S.C. 421
  • 5 U.S.C. 3301, 3302

Excepted Service Appointments for Veterans' Recruitment Appointment. The codified procedures for appointments that are "excepted" from the usual rules of hiring:

  • 5 U.S.C. 3320
  • 5 CFR part 302 subpart B (Eligibility Standards)

30 Percent or More Disabled:

  • 5 U.S.C. 3112
  • 5 CFR part 316 subpart C §316.302
  • 5 CFR part 316 subpart D §316.402
  • 5 CFR part 315 subpart G §315.707

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) (Public Law 105-339), as amended by Section 511 of the Veterans Millennium Health Care Act (Public Law 106-117) of November 30, 1999.

  • 5 U.S.C. 3304(f)
  • 5 CFR part 315 subpart F §315.611
  • 5 CFR part 335 subpart A §335.106

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