On July 19, 2012, a Presidential memorandum was issued to strengthen compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), to protect veterans in the Federal Government from any discrimination due to their uniformed service, in accordance to 38 U.S.C. 4301-4335. The Presidential Memorandum discusses the need for service members "to be reintegrated as quickly and efficiently as possible when they return to civilian life.” While addressing veteran reintegration the Memorandum also calls upon Federal agencies to support this effort through outreach, education, and oversight.
To support an engagement strategy, a Government-wide Veteran Reintegration Framework has been created in collaboration with the White House working group and Council on Veterans Employment to assist agencies and their Guard and Reserve members who may be called to active duty.
The Reintegration Framework outlines a systematic approach to reintegrating Guard and Reserve members by employing strategies creating a culture of support as they deploy and return to the Federal workplace. This framework is intended to be a tool to help Federal agencies develop effective workforce planning methods to improve reintegration while reducing substantiated USERRA violations and claims.
The enclosed toolkit was created to assist in the implementation of the Reintegration Framework. It consists of six components: references, guides, facts, frequently asked questions, training, and templates. The toolkit and its components are available for supervisors and Federal employees who are Guard and Reserve members for their convenience.
Government-wide Veteran reintegration focuses on Federal employees who are Guard and Reserve members who may be activated for military service. Utilizing Department of Defense data on Guard and Reserve members, the agencies will be able to identify these valued Federal employees.
Succession planning is part of workforce planning and is designed to support the continued effective performance of an organization by identifying the work to be transitioned to other members in the event of deployment of an employee. To assist with this planning, a reintegration toolkit is provided to help establish guidance and apply best practices.