Executive Order Enhancing Noncompetitive Civil Service Appointments of Military Spouses, May 9, 2018
Kathryn Troutman, Ten Steps to a
Federal Job Certification Director,
May 10, 2018
YESTERDAY – President Trump signs Executive Order to make it easier for military spouses to get jobs – featuring improved focus on the Military Spouse Preference On USAJOBS for FEDERAL JOBS!
View this great Video from Yesterday at the Military Spouse Appreciation Event at the White House! Happy Mother’s Day Military Spouse Mothers who would like a federal career. This new Executive Order was written for YOU!
THE NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER
This is a great day for Military Spouses who want a career while their spouse is Active Duty in the Millitary.
Here are a few highlights of the new Order regarding Federal Jobs and USAJOBS Changes!
Sec. 2. policy. (a) Military spouses make critical contributions to the personal and financial success of our military families. Military Service of spouses, however, often impairs the spouse’s ability to obtain and maintain employment, and to achieve career goals.
(b) It shall be the policy of the US to enhance employment support for military spouses.
Sec. 3. Promoting Hiring for Military Spouses (a) To the greatest extent possible consistent with hiring needs, agencies shall, when filling vacant positions in the competitive service, indicate in job opportunity announcements (JOAs) that they will consider candidates under the military spouse hiring authority, in addition to candidates identified on the competitive or merit promotion certificate for the position, as well as those candidates identified through any other hiring authority a JOA indicates an agency will consider.
(b) Agencies shall actively advertise and promote the military spouse hiring authority and actively solicit applications.
(c) The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) shall consider whether changes to 5 CFR 315.612 are appropriate to account for cases in which there are no agency job openings within the geographic area of the permanent duty state of the member of the Army Forces for which the member’s spouse is qualified.
(d) OPM shall also periodically circulate notifications concerning the military spouse hiring authority and its eligibility requirements to each agency’s Chief Human Capital Officer of the agency’s equivalent officer.
+++Within 180 days of the date of this order, OPM shall post to its website, and circulate to each agency’s Chief Human Capital Officer or the agency’s equivalent officer, information about the military spouse hiring authority.+++
That posting will include discussion of section 1131 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, Public Law 114-218, which amended 5 U.S.C. 3330d(c) to eliminate the time limitation on noncompetitive appointment for a relocating spouse of a member of the Armed Services.
(e) Within 180 days of the date of this order, OPM shall educate agencies concerning the military spouse hiring authority and ensure that human resources personnel and hiring managers are briefed on techniques for its effective use.
Concurrently, within 180 days of the date of this order, OPM shall provide any additional clarifying guidance it deems appropriate to agencies on provisions of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, Public Law 111-292, and agencies shall ensure that human resources personnel and hiring mangers are briefed as needed on techniques for the effective use of telework.
READ THE REST OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER HERE:
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