Inside HR — Part One: Federal Employment Overview
This article is the first in a series entitled “INSIDE HR — Military Spouse Employment Series” helping provide valuable insight into the job searching and acquisition process.
Preparing for your first, fifth, or even eighth move, you may be wondering, “How do I find a job?” or “Is anyone trying to simplify military spouse hiring?”
The answer is, “Yes!”
Military spouse employment resources and opportunities will be shared in the Military Spouse Employment series. This is the first of four blogs on this important topic.
Have you ever wondered how federal employees, e.g., uniformed military and Department of Defense or Homeland Security, are hired? Despite different methods, one organization manages the federal employment system, the Office of Personnel Management.
Focused on “making the U.S. Federal Service America’s model employer for the 21st century,” OPM staff continuously review policies and programs to improve hiring, retention and support. They also administer several websites providing resources for potential, current and former employees to make searching for federal jobs easier and faster. To learn more about OPM click here.
Feds Hire Vets
- Special Hiring Authorities for Military Spouses and Family Members
Military Spouse Appointing Authority (Executive Order 13473; dated Sept. 28, 2008) states that federal organizations can appoint eligible military spouses with competition. Like reading the entire lease when moving into a new residence, FedsHireVets shares Q&A and recommends reading specific regulations. (Hint: Contact your supporting Civilian Personnel Office for help.)
- Family Member Preference (Derived Preference)
Based on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling stating Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional (June 26, 2013), OPM extended certain federal employment/employee benefits to legally married same sex spouses. If eligible, spouses who meet derived preference requirements can use their veteran spouse’s benefits if she or he is unable to. For more information, click here.
- Federal Hiring Process
Because the positions are federally funded, organizations must adhere to laws and regulations regarding employment. As a military spouse, if you meet the Military Spouse Appointing Authority and position requirements you would be grouped in a category separate from others competing for the job. To learn more about competitive, excepted, and senior executive service (i.e., top management or general-/flag-officer-equivalent) criteria, please click here.
Concluding the background synopsis, are you ready to explore USAJOBs? Read part two in the Military Spouse Employment series July 11.
About the blogger
Dr. Kat Strus (rhymes with Seuss) retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving 24-plus years as an active duty USAF Personnel (Human Resources) officer. With an eclectic skill set, her passion is writing. An accomplished vocalist, she can currently sing anthems for 48 nations in 32 languages…so far