veterans preference

  • Will Congress tackle the federal workforce elephant(s) in the room?

    A trio of congressionally-chartered commissions have a long list of ideas for the federal workforce, including changes to hiring, veterans preference and internship programs, which they want to include in the next defense authorization bill.

  • Congressional commission calls for sweeping changes to military, public service programs

    The congressionally-mandated National Commission on Military, National and Public Service offered up 124 recommendations Wednesday, which address everything from veterans preference rules to adding women to the Selective Service System.

  • Agencies may have too many special hiring authorities, OPM admits

    As agencies gain more specific authorities to hire new employees, the size of the excepted service has grown over the past 20 years, according to a new study from the Office of Personnel Management.

  • OPM’s Pon pushing for major civil service changes, from retirement to veterans preference

    New Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon detailed his vision for OPM and its role in modernizing 40-year-old statutes that govern how agencies recruit, retain, compensate and manage federal employees.

  • Agencies hired fewer new veterans to gov’t jobs in 2016, as federal hiring overall goes up

    Veterans made up slightly more of the federal workforce in fiscal 2016 compared to previous years, but agencies overall hired fewer new veterans to fill government jobs.

  • Veterans preference, not so much

    Congress changed retention rules for future DoD layoffs, downgrading veterans preference and putting performance ratings in first place. Sounds good? It depends, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

  • Pentagon rewrites layoff rules to favor performance over tenure

    Thus far, President Donald Trump’s promise to reduce the size of the federal workforce only involves attrition, not layoffs. But if things escalate to actual reductions in force, Pentagon employees with poor performance ratings will be the first to go.

  • Veterans made up 32 percent of all new government hires in 2015

    Agencies hired 6,000 more veterans in fiscal 2015 than in the previous year, according to a new report on veterans hiring in the federal workforce from the Office of Personnel Management. OPM says the positive numbers are the result of the Veterans Employment Initiative, which President Barack Obama began in 2009.

  • Jeff Neal: Navigating veterans prefence

    You thought it was invented just to complicate your hiring process. But the veterans preference goes way back to George Washington himself. Still, it is complicated. Jeff Neal, blogger and senior vice president of ICF International joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort it out.

  • Thank you for your service, now please go away

    Congress is pondering a major change in a benefit for veterans in government jobs. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the lack of publicity on it is very odd.