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Hi Ms. Blackwell, thank you for the blog entry,

TCF internships are in “Technical Career Fields” and are a VA program. 

Check the VA Careers website for more information at


I hope this helps.

Hi Mrs. Marashi, thank you for your blog entry.  

The USAJOBS site is wonderful place to begin your search:

I hope this helps and, good luck.

Hi Jarred,

Thank you for your interest and excitement about Hiring Reform.

Hiring Reform was officially launched with the President's Memorandum Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process” of May 2010 with implementation continuing successfully throughout the federal government.

Hello Vibha,

I'll direct you to the USAJOB Student Programs site, it has all the information you'll need to understand what Pathways is and what it is not.  

Good luck in your endeavor.


Thank you for the blog entry.

As indicated in the proposed Pathways Programs regulations, to be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for Veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion). At this time, there is no provision to account for individuals who have received their degree or certificate over two years prior to the implementation date of the Pathways Programs. Please note: the Pathways Programs regulations have not been finalized, and are subject to change until published.


While some Recent Graduates could be affected by the two-year application time frame, they are still able to apply to entry-level positions via the competitive process or other hiring authorities as applicable, including those for Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Ms. Rogers,

Thank you for the blog entry.

As indicated in the proposed Pathways Programs regulations, OPM will provide written guidance for the orderly transition of employees currently appointed as students under E.O. 13562 (Student Educational Employment Program) to the Pathways Program under E.O. 13562 and may revise that guidance as necessary.  

Contact your HR department for details about your current eligibility.

Mr. Cee,

Thank you for the blog entry and thank you sir for your service.

The federal government has a long and proud history of hiring Veterans and while you didn't get this position, we encourage you to continue to apply for the positions that interest you.

Of note, as it relates to your concerns about specialized experience, in all federal hiring any applicant for any position must first meet the qualifications for that position and once an applicant has been determined to be qualified, any hiring preferences (Vets, etc.) he/she may have are then applied.

I hope this has been helpful.

Yes, you may be able to take advantage of all that the SCEP program has to offer.

To find information on SCEP opportunities, you may search or contact agencies directly to inquire about “Student Opportunities”.

Please contact your human resources office for information on moving from your career job to a student (SCEP) job.

Hello Ms. Mallia,

Unfortunately I can't provide an answer or a remedy to your question because the Priority Placement Program (PPP) is a DoD administered program governed by statutes that do not fall within the purview of OPM.

The problem you've described can only be addressed by the DoD component that you're seeking a position with.

Hello Mr. Caverly,

Thanks for the question, it is an interesting one.

There are currently within the Federal government, two types of laws that govern Military Spousal Preference in hiring:

1. Laws administered by the DoD

2. Laws administered by OPM

If your concern is about DoD’s implementation of their military spouse preference, then your concerns would need to be addressed by DoD.

If your concern is about the application of veterans’ preference, specifically the derivative preference granted to certain spouses, mothers, and widows, then we can address your concern.

Based on your e-mail, it appears you are asking about the veterans’ preference laws administered by OPM. As far as the veterans’ preference (including preference granted to certain spouses) laws administered by OPM are concerned, you are correct.

In general, the order of consideration is preference eligible (veterans) and then non-preference (non-veterans) eligible. However, just as disabled veterans can receive 10 points added to their scores or can be placed ahead of non-veterans within a quality category, certain spouses/mothers/widows/ are treated the same. Based on their derivative preference, they are also given 10 points or placed ahead of non-veterans within a quality category.

I hope this answers your concern.

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