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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Contact: J. Porter
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Senior Policy Advisor George Nesterczuk Speaks at 45th American Legion Washington Conference

"We want to make sure that, when it comes to Federal hiring practices, veterans are accorded every advantage to which they are entitled."

Washington, DC. - Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Senior Policy Advisor on the Department of Defense George Nesterczuk, recently spoke at the American Legion's 45th Annual Washington Legislative Conference. Nesterczuk highlighted OPM's outreach activities and briefed the group on the new National Security Personnel System (NSPS).

"You all know the importance that this Administration places on hiring veterans," said Nesterczuk speaking to the American Legion members. "We want to make sure that, when it comes to Federal hiring, veterans are accorded every advantage to which they are entitled. At OPM, we work hand in hand with the American Legion and many other veteran service organizations in supporting and advocating the hiring of veterans and applying veterans' preference."

The OPM outreach group is conducting seminars nationwide which include sessions on veterans' preference and veteran appointing authorities; other seminars and workshops cover navigation of the usajobs.gov website, resume writing, interviewing skills, and the Federal application process. One of the key take-home products is the OPM-produced DVD "What Veterans Need to Know About Veterans' Preference," a comprehensive 40-minute video seminar of veterans' preference rights and eligibilities.

"Defending Merit System Principles, guarding against prohibited personnel practices and honoring veterans' preference governmentwide, especially for qualified and disabled veterans, are top priorities," said Nesterczuk. "OPM is working with DOD to ensure that federal workers who will fall under NSPS are fully protected by these foundational principles."

The NSPS, as authorized by the Defense Authorization Act of 2004, will streamline much of DoD's outdated personnel system and allow DoD, jointly with OPM, to modernize a broad range of civilian personnel rules. The NSPS represents the most significant change to the civil service since the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, with flexibilities never before afforded that have the potential to impact the entire federal work force.

OPM's commitment to veterans' employment lies at the heart of its mission. veterans' preference laws have long been a cornerstone of the Civil Service and OPM has been at the forefront of efforts to preserve and protect veterans' preference in Federal employment. The Federal government is the Nation's leader in veteran employment, employing over 450,000 veterans.

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Our mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.


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