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Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management today released an annual report to Congress on the status of veterans and disabled veterans working for the federal government, and by every measure, the Bush Administration is living up to its commitment to make career opportunities available to soldiers, sailors and airmen.
The Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP) report highlights federal employment statistics in fiscal year 2005, and offers a look at year-over-year representation gains through comparisons with fiscal 2004 data.
In fy05, veterans held 25 percent of all federal jobs; and 92,642 disabled veterans occupied federal positions. In addition, federal agencies hired 31,024 veterans into full-time permanent jobs, an increase of 21.4 percent over fiscal 2004.
"The men and women who have given years of their professional and personal lives to serving America in the military have earned our respect and the chance to contribute their knowledge and expertise as part of the civilian work force," Springer said. "America will benefit from the talents and experience these individuals bring to the workplace."
Other DVAAP report highlights include:
OPM's report also notes the increased use by managers and hiring officials of the
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) to bring qualified veterans into federal positions. Under the Act, 14,273 veterans were selected for federal jobs in fy05; in fy04, 12,211 veterans were hired under the VEOA. Hiring officials also tapped the Veterans Recruitment Appointment authority in fy05 to hire more than 7,700 qualified individuals.
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