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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Contact: Peter Graves
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM to Open New Veterans Outreach Office at Fort Carson, CO

New Office Will Help More Veterans Find Federal Employment Opportunities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Linda M. Springer today announced OPM and the U.S. Army will open a new Veterans Outreach Office at Fort Carson, CO. The new office will provide veterans with information on job opportunities available with the Federal government; provide guidance as to their rights under veterans' preference; and otherwise help veterans and their families during the transition back to civilian life.

"The veterans of the United States Armed Forces already possess many of the skills and security clearances necessary to perform some of the most vital tasks conducted by our Federal civilian workforce," Director Springer said. "We need these individuals to consider the Federal government as a place to continue utilizing their skills in service to their nation and we stand ready to help in this endeavor."

According to the Memorandum of Understanding, the Veterans Outreach Office at Fort Carson will be staffed for two to three days each week to provide employment information and other forms of assistance to military personnel and their family members. The Fort Carson office will be the third such office to be opened by OPM since 2005. The other locations are Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. These offices are part of the overall Transition Assistance Program (TAP) returning veterans must complete before separation from the armed forces.

Like its sister offices in Washington and Texas, the Fort Carson office will provide the following services:

· Working directly with veterans and their families to hear their needs and concerns first-hand;

· Providing information on Federal employment opportunities directly to veterans, and assist with their job search and application process;

· Working directly with Federal agencies to recruit qualified veterans, many of whom will possess the competencies and security clearances Federal agencies need to close mission-critical staffing gaps;

· Promoting www.USAJOBS.gov as the Federal government's one-stop employment information system; and,

· Coordinating outreach activities with Fort Carson TAP staff.

OPM has already experienced success at its outreach offices at Walter Reed and Brooke. More than 1000 military personnel and their families have been counseled directly through these offices. The new office at Fort Carson is expected to open in the late summer/ early fall of this year.

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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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