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Frequently Asked Questions Veterans

  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998, as amended (VEOA) is a competitive service appointing authority that can only be used when filling permanent, competitive service positions. It allows veterans to apply to announcements that are open to "status" candidates, which typically includes "current and former competitive service employees."
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  • Yes. A service-member who is on terminal leave pending separation from active duty under honorable conditions may accept a civilian position in the Federal government.
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  • The SF-15 can be found on the OPM website. Go to https://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf
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  • A felony conviction does not automatically make one unsuitable for Federal employment.  When making a suitability determination, an agency will evaluate the individual’s character traits and decide whether their employment or continued employment would or would not protect the integrity or promote the efficiency of the service. 

     Suitability determinations are made on a case by case basis for covered positions that are subject to investigation.  Covered positions are those in the competitive Federal service, those in the excepted service that noncompetitively convert to the competitive service, or career appointments to positions in the Senior Executive Service. 

     

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  • Agencies develop their own procedures for interview practices. The decision to interview may depend on a variety of factors, including your ranking against other candidates, the number of positions being filled, and the number of people who applied.
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  • There are no regulations that dictate when a service member can apply for a position with the Federal Government. However, agencies typically will not adjudicate veterans’ preference unless the service-member has a DD-214 or "certification" that is a written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
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  • The Department of Defense (DOD) Military Spouse Preference Program applies to spouses of active duty military members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard and full-time National Guard, who desire priority consideration for competitive service positions at DOD activities in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. For more information, contact your local Department of Defense Civilian Personnel Office.
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  • A 10-point preference eligible may file an application under certain circumstances, after the closing date If you want to apply after the closing date of the vacancy announcement, you should contact the agency that announced the position for further information.
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  • Preference eligibles are divided into five basic groups as follows:

    1. CPS - Disability rating of 30% or more (10 points)
    2. CP - Disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30% (10 points)
    3. XP - Disability rating less than 10% (10 points)
    4. TP - Preference eligibles with no disability rating (5 points)
    5. SSP - Sole Survivorship Preference (0 points)
    These codes are used to designate on rating sheets and certificates the category of veterans’ preference to which an applicant is entitled.
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