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OPM Releases Strategic Plan on Veterans Employment

OPM Releases Strategic Plan on Veterans Employment

Office of Personnel Management

February 05, 2010

Washington, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released a government wide Strategic Plan to increase support and access for Veterans seeking employment with the Federal government. The plan is part of President Obama’s Veterans Employment Initiative, a pragmatic, straightforward approach to helping the men and women who have served our country in the military find employment as civilians in the Federal Government.

“This is America’s first strategic blueprint to increase and support the hiring of Veterans throughout the Federal workforce,” said OPM Director John Berry. “This plan aggressively dismantles barriers for Veterans seeking Federal employment. Additionally, it provides ongoing career support to Veterans working within the Federal workforce and specifically looks to support new veterans as they adjust to civilian work life.”

OPM convened senior leaders from the Departments of Defense, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Commerce, Homeland Security, Treasury, and Transportation to develop the plan.

They worked together to break through past veterans employment barriers through:

1. Leadership Commitment – establishes a governance structure dedicated solely to the employment of Veterans in the Federal Government;

2. Skills Development and Employment – focuses on providing employment counseling and aligning the talents and aspirations of Veterans and transitioning service members with civil service career opportunities;

3. Marketing Veterans’ Employment – creates a marketing campaign targeted to Veterans and transitioning service members on the benefits of continuing their careers with the Federal civil service as well as targeted to hiring officials on how Veterans can meet skills demands in their organizations; and

4. Information Gateway – creates a single-source website (www.FedsHireVets.gov) for disseminating accurate and consistent Veteran employment information and resources for Veterans, human resources (HR) professionals and hiring officials.

On November 09, 2009, OPM Director John Berry joined President Obama as he signed the Executive Order on the Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, which established the Veterans Employment Initiative for the executive branch. The Initiative underscores to Federal agencies the importance of recruiting and training veterans, increases the promotion of employment opportunities within the executive branch to veterans of the armed forces, and helps recently hired veterans adjust to service in a civilian capacity.

At the end of Fiscal Year 2008, there were approximately 480,000 veterans working within the Federal government.

For more information, visit:

www.FedsHireVets.gov

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/pdf/Vets_Initiative_Strategic_Plan.pdf


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    garryamin

    almost 4 years ago

    6 comments

    These all information which you can share is really great. The focuses on providing employment counseling and aligning the talents and aspirations of Veterans and transitioning service members with civil service career opportunities.
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    almost 4 years ago

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    mrdamato

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    The federal Office of Personnel Management's "Government-Wide Veterans Recruitment and Employment Strategic Plan" does not guarantee its own mission statement, which is to "increase the employment of veterans in the federal government." I take that statement to mean "hire more vets,” not just improve their "employability." The President's "commitment" has merely thrown more taxpayer money into creating duplicate services (recruitment, training, providing information and websites for vets) which may indeed prepare a vet for hire but in no way secures the job. The "new" fedshirevets.gov website is a perfect example. It merely replaced the USA Jobs veteran's section of the USAJobs website. The government already does "recruit" vets. More money and programs weren't needed there. Training is out there, skill matching is out there, assistance in finding a job is out there (resume support, how to interview, how to locate jobs, etc, etc, etc.).

    It's the actual hiring that remains a fallacy. The barriers of entry for vets which they need to eliminate are not in the front end but at the hiring door, and change is not being seen. The brick wall seems permanently situated between personal preparation and the hiring agency. The problems are systemic at the hiring and top levels (hiring culture, philosophies, and processes). This new plan has not elevated a vets chances of actually being hired. Agencies are still using the same hiring criteria and processes. Just go out and apply for a job at any of the bureaucratic departments of choice. Nothing has changed.

    Dumping massive amounts of tax dollars into a system which doesn’t deliver its promises leaves one like me to believe that it wasn’t really intended to deliver after all. If this is the case, it is a waste of taxpayer money and an insult to intelligent people. I don't know how much favor vets should really have, but what irks me is the lip service. If you say you're going to do it, then do it. Don't just throw the dog a bone to chew on for a while. Put it to work. Thankfully, our private sector knows how it’s to be done.

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    taylor5039

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    my name is tom taylor of san diego i have retired from the navy and have been trying to fine employment with the federAL government and nothing i have been on the hiring list for 9 years. and just keep getting past over or told i was not quilified for the position that i was train in for over twenty years. the human resource has a lot of neptizisim
    going on in the hiring of veterans. and obama really need to look at their last hiring list of the cilivians hire in before a vereran

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    bmore_bestson

    over 4 years ago

    58 comments

    I approve of what President Obama is enacting; he is ensuring that veterans are afforded a chance to have careers in the government. Over the last several years, I have heard how the civil service has become a miasma for veterans. Maybe, a influx of talent, mixed with a little bit of support and attention to detail, can improve the current perception. One process that must be addressed first with this new strategic plan is the government's inability to hire individuals within a decent amount of time. Why should it take several months before an individual is referred, interviewed, or hired?

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    itchy

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This sounds good in theory and hopefully some good veterans will get employed by the Fed government. I am a veteran of 28 years of the USAF.

    As for me I would rather work in the private sector. This at is where the real growth should occur, not in the Federal or state governments!!!

    Government should not be growing like it is doing at present. Minus the need of replacing retiring GS employees (baby boomers of the 50s & 60s), the private sector growth is what is needed to pop the US out of this Great Recession.

    When the people fear the government you have tyranny; When the government fears the people you have democracy."-----Thomas Jefferson

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    Zeeselah

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Does this include spouses of retired, disabled veterans?

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    DanThoms

    over 4 years ago

    400 comments

    Well thats a start

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