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Veterans

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The U.S. Census Bureau HIRES Veterans

Attention: The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking VETERAN candidates preparing to enter the civilian labor force.  As a veteran you need to be aware of Federal hiring authorities specifically for recruiting and placing veterans in jobs for which they qualify.   These authorities are not new but the Federal hiring process is evolving and managers must utilize every aspect of hiring reform to get positions filled quickly with the best candidates available – including those too often overlooked.

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Veteran Hiring Options

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Non-Competitive (No Public Announcement Requirement)

Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

Allows Federal agencies to appoint veterans to positions for which they qualify up to the GS-11 level without competition.  After satisfactorily completing 2 years of service, the veteran will be converted noncompetitively to a career-conditional appointment.

The following veterans (if they received either an honorable or general discharge) may be eligible for this appointment:

  • Disabled veterans;
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized;
  • Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and
  • Recently separated veterans.
30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans

Allows Federal agencies to appoint veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more without competition.  Eligible candidates may be appointed to any position for which they are qualified, at any grade level.  Initial appointments are time-limited; however, the individual may be noncompetitively converted to permanent status at any time during the time-limited appointment.

The following may be eligible for this appointment:

  • Retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30 percent or more; or
  • Rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) within the preceding year as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent of more.

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Competitive (Applicant must apply to a vacancy announcement)

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA)

Allows eligible veterans to apply for vacancy announcements when a Federal agency is accepting applications beyond its own workforce under merit promotion procedures.  Eligible veterans are not granted preference in the selection process but they are allowed to compete for job opportunities that are not open to the general public.  A VEOA eligible who is selected will be given a career or career-conditional appointment.

The following may be eligible for this appointment:

  • Veterans who are preference eligible (5 or 10 point) ;
  • Veterans who separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Veterans who were released shortly before completing a 3-year tour may also be eligible.
5 and 10 Point Veterans Preference points (preference eligible veterans)
  • Veterans are given preference points based on pre-determined criteria
  • Preference points are added to veterans scores when competing for positions advertised for the public
  • Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are assessed and placed in the appropriate quality categories—Gold, Silver or Bronze (Best Qualified, Well-Qualified, Qualified...based on score)
  • Preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements for the position and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the gold category


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