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Hunting for a Federal Job After a Military Career

Effective transitioning from a military career to a federal job may entail complications, that is, if you are unaware of the requirements and how things are done. Compared to civilian jobs, federal jobs require a specific and more comprehensive resume. Hiring processes also vary in the federal government. It is necessary that you are properly guided before you venture into these. Reinvent Your Resume. It is through your resume where you market yourself effectively. Focusing on your military and professional abilities and skills...

How Federal Employee Annuities Are Computed

Your basic annuity is computed based on your length of service (which includes unused sick leave if you retire on an immediate annuity) and “high-3” average pay. To determine your length of service for computation, add all your periods of creditable service, and the period represented by your unused sick leave, then eliminate from the total any fractional part of a month. Your “high-3” average pay is the highest average basic pay you earned during any 3 consecutive years of service. Generally, your basic...

Repost from OPM Director: Celebrating Every Member of our Federal Family

June 3, 2015 As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, I want to proudly reinforce my continued commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of our Federal family, and recognize the incredible contributions this community has made in service to the American people. We better serve the American people when our Federal workforce draws from and honors the unique talents and experiences of individuals from every community across this great country. Though we tackle tough challenges each and every day, the diversity...

Working at the DoD

As the single largest employer on the planet, with more than 3 million employees and responsibility for more than one half of the entire federal budget, the Department of Defense is a prime target of any exiting service member who wishes to continue to use their talents to defend our country. The role of the Department of Defense is to oversee agencies responsible for national security and armed forces, which means it holds opportunity for a wide variety of people. It is, according to their own reports, the largest employer...

Veteran’s Preferential Hiring Practices

Veterans have made incredible sacrifices for the well-being of their country. If they choose to leave the military and desire a second career in the civil service, a federal job, they have earned the benefit of two key tools that may give them an edge in obtaining the job they desire. These tools are Veterans Preference Points and Veteran’s Recruitment Appointment. These preferential hiring treatments do not guarantee employment, nor are they enacted specifically in order to place a veteran in every federal job vacancy....

OSC Takes Lead in Fighting for Whistleblower Rights

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs can mean risking everything from losing a job to losing the respect of co-workers. But in fighting whistleblower retaliation today, the Office of Special Counsel hopes future whistleblowers will come forward without fear of punishment. Eric Bachman, OSC deputy special counsel for litigation and legal affairs, said that the agency's success in restoring jobs and back pay to 25 whistleblowers has helped get the word out to workers who know about...

Temporary and Term Appointments of Federal Employees

Temporary and term appointments are used to fill positions when there is not a continuing need for the job to be filled. Neither type of appointment is a permanent one, so they do not give the employee competitive status or reinstatement eligibility. Because temporary and term employees do not have status, they may not apply for permanent appointments through agency internal merit promotion procedures, which are used for filling positions from the ranks of current and former permanent Federal employees. However, qualifying experience...

Obama’s Executive Order Banning Federal Contractors from Discriminating Against LGBT Workers

On Monday, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It amends an executive order first issued by former President Lyndon Johnson, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of protected categories including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and age. The executive order has two parts: It makes it illegal to fire or harass employees of federal contractors based on their...

Supreme Court Upholds Whisleblower Protections

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that government workers who speak out on issues beyond their own disciplines are protected against employer retaliation, a decision that encouraged advocates for federal whistleblowers. The case -- Lane v. Franks -- involved Edward Lane, a youth program director at a community college in Alabama, who was fired by college president Steve Franks after he testified in a public corruption trial involving a state legislator on the college payroll who performed no work. Lane fired the legislator,...

Federal Employment Options for Members of the Armed Services

Employment of Retired Members of the Uniformed Services The reduction to military retired or retainer pay for retired officers of a regular component in the uniformed services because of employment by the Federal Government, as well as a capping of the combined civilian pay and military retired or retainer pay at Executive Level V, are no longer applicable. Section 651, Public Law 106-65, October 5, 1999, repealed section 5532 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) effective October 1, 1999. As a result, neither reductions...

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