A new report by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) explains federal laws and regulations pertaining to hiring of veterans and certain family members.
The report also examines practices and perceptions of veteran hiring by the federal government, informed by a survey on the views of the use of veteran hiring authorities.
“Between their training, experience, and commitment to public service, veterans have much to offer potential employers, especially the Federal Government,” said MSPB Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann.
“The laws and regulations regarding the preferences in hiring that can or must be given to veterans and certain family members are extremely complicated. For example, the preferences vary by the specific circumstances of the veterans—or their family members—and the hiring authorities being used. These laws and regulations invite misunderstandings, confusion, perceptions of wrongdoing, and possibly actual wrongdoing—whether intentional or inadvertent,” Grundmann stated in a letter to the President and the House and Senate leaders accompanying the report.