Special Hiring Programs

Special Hiring: We have specific hiring programs for veterans, people with disabilities, students, recent graduates, and other applicants.

Students and Recent Graduates (Pathways)

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Peace Corps Employees, and Former VISTA Volunteers

  • Eligible individuals may be considered for ANY vacancy until a selection is made.
  • One year of non-competitive eligibility for Peace Corps volunteers and former VISTAs.
  • Up to three years of non-competitive eligibility for Peace Corps employees.
  • Apply to available positions through USAJOBS.

Veterans

  • Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
    • Receive an excepted appointment with conversion to a career or career-conditional appointment after two years of satisfactory service.
    • Appointments up to the GS-11 level or equivalent. 
    • An established training program is required for veterans with less than 15 years of education.
  • Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
    • Selectees receive a career or career-conditional appointment.
    • Eligible veterans can be appointed under an internal agency announcement.
    • Veterans are not accorded veteran preference.
    • Candidates must be a preference-eligible or a veteran separated after three years of continuous active duty service reformed under honorable conditions.
  • Disabled Veterans (30 Percent or More)
    • Candidates can be noncompetitively appointed to positions for which they qualify. 
    • Initial appointments are time-limited lasting more than sixty days.
    • Selectees may be noncompetitively converted to a career or career-conditional appointment after demonstrating satisfactory performance.
  • Additional Programs for Disabled Veterans
  • Read more on OPM's website on Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans.
    • Apply through USAJOBS or submit your application packet directly to the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement.

Former Federal Employees

  • Three consecutive years of Federal service qualifies you for lifetime reinstatement eligibility.
  • Less than three consecutive years qualifies you for three years of reinstatement eligibility.
  • Apply and compete as if you were a current federal employee for open positions on USAJOBS.
  • Preference-eligible veterans have lifetime reinstatement rights.

People With Disabilities (Schedule A)

  • Eligible individuals may be considered for ANY vacancy until a selection is made.
  • Selectees receive an initial two-year appointment with possible conversion to a permanent position.
  • Read details about requirements for eligibility on the OPM website.
  • Apply to available positions through USAJOBS.
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