Special Hiring Programs

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

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 to available positions through USAJOBS.

People With Disabilities (Schedule A)

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

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

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

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.

Certain Military Spouses

  • Eligible individuals may be considered for ANY job opening until a selection is made.
  • Eligible individuals include:
    • Spouses of active-duty military members;
    • Spouses of 100% disabled service members; and
    • Unremarried widows/widowers of service members deceased while on active duty.
    • Apply to available positions through USAJOBS.

Read more on OPM’s website on the special hiring authority for spouses of military members.

Students and Recent Graduates (Pathways)

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