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Endless Summer  
#1 Posted : Friday, August 9, 2019 3:42:59 AM(UTC)
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So, I just noticed an announcement that was open to civilians and military spouses and it got me wondering.

I've always thought of the "open to civilians" as an open door to everyone to apply. I am confused at the addition of the spouse category. I assume this means spouses would get a higher consideration than the guy off the street but if they plan on applying one of these special hiring categories, are they required to state it along with the "open to civilians" tag.

I didn't do a good job of explaining that so consider it like this. If a disabled Vet applies for a position listed as open to civilians, does he get special consideration, or does the announcement have to specifically include disabled vets in the "open to" section? Same question for VEOA, etc.
#2 Posted : Friday, August 9, 2019 6:26:15 AM(UTC)

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Any 'open' announcement may specify that various appointing authorities can be used.

"The agency may identify these as specific individuals from which it will accept applications to compete for its vacancy. When a job opportunity announcement is open to “All Sources,” or “All U.S. Citizens,” it means anyone may apply. While there are no restrictions on the individuals who may apply to these types of announcements, in most cases, U.S. citizenship is required."

"Military Spouse Non-competitive Appointing Authority (Executive Order 13473) allows agencies to appoint certain military spouses without competition. The authority does not entitle spouses to an appointment over any other applicant. For additional information visit https://www.fedshirevets.../shams/index.aspx."

"Special appointment authorities may be used by agencies to appoint specific groups of individuals who meet the respective eligibility requirements to positions in the Federal Government.

The following are a few examples where special appointment authorities may be used.

Federal hiring officials are authorized to use a special appointment authority when considering certain people with disabilities (e.g., those with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilitie, or psychiatric disabilities). Use of this authority is at the discretion of each agency. Individuals may contact agency Special Placement Program Coordinators (SPPC) to inquire about opportunities under this authority. SPPC contact information can be found by visiting: http://apps.opm.gov/sppc_directory/. For more information on Federal employment for people with disabilities, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/disability/appempl.asp.

Veterans Recruitment Appointment (formerly known as the Veterans Readjustment Appointment or VRA): the VRA is an excepted appointment, made without competition, to positions otherwise in the competitive service. Use of the authority is entirely discretionary, and no one is entitled to a VRA. This special authority allows agencies to non-competitively appoint a qualified covered veteran to any position for which he or she is qualified up to a GS-11 or equivalent. Upon completion of two years of satisfactory service, the covered veteran is converted to the competitive service. For more information on the VRA, including eligibility requirements, please visit: http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/EI4.asp.

30% Disabled Veterans: Federal agencies have the authority, by law, to give a non-competitive temporary or term appointment of not less than 60 days to any veteran who has a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more and who meets the qualification requirements of the position. Like the VRA, this authority is discretionary with the agency. To be eligible, the individual must be a disabled veteran who has a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more officially documented by the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information on this hiring authority, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/veter...html/vetsinfo.asp."

"NOTE: Certain veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) may also apply and be considered under job opportunity announcements limited to status candidates. For information on VEOA eligibility, please visit: https://www.fedshirevets...v/index.aspx#veoa."

#3 Posted : Saturday, August 10, 2019 4:38:04 PM(UTC)

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Likely the job you saw this for is an overseasor remote military base so thry limit the position to Currrnt civilians working there or spouses of active duty stationed ther.
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#4 Posted : Monday, August 12, 2019 2:38:31 AM(UTC)

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With regard to "Any 'open' announcement may specify that various appointing authorities can be used.", this is not exactly accurate. Open announcements mean open to all US citizens and you do not need any other "status" in order to apply and be considered. When recruiting using open announcements (Delegated Exmaining-DE), category rating procedures are used and including other hiring authorities (e.g., VRA, schedule A, etc.) does nothing. Unlike Merit Promotion announcements, a separate "non-competitive" list of candidates cannot be generated from the appicant pool of a DE recruitment; veterans preference rules apply to DE and you cannot alter the list of applicants to get around veterans preference.

In the past, military spouses registered under Program "S" of the Priority Placeement Program were cleared using a centralized database, this process has changed and we no longer use a centralized database and that is why you are seeing military spouses added to the area of consideration on DE announcements. USA Jobs was designed to accept/capture information pertaining to veterans preference, but not military spouse preference. Since their is no centralized database in use any longer, this is the only way to capture whether or not an applicnat is eleigible for this particlaur preference category.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:54:48 PM(UTC)
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With regard to "Any 'open' announcement ...

Thanks, that was a clear explanation of the issue. It makes perfect sense.
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