Special Hiring Authority Eligibles
Agencies may utilize various special hiring authorities to appoint specific groups of individuals who meet the respective eligibility requirements to positions in the Federal Government. The following are examples of special hiring authorities that may be used:
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
VEOA is a special hiring authority, which allows Veterans to compete for job opportunities that otherwise may have only been available to current permanent federal employees. A VEOA eligible who is selected will be given a career or career-conditional appointment. To be eligible for VEOA, applicant must be either a preference eligible veteran or a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. For additional information click here.
Persons with Severe Physical or Mental Disabilities (Schedule A)
This excepted authority is used to appoint persons with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Such individuals may qualify for conversion to permanent status after two years of satisfactory service. Severe physical disabilities include but are not limited to blindness, deafness, paralysis, missing limbs, epilepsy, dwarfism, and more. In order to be considered, applicants must provide “proof of disability” documentation. For additional information click here.
Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
This excepted authority allows agencies to appoint eligible veterans without competition if the veteran has received a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition; or is a disabled veteran; or has received an Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation; or is a recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years) and separated under honorable conditions. Appointments under this authority may be made at any grade level up to and including a GS-11 or equivalent. This is an excepted service appointment, which can be converted to competitive service after 2 years. For additional information click here.
Temporary or Term Appointment of 30% or More Disabled Veterans
Under this authority, agencies may, at their discretion, 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. 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 additional information click here.
Former Peace Corps Volunteers
Under this authority, a former Peace Corps or Americorps VISTA volunteer who recently completed his/her volunteer service may be appointed without competition to a permanent position in the Federal competitive service. To be eligible for appointment under this authority, you must have satisfactorily completed your volunteer service in the Peace Corps or Americorps VISTA within the past year. For additional information click here.
Former Peace Corps Employees
Under this authority, a former Peace Corps employee (other than a volunteer) who recently completed at least 36 months of continuous service with the Peace Corps may be appointed without competition to a permanent appointment in the Federal competitive service. To be eligible for appointment under this authority, you must have satisfactorily completed no less than 36 months of continuous service in the Peace Corps within the past three years.
Under this authority, certain military spouses may be appointed without competition to a permanent appointment in the Federal competitive service. This authority applies only to the following categories of military spouses:
- Those who are relocating with their service-member spouse as a result of permanent change of station (PCS) orders,
- Spouses of service members who incurred a 100% disability because of the service member's active duty service, and
- Spouses of service members killed while on active duty.
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