What it provides:
This authority enables a hiring manager to appoint an eligible candidate to any position for which he or she is qualified, without competition. Unlike the VRA, there's no grade-level limitation. Initial appointments are noncompetitive temporary appointments of more than 60 days or term appointments. The agency may convert the employee, without a break in service, to a career or career-conditional appointment at any time during the employee's temporary or term appointment.
When to use it:
This authority is a good tool for filling positions with transitioning veterans.
Who is eligible:
Eligibility applies to the following categories:
Benefits to the hiring manager:
- Disabled veterans who were retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30 percent or more; and
- Since 1991 or later, disabled veterans rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (within the preceding year) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.
A 30 percent or more disabled veteran appointment is an effective way to appoint eligible disabled veterans, without having to use traditional competitive examining procedures, to any position for which they are qualified without issuing a vacancy announcement.
To hire a 30 percent or more disabled veteran:
- Consider strategic workforce planning needs.
- Determine recruiting strategy. Consider recruiting from known veteran sources such as veterans transition centers and other veterans organizations that would provide a diverse applicant pool.
- Determine if candidates are eligible under this authority.
- Evaluate or assess the qualifications of the candidates.
- Appoint an eligible, disabled veteran who meets the qualifications for the position to a temporary appointment of more than 60 days or to a term appointment.
You may convert the appointment, without a break in service, to career or career-conditional at any time during the temporary or term appointment. Veterans' preference does not apply and no announcement is required.