Fed Jobs for Military Spouses

Getting a federal job as a military spouse will become easier effective September 11, 2009. Final regulations implementing Executive Order 13473 were issued August 12, 2009 in the Federal Register and give agencies the option of hiring qualified military spouses without going through the competitive process.

Under this new hiring authority, military spouse is defined as one of the following:

1) The spouse of a member of the armed forces serving on active duty (to include members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty), who has orders specifying a permanent change of station (not for training).

2) The spouse of a 100% disabled servicemember injured while on active duty.

3) The unmarried widow or widower of a servicemember killed while on active duty.

General Hiring Provisions:

- The spouse must relocate with the servicemember to the new permanent duty station.

- Spouses will have two years from the date the PCS orders are issued to obtain federal employment.

- Spouses of relocating servicemembers are limited to only one appointment under this authority per PCS order. (There is no limit on the number of appointments a spouse of a 100% disabled or the widow of a deceased servicemember may receive).

- The noncompetitive appointment is limited to the geographic area (as stated on the PCS orders), or the surrounding commuting area. (This limitation may be waived if no Federal agency exists in the geographic area).

Spouses can find out about federal job opportunities by going to www.usajobs.gov. (Spouses may also check the websites of specific agencies in which they may wish to work for position vacancies). This new hiring authority is not limited to specific positions or grade levels but spouses would have to meet the same requirements as other applicants, to include qualification requirements. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to request consideration for employment under this authority as a military spouse. The use of this hiring authority will be discretionary with managers; it does not mean spouses will get a hiring preference, nor does it create an entitlement to Federal jobs over other qualified applicants.

For additional information on this new hiring authority, following this link to the Federal Register dated Aug. 12, 2009.
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-19340.pdf

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