Garamone, American Forces Press Service
D.C. — President Bush signed an executive order that will make
it easier for spouses of service-members to get federal jobs.
"The objective of this appointment is to actually get their
foot in the door."
Undersecretary of Defense for
Civilian Personnel Policy
order authorizes noncompetitive hiring of spouses and should make the
hiring process easier and faster for those in this category, said
Patricia Bradshaw, deputy undersecretary of defense for civilian
shall be the policy of the United States to provide for the
appropriately expedited recruitment and selection of spouses of
members of the armed forces for appointment to positions in the
competitive service of the federal civil service as part of the effort
of the United States to recruit and retain in military service,
skilled and experienced members of the armed forces and to recognize
and honor the service of such members injured, disabled or killed in
connection with their service," Bush wrote in the order, which
was issued in September.
order will allow spouses "to walk into any personnel office of
any federal agency and get a job," Bradshaw said.
sidesteps this long-enduring process that often turns spouses
first proposed the initiative in his State of the Union address in
want to ensure that our military families are taken care of,"
Bradshaw said. Surveys show that employment for spouses is a concern
to servicemembers and their families.
be eligible, individuals have to be the spouse of an active-duty
member or of a reservist on active duty called on to relocate.
eligible are the spouses of servicemembers listed as 100 percent
disabled and separated or retired, as well as widows or widowers of
servicemembers who died on active duty and who have not remarried.
hear from servicemembers that a key to retention and recruitment is
the support systems in place to help family members," Bradshaw
said. "More than half of the military members are married, and
this is a significant issue for them."
about 10 percent of military spouses remain in the same place for five
years, and the frequent moves make employment a problem, Bradshaw
objective of this appointment is to actually get their foot in the
door, and then they will be able
to move around the federal government that much easier," she
said. "This authority gets them into the door. It doesn’t waive
the qualifications for the job."
director of the Office of Personnel Management will issue the
are working with them very aggressively as quickly as possible,"
Bradshaw said. "Unfortunately, it will be sometime after the
first of the year before we see interim regulations."