In a move to boost the employment prospects of military spouses, the Office of Personnel Management has waived a two-year window for spouses of service members disabled or killed in the line of duty to qualify for a preferential hiring authority from federal agencies.
A new rule published last month provides indefinite eligibility for spouses who are not prepared to enter the workforce within two years because they are still grieving, attending school or a training program, or caring for children or their disabled spouse, reported GovernmentExecutive.com. The “noncompetitive” hiring authority allows agencies to hire military spouses before considering other candidates.
The 2009 rule under which spouses of service members disabled or killed in the line of duty qualified for the noncompetitive hiring authority also applied to spouses of personnel who were permanently transferred. Spouses of service members subject to a permanent change of station, however, still must comply with the two-year eligibility limit.