OPM Proposes Relaxing Restriction for Military Spouses to Gain Federal Tenure

Breaks in federal service would not disqualify employees, including military spouses, from attaining career tenure in the government, under a recent proposal from the Office of Personnel Management.

The proposed rule, published last week, would eliminate the existing requirement that federal employees work three years in “substantially continuous” service to qualify for tenure, which provides job security along with other benefits, reported the Washington Post. Workers would only need to accumulate a total of three years’ service to gain tenure if there is a disruption in service of more than 30 days.

Easing the way for military spouses toward permanent, or career-tenured federal jobs, would provide a substantial benefit.

“It can take military spouses a long time to get into the federal system,” said Kathleen Moakler, government relations director for the National Military Family Association. “They finally get in, they get that job, and then it’s, ‘Oh my goodness there’s only a year left on their spouse’s assignment.’ All of a sudden it’s time to move again,” she said.

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