Thirty percent of all employees of the federal government executive branch are veterans, according to the latest statistics by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The percentage of veterans who work for the federal government has risen annually since fiscal year 2008 (Oct. 1, 2007-Sept. 30, 2008), when the figure was 25.5 percent. The VA cited President Obama’s 2009 executive order, which established the Veterans Employment Initiative, as a driver for the increase. As the veteran population in government service rose, overall hiring decreased 32 percent. The Defense (46.8 percent), Transportation (35.9 percent), VA (32.2 percent), and Homeland Security (27.4 percent) departments have the highest veteran representation. The Education (9.7 percent) and Health and Human Services (6.6 percent) department had the lowest.