OPM has told agencies to report on their experience with a special hiring authority for military spouses, ordered under a series of executive orders and the 2019 DoD authorization bill—which ordered OPM to produce a new annual report on the program and make recommendations for improvements.
That authority gives hiring preference for federal jobs to the spouse of a member of the armed forces on active duty, the spouse of a 100 percent disabled member of the armed forces, or the spouse of a deceased member of the armed forces. The authority allows agencies to recruit and noncompetitively appoint eligible spouses into temporary, term or permanent positions that otherwise would require competition, although it does not establish selection priority. Those hired are converted to competitive service status after completing a probationary period.
OPM has told agencies to report by year’s end on the number of positions they made available under the hiring authority in fiscal 2019; the number of applications they received; and the number of military spouses they hired under the authority, broken down by the types of positions.
OPM also called on agencies to summarize the actions they took to promote the program and their views of its effectiveness.