OPM has issued guidance on changes to a military spouse hiring preference enacted last year in the annual DoD authorization bill, including broadening eligibility to all military spouses, not just those of relocated military members.
Spouses of deceased members of the armed forces and spouses of 100 percent disabled members of the armed forces also are eligible for the preference, under which agencies may recruit and noncompetitively appoint them into temporary, term or permanent positions that otherwise would require competition. Those hired under the authority then can be converted to competitive service status after completing a probationary period.
The law also now requires agencies to report annually to OPM on the number of such appointments.
The guidance notes that months ahead of the change in law, an executive order directed agencies to actively advertise and promote the military spouse hiring authority and solicit applications from military spouses for positions advertised via USAJOBS and any other means the agency wishes to use. That order also requires agencies to publicize the program through channels such as the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and briefings for agency human resources specialists and hiring managers on how to use the authority.