Federal Manager's Daily Report

Although managers at the Defense Department will get

extensive new authorities over handling their personnel

under the department’s recently approved “national security

personnel system,” they will have to continue to take

veterans preference into account in their decisions.

The DoD measure waives government-wide rules relating to:

the methods of establishing qualification requirements for,

recruitment for, and appointments to positions; the methods

of assigning, reassigning, detailing, transferring, or

promoting employees; and the methods of reducing overall

agency staff and grade levels. The only restrictions are

that DoD “shall comply” with existing veterans preference

requirements, which give veterans an advantage both in

hiring and in reductions-in-force.

For RIFs, in addition to veterans preference, “tenure of

employment, length of service, and such other factors as

the Secretary considers necessary and appropriate shall be

considered.”