After the members of the Interagency Council met on December 11th, 2009 they decided to push for more hires of veterans by federal agencies. The meeting was co-chaired by Hilda Solis, the Secretary of Labor, Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and John Berry, the director of the Office of Personnel Management.
A plan to increase veteran employment in the federal government was discussed and a draft should be released sometime in January. Additionally, there will be a veterans’ employment office in each federal agency as soon as March of 2010.
According to Shinseki, “Veterans have shown their worth and value to our nation through their peerless leadership and dedication to nearly impossible tasks under the most austere conditions. We must create opportunity, and our efforts must be about recognition of their worth. This effort must be about preparing veterans for the next phase of their lives.”
The council hopes to be a leading employer of U.S. Veterans and is scheduled to meet again in March 2010.