Thousands of more veterans have recently been hired by federal agencies, an Office of Personnel Management report says.
OPM’s figures show the federal government hired 34,788 total veterans in the first half of fiscal 2011 compared to 32,825 in the first half of fiscal 2010. Veterans made up for 33.3 percent of total new hires in the first half of fiscal 2011, a three percent increase from the first half of fiscal 2010.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order in Nov. 2009 instructing federal agencies to identify qualified veterans, clarify the hiring process for veterans seeking employment with the federal government and help veterans adjust to the civilian work environment.
“President Obama has charged us with honoring the nation’s sacred trust with our veterans by doing all we can to help them find work when they come home,” OPM director John Berry said. “They fought to protect the American Dream, and they should never feel that it is out of their reach.”
Federal Computer Week reports the Obama administration has started Mil2Feds, a website that identifies federal jobs related to a veteran’s military occupation. The website Feds Hire Vets was launched in Jan. 2010 to help veterans find information on federal employment.