Letterhead of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon address and the words Force Management Policy
November 8, 1998

SUBJECT: The Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act of 1998

On October 31, 1998, the President signed into law The Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998. The attached memoranda from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to Directors of Personnel provide a synopsis of the bill and forward a list of questions and answers on provisions of the bill. A copy of the bill is also attached.

The provisions of the VEOA are effective as of the date the President signed the bill into law. Therefore, we are required to implement these provisions immediately. Of particular note, the bill provides that all merit promotion announcements open to applicants outside the hiring agency's workforce must allow preference eligibles and veterans who have been honorably discharged from the armed forces after three or more years of active service to apply. To meet this requirement, OPM advised that the following statement must be added to merit promotion announcements issued October 31, 1998, or later and open to applicants outside the Department of Defense workforce:

OPM is, by interim regulation, creating a new Schedule B appointing authority to permit the appointment of veterans who apply under the new law but who are not otherwise eligible for appointment. However, OPM advised that this authority cannot be used until it has been published in the Federal Register. We will let you know as soon as it is available for use. The questions and answers provide additional guidance regarding the use of the appointing authority.

For additional information, please contact Beth Baird at (703) 695-2330 or DSN 225-2330.

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Diane M. Disney
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Civilian Personnel Policy