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WASHINGTON, DC – Utah Representative Blake Moore, R-District 1, is fighting to make it easier for skilled military veterans to find employment in the Department of Defense civilian workforce.
“It is essential that we attract and retain skilled and skilled veterans in our civilian workforce (DoD),” said Moore, a member of the House Armed Services Committee in Congress.
“I am proud to present the Retention of Skilled Veterans Act with Senator James Lankford (R-OK), ”he added,“ to provide a pathway for most military veterans to move immediately into civilian work and use their invaluable knowledge and skills to strengthen our workforce. ‘federal work’.
Under federal law enacted in 1964, military retirees must wait 180 days after leaving the military before starting civilian employment with the Department of Defense.
The intention of this law was to prevent a so-called “revolving door” in the practices of hiring DoD civilians, particularly at the senior management levels.
But the “180 day rule” was suspended from 2001 to 2017 during the emergency following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
During that time, more than 41,000 critically needed retired service members were allowed to begin government jobs without waiting 180 days, according to a recent report compiled by the Merit Systems Protection Board of the United States.
In 2020, the House Armed Service Committee temporarily removed the “180-day rule” under a two-year authority, but only for veterans seeking employment in military depots across the United States.
Retirees seeking other forms of employment at the DoD must now either wait six months after leaving the service or jump through bureaucratic hoops to request a waiver of the “180 day rule” from Pentagon officials .
Moore’s proposed legislation would permanently repeal the 180-day rule for retired military personnel seeking employment at government service level 13 or lower across the Department of Defense.
In 2020, approximately 1.4 million U.S. active and reserve service members were supported by nearly 900,000 civilian DoD employees. Recent increases in the Pentagon’s civilian workforce have largely focused on technical skills and experience that can only be acquired through military service.
Moore’s staff noted that the Retention of Skilled Veterans Act would help federal hiring become more competitive with private industry and facilitate the recruitment of skilled technicians needed to maintain and support next generation equipment and weapons.
According to the US Census Bureau, the average age of a federal employee is 46, compared to the national average of 41. About 29% of federal employees are now over 55.
“The government’s ability to hire veterans quickly after they leave the military,” said Moore, “will compensate for its rapidly aging workforce and provide these military personnel with pathways to post-service employment. .