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Source: The Military Health System Blog
Monday, August 24, 2009
Posted by: Maureen O. Viall 

Getting a federal job as a military spouse will become easier effective September 11, 2009. Final regulations implementing Executive Order 13473 were issued August 12, 2009 in the Federal Register and give agencies the option of hiring qualified military spouses without going through the competitive process. 

Under this new hiring authority, military spouse is defined as one of the following:
 
1) The spouse of a member of the armed forces serving on active duty (to include members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty), who has orders specifying a permanent change of station (not for training).
 
2) The spouse of a 100% disabled service member injured while on active duty.
 
3) The unmarried widow or widower of a service member killed while on active duty.
 
General Hiring Provisions:
 
- The spouse must relocate with the service member to the new permanent duty station.
 
- Spouses will have two years from the date the PCS orders are issued to obtain federal employment.
 
- Spouses of relocating service members are limited to only one appointment under this authority per PCS order. (There is no limit on the number of appointments a spouse of a 100% disabled or the widow of a deceased service member may receive). 
 
- The noncompetitive appointment is limited to the geographic area (as stated on the PCS orders), or the surrounding commuting area. (This limitation may be waived if no Federal agency exists in the geographic area).

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