U.S. Office of Personnel Management
PUBLIC LAW 105-339:
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT OF 1998
The President signed into law the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 on October 31, l998, (Public Law 105-339.) The staffing provisions of the new law will be codified in section 3304 of title 5, United States Code.
Public Law 105-339:
- Allows preference eligibles or veterans who are honorably discharged from the armed forces after 3 or more years of active service to compete for vacant positions, if the hiring agency is accepting applications from individuals outside its own workforce under merit promotion procedures. All merit promotion announcements open to applicants outside the hiring agency's workforce are required to indicate that these veterans and preference eligibles may apply.
- Requires OPM to create a special appointing authority to permit the appointment of these individuals if they are selected.
- Establishes a new redress system for veterans, modeled after the one in the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (see Part 353 of OPM's regulations).
- Makes it a Prohibited Personnel Practice to knowingly take or fail to take a personnel action if that action or failure to act would violate a statutory or regulatory veterans' preference requirement.
- Expands certain provisions of titles 31 and 38 relating to employment of veterans by Federal contractors.
- Requires FAA to apply veterans' preference in reductions in force, as it is already required to do in hiring.
- Extends veterans' preference to certain White House and legislative and judicial branch positions.
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Updated 17 February 1999