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Veterans Employment





y the authority vested in me by the

Constitution and the laws of the

United States of America, including

section 301 of title 3 of the United

States Code, I hereby order as follows:

Section 1. Policy.

Veterans have

served and sacrificed in defense of

our Nation. When they complete their

service, we must do everything in our power to assist them in

re-entering civilian life and finding employment. …

Section 2.

Council on Veterans Employment. There is hereby

established an interagency Council on Veterans Employment

(Council), to be co-chaired by the Secretaries of Labor and

Veterans Affairs. The director of the Office of Personnel Manage-

ment shall serve as vice chair of the Council.

(a) Mission and Function of the Council.

The Council shall:

(i) advise and assist the president and the director of OPM

in establishing a coordinated governmentwide effort to increase

the number of veterans employed by the federal government by

enhancing recruitment and training;

(ii) serve as a national forum for promoting veterans’

employment opportunities in the executive branch; and

(iii) establish performance measures to assess the effec-

tiveness of, and submit an annual report to the president on

the status of, the Veterans Employment Initiative described in

Section 3 of this order.

(b) Membership of the Council.

The Council shall consist

of the heads of the following agencies and such other executive

branch agencies as the President may designate:

(i) the Department of State

(ii) the Department of the Treasury

(iii) the Department of Defense

(iv) the Department of Justice

(v) the Department of the Interior

(vi) the Department of Agriculture

(vii) the Department of Commerce

(viii) the Department of Labor

(ix) the Department of Health and Human Services

(x) the Department of Housing and Urban Development

(xi) the Department of Transportation

(xii) the Department of Energy

(xiii) the Department of Education

(xiv) the Department of Veterans Affairs

(xv) the Department of Homeland Security

(xvi) the Environmental Protection Agency

(xvii) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

On November 9, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13518 establishing the “Veterans Employment Initiative”


boost employment of military veterans, especially from Iraq and Afghanistan, in the federal government. From 2009 through 2013, based

on the most current data from the Office of Personnel Management, there was a 7 percent increase in the number of veterans hired by the

federal government, and veterans’ participation in the federal workforce jumped from about 26 percent to more than 30 percent. Four of

the five foreign affairs agencies (State, USAID, Commerce and Agriculture) are parties to the initiative, but in at least one case—the State

Department—the Foreign Service is excluded from OPM’s data. Here are excerpts from the executive order, which can be viewed in its

entirety at