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OPM RIN: 3206-AM79 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Veterans' Preference 

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued interim regulations to implement statutory changes pertaining to veterans' preference. These changes were in response to the Hubbard Act, which broadened the category of individuals eligible for veterans' preference; and to implement the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which requires Federal agencies to treat certain active duty service members as preference eligibles for purposes of competing for a position in the competitive service, even though the service members have not been discharged or released from active duty and do not have a Department of Defense (DD) form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. In addition, OPM updated its regulations to reference existing requirements for the alternative ranking and selection procedure called "category rating;" and to add a reference to the end date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which affected veteran status and preference eligibility. This action will align OPM's regulations with the existing statute. 

Agency: Office of Personnel Management(OPM)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 5 CFR 211   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 1302    5 U.S.C. 2108    5 U.S.C. 2108a   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  12/29/2014  79 FR 77833   
Interim Final Rule Effective  12/29/2014 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  02/27/2015 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Merged with 3206-AM03 
Agency Contact:
Michael Gilmore
Employee Services
Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street NW.,
Washington, DC 20415
Phone:202 606-0830
Fax:202 606-2329