Careers at SSA - Opportunities for Veterans

Washington D.C.
Oct 01, 2018
Oct 01, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Certain positions may require travel.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
  • Selectees are required to serve either a 1-year probationary period or a 2-year trial period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement
  • You must meet the eligibility requirements for veterans preference OR a special hiring authority for veterans to be considered.

    Veterans Preference
    Veterans preference gives eligible veterans preference in hiring. Preference is given in competitive appointments as well as special noncompetitive appointments. Only veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge) are eligible for veterans preference.

    There are three types of preference eligible:
    • Disabled, regardless of the rating;
    • Non-Disabled; and
    • Sole survivorship preference
    The preference eligibles are divided into five basic groups:
    • CPS - Disability rating of 30% or more (10 points)
    • CP - Disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30% (10 points)
    • XP - Disability rating less than 10% (10 points)
    • TP - Preference eligibles with no disability rating (5 points)
    • SSP - Sole Survivorship Preference (0 points)
    For more information on the types of veterans preference, visit the Feds Hire Vets Veterans Preference web page.

    Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
    Below is a list of special hiring authorities designed specifically for veterans. For more information, visit the Feds Hire Vets Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans web page.

    Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)
    VRA allows for the appointment of eligible veterans without competition from non veterans. This hiring authority can be used for positions up to GS-11 or equivalent. Veterans are hired under excepted appointments to positions that are otherwise found in competitive service. After the individual satisfactorily completes 2 years of service, the veteran must be converted non-competitively to a career or career-conditional appointment.

    Eligibility under the VRA hiring authority applies to any of the following veterans:
    • Disabled veterans; or
    • Veterans who served in active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or
    • Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the armed forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or
    • Recently separated veterans (within 3 years).
    In addition, veterans must be separated from the Armed Forces under honorable or general discharge.

    30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans
    The 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans authority enables the appointment of an eligible candidate to any position for which he or she is qualified without competition. Unlike the VRA, there is no grade-level limitation. Initial appointments are time-limited, lasting more than 60 days; however, individuals can be non-competitively converted to a permanent status at any time during the time-limited appointment.

    Eligibility applies to the following categories:
    • Disabled veterans who were retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more; or
    • Disabled veterans rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more
    Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a VA Training Program
    Disabled veterans eligible for training under the Veterans Administration (VA) vocational rehabilitation program may enroll for training or work experience at an agency under the terms of an agreement between the agency and VA. While enrolled in the VA program, the veteran is not a Federal employee for most purposes, but is a beneficiary of the VA.

    Training is tailored to the individual's needs and goals, so there is no set length. If the training is intended to prepare the individual for eventual appointment in the agency rather than just provide work experience, the agency must ensure that the training will enable the veteran to meet the qualification requirements for the position.

    Upon successful completion, the host agency and VA give the veteran a Certificate of Training showing the occupational series and grade level of the position for which the veteran trained. The Certificate of Training allows any agency to appoint the veteran non-competitively under a status quo appointment which may be converted to career or career conditional at any time.

    Applicants wishing to be considered for employment using SSA's competitive selection process may also respond to a specific job opportunity announcement listed on SSA's job opportunity page at:

    Providing Proof of Education or Substituting Education
    Some positions require proof of education or allow you to use your education to meet qualification requirements. For information on providing proof of education or substituting education for experience, visit

    If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts that includes your name, the name of the educational institution, course title(s), number of credits, grade, and date of completion. Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. You must submit your transcripts according to the application submission details of this announcement. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail. If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

    Locality Pay: Salary range show is the Rest of the US scale. Actual salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Please visit OPM's Salaries and Wages page for the locality area definitions and pay scales.

    Appointments under this program do not have promotion potential beyond the grade to which the applicant is initially appointed.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Decisions to grant reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once we have received your required documentation and questionnaire, we will consider you for job placement under veterans recruitment. You will be evaluated based on your submitted documentation, as well as the following:

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies as related to the series and grade of the position being filled. Final qualifications determinations will be assessed based on OPM's General Schedule Qualifications Standards found here:

    Interviews: You will be contacted by e-mail and/or telephone if your application is identified as qualifying for a position being filled. An interview may be conducted. If interviewed, you will be asked to address the same knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies used to initially qualify your application for the position.

    To view qualification requirements for all series, click on the following link:

    Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for the Interview: Applicants should state any accommodation needed for the interview process prior to the interview, e.g., when the interview is scheduled.

    Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link:

    Your application will be retained in our active files for one (1) year from the date of receipt.

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    Drug test required No

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