Individuals with Disabilities
NIST is committed to attracting, hiring, and retaining individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities may be considered for employment through the competitive hiring process or in some circumstances, under the Schedule A hiring authority. For more information on Federal employment of people with disabilities, visit USAJOBS's general information webpage on Individuals with Disabilities. There is another resource to review The ABCs of Schedule A to help you understand the process. If you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Employment Information
A competitive appointment is one in which the veteran competes with others on the list of eligibles. This is the normal entry route into the civil service for most employees.
A noncompetitive appointment under special authority is one such as the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) authority (formerly known as the Veterans Readjustment Appointment authority) and the special authority for 30 percent or more disabled veterans. Eligibility under these special authorities gives veterans a very significant advantage over others seeking to enter the Federal service in that they do not compete with them. When utilizing one of these authorities, the eligible veteran may be appointed to any position for which the veteran is qualified. However, use of these special authorities is discretionary. Veterans' preference applies when making appointments under these special authorities if there are two or more candidates and one or more is a preference eligible. These authorities provide for noncompetitive conversion to the competitive service after a suitable period of satisfactory service.
A Merit Assignment selection under the Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) is one in which the veteran competes with current federal employees under NIST's Merit Assignment Program (MAP). The VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply under MAP announcement (status vacancies) open to candidates outside the agency. However, NIST does not apply veterans' preference when considering individuals under MAP or under the VEOA. A VEOA eligible who competes under MAP and is selected will be given a career or career conditional appointment.
A Schedule A authority can be used to hire a veteran with a severe physical or psychiatric disability to fill any job in which the veteran is able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation; and on a "trial" basis. Then, after 2 years of successful performance, the veteran may be noncompetitively converted to a permanent appointment in the competitive service.
Please see the Vet Guide for more information.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers employment opportunities for U.S. military veterans who have honorably served on behalf of our Nation. NIST has many highly-qualified veterans who contribute to its mission in the areas of science and engineering, information technology, acquisition, administration and support. NIST offers opportunities for veterans to continue serving our country as Federal civilian employees by:
- Promoting and advocating the recruitment, hiring, and advancement of highly qualified veterans; and
- Educating veterans to utilize veterans' preference.
Top 10 Reasons to Hire Veterans
- Accelerated learning curve: In addition to possessing transferable capabilities, veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts.
- Leadership: The military trains its members to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration, even in the most difficult circumstances.
- Teamwork: Veterans understand how to work well with other team members to ensure that the mission is completed in a timely and accurate manner.
- Diversity and inclusion in action: Veterans have learned to work side-by-side with individuals regardless of their race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion, economic status, and capabilities.
- Efficient performance under pressure: Under the stress of tight schedules and limited resources, veterans know how to accomplish priorities on time.
- Respect for organizational structure and procedures: With their acceptance of a high degree of accountability for themselves, superiors and subordinates, veterans quickly adjust to and understand their role within any hierarchical or organizational framework.
- Current with technology: Veterans frequently have experience with the most advanced information and network technology.
- Integrity: Veterans know what it means to do "an honest day's work." Prospective employers can benefit from their honesty and trustworthiness.
- Conscious of safety standards: Thanks to extensive training and awareness, veterans can be instrumental in protecting employees, property and materials.
- Triumph over adversity: Many veterans have learned to handle difficult situations with strength and determination.
NIST does not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), pregnancy, national origin, age (40 years of age and older), disability (including the provision of reasonable accommodation), genetic information, and participation in protected Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) activities. These protections encompass all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, employee development, separations, and awards. Retaliation against those who initiate discrimination complaints, participate in any employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit, or otherwise oppose discrimination and harassment is strictly prohibited.