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Documenting Veterans’ Preference
Veterans who qualify for Veterans’ Preference will need to ensure that their Veterans’ Preference is documented in their personnel record. As a Federal employee any changes or updates to your personnel record will be documented on a Standard Form (SF) 50 (Notification of Personnel Action), which is generally processed by the agency’s Personnel or Human Resources Office. You can review your SF-50 in your electronic personnel record or by visiting with your agency’s Human Resources Specialist. You can verify your Veterans’ Preference, which is noted in Block 23 of the SF-50. If you were awarded a service-connected disability rating after you were hired, contact your Personnel or Human Resources Office to update your personnel record to reflect your change in Veterans’ Preference.
Veterans Preference in Reduction in Force
Layoffs in the Federal Government are called reduction in force (RIF) actions. The RIF regulations determine whether an employee keeps his or her present position, or whether the employee has a right to a different position. Certain veterans have advantages over non-veterans in a RIF. Generally, determination of veterans preference eligibility during a RIF are made following the rules governing preference in federal appointments except that military retirees must meet an additional condition to be considered a preference eligible for RIF purposes.
Once you have determined if you qualify for Veterans’ Preference for RIF purposes, review your SF-50 to ensure that the qualification is annotated in Block 26. Contact your agency’s Personnel or Human Resources office for additional information about your eligibility.
Additional RIF information can be located within the Office of Personnel Management's Reduction in Force Resources Portal.