Executive Order Promotes Veteran Hires

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Vets

Gov. Jay Inslee (D) today signed an executive order aimed at boosting the hiring of Washington’s veterans.

He was joined by state military leaders, veterans advocates and business leaders at the 2013 “Hire America’s Heroes” symposium at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Executive Order 13-01 includes several directives to make veteran hiring and contracting a higher priority for state agencies. It also strengthens collaboration between governmental organizations so services are more effectively and efficiently available to veteran employees. Under the executive order:

(1) Each executive cabinet agency is directed to set a target of awarding five percent of procurement contracts to veteran-owned businesses and to develop annual veteran employment plans that include awarding equivalent experience obtained during military service.

(2) A Washington Military Transition Council is formed to better take advantage of the federal VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 which promotes collaboration between the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies with state, local, private, and non-profit partners to support transitioning service members.

(3) The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WSDVA) is directed to oversee a data sharing and warehouse agreement among state agencies that will improve agencies’ abilities to ensure veterans and their families have full access to veterans benefits.

Inslee’s executive order goes into effect immediately.