Agencies’ Leaders Sign Agreement to Create a Pipeline for Skilled Candidates and Expand Workforce Diversity
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Sept. 11, 2013) – The National Credit Union Administration has joined forces with the Department of Veterans Affairs to create more employment opportunities for veterans and promote greater workforce diversity in the agency through the Feds for Vets program.
The two federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding today to begin the cooperative effort. NCUA is the first financial services regulatory agency to partner with the VA in the program, which is part of the Obama Administration’s national strategy aimed at increasing the number of veterans in the federal workforce.
“We are excited about the potential of this partnership,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said. “America’s servicemen and women have given so much of their time and talents to our nation, and they bring valuable skills and experiences to the workplace. We want to tap into this pool of eligible workers, who also have a deep commitment to public service. The Feds for Vets program will expedite the hiring process and find qualified employees for NCUA to hire.”
The Feds for Vets program is focused on increasing the number of veterans in the federal workforce. As part of the effort, VA’s Veteran Employment Services Office provides a comprehensive high-tech, high-touch solution, VA for Vets
. VESO hosts a VA for Vets website, a comprehensive source of information for service members and hiring managers to help match candidates’ skills with federal jobs and provides access to career coaches located in call centers The VA assists other federal agencies and non-profit organizations in their efforts to hire veterans with targeted recruitment, training, marketing and outreach services.
Matz said the agency would “benefit tremendously” from the partnership with the VA in terms of greater efficiency in the hiring process and timely access to a large pool of job candidates, with the result that more veterans will join NCUA’s workforce. Since November 2009, NCUA has hired 128 veterans, 22 percent of agency hires in that time period.
“One of my highest priorities as Chairman is to make NCUA an ‘employer-of-choice’ for talented candidates, and I want to make sure veterans know about the opportunities we offer and the satisfaction that comes from working here and making a difference,” Matz said.
NCUA’s responsibilities under the agreement include:
- Using the VA for Vets website and promoting it through the agency’s own websites;
- Training staff in the veterans’ hiring process and use of the VA for Vets website;
- Providing links to agency job opportunities to the site; and
- Tracking and reporting on marketing, outreach, recruitment and hiring goals.
VA’s obligations include:
- Providing consultation services, including providing training and tools for human resources staff, recruiters and hiring managers;
- Providing targeted marketing and outreach through social media, service organizations, veterans’ associations and other outlets; and
- Developing and posting job announcements and matching veterans to opportunities at NCUA.
NCUA is the independent federal agency created by
the U.S. Congress to regulate, charter and supervise
federal credit unions. With the backing of the full
faith and credit of the United States, NCUA operates
and manages the National Credit Union Share
Insurance Fund, insuring the deposits of more than
98 million account holders in all federal credit
unions and the overwhelming majority of
state-chartered credit unions. At
Pocket Cents, NCUA also educates the public on consumer protection and financial literacy issues.