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  • OPM Instructs Agencies To Waive Maximum Entry-Age Restrictions For Veterans

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is instructing agencies that they must waive the maximum entry-age restrictions for preference eligible veterans, under certain circumstances. The waiver applies to Diplomatic Security Service Special Agents, United States Park Police, and Customs and Border Patrol Officers (subject to the Federal Employees Retirement System), among others.

    Full Article
    http://www.fedagent.com/current_e-report.php#245

    My Thoughts: About Time.

  • #2
    I agree, to a point. It's this part that has me thinking that the decision isn't the smartest thing ever:

    "OPM adds that in instances where the maximum entry-age is waived, the corresponding mandatory retirement age for these individuals will also be higher because it will be reached after 20 years of Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) service for the entitlement to an immediate enhanced annuity."

    There's little difference between an active 35 year old and an active 45 year old. I would bet money on the fact that a 45 year old vet (recently out of the military) is in better shape than most Americans. But the truth of the matter is that our bodies don't last forever.

    For example, what would happen if a 50 year old active vet was hired. That's cool, and I'm sure he or she would be highly effective for five years or so. But then you have the possibility of having a 70 year old special agent. That's really uncool.

    I firmly agree that the age limit for entry should be lifted for vets, but the age of mandatory retirement should be kept at 57. No matter how sedentary the job is, there's no place in federal law enforcement for great-grandpa.

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    • #3
      well i would rather have an active in shape 50 60 or 90 year old as a partner then a young fat slob whose belly covers their gun belt. get the out of shape young humps out then you can go after the old in shape active guys

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      • #4
        But then you have the possibility of having a 70 year old special agent. That's really uncool.
        I know thirty year old agents who are useless.

        If you can pull a trigger and dress yourself, 90% of agencies have a place for you.

        M-11
        “All men dream...... But not equally..
        Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it is vanity;
        but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
        for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.....”

        TE Lawrence

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        • #5
          Originally posted by nobodyimportant View Post
          well i would rather have an active in shape 50 60 or 90 year old as a partner then a young fat slob whose belly covers their gun belt. get the out of shape young humps out then you can go after the old in shape active guys

          Thumbs up x 10 !

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          • #6
            Usss

            Has anyone notice the change in this month's Special Agent posting with the Secret Service? It looks like this might not be a sure thing just yet. They just added the three paragraphs after the age requirements to this month's announcement:

            Be between the ages of 21 and less than 37 at the time of
            appointment (unless you have previous service in a Federal Civilian
            Law Enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement
            provisions, including early or mandatory retirement or are a veteran);

            On August 26, 2009, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
            published a memorandum for all Heads of Departments and Executive
            Agencies related to hiring of preference eligible veterans applying
            for federal positions with maximum entry-age restrictions.

            As directed by OPM, the U.S. Secret Service will conduct an analysis
            of all Secret Service positions having maximum entry age restrictions
            to determine whether a maximum entry age requirement is essential to
            the performance of the position. Applicants eligible for veterans'
            preference who exceed the current maximum entry age requirement will
            continue to be processed during this ongoing analysis. No final
            determination regarding affected applicants will be made until
            completion of this analysis. If it is the determination of the U.S.
            Secret Service that the requirement is not essential to the position,
            then the Agency will waive the maximum entry-age requirement for
            veteran's preference eligible applicants for that position.

            Proper notification to all affected parties will be published when
            the analysis has been completed.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nobodyimportant View Post
              well i would rather have an active in shape 50 60 or 90 year old as a partner then a young fat slob whose belly covers their gun belt. get the out of shape young humps out then you can go after the old in shape active guys
              I agree with this completely, and not just because of my age.
              Good.........bad..........I'm the guy with the gun - Army of Darknesssigpic

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              • #8
                The analysis is not going to change the situation. The legal standard applying to this must be self limiting under the AADA.

                i.e. Your eye sight must conform to 20/20 corrected and no worse than 20/200 uncorrected.

                This is self limiting and a legal physical requirement under the AADA. Since no agent is allowed to serve with poor vision.

                Now look at age, current standard is 37. Is it self limiting? Are there 37 year old agents? Yes, there for you can not limit an applicant under the AADA.

                Before the world goes off, this argument cannot be applied to the general public, because Title 5 section 3307 allows a head of agency to set entry age, and has been vetted and affirmed by the USSC.

                DSS has already walked this ground, OPM has already walk this ground for the entire 1811 series. The USSS is dotting the i and crossing the t’s.


                Originally posted by vader View Post
                Has anyone notice the change in this month's Special Agent posting with the Secret Service? It looks like this might not be a sure thing just yet. They just added the three paragraphs after the age requirements to this month's announcement:

                Be between the ages of 21 and less than 37 at the time of
                appointment (unless you have previous service in a Federal Civilian
                Law Enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement
                provisions, including early or mandatory retirement or are a veteran);

                On August 26, 2009, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
                published a memorandum for all Heads of Departments and Executive
                Agencies related to hiring of preference eligible veterans applying
                for federal positions with maximum entry-age restrictions.

                As directed by OPM, the U.S. Secret Service will conduct an analysis
                of all Secret Service positions having maximum entry age restrictions
                to determine whether a maximum entry age requirement is essential to
                the performance of the position. Applicants eligible for veterans'
                preference who exceed the current maximum entry age requirement will
                continue to be processed during this ongoing analysis. No final
                determination regarding affected applicants will be made until
                completion of this analysis. If it is the determination of the U.S.
                Secret Service that the requirement is not essential to the position,
                then the Agency will waive the maximum entry-age requirement for
                veteran's preference eligible applicants for that position.

                Proper notification to all affected parties will be published when
                the analysis has been completed.
                Last edited by Scout0315; 10-02-2009, 04:50 PM. Reason: spelll
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