WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to seven technical and community colleges across the country to help train veterans and their families for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it has awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The funding is provided through FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle - Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program.
Schedule A is a specialized hiring authority that allows Federal hiring officials to appoint qualified people with disabilities non-competitively. In order to appoint a candidate under Schedule A, the hiring office must have an approved position description and the candidate must meet all job qualifications. Prior to appointment, the candidate must furnish the Department with a Schedule A certification letter. The letter must state the individual has a disability and is eligible for hiring under this authority. Candidates may obtain such letters from their local vocational rehabilitation agency.
The U. S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), launched a new initiative to help ensure that getting a ride to work, day care, or to a medical appointment is no longer an obstacle for veterans or their families. The Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative will award grants to local transportation providers and other groups around the country so they can better coordinate and deliver important transit information through "one-call" or "one click" centers.
Hiring veterans is a win/win situation. Today's veteran brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the job. The US Military provides service men and women with top notch training and robust practical work experience in areas of critical importance to DOT such as information technology, engineering, communications, security, information gathering, administrative support, human resources and financial management. Many already hold security clearances required for some Federal positions. Veterans tend to be well-equipped with the training, discipline, leadership abilities, teamwork attitude, work experience and work ethic that military service instills.
The Department of Transportation views service men and women as an exceptional talent pool with skills uniquely suited for many of our mission critical occupations. We intend to make DOT an employer of choice by assisting them in applying their skills to civilian jobs. This Plan sets forth our strategy for employing retired and transitioning service men and women.
President Obama's Order 13518 on the Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government established the Veterans Employment Initiative to increase the number of veterans employed by the Federal Government through "proactive" recruitment initiatives, programs, strategies, partnerships, and skills development and training.