Biden Makes It Harder for Military Spouses To Stay Employed in Government

Biden Makes It Harder for Military Spouses To Stay Employed in Government

Biden BACKSTABS Military Spouses – Does Something Truly Evil

(TheRedWire.com) – Military spouses play an integral role in national defense through their support of military operations around the world. Often, they’re required to move with only a few months’ notice. It can be very stressful for them as they maintain their households, pay the bills, and take care of the kids while their partners are away on military missions. Many of them actively look for meaningful work, and some would prefer a job in the US government.

In October 2021, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) made it possible for military spouses to work for the federal government. The new rules allow military spouses to work remotely, meaning people would no longer be required to relocate away from their military spouses and could offer their talents to the federal government.

Military.com reported the OPM dropped military spouses’ geographical and relocation requirements using a Military Spouse Non-Competitive Appointment Authority. The OPM rule meant a service member’s spouse no longer needed relocation orders to work in a specific place globally if they stayed with their military spouse.

OPM Associate Director of Employee Services Rob Shriver wrote heroes shouldn’t go unsung, and military spouses deserved America’s praise and action through work opportunities.

State Department Makes Spouses Choose Work or Family

Now, it appears the Department of State has quietly retracted the ability for military spouses to maintain their jobs with one of America’s most important agencies.

On Wednesday, May 18, the Washington Free Beacon revealed the US State Department changed a significant policy, making it harder, if not impossible, for military spouses to keep their jobs. The new rule would essentially ask military spouses to choose between a meaningful government career or their spouse serving in the military overseas. The State Department’s rule change to the agency’s guidelines happened quickly and with little notice.

The Free Beacon noted that it wasn’t evident why the agency changed a policy restricting federal employees who work overseas, especially considering it’s been operational since October.

Two US Senators Ask Questions

On Wednesday, Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) said they’re investigating the State Department over its policy shift. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, they alleged the Biden administration is denying telework requests for federal employees assigned near or at military bases. They say the rule has had a detrimental effect on spouses who work for the State Department and risk having their jobs revoked if they stay with their spouses overseas.

The State Department policy change news could severely impact recruiting and retention in the US military. Career military members could elect to leave the service to support their spouses or take their experience to other federal agencies.

While COVID proved remote work is feasible, the Free Beacon said teleworking agreements are rare due to the high costs absorbed by the federal government. Still, Blackburn and Hassan want to know why the State Department suddenly changed its position.

Stay tuned.

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