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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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New WiscJobs for Vets Site to Help Place Disabled Veterans in State Jobs

MADISON – Governor Walker today announced a new state website, WiscJobs for Vets, to help place veterans with a service-connected disability in jobs with state agencies.

"Whether the public or private sector, people with hiring authority should welcome veterans as members of their team," Governor Walker said. "Veterans have the work ethic, commitment, teamwork skills, and leadership background, among other highly desirable qualifications that make them great workforce recruits. With this new site, we aim to employ more of these brave men and women who served our country honorably, and set another example for all employers."

The WiscJobs for Vets, the latest in a series of Governor Walker's initiatives for veterans, is a product of the Governor's Council on Veterans Employment. The site was developed by Lynda Hanold, formerly DWD Human Resources Director and currently Acting Administrator of the Division of Merit Recruitment & Selection in the Office of State Employment Relations. Joining her in its development was Phil Koenig, former Director of the DWD Office of Veterans Services (OVS) and now DWD's Director of the Bureau of Workforce Training.

As designed, the new tool, http://wiscjobsforvets.wisc.jobs/public/index.asp, will provide a systematic means of recruiting and referring veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 30 percent on a non-competitive basis to hiring supervisors in state government with positions available. In fiscal year 2013, state agencies had 2,923 new hires, including 290 veterans, or nearly 10 percent, and 32 disabled veterans, or 1.1 percent.

Effective April 19, 2012, 2011 Wisconsin Act 211 expanded the number of state positions that could be filled on a non-competitive basis to include qualified veterans with a service-connected disability rating of at least 30 percent. With the changes, state agencies could give preference to veterans for all positions in classified service, not just nonprofessional or entry level positions. With the change in the law and the new recruiting and referral tool, OVS will enhance employment services for veterans and expedite placement of qualified veterans in state positions.

On June 13, 2014, Governor Walker issued Executive Order 137 announcing the Wisconsin Veterans Employment Initiative to increase the number of veterans and disabled veterans employed in state government and establishing the Council on Veterans Employment. Members include Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos, University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross, and OSER Director Gregory Gracz, or their designees.


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