Jennifer Austin, left, of the Department of Labor speaks with a soldier during the Hiring Heroes Career Fair in February 2007 at the former Fort Dix, N.J. The federal government hired more than 32,800 veterans during the first half of fiscal 2010, the Office of Personnel Management said Sept. 16. (File photo / Getty Images)
The federal government hired more than 32,800 veterans during the first half of fiscal 2010, the Office of Personnel Management said Thursday.
That is 2,600 more veterans than were hired during the same period in fiscal 2009, OPM said, and is a sign that the administration's push to improve veteran employment is showing results.
"Our mission is simple: Hire more veterans," OPM Director John Berry said.
OPM said the President's Interagency Council on Veterans Employment has adopted new goals for veteran hiring, which vary based on each agency's percentage of veteran hires. Agencies with lower percentages of veterans hired will be given more aggressive goals, and will have those goals eased as they improve veteran employment.
The Treasury, Agriculture, Justice and Interior departments showed particular improvement in the first half of fiscal 2010.