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Veterans' Employment and Training Service

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy (vacancy)

Chief of Staff Jonathan VanderPlas
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations and Management Sam Shellenberger

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) is responsible for administering veterans’ employment and training programs and compliance activities that help them and servicemembers succeed in their civilian careers. VETS also administers the Jobs for Veterans State Grant program, which provides grants to States to fund personnel dedicated to serving the employment needs of veterans. VETS field staff works closely with and provides technical assistance to State employment workforce agencies to ensure that veterans receive priority of service and gain meaningful employment. VETS has two competitive grants programs: the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, and the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program. VETS also prepares separating servicemembers for the civilian labor market with its Transition Assistance Program Employment Workshop.

VETS has three distinct compliance programs: the Federal Contractor Program, Veterans’ Preference in Federal hiring and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). With respect to Federal contractors, VETS promulgates regulations and maintains oversight of the program by assisting contractors to comply with their affirmative action and reporting obligations. Although the Office of Personnel Management is responsible for administering and interpreting statutes and regulations governing veterans’ preference in Federal hiring, VETS investigates allegations that veterans’ preference rights have been violated. In addition, VETS preserves servicemembers' employment and reemployment rights through its administration and enforcement of the USERRA statute. VETS conducts thorough investigations of alleged violations and conducts an extensive USERRA outreach program.

Sources of Information

Career Opportunities

The "Find a Job" web page has resources to help veterans find employment.

In 2019, the VETS ranked 227th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

A national office directory is available online.

A regional and State directory is available online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Any person has the right to request access to Federal agency records or information. VETS is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. An agency may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The act applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by State or local government agencies. A FOIA request should be submitted to the appropriate national or regional VETS office by email, fax, or mail. The subject line, cover page, or envelope should be clearly labeled "Freedom of Information Act Request." The content of the request should indicate that it is a FOIA request, and it should contain as much information as possible describing the record or records being sought.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

VETS posts answers to FAQs on its Web site.


Information on grants and other opportunities is available online.

News / Media

VETS posts news releases and public service announcements on its Web site.

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