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Special Hiring Authorities

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The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is committed to being one of the best agencies in the federal government. We offer rewarding career options with an unparalleled mix of training and real-world experience across all our programs.

The success of FNS is attributed to the diverse and talented Americans, who joined us through an array of special hiring programs such as the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities known as HACU, Pathways Programs, and USDA’s 1890’s National Scholars’ Program. Our agency has special hiring authorities which allow military spouses, Veterans, and returning Peace Corp volunteers an opportunity to enhance their public service. We also leverage our Schedule A hiring authority to recruit qualified individuals with disabilities into positions non-competitively. We are committed to a diverse, inclusive, and accessible work environment where everyone can leverage their skills and talents in support of our mission.

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Page updated: June 18, 2024