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H.R. 3703: Retired Military Member Appointments to the Department of Defense Act

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How long, if at all, should recently-retired members of the armed forces be forced to wait before starting a civilian job with the Department of Defense?


More than 732,000 civilians work for the Department of Defense. The military lists more than 20 categories these people work in, including everything from procurement to research, education to technology.

Since 1964, federal law had required armed forces members to wait for a 180-day period after retirement before they could begin a civilian job with the department. However, that rule was waived in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, when the military needed to bolster its ranks and expertise immediately.

The rule was reinstituted by Congress once again in 2016, after a government study found more than 41,000 armed forces members ...

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Rob Bishop

Sponsor. Representative for Utah's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 11, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jul 11, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jul 11, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on July 11, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Jul 11, 2019

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