(1)The Secretary of Defense may, at the discretion of the Secretary, exercise any authority for the appointment and pay of health care personnel under chapter
74 of title
38 for purposes of the recruitment, employment, and retention of civilian health care professionals for the Department of Defense if the Secretary determines that the exercise of such authority is necessary in order to provide or enhance the capacity of the Department to provide care and treatment for members of the armed forces who are wounded or injured on active duty in the armed forces and to support the ongoing patient care and medical readiness, education, and training requirements of the Department of Defense.
(A)For purposes of sections
5753 of title
5, the Secretary of Defense may—
(i)designate any category of medical or health professional positions within the Department of Defense as a shortage category occupation or critical need occupation; and
(ii)utilize the authorities in such sections to recruit and appoint qualified persons directly in the competitive service to positions so designated.
(B)In using the authority provided by this paragraph, the Secretary shall apply the principles of preference for the hiring of veterans and other persons established in subchapter
I of chapter
33 of title
(C)Any designation by the Secretary for purposes of subparagraph (A)(i) shall be based on an analysis of current and future Department of Defense workforce requirements.
(b) Recruitment of Personnel.—
(1)The Secretaries of the military departments shall each develop and implement a strategy to disseminate among appropriate personnel of the military departments authorities and best practices for the recruitment of medical and health professionals, including the authorities under subsection (a).
(2)Each strategy under paragraph (1) shall—
(A)assess current recruitment policies, procedures, and practices of the military department concerned to assure that such strategy facilitates the implementation of efficiencies which reduce the time required to fill vacant positions for medical and health professionals; and
(B)clearly identify processes and actions that will be used to inform and educate military and civilian personnel responsible for the recruitment of medical and health professionals.
(c) Termination of Authority.—
(1)The authority of the Secretary of Defense under subsection (a)(1) to exercise authorities available under chapter
74 of title
38 for purposes of the recruitment, employment, and retention of civilian health care professionals for the Department of Defense expires December 31, 2015.
(2)The Secretary may not appoint a person to a position of employment under subsection (a)(2) after December 31, 2015.
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 111–383, § 1104(b)(1), inserted “under subsection (a)(1)” after “Secretary of Defense” and substituted “December 31, 2015” for “September 30, 2012”.
Subsec. (c)(2). Pub. L. 111–383, § 1104(b)(2), substituted “December 31, 2015” for “September 30, 2012”.
2008—Pub. L. 110–181amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to appointment in excepted service of certain health care professionals.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–417, § 1107(a), designated existing provisions as par. (1) and added par. (2).
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 110–417, § 1107(b), designated existing provisions as par. (1), substituted “September 30, 2012” for “September 30, 2010”, and added par. (2).
Wage Rate Adjustment for Certain Health Care Occupations
Pub. L. 112–10, div. A, title VIII, § 8086,Apr. 15, 2011, 125 Stat. 76, provided that: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law or regulation, during the current fiscal year and hereafter, the Secretary of Defense may adjust wage rates for civilian employees hired for certain health care occupations as authorized for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs by section
7455 of title
38, United States Code.”
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