The fact that an applicant for appointment as a Foreign Service officer candidate is a veteran or disabled veteran shall be considered an affirmative factor in making such appointments. As used in this subsection, the term “veteran or disabled veteran” means an individual who is a preference eligible under subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of section 2108(3) of title 5.
22 U.S. Code § 3941. General provisions
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(a) Citizenship requirement
(c) Veteran or disabled veteran
(d) Career and noncareer appointments
Members of the Service serving under career appointments are career members of the Service. Members of the Service serving under limited appointments are either career candidates or noncareer members of the Service.
An appointment as a Foreign Service officer is a career appointment. Foreign Service employees serving as career candidates or career members of the Service shall not represent to the income tax authorities of the District of Columbia or any other State or locality that they are exempt from income taxation on the basis of holding a Presidential appointment subject to Senate confirmation or that they are exempt on the basis of serving in an appointment whose tenure is at the pleasure of the President.
1987—Subsec. (d)(3). Pub. L. 100–204 inserted sentence at end relating to exemption from income taxation.
Effective Date of 1987 Amendment
“The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply with respect to tax years beginning after December 31, 1987.”
Study of Foreign Service Examination
“The Secretary of State shall enter into a contract with a private organization for a comprehensive review and evaluation of the Foreign Service examination. Such review and evaluation shall—
identify any cultural, racial, ethnic, and sexual bias;
evaluate the ability of the examination to measure an individual’s aptitude for and potential in the Foreign Service;
make recommendations for the removal of any element of bias in the examination; and
make recommendations for improvements to achieve an examination free of any bias.
Not more than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act [Feb. 16, 1990], the Secretary of State shall prepare and submit a report to the Congress which contains the findings of such review and evaluation, together with the comments of the Secretary and measures which the Secretary has initiated to respond to any adverse findings of such review. Such report shall take into consideration the current efforts by the Department of State to review its Foreign Service examination.”