White House officials called the move important for national security and military recruiting. Unemployment and underemployment among military spouses has been a focus of the executive branch and Congress in recent years, since frequent military moves and deployments often hurt spouses’ chances at finding stable work.
Federal law gives hiring preference to those spouses for a variety of government jobs, but administration officials said only the Defense Department has been diligent in seeking out those potential employees in recent years.
The new order will direct all federal agencies to examine ways to better seek out those spouses and bring them into the workplace.”
To learn more about this executive order, read here.