One of the best ways FERC can honor the service of the brave men and women in our armed forces is to make sure they have ample resources to search for civilian employment. We are committed to providing veterans, transitioning service members, and their families with the resources to search and apply for positions within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

If you’re a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions, or the spouse of a veteran, you may be eligible for special hiring authorities and veterans’ preference, giving you preference over non-veteran applicants in the hiring process. Veterans’ preference can be used when applying to permanent and temporary positions in both the competitive and excepted service of the executive branch. To learn more about Veterans' Preference, documentation required, and special hiring authorities available to veterans, click here

FERC is committed to the recruitment, hiring, and retention of veterans. One of FERC’s employee resources groups, FERC Vets, aims to be a strategic partner with the Commission to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion. FERC Vets (1) builds a culture that fosters innovation; (2) offers employees access to leadership opportunities; (3) establishes programs and activities aligned with the mission of FERC; (4) provides employees opportunities to develop and grow, and allows for managers to access innovative concepts and unique solutions to challenges faced by FERC.

Veteran Spotlight: Jerry Chiang



Branch of Service: U.S. Navy

Title: Energy Industry Analyst           

Office: Office of Energy Market Regulation 

How did you start at FERC?

“After military service, I worked in the private sector for a while, but realized that serving our community and the country was a much more fulfilling calling—so I decided to pursue a career in the policy field that would allow me transition into the federal government. I attended graduate school in DC, interned with various think tanks, and upon graduation, started as a GS-9 at FERC in the Office of External Affairs.”

How have you benefitted from FERC Vets?

“As a veteran at FERC, I have benefitted greatly from the sense of camaraderie that other vets naturally carry, as they exhibit the same type of dedication to the aid of others. FERC Vets come from a variety of career fields, so hearing their inspiring stories of how they got here has made me consider how to be a better person and make better decisions.”

What advice do you have for veterans interested in joining FERC?

“I think FERC is an agency where veterans can feel a sense of belonging and a place where they can continue serving the American people while continuing to expand their knowledge and skills. From economics to engineering to the environment to the future of our grid, FERC’s mission has taught me a lot about the cornerstones of our society, as well as life—and work. Veterans are a great asset to the FERC team because they understand what it means to serve and carry out missions that protect the public interest.”

This page was last updated on August 17, 2021