Join Rachel Weaver and Tony Eiland of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on November 5, at 6:45 p.m. as they discuss the various special hiring authorities, including veterans preference, that can bring you closer to your next government job!


You will learn about the various special hiring authorities the federal government may use to narrow down the applicant pool and make hiring decisions for certain vacancies.


  1. Understand special hiring authorities and how and when they are used for vacancies;
  2. Be able to recognize the special hiring authorities that may apply to a vacancy announcement;
  3. Have an understanding of the eligibility requirements for multiple special hiring authorities, and know which ones you may be eligible for; and
  4. Know what documentation or information you will need to provide when applying through a special hiring authority.


This workshop, “Introduction to Federal Hiring Practices,” is sponsored by Career Network Ministry’s Federal Career Connection, which was created by volunteers to provide facilitator-led workshops to equip job seekers with the right mix of information and resources to enhance their federal job search.


LOCATION: 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA (Google Map)
TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 PM (This includes a 15-minute networking opportunity with some FCC team members before the workshop)
DATE: November 5, 2019
ROOM: Community Room D

Please register first at the Welcome Desk. CNM volunteers will then direct you to the assigned room.


RACHEL WEAVER, US Customs and Border Protection

Rachel Weaver serves as the human capital advisor within the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, Office of Human Resources Management, Talent Management Directorate, Business Operations Unit. In this role, Rachel oversees business operations related to human capital programs, advises leadership on human capital matters, administers budgetary relations of talent and position management, and manages a diverse portfolio of human capital initiatives in support of the Human Resources Management mission. Prior to joining CBP, Rachel held various business development, human capital and project management positions. Most recently, she served as a management analyst for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC) to facilitate the development of small businesses under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. She built successful cross-functional relationships and advised leadership on business processes. As a Change Agent, Rachel implemented process improvement of human capital, scientific, and administrative programs; including engineering innovative transformation of NHLBI’s collaborative system to develop the NHLBI Extramural Platform.

ANTHONY “TONY” EILAND, US Customs and Border Protection

Tony possesses a unique combination of education and direct experience in the areas of assuring that initiatives, plans, goals, and policies are consistent with established Agency/Company-wide goals and reflect a pro-growth potential. Proactive, persuasive, and energetic personality with years of overall operational supervision, management and program management nationally and internationally between the Federal Government and the Private Sector as a subject matter expert. Successful hands-on business operations and management experience in strategic planning, educational training, program/project management and operational leadership, includes a successful career exhibited in liaison and executive management experience with the Federal Government and the Private Sector.

About Federal Career Connection

Who We Are: Through the support of Career Network Ministry, the Federal Career Connection program was created by volunteers to provide facilitator-led workshops to equip job seekers with the right mix of information and resources to enhance their federal job search.

Our Vision: A federal government that employs men and women who possess high standards of integrity, moral and ethical conduct, and genuine concern for the American public interest.

Our Mission: To provide job seekers with relevant, up-to-date information to enhance their federal job search and individual marketability.

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Author: Federal Career Connection

A free resource for Americans who want to serve in the federal government, while helping the government recruit individuals who possess high standards of integrity, conduct, and concern for the public interest.

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