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Temporary and Term Appointments of Federal Employees

Temporary and term appointments are used to fill positions when there is not a continuing need for the job to be filled. Neither type of appointment is a permanent one, so they do not give the employee competitive status or reinstatement eligibility. Because temporary and term employees do not have status, they may not apply for permanent appointments through agency internal merit promotion procedures, which are used for filling positions from the ranks of current and former permanent Federal employees. However, qualifying experience...

Reductions in Force: Running Registers, Retreat, and Bumping and Retreating

Agencies turn to a Reduction in Force (RIF) when they need to separate or downgrade employees due to reorganization, lack of work, shortage of funds, insufficient personnel ceiling, or the exercise of certain reemployment or restoration rights. The agency has the responsibility to decide whether a RIF is necessary, when it will take place, and what positions are to be abolished.   Running Registers Putting employees in RIF’s retention order is commonly referred to in personnel as “running a register.”...

Reinstatement of Federal Employment

If you have prior career or career-conditional service with the federal government, you may be eligible for reinstatement. Reinstatement allows you to reenter the Federal competitive service workforce without competing with the public in a civil service examination. You may apply for any open civil service examination, but reinstatement eligibility also enables you to apply for Federal jobs open only to status candidates. Eligibility Requirements You must have held a career or career-conditional appointment at some time in the past....

USPS agrees to buyout plan with postal workers union

The Postal Service and one of its largest unions reached an agreement Monday to offer a $15,000 retirement incentive to full-time career employees. The American Postal Workers Union said in a release the payment to employees who decide to retire by either Jan. 31 or Feb. 28 will come in two stages: a $10,000 payment by May 24 and another $5,000 by May 23, 2014. "Our goal was to achieve an incentive for members who are ready to end their postal careers; to ensure that no groups of employees are excluded, and to lessen...

The S-Word

Only one of the following statements is false. Do you know which one? Elvis is still alive. The Recovery Act created or saved about 2.5 million jobs. According to journalist Michael Grunwald, more Americans believe Elvis is still alive (7%) than believe that the Recovery Act, signed into law a year ago, created any new jobs (6%). Grunwald’s new book, “The New New Deal,” features the results of his lengthy research and interviews of more than 200 people. In it, he contends that we have been sorely...

How to Find a Federal Job

After serving in the military, many service members believe that a natural transition for their career is a job with the federal government. The path to a job is not always smooth, however, for those seeking employment with the federal government. For those unfamiliar with the system, it can sometimes seem that the hiring process is not of this planet. This article seeks to offer an overview of the beginning of the process; that is, how to find a job with the government, prepare your application documents and apply. Finding...

Webinar Series for Vets, Transitioning Military and Federal Employees

Grantham University is offering 2 series of complimentary webinars by their Career Services team. The series have been created to cover a variety of topics pertaining to the unique challenges in today's job market for transitioning service members and veterans. Shanna Fowler, career services manager, said "A common setback faced by transitioning service members is how to translate military experiences into corporate language — and how to best highlight their wide variety of skill sets for a specific position." Many...

2012 Leave Chart

This leave chart is intended for Federal employees and will assist you in planning for federal holidays, annual leave, sick leave and comp time. The Excel version is a convenient way to calculate your balance of used leave throughout the year. Simply click HERE to download it.

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