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Hi Abigail,

Thanks for the questions, good ones.

1. Does the current wording still allow agencies still free to use this hiring authority to meet their projected workload and attrition-based needs? It seems that the current language will greatly limit the use of internships for trade-skills training.

ANSWER: The proposed regulations do not specify the types of positions that must be filled under Pathways. Therefore, agencies choosing to use Pathways for projected workload or attrition should be able to do so.

2. If agencies *are* able to use their projected workload and attrition-based needs to hire under this authority, what are the caps - if any - on the number of people hired that can be converted non-competitively to career or career-conditional status?

ANSWER: There are no plans in the immediate future to impose any caps on agencies. Any decision to do so in the future will be announced and identified.

3. Is there anything in the proposed legislation that precludes or allows the use of community-based cooperative education m

ANSWER: There is nothing in the proposed Pathways regulations that prohibits agencies from entering into an agreement with an educational institution. I hope this answers your concerns.

 Posted 2:15 PM by Abigail Waters

How will appointments made through the new Pathways Internship Program differ from those made through SCEP? Specifically: 1. Does the current wording still allow agencies still free to use this hiring authority to meet their projected workload and attrition-based needs? It seems that the current language will greatly limit the use of internships for trade-skills training. 2. If agencies *are* able to use their projected workload and attrition-based needs to hire under this authority, what are the caps - if any - on the number of people hired that can be converted non-competitively to career or career-conditional status? 3. Is there anything in the proposed legislation that precludes or allows the use of community-based cooperative education models for the training of interns? In other words, can a training program work partner an educational institution under the new rules to create a customized educational program that integrates an academic course of study with work-related training? Is there someone that I could contact with additional questions on the new legislation? Thanks,


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