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Hi, I would like to know why is it so hard to get back into the government for employment once out. I have sent countless applications to different organizations within the government for employment. Some I was referred on , but not selected and some I just was not referred and I have worked in some of these positions before. I would love the opportunity to explain my SF-50, because truly it's based soley on what that reads.

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Susie Lampkin
1/5/2012 at 11:07 AM
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I have been trying as well to get back into the federal government but to no avail. I also have my SF50 form to get reinstated. Also they have removal on the form. Could you give me advice on how to get this off of my SF50
Reinaldo Irizarry, Sr., Ph.D
2/7/2012 at 9:33 AM
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This comment reflects on the (TIG) Time in Grade. I have being trying to get back into the Federal Government while applying for jobs with the Veterans Administrations with no success. The reform act is good and it helps Managers with the hiring process. However, it does not go far enough to resolve the problem of highly qualified candidates from been hired. For example, you must eliminate the hiring claw of Time in Grade (TIG), because it is counterproductive in keeping good employable personnel from potential good positions. This claw is the only obstacle, which has kept me from getting back into the Federal Government… Eliminating this claw will improvement in obtaining good potential candidates for any Federal position.
Yeteeemwork Eshete
2/29/2012 at 9:00 AM
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I have a question about the emerging leaders program. If I understand it correctly, based on the job reform, the emerging leaders program will be open for student who are in their dissertation phase. Does this apply for NIH employees, who are still working with NIH, but also in school, at their dissertation phase or is it only for young student coming directly from school? Thanks Yetem
John P
4/18/2012 at 4:07 PM
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I am eligible for reinstatement and have applied for over 100 positions. On several occasions, I have been referred to the selecting officials and contacted by HR to provide my SF-50. A few days after they received my SF-50, the position is cancelled. A few of these announcements had been listed as “many vacancies,” and on one I was told that they selected one internal candidate, and then management decided to cancel the position. I remember speaking with HR at IRS and laughing about it when she told me the position was cancelled. I told her that my guess was correct. When I’m selected and forwarded to the selecting official the position seems to be always cancelled. Among these vacancy announcements, I have been listed as A, B, or C Qualified candidate. On (2) occasions, I decided to test the “system,” so I applied for lower grade positions, something that I would be a shoe in, however, I was not referred to the selecting official. Interesting enough, I was not surprised, because on these (2) vacancies, my SF-50 was a required document. Oh, and yes, I did supply my SF-50. On one particular occasion, I was told by a government supervisor that their office really wanted to hire me. A job had been posted for a position that I currently worked and was told I was a shoe in. I made it to the selecting official. After they received my SF-50, the position was cancelled. I was later told by a government friend that upper management decided to cancel the position, the selecting official had selected me, but management stopped it. The hiring process to me is like a roller coaster ride, I climbed the hill, it appears that I may be hired, then the position is cancelled or I’m not selected – back down to reality. Two years ago, a Department of State Sr. HR employee stated that I was not eligible for reinstatement. So, I contacted OPM, gave them my SF-50, and OPM said that the DoS HR employee was incorrect, and that I am definitely eligible for reinstatement. 3 factors that seem to inhibit me from getting re-hired: 1) Interpretation of guidelines/policy: Is it possible government agencies’ HR personnel are misinterpreting OPM guidelines/policies? 2) SF-50: Are agencies misinterpreting SF-50s? 3) Networking: I need to network and make friends who have decision making powers.
jay steele
6/19/2012 at 3:00 AM
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I have 5 continuous years in government but was riffed. I dont have rehire status as its been many years. But I think it now comes down to this, theres too few jobs and too many vets trying to get in. Ive been bumped many times due to veterens getting priority. Dont get me wrong I have nothing against veterens priority placement. But I really believe the rating system is giving up to much to them. if the same I.T. position I worked on for several years were to open now I dont even think I would even make it to the referral process. Unlike private institutions your prior work history in the organization really isnt looked at until you have 10 or 15 years.
Its there yes, but it counts for almost nothing in the ranking system. The hiring authority discussion would go like this, "he has excellent reviews and already has done the same job, oh wait heres a vet with 91 percent rating and 10 point preference, thats over the top.. referred . sorry prior govt worker".
and so it goes. and its not OPM's fault. It the system they have to follow.
jay steele
6/19/2012 at 3:01 AM
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I have 5 continuous years in government but was riffed. I dont have rehire status as its been many years. But I think it now comes down to this, theres too few jobs and too many vets trying to get in. Ive been bumped many times due to veterens getting priority. Dont get me wrong I have nothing against veterens priority placement. But I really believe the rating system is giving up to much to them. if the same I.T. position I worked on for several years were to open now I dont even think I would even make it to the referral process. Unlike private institutions your prior work history in the organization really isnt looked at until you have 10 or 15 years.
Its there yes, but it counts for almost nothing in the ranking system. The hiring authority discussion would go like this, "he has excellent reviews and already has done the same job, oh wait heres a vet with 91 percent rating and 10 point preference, thats over the top.. referred . sorry prior govt worker".
and so it goes. and its not OPM's fault. It the system they have to follow.
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