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Frequently Asked Questions Policy on Political Appointees

How will OPM determine the five-year period for former political appointees?

We determine this period by looking back five years from the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  If an applicant for a career Federal job held a political appointment covered by OPM’s policy during that five-year period, OPM will review the proposed selection to ensure it meets merit system principles.  We recognize that vacancy announcements are not always used for excepted service positions.  In such cases, the five-year period will be determined by looking back five years from the date an agency submits its request for pre-hiring review to OPM.

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