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Frequently Asked Questions Employment

If an agency wants to terminate a career experience program student because it is unable to offer him/her a position after graduation (due to funding, downsizing/FTE issues) does the agency need to use RIF procedures?

If the student (STEP or SCEP) has not completed his/her education requirements, students are covered by OPM's reduction in force regulations and are placed in excepted service, tenure group 2. If, however, a student in the Student Career Experience Program has completed his/her education requirements, and is within the 120- day conversion period for optional conversion, he or she has no vested right to remain employed and has no mandatory right to be non-competitively converted to a competitive service position. Therefore, the agency may terminate the student without regard to reduction in force regulations.

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